TITUS PENS: BATTLE OF THE CHAMPIONS

Location: MANILA, PHILIPPINES

Nothing beats pen and paper. I am one of those students who would doodle on the back of his Math notebook while the class is ongoing. I’m sure you are guilty of this too! May it be a simple doodle, a lettering or jotting down your crush’s name. That is why when I got invited to the Titus Pens, iDoodle Battle of the Champions event, I made sure to go. I knew this would be inspirational for me to see the works of these kids and maybe improve my skill in the arts.

Doodle enthusiasts across the country were all set to stretch their creative muscles for “Titus Pens iDoodle Battle of the Champions,” a grand on-the spot ballpen art competition which was held last December 18 at the Music Hall of SM Mall of Asia. On its third year, the Titus Pens iDoodle On-the-Spot Ballpen Art Contest brings “Battle of the Champions,” an assembly of 75 regional champions from Bacolod, Pampanga, Cebu, Manila, Dagupan, Iloilo, Davao, Bicol, Batangas, Cagayan de Oro, Bulacan, Cavite, Baguio, La Union and Dumaguete. The year-long competitions helped spread the word of “Visit the Philippines Year 2015,” the Department of Tourism’s campaign to attract both domestic and international visitors.

Coinciding with the “Battle of the Champions” is “Titus iDoodle Pasko sa ‘Pinas On-the- Spot Ballpen Art Contest” open to participants aged 10-25 years old, who made a P100- purchase of Titus Pens products at any National Bookstore branch or SM Supplies Station. While the contestants are busy creating their masterpieces, there were talks and workshops happening in different parts of the venue, such as “Titus OMG! Doodle4Fashion,” which tackled fashion illustration and let participants design their own shirts; “Titus Colors Doodle4Food,” which featured cupcake art and coffee cup doodle projects; “Titus Doodle4Travel,” which focused on urban sketching; and “Titus Gel Doodle4Hobby,” where comic book artists shared how doodling helps them in creating fantastic superhero stories! And over at SM Mall of Asia Seaside Boulevard, Doodle Arts Enthusiasts also held a live doodling demonstration on a wall spanning 100 meters!

This event is close to my heart as I used to join a lot of art contests when I was in preschool, elementary and high school. I remember the first time I joined an art contest when I was in preschool, and I won first place! That was the moment I decided to pursue the arts and I kept joining to practice my skills. I was very inspired to see how creative these kids are–just by using a pen! No colouring materials, no oil pastels, no watercolors–just a simple pen. It’s pretty awesome to see how good they are despite the fact that it’s all digital now. I am a victim of this since I used to draw every single day, until the internet happened (funny but it’s the sad truth). I never held a pen again after being so preoccupied with the computer. But after attending this event I dropped by National Bookstore, got myself some Titus pens for me to go back to my first love, which is the arts.

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Battle of the Champions Winners: Champion – Ely James Gumba (Cebu) – 91.57% | 2nd – Joshua Villena (Batangas) – 90.50% | 3rd – Artemio Bongawan Jr. (Davao) – 88.52% | 4th – Marion Rustell Helicame  (Davao) – 88.52% | 5th – Cris Legaspi  (Bacolod) – 88.42 %
Pasko sa ‘Pinas Winners: Champion – Kristopher John Paguirigan -96.67% | 2nd – Jonel Belmonte – 89 % | 3rd – Jerico Cedric Maravilla – 85.67 %
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