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Filipina uses paper art techniques, wins award in Romania tilt

A FILIPINA, who uses paper art techniques, recently won in a contest in Brasov, city of Romania.

The 31-year-old artist Debra Liz Recuerdo won the grand prize for Visual Arts Contest Debu’s Visual Art held in Scoala Populara De Arta Brasov on January 25, 2016.

The award was given by the Brasov Country Council School of Art and Crafts.

“I did not expect that I will win the biggest prize, because a lot of talented students here and most of them are very good,” she said.

She said she started learning paper art techniques in September 2015.

She uses different colored papers, rolled them up, and put them together forming an art.

Here are some of the <a href=”http://www.artebrasov.ro/expozitie-e-visual/editia-i-15-oct-2015-25-ian-2016/” target=”_blank”>contestants </a> who joined the January 2016 contest.

In November 2015, her artwork won fourth place or mentiune for the International Exhibition of Fine Arts and Decorative Arts’ Decorative art-Traditional theme at the Popular School of Art and Craft.

The Filipino artist is holding an exhibit at Villa Adler, Romania that shows some of her artworks. The exhibit will run until July 17.

When asked what her advice is for those who are interested in paper art techniques, she said: “Do not be afraid to try as long you are happy with what you are doing. Don’t give up, especially in these (paper art) techniques. You need a lot of patience.”

She said in the next five years, her art will be recognized as a unique craft and hopes that more people will get interested.

Recuerdo, whose relatives hail from Danao and Carmen in Cebu, Philippines, is set to come back in the Philippines in July this year. <b>(PR)</b>

Pinoy math whiz kids bag 5 medals in Romania

YOUNG Filipino students won five medals in their first international mathematics competition abroad this year in Romania.

The Philippine team, composed of six students, grabbed one gold, one silver and three bronze medals at the 20th Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad held in Slatina, Romania from June 24 to 29, according to the Mathematics Trainers Guild (MTG)-Philippines.

Andres Rico Gonzales III, a Grade 9 student at Colegio de San Juan de Letran, bagged the country’s gold medal in the contest and was also the highest scorer among the 10 guest countries.

Winning a silver medal is Ryan Mark Shao, Grade 10 student of Xavier School.

The bronze medalists are Stefan Marcus Ong, Grade 9, St. Jude Catholic School; Dion Stephan Ong, Grade 9, Ateneo de Manila Junior High School; and Steven Reyes, Grade 8, St. Jude Catholic School. The other Filipino contestant is William Joshua King of Bethany Christian School.

According to the MTG, they are dedicating the win of the Filipino kids to incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, who is set to take his oath today in Malacañang.

“This is the first international math contest that Filipino kids have joined this year and they are set to compete in other competitions abroad. We dedicate our first triumph to President Rodrigo Duterte who will lead us in the next six years,” said MTG president Dr. Isidro Aguilar.

Aguilar said the MTG has selected a new batch of Filipino students who will represent the Philippines in various math competitions abroad.
Accompanying the students to the Romania contest is team leader Zheng Rong Wu, who is one of the trainers of the students along with Renard Eric Chua, Gari Lincoln Chua, Kerish Villegas, Dr. Li Sheng Hong, Prof. Huang Xing and Prof. Tang Song Jin.

A total of 21 teams competed in the contest from Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, France, Tajikistan and the Philippines.

Some members of the Philippine delegation arrived in Manila on June 30 while the rest will arrive today (July 1). (PR)