An arts and culture program for the youth, Vision Petron is an exhibition and competition for young and budding artists. Themed Lakbay Pinoy - Journeys to Remember, Pathways to Rediscover, this year's competition focused on life journeys