By the Philippine
Day Confederation & the Philippine Centennial Movement 1998
The PCM Golden Heart Award was created to give a long over due
recognition of Sym's noble work for unselfish efforts to share
his gift with others by gathering young people with potential
talents in art - teaching them, firing up their imagination and
encouraging careers that might otherwise be set aside.
One of these young people, Edgardo S. Lantin, is an internationally
recognized portrait artist who will receive a Distingction and
Recognition Award in arts and culture, a project of the Canada
chapter of the Philip - pine Centennial Movement.
Sym's own outstanding career, of course, is above mere praise.
Busy as an artist of international repute can be, he still found
time that might be more materially valuable to him and his family
to devote to nurturing young artistic talent and careers.
He worked with the annual Philippine Festival and with private
art galleries in organizing group exhibits of Filipino Canadian
painters in Vancouver.
Like the first Dimasalang group he co-founded in Manila, the
Dimasalang III group he organized here is composed of Filipino
Canadian artists and his own former students. Vancouver artists,
such as Lantin, Rod Pedralba, Noel Trinidad, Jesus Hipolito and
others, are members of this group. Sym held regular art sessions
and led on-the-spot painting to various locations.
Perhaps his extra-ordinary sympathy for young artists stems from
his own struggles. Sym has said that he had always wanted to be
an artist. His family was poor, but he says "I spent a lot
of time reading art books." The great master inspired and
fed his ambition. His flower gardens recall Monet works. But Sym
has developed his own distinctive style that he liked to describe
as "radiating composition." He builds a pattern from
one color to create in the impressionist technique.
The awards were set up to celebrate Filipino talent and achievement,
imagination and innovation.
The goal is to encourage and recognize Filipino men and women
whose outstanding activities and achievements contribute to the
future of our community.
The culmination is the expression of pride in common during the
gala night of the Philippine Centennial celebrations. The recipients
will be honored as Filipino Canadians in British Columbia demonstrate
a special appreciation of distinguished individuals and their
contributions to their community.