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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Newsletter: PLDT, Smart recognize top five award-winning entries for Better Today The Time Capsule Project


Reuben Valentin’s digital art represents the hand as a point of expression that shares the message of reaching out to other people.

With support from Canva Philippines, youth participants were encouraged to use art as a form of mental healthcare. PLDT and Smart’s “The Time Capsule Project” has more than tripled its entries this year to almost a hundred. The top five winners received ₱10,000 worth of connectivity from PLDT and Smart and a three-month premium subscription from Canva Philippines.
Reuben Valentin is a senior high school teacher in Colegio de Sta. Monica de Angat in Bulacan. With his entry, Valentin shared the important message of reaching out to one another. “The hand can be a guide to the lost, a source of strength and hope. My artwork features the hand and does not show the face of the person, for it can be anyone – regardless of race, gender, religion, and status,” Valentin said. 

Alelie Olaes’ digital entry, entitled, “For the Dream”, represents one’s dedication to pursue passion and dream amid difficulties.

An incoming Grade 12 student, 16-year-old Alelie Olaes shared the story of students who face uncertainties amid the pandemic. “My artwork is about resilience inspired by my fellow students. I wanted to deliver the message that they are not alone, and to remind them of how hard we’ve been working towards our dreams,” Olaes said. 

Loue Darren San Diego’s digital entry, entitled, “You, me, and we”, shares how empathy can become a powerful tool in understanding each other.

To 20-year-old Lou San Diego, the Time Capsule Project showed the importance of vulnerability. “With my vulnerability, I have managed to create art that resonates with people. Art is made for us to feel something or even make us think about a person or a thing. Art, in any type of medium, is a gift that is meant to be seen, touched, or heard,” San Diego said.

Rayson Villanueva’ s spoken word poetry entitled, “Nakakublng Ngiti”, is dedicated to the country’s frontle workers and their heroic efforts to save lives, especially amid the pandemic. 

Rayson Villanueva delivered spoken word poetry for his time capsule entry. According to Villanueva, art is his safe space. “My art became my comfort, my shield and armor in every battle I’ve been through. Writing allowed me to take a step back and see every part of myself that needs healing,” Villanueva said.

17-year-old Maxene Ramos’ digital entry was inspired by a joyful Filipino family. “My piece depicted a family gathering. With the sun behind them, it mirrors how we find joy and hope amid struggles. It’s a reminder that we’ll always have our families with us amid tough times,” Ramos said. 

Championing mental health and wellness through Time Capsule is part of PLDT and Smart’s commitment to help the Philippines contribute to UNSDG 3 which stands for good health and well-being. 

Maxene Kate Ramos’ digital art tells the story of empathy within families and communities.


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