Photo of Lapu-lapu by Alpapito/CC BY-SA (, logo from National Quincentennial Committee.

Quincentennial Art Competition Extended Until October 2020

1521 was the year Ferdinand Magellan founded the Philippines and later on annexed by Spain. Leading the resistance at that time was Lapu-lapu, the first native of the archipelago to fight against Spanish colonization who eventually defeated and killed Magellan. The tumultous event is known as the Victory at Mactan. 

In commemoration of its 500th anniversary (quincentenary) in 2021, the National Quincentennial Commitee (NQC) was created by the Office of the President of the Philippines to spearhead the efforts leading to the celebration. Together with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ National Committee on Art Galleries, they are spearheading the Quincentennial Art Competition. This is one of the many events that are being organized 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).

The competition has four themes representing four quincentennial milestones which the eligible participants may submit entries for:
● Sovereignty
● Magnanimity
● Unity
● Legacy

Who are Eligible to Join
The competition, according to the NQC guidelines, is 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.

Artwork Size and Medium
NQC has set the size of the artwork at 3 feet by 4 feet in either horizontal/ landscape or vertical/portrait orientation. The only allowed medium to be used is oil or acrylic on canvas and must be fully cured or dried by the date of submission (pieces with wet paint will not be accepted).

Winning Artworks and Prizes
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. The NQC will release guidelines in retrieving the non-winning artworks.

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.

Originally, the deadline for submission of entries was set to August but has been extended until October 30, 2020. Judging will be held from the first week up to third week of December and the winners will be announced on December 16, 2020. The date of awarding ceremony is tentatively set on April 2021.

To know more about the competition and its guidelines, please visit the NQC page here