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MMA graduate enters finale of Tokyo-based art competition

1,717 artworks from 1,037 artists from 81 countries. Could a graduating student from Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL) climb the ladder?

Before graduating last May 24, Jennielle “Jenny” G. Gernale, a Multimedia Arts (MMA) alumna, made it to the top 100 in the final round of Art Olympia Competition 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.

“Hindi ko po in-expect na mapapasali ako sa 100, kasi nag-try lang talaga ako.”

Jenny knew about the competition through the College of Arts and Science (CAS) office and thought of giving it a shot since she had an ample amount of free time.

Jennielle Gernale's winning piece, "Rae." Image from Jenny Gernale's art page.

Among her artworks, Jenny submitted her most loved work, “Rae.” This masterpiece highlights her emphasis on technique and features a meticulous hair sketch. “Rae” is a hand-drawn pencil portrait of “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen on a ¼ illustration board.

In this age of digital dominance, Jenny sticks to the traditional approach in producing art. “Since 5 years old ako, nagta-traditional na ako. Pero na-try ko na mag-digital, medyo mahirap kasi hindi ako sanay sa mouse. More on freehand talaga ako.”

Together with other entries, “Rae” will be displayed in the exhibition hall of the Toshima Center Square in Ikebukuro, Tokyo from June 17 to 25, 2017, will be featured on an art magazine, and will be listed on the original pictorial records of works in the Art Olympia website.

She also received a cash prize, which she plans to invest on an art studio for her to continue doing art-related works.

Art Olympia is an open art competition which aims to discover talented artists around the world and to promote exchanges of the world’s cultures. It has no theme and all two-dimensional artworks were accepted.

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