Quincentennial Art Competition

About the Quincentennial
Art Competition


The National Quincentennial Committee (NQC), together with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ National Committee on Art Galleries, spearheads the Quincentennial Art Competition. This is in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Philippine part in the first circumnavigation of the world, the Victory at Mactan, and other related events, collectively known as the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines (2021 QCP).

Category: Painting (open-style representational)



The competition has four themes representing four quincentennial milestones which the eligible participants may submit entries for:

● Magnanimity. This commemorates the compassion of our ancestors to the first circumnavigators of the world (i.e., Magellan-Elcano expedition) who came to Homonhon, Guiuan, Eastern Samar after traversing the deadly Pacific for almost three months: starving, undernourished, sick.

● Sovereignty. This underscores the contributions of various nationalities in circumnavigating the world for the first time. The contribution of our ancestors is depicted through the blood compact between Rajah of Mazaua and Magellan.

● Unity. This celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan. To be depicted here is the gallantry of Lapulapu and his warriors in repelling the forces of Magellan in the Battle of Mactan.

● Legacy. This embodies the legacy of the first circumnavigation of the world to our country: the introduction of Christianity. To be depicted here is the presentation of the image of the Santo Niño to Queen Juana of Cebu in April 1521.

The NHCP will provide excerpts from select primary sources related to the themes above. However, we highly encourage the participating artists to conduct historical research in order to depict as accurate as possible the lifestyle, fashion, weaponry, and society of our ancestors.



Open to Filipinos 18 years old and above, based in the Philippines with tax identification number (TIN). Members and relatives (up to the 2nd degree of consanguinity) of the NQC members, NHCP employees and officials, and the competition organizers are not eligible to participate.

Submission of Entries


1. Interested participant must submit their artwork/s with the following documents:

a. Duly accomplished entry form
b. One 2×2 ID colored photo
c. Curriculum vitae and portfolio
d. Photocopy of two (2) valid IDs

2. A participant can submit one (1) entry per theme in the competition. His or her entry must be an original work, exclusively conceptualized and executed by the participant for the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines, and have not been exhibited before, revised, and recognized by other competitions.

3. The artist must submit an abstract of the entry artwork, maximum of 300 words.

4. The artist must submit a notarized certificate of original design.

5. Guidelines and forms for this competition can be downloaded from https://tinyurl.com/rf7grek and https://www.nqc.gov.ph.

6. The participant will shoulder the expenses in producing his or her artwork and will transport his or her entry/ies to the designated submission sites. Submission deadline: 28 August 2020, 5 p.m.

The following are the areas for the submission of entries:


7. Upon receipt of the artwork in good condition, the NQC shall ensure proper handling and care of said entry. The NQC will not be responsible for any loss or damage incurred during transport to submission venue. The NQC shall also not be responsible for loss or damage of artwork upon release from designated retrieval venue.



1. The entry should be 3 feet by 4 feet in either horizontal/ landscape or vertical/portrait orientation.

2. Must come in the form of an unframed single stretched canvas or museum/gallery wrap on a ¾” thickness. No assemblage or removable component/s allowed.

3. Medium to be used for the artwork must be oil or acrylic on canvas only. Entries must be fully cured by date of submission (artworks must be fully dry; pieces with wet paint will not be accepted).

4. Each entry must be identified with a card tag enclosed in a small envelope and attached to the wooden stretcher at the back of the painting. The card tag must have the following information:

a. Artist (First Name, Middle Name, Surname)
b. Title of the artwork
c. Medium, Size, and Year

5. Directly writing the information on the canvas is not allowed.

6. Submitted entries must not be signed by the artist before the competition. However, winners shall sign their names on their works on an appointed schedule. Winners must use the appropriate and durable art media in signing their artworks. Likewise, participating artists are prohibited from posting the submitted artwork on their personal and professional social media accounts. Violation of this rule shall result in automatic disqualification.

7. All entries must be ready for exhibition and should have hanging provisions. The weight of the painting must not exceed 20 kilos.

The Selection Committee


1. The NQC shall select the board of judges. The decision of the selection committee shall be final and uncontestable.

2. Judges may decide not to award prizes if the entries do not meet certain artistic and technical requirements.

3. The NQC reserves the right to withdraw any award and/or cash prize should the participant violate any of the rules and regulations of the competition.

4. There will be three (3) levels of selection:

a. 1st level: 15 entries will be shortlisted per theme
b. 2nd level: 5 entries per theme
c. 3rd level: 3 entries per theme

Prize and Awarding of Winners


1. The announcement and awarding of selected winners will be on October 2020 at the ManilArt

2. The winning entries shall be exhibited in the Quincentennial Lounge of the ManilArt 2020 during the Museums and Galleries Month.

3. The winners and selected artworks will also be posted on the NQC website and social networking sites.

4. All artworks of the prize winners shall automatically become properties of the NQC. The intellectual property rights of the major and minor prize winners shall be given to NQC in perpetuity. This includes the right to use, produce or reproduce the design for whatever purpose and whichever form as may be deemed fit by NQC without further compensation to the artist or his heirs and assignees.

5. The prizes are as follows:
Grand winners (one [1] per theme): Php 500,000.00
Minor Prize winners/Runner Ups (two [2] per theme): Php 50,000.00
*All prizes are subject to 20% tax per government regulation.

6. Participants with non-winning entries must retrieve their artworks from 28 October 2020 until 27 November 2020 ONLY. In case of unavailability of participants, he/she may designate a representative (with authorization letter) to retrieve the artwork on his/her behalf. Unclaimed artworks after this period shall automatically become property of the NHCP.

7. All submitted entries will be part of a published catalog of works.



6 March 2020. Online launching of the art competition (through NQC social media accounts)

28 August 2020. Deadline of submission of entries, application form, and documentary requirements

2nd Week September 2020. Judging 1st level

3rd Week September 2020. Judging 2nd level

4th Week September 2020. Judging 3rd level

October 2020. Awarding Ceremony (between 21-25 October at the ManilArt 2020)