Czechs Award Filipino Art Students

February 3, 2017 – Five Filipino students were awarded the International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice. Three students from Lourdes School of Mandaluyong namely Patrice Sebastian Olaguerra, Marcus Gabriel Cruz and Noah Vychoco and two from St. Stephen’s High School, Renaf Kya Cua and Abigail Tiu, were chosen by the exhibitions committee in Lidice for the awards of appreciation. The students received the awards as well as their certificates from Ms. Veronika Hirzel, Consul and Jan Vytopil, Deputy Chief of Mission from the Embassy of the Czech Republic. Their artworks were displayed in the Lidice Gallery in Lidice, Czechia alongside over 1,500 works of children from all over the world.

This symbolic yearly exhibit, established in 1967, commemorates the Czech children from the village of Lidice, who were killed by the Nazi soldiers during the World War II. This exhibition became known internationally in 1973 and since then it has become a recurring exhibit every year. More than 25,000 art works were received last year not only from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, but also from other 70 countries, including China, India, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

How can schools participate?

The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Manila is currently inviting Filipino students aged 4 to 16 years to participate in the 45th International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice 2017. Closing Date: 28 February 2017. Detailed instructions on how to join can be found at the following link:

Photo: Consul Veronika Hirzel with the awarded students from the Lourdes School of Mandaluyong, as well as its Rector Edmundo A. Tiamson and Vicerector Roque Aristotle B. Padama; Photo by Jan Vytopil

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