by Chelzee Salera
Splashes of color decorated the activity center of Ayala Center Cebu last Friday, May 15, 2015, at the awarding ceremony of the of the first ever International Eucharistic Congress painting competition where eighty-two paintings of varied interpretations of the IEC hymn, Christ in You, Our Hope of Glory,sent in from all over the Philippines, were put on display.
The day was as historical as it was joyous; “truly the work of the spirit, who continues to guide us in the way we serve the church and to anoint persons’ hands and take part in this important event in the church,” according to Msgr. Agustin “Ting” Ancajas, IEC 2016 Cultural Events Chair.
Most Rev. Jose S. Palma, Cebu Archbishop, hopes that the paintings would usher and present to the International Eucharistic Congress 2016 delegates the many talents of the Filipino.
Five merit awardees were given 5,000 pesos and ten finalists were awarded 10,000 pesos each; second runner-up, Rolando Yakit, received 50,000 pesos; first runner-up, Malvin Lim, received 75,000 pesos; and the champion, Mark Lloyd Belecario, was awarded 100,000 pesos.
In the words of Archbishop Palma, “we know that what’s mundane can become sacred; we know that amidst the many concerns and problems we have, reflecting on the theme “Christ in You, Our Hope of Glory’” and looking at the paintings, we can say, yes, there is hope, there is joy, there is a better tomorrow promised to all of us.”
Archbishop Piero Marini, the president of the Pontifical Committee of the International Eucharistic Congress, told Archbishop Palma, “you are a country rich in faith, you are rich in hope, you are rich in many people who volunteered for this IEC and you are rich in many talents.”