Red Bull Doodle Art 2017 Philippines: Rojan Barcelon to Advance in the Global Finals

Rojan Barcelon is Red Bull Doodle Art National Winner to Represent Philippines in Global Finals

On Saturday night, 6 May 2017, Red Bull Doodle Art crowned the Philippine representative at the National Finals at Kapwa Studio, Makati City. The event was attended by a number of artists and students who came to see a showcase that featured 133 entries from different universities across the country.

The Red Bull Doodle Art is a highly innovative global contest that brings together more than 50 thousand students from over 1000 universities in more than 40 countries who will showcase their own doodle art. The third global edition of Red Bull Doodle Art will have an exciting finale: a 3D virtual reality experience!

Contestants uploaded their work to the Red Bull Doodle Art website where the top 20 entries were selected through public voting. These pieces were then judged by former Red Bull Doodle Art contestant, Manuel “Meow Meow” Liwanag and Details Ink owner, Kara Pangilinan, who selected the top three through a combination of Creativity, Overall Style, and Aggregated Facebook Likes.

From left: Kara Pangilinan, Gabriel Villacarlos, Rojan Barcelon, Michelle Robledo, Manuel Liwanag

The winners were announced at the Philippine Finals in Kapwa Studio, this past Saturday night, 6 May 2017:

1st Place: Rojan Elmo Barcelon (University of the Philippines Diliman)
2nd Place: Gabriel Villacarlos (University of San Carlos)
3rd Place: Michelle Robledo (University of the Philippines Manila)

“It was a long process. If you look at the entries they are really good in different ways, so it was hard to pick whose the best piece was” says Kara Pangilinan.

“The winning entry had a great meaning and a great style that’s unique to Rojan Barcelon”, says Manuel Liwanag.

Rojan Elmo Camua Barcelon advances to the Doodle Art Global Finals through his winning piece, ‘Maynila King’, who had doodled the piece in between working on his thesis. “I want to show people that the lower class Filipinos can rise up and become the Kings of Manila!”

Cebu-based student Carlos Villacarlos took in the second place, who sought inspiration in traffic. With barely 24 hours spent in Manila, the victory came as an unlikely surprise to the fine arts student who had made the top 20 the week before. “I am humbled and so blessed. I didn’t expect to win this!”

On third place was Michelle Robledo, a dentistry student from the University of the Philippines – Manila, who had earned her spot in the top twenty through two different entries. “It is my first time to join a competition and Doodle really helped me feel more confident about my art.”

The Global Finals for Red Bull Doodle Art will take place later this year at an undisclosed location.

Stay tuned to www.redbulldoodleart.com for updates! #redbulldoodleart

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