Arts & Culture

Don Papa Rum’s Annual Art Tilt Winners Bared

A Boholano artist, Geovanni Abing of Talimbaw Cafe and Art Gallery, emerged as the grand prize winner for this year’s 5th edition of the art competition held at the recent Art Fair Philippines 2020.

Don Papa Rum announced the winners of its art competition at the recent Art Fair Philippines 2020 held in Makati. Now in its fifth year, the competition taps into the creative genius of the local art scene as they showcase their interpretation of the “Flora and Fauna of Sugarlandia.”

Grand prize winner Geovanni Abing of Talimbaw Cafe and Art Gallery.

A Boholano artist, Geovanni Abing of Talimbaw Cafe and Art Gallery, emerged as the grand prize winner for his creation titled “Timeless Landscape.” He will enjoy a month-long artistic sojourn in Barcelona—a city dotted with creative and cultural expressions at every turn. Airfare, accommodations, and allowance will all be provided by the Bleeding Heart Rum Company for a truly remarkable experience. Special edition canisters featuring the winning design will also be sold in limited quantities worldwide.

Both the Artistic Merit Award and People’s Choice special awards went to Joseph Ingking also of Talimbaw Cafe and Art Gallery, with Php 50,000 take-home prize, which is based solely on the artwork and the artist’s creative vision and Php 10,000 take-home prize, which will be based on social media and live voting.

First launched in 2015, the much-awaited contest calls for an artistic twist to the iconic Don Papa Rum label, inspired by the mystical beauty of Negros Occidental. The island, colloquially known as Sugarlandia, finds richness not just in its sprawling sugarcane fields, but also in the diversity of its fantastical foliage and wildlife—the perfect formula for inspired works of art.

Four winning designs have been featured in limited edition Don Papa Rum canisters since its launch. Last year’s winner, Samuel Penaso, captured the eyes and hearts of the judges and art enthusiasts with his creation called “Botany”—an intricate visual representation of how man connects with the nature surrounding him. Penaso also received a four-week all-expense paid “Artistic Sojourn Residence” in London, providing exposure to classical and contemporary art museums, access to relevant art events and gatherings, and a vast network of creative minds, among others.

The winning design from the 2019 Don Papa Art Competition. Artwork by Sam Penaso.

The other nine aspiring Filipino artists who were chosen part of the 10 finalists were Robert Besana of Gallerie Anna, Salvador Sierra of Renaissance Gallery, Daryl Feril of House of Frida, Melvin Culaba of Kaida Contemporary Gallery, Gelo Narag of Art Underground Manila, Mariella Hipolito-Lobaco of Dave Art Gallery, Joseph Ingking of Talimbaw Cafe and Art Gallery, Ariosto Dale Bagtas of ArtAsia Gallery, and Jun Orland Espinosa of Eskinita Art Gallery.  Their entries have been mocked up into branded rum canisters and were displayed for viewing at the recent Don Papa Rum Exhibit at Art Fair Philippines 2020. The winning piece was chosen by some of the most decorated names in the art industry, like Tina Colayco, Maja Co, Lisa Periquet and Architect Manny Miñana, in partnership with The Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

To know more about Don Papa Rum and the Bleeding Heart Rum Company, follow them on Facebook: and on Instagram: @DonPapaRum, and read up on more details from their website,

About Don Papa Rum

Don Papa is a premium aged small batch rum from Negros Occidental, Philippines. Distilled from some of the finest sugarcane in the world, Don Papa is aged for more than seven years in oak barrels in the foothills of Mount Kanlaon before being blended to perfection.

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