5th National Pastel Convention

Tara, mag pastel tayo!

This year’s National Pastel Convention will all take place online using popular social media platforms and video conferencing tools. All participants will have special access to the online sessions through our Zoom account and the Pastel Convention FB page.

Convention Fee at Php 900.00 for non-members and Php720 for members, PWD, Students and Seniors.

We recommend all past members to renew their membership and take advantage of the special discounts from our sponsors.


Nov 28 (Saturday) 10:00-11:00 noon

Opening and Welcome Remarks

  • Short message from the PPA President  Glenn Perez and the PPA Co-founder/Past President, Julius Legaspi
  • Message from Romy Carlos, FILPAG President “Continuing Art in the Time of the Pandemic”
  • Presentation of the Finalists of the 4th National Competition  2020

*Session live on Zoom  and FB-Convention page

Nov 28 (Saturday) 11:00-12:00 noon

1st Demo by Roland Castro    

“The Dramatic Urbanscape” 

Applying tonal values and lighting effects to create a dramatic mood in an ordinary street scene *Available on FB-Convention page 

Nov 28 (Saturday) 1:00-2:00 pm

2nd Demo by Rafael ‘Paeng’ Maniago 

“Applying the ‘Build-Up’ Technique in Portrait Painting” 

Using a limited color palette and meticulous mixing to create colorful portraits *Available on FB-Convention page 

Nov 28 (Saturday) 2:00-5:00 pm

Workshop by Alex ‘Bugsy’ Sibug    

“Popped Out

Create stunning 3-D artworks by learning visual perception techniques. *Session live on Zoom (limited participants) and  FB-Convention page 

Nov 28 (Saturday) 5:00-6:00 pm

3rd Demo by Bienvenido ‘Boi’ Sibug     

“The Human Figure” 

Techniques in capturing gesture and movement in the human figure *Available on FB-Convention page

Nov 29 (Sunday) 9:00-12:00 noon

Paint-Along Demo by Vianna Szabo    “The Impressionistic Landscape”

The Paint-along session will concentrate on getting the value structure, pulling the palette colors, and color mixing through layering pastels. The reference photo and the material list will be posted for your preparations. *Session will be live on Zoom (limited participants) and on the FB-Convention page 

Nov 29 (Sunday) 1:00-2:00 pm

2nd Demo by Gary Carabio   

“Putting Life in Painting Figures” 

Form, color, and values in drawing human figures *Available on FB-Convention page

Nov 29 (Sunday) 2:00-3:00 pm

3rd Demo  by Norbing Villez   

“The Vivid Landscape Using Oil Pastels”

Creating stunning and colorful landscapes using the oil pastel medium *Available on FB-Convention page

Nov 29 (Sunday)

3:00-5:30 pm Announcement of the ‘Winners of 4th National Competition’

  • Video presentation of artworks
  • Raffle for all participants (members and non-members)
  • Contest Theme: “Personal Paradise”  by  Ms. Phoebe Beltran – Almazan
  • Announcement of works granted Honorable Mention
  • Announcement of the Competition Winners 

Closing Remarks by PPA Chairman, Buds Convocar

*Session live on Zoom and the FB-Convention page 

Get to Know Our Guest Artists

Roland Castro

Roland showed love and interest in art since childhood. In 1987, he enhanced his skills through mentorship from Marcus Yumul, a well-known artist from Tarlac. He also became an apprentice of Frank Manalili, another popular artist from Pampangga, and has worked abroad as mural artist and interior designer from 2000-2003. 

As an impressionist artist, his favorite subjects are portraits, landscapes, still-life, figurative and cultural concepts. Notable in his works is the dramatic effect that comes from his applications of color and his play of lights on the objects in the composition. In his work, he aims to produce a sense of awe and wonder inherited from the natural world. He believes that visual art is the most effective way of linking the past to the present and the future, the simplest way of narrating a story of the genre.

