More than 1,500 entries nationwide, in illustrating the contest’s theme ‘reSTART,’ were a collective call to action to inspire the youth to take a stronger role in rebuilding the nation. Awards were given to the three most outstanding pieces in each of the four categories: Digital Fine Arts, Sculpture, Watercolor, and Oil and Acrylic.

Lorelie Quiambao-Osial, Pilipinas Shell Country Chairwoman, expressed to the young artists her confidence in how they can make a difference in a world that is slowly rebuilding itself after a major crisis: “The pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives. Yet there was a strength of spirit inside you that shone through. We see it mostly in your art, and that is what we are recognizing today. As we bravely continue to navigate through this pandemic and look forward to recovery, we believe that art could start change and progress."

As the event guest speaker, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Secretary of the Department of Tourism, agreed, "That art and artist have an important part to play in nation-building. Art allows us to engage with current situations, and the young generation is changing the way they think and speak to create a more inclusive society." She also echoed BTS's famous phrase about the issue on today's youth before the UN General Assembly, "You are not the lost generation, but rather the welcoming generation."

Resilience, hope, and courage were the recurring messages that shone from the top three prizes in the four categories.