National Digital Arts Awards 2018: Filipino digital artists to watch out for this year

The 2018 National Digital Arts Awards (NDAA) has finally ended. With this comes the awarding of the outstanding participants who wowed both judges and audience who frequent the NDAA. Last Tuesday (February 26, 2019), rising artists and the best of the best professionals in the field were recognized for their work.

NDAA has been highlighting the best talents in digital arts since 2013 and it has opened opportunities for artists throughout the years! They have been putting the spotlight on Filipino digital artists by showcasing their exemplary creations and world-class talent through six categories – Digital Art in Print, Character Design, Animation, Digital Short Movie, Website Usage Experience, and Drone Movie. However, due to lack of entries for the Website Usage Experience category, the organizers decided to cut it for this year.

Photo courtesy of NDAA via Facebook


Digital Art in Print

1st Place: Harrison Espina

2nd Place: John Patrick Ganas

3rd Place: Herod Montiel

Character Design

1st Place: Juan Salvador Almencion

2nd Place: John Patrick Ganas

3rd Place: Andrei Lanuza


1st Place: John Patrick Ganas

2nd Place: Julian Felipe Bacani

3rd Place: Auriel Paz Pinzon

Drone Movie Experience

1st Place: Jomari Batitis

2nd Place: Aaron Billy Mabini Red


Digital Art in Print

1st Place: Jarred Olivares (Mapua Institute of Technology)

2nd Place: Don Ray Perez Ramos (University of the Philippines – Baguio)

3rd Place: Jerome Carlo Macanaya (Univesity of Santo Tomas)

Character Design

1st Place: Emmanuel Fojas (University of Perpetual Help System Dalta)

2nd Place: Gerald Magtalas (STI College-Caloocan)

3rd Place: Jan Ericka Cruz (University of Makati)


1st Place: Ablaze Arts (De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, Mapua Institute of Technology)

2nd Place: John Clister Santos (Our Lady of Perpetual Help Succor College – Marikina)

3rd Place: Brix Jay Cabigat (University of the East – Manila)

Digital Short Movie

1st Place: Arnamie Ave Lanas (STI Academic Center -Lipa)

All entries went through a panel of renowned judges which include Ali Silao, Avel Bacudio, Jobert Monteras, JM Matienzo, Vincent Aseo, and internationally acclaimed short-film director Arvin Bellarmino, Jaime Santos, and Alvin Tan.

“The National Digital Arts Awards not only celebrates the rising digital artists in the country. It also ensures that the Philippines can look forward to a bright future in the realm of digital arts,” said William Guido, President of GLOBALTRONICS. “It is my honor to congratulate the winners of The 2018 NDAA for their stunning works.”

All 21 winners belonging to the students and professional categories were honored during the awarding ceremony held at the Jose Rizal Room of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

The 2018 NDAA was presented by GLOBALTRONICS Incorporated and was sponsored by Broadwalk and Thames International, in partnership with CIIT and Ariva Academy and with Viva TV, Chinoy TV, Poplife and PTV as media and entertainment partners.

As someone whose work is in line with digital arts, seeing these young talents give me a sense of pride. I do hope the Philippines can open more opportunities here for rising artists like them. Digital arts is just about to boom!

Thank you for inviting us, NDAAP!

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