Roland is a business owner and self-taught artist whose passion for art is expressed through an impressionist style in his paintings. As a freelance artist he is versed in different mediums such as oil paint, acrylic, gouache, pastel and watercolor.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Philippine Pastel Artists, Inc., a Director of Portrait Artists’ Society of the Philippines – Manila Chapter, and a member of Filipino Portrait Artists Guild.

Rafael ‘Paeng’ Maniago

Maniago has been drawing since childhood. He attended the University of the East in Manila where he studied Fine Arts and Commercial Advertisement. For 20 years, he operated his own gallery in the Philippines and in 1989 he decided to come to the United States. His passion for learning continued as he studied at the Pasadena Art Center.

He has painted over 1,000 portraits, many of which were of the Philippine leaders of Commerce, Industry and Politics.

Aside from conducting workshops throughout Southern California for years, he is also a member of the Portrait Society of America, American Society of Portrait Artists, California Art Club, and Laguna Plein Air Painter Association and a winner of different art contests in the United States.

One amazing technique that is most evident in Maniago’s artworks is his use of his own build-up technique in portrait painting. He mainly uses three to four colors and with meticulous mixing of hues he creates images that seemed to have been painted using dozens of colors.

Maniago is also an abstract and classical master painter. He draws inspiration from both Fernando Amorsolo and Botong Francisco. This is evident in colors of his abstracts and fine old master style paintings that are done in the style that is unique to him.

Maniago is a member of a group of local poets in Pampanga and a staunch advocate of art events. He never fails to attend art exhibits of other artists and support similar events organized by art groups.

Alex ‘Bugsy’ Sibug

Known for his Trompe l’oeil still life and vibrant portraits and figures, Alex “Bugsy” Sibug has made a name for himself as a seasoned professional artist specializing in soft pastel painting.

Alex’s exposure to soft pastel painting started at the tender age of 10 under the tutelage of renowned Filipino painters Gabriel Custodio and Fernando Sena. At age 12, Alex had his first solo child exhibition at The City Gallery, Rizal Park. Alex’s fervor for art continued in college when he took up Visual Communications at the University of the Philippines, College of Fine Arts, and pursued the digital medium.

After years of frantic work in advertising and in the corporate world, Alex finally followed his bliss and pursued painting and teaching full-time. Alex participated in various group exhibitions dated from 2014 to present with L’Arc en Ciel, Fernando B. Sena Buenas Artes Art Facility, Art Anton’s Pastelero group, and Philippine Pastel Artists, Inc.

Alex is a member of the Philippine Pastel Artists, Inc. since 2017 and is an awardee of the first and third PPA National Pastel Competition. Alex recently had his first solo soft pastel exhibit entitled, “Pastelista” last July 3 – 17, 2019, and his first soft pastel workshop last August 31 and September 7, 2019, at the Gateway Gallery, Araneta Center, Quezon City. Alex also produced two Soft Pastel video workshops namely: “Figure it Out, A Soft pastel figure painting” and “Facial Colors, A Soft pastel portrait workshop”.

Bienvenido ‘Boi’ Sibug

For more than 40 years now, Boi Sibug has been capturing the essence of a typical world he grew up in with his paintings, portraits, designs, and photographs. Originally from Manila, Philippines, where he studied fine arts at the University of Santo Tomas, he painted, worked in several major advertising agencies, and exhibited his works in more than 100 art shows. Sibug moved to the island of Guam in 1992 to accomplish more works described by art critics from Asia as ‘a collection of artistic gems.’

While Sibug employs multiple media, his forte resides in oil, watercolor, pastel, and charcoal. His talents do extend to creating graphic design and photographs, but his exceptional sense of colors and composition leads ultimately to a powerful rendering of images of beauty and order in the Pacific milieu.

Expectedly Sibug has been recognized through numerous awards for his works, and some of his paintings have become permanent features of galleries and lobbies of the finest places in Guam, Manila, and the USA. Boi is the ‘Artist of the Year 2012’ and 2013 of Torrance Artists Guild, California.

Vianna Zsabo

Whether she is painting figures, landscapes, or still lifes, Vianna is known for her expressive use of color that captures a moment in time.  She works in pastel, oil and watercolor.   She is best known for her sensitive portraiture, which has earned her commissions and national recognition.

Vianna is passionate about teaching and she offers a variety of workshops as well as private lessons and mentoring.  Vianna has taught workshops all over the US, and taught figurative and landscape in Italy.

She has a BS in Education from Eastern Michigan University but credits her art education to books, long hours at the easel, and the generosity of talented friends. Vianna is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and has achieved Distinguished Pastelist status in the Pastel Society of the West Coast.  She was inducted into the International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle in 2011 and achieved Eminent Pastelist status in 2015.

She has acted as a juror in shows including the Pastel Society of the West Coast, The International Association of Pastel Societies, and the Figurative/Portrait Juror for the Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 competition.


EdgarGary’ Carabio

Carabio is a Florida-based artist who is originally from Bantayan Island in Cebu, Philippines. He grew up in a family of skilled artists and craftsmen. As a youngster in his hometown, he showed an innate skill and early promise which proved true in 1978 when at the tender age of 11, he won his first prize in an on-the-spot painting contest held in Cebu City.

A self-taught artist who looked up to his great grandfather who was a painter and a sculptor, he took up Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines where he made record winnings at the annual Jose T. Joya Awards. Winning consistently for three years, he garnered a total of five first place awards in the representational, figurative, and non-objective abstraction categories.  While in college, he staged his first solo show 1991 titled “Bantayan” at the Casa Gorordo Museum in Cebu. The exhibit was a tribute to his hometown. Following this, he went through multiple successful art exhibits throughout the Philippines and internationally. He has also given workshops and art lessons and was an active member of the group BINHI (seed), a Christian group of artists who supports by sharing portions of their exhibit proceeds to missions.

Carabio has the gift and mastery of painting in a most realistic manner, these works connote a reality of forms, colors, and perspective. His art evokes a feeling of restraint and melancholy but offers his viewers a sense of belongingness to subjects that are always close to his heart. Most of his subjects are reminiscent of his childhood living in Bantayan. He finds fascination in painting people depicting everyday life and portraiture. 

Having moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in 2012, he has involved himself in multiple juried art exhibits and art festivals in the twin cities and other states in the U.S. He has accumulated multiple awards from different juried shows he participated in. Some of these awards include the Gold Award which he won at the 30th International Association of Pastel Societies Convention in New Mexico in 2017, the Jack Richeson & Co. Gold Award at the Annual Pastel Society of America exhibition in New York which was also in 2017, and a First Place award in the 2018 UArt International Web Show. He also won Third Award in the Third China (Suzhou) International Biennial Exhibition in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. He was a member of the Minnesota Artists Association and Lake Country Pastel Society before moving to Tampa, Florida. His most recent participation in exhibits included the National Arts Club in New York, the Butler Institute of American Arts in Youngstown, Ohio and the IAPS Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Carabio is currently a signature member of the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay, Pastel Society of America and is in the Masters Circle in the International Association of Pastel Societies. Highly endowed with the gift of creativity and the cultural life of the Philippines, his paintings today are still reflective of the genre, even as he is now based in the urban landscape of the city where he and his family lives.

He is currently preparing for his 3rd one-man show in the U.S. to be held in Dunedin, Florida on December 2020.

Norberto ‘Norbing’ Villez

Born in 1976 in Bato, Camarines Sur, Norberto “Norbing” Villez was initially fascinated by the wonderful artworks in Filipino comic books. The pavement was his drawing board and he would use broken pottery and white stones. He became inspired by the works of Fernando Amorsolo that he used to see only in textbooks. 

He then took an interest in painting and proceeded to take-up Fine Arts, majoring in Advertising at the Far Eastern University. Unfortunately, he was unable to finish the course, but he still attended painting workshops under Pol Mesina, Jr.

He became a member of Sining Kulay at Tinta (SIKAT) group formed by Pol Mesina, Jr. and became more active in painting. After a series of group exhibitions, Norbing held his first solo art show at GT Towers in Makati.

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