In continuation of this legacy and in celebration of the Philippine Arts Month, the UST Museum in partnership with Metrobank Foundation, Inc. will hold the 2019 UST Annual Inter-School On-the-Spot Painting Competition (OTSPC) on Friday, February 15, 2019 at the UST Benavides Garden.

Colleges and universities in and around Metro Manila have been invited to send up to 25 fine arts students each to compete in the oldest student art competition of its kind. Registration will be from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. and the competition proper will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The awarding ceremonies and exhibit opening will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Main Building Lobby. The winning works will be on exhibit at the UST Museum from February 15 to 28, 2019.

This year’s theme is “VIEWING THE SHADES OF LOVE.” Love is a fundamental and unchangeable human value. However, its understanding and expressions vary in the context of the world’s realities, such that love can be about love of God, love of country, love of parents, love of family, love of history, love of nature, etc. The present young generation surely has its own experiences and learnings about love within the changing realities of our society and the world.

In this year’s UST OTSPC, participants are given the opportunity to share their sentiments and ideas about love through visual art. Undeniably, their sentiments and ideas about love render a great power that will surely shape the future of humanity and of this country.

The painting competition traces its history to March 12, 1941, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) presented two major art events that made a mark in Philippine Art History: then Rector Magnificus, Rev. Fr. Silvestre Sancho, O.P. sponsored the First National Art Competition, and an exhibition of all 93 participating entries was mounted at the University Gymnasium.

Some of the winners of the competition were eventually included in Prof. Victorio Edades’ list of young artists who showed modernist inclinations, known as the “13 Moderns.” They were: Vicente Manansala, Ricarte Puruganan, Galo Ocampo and Arsenio Capili.

In the following years, the initiative of the First National Art Competition became the UST Annual Inter-School On-the-Spot Painting Competition (OTSPC). This became one of the most anticipated campus activities participated in by Fine Arts Students in Metro Manila and nearby areas. Several student winners of the UST OTSPC are now celebrated names in the contemporary art scene, among them Ronald Ventura, Mark Salvatus, and Raffy Napay.

For inquiries, please contact the Competition Secretariat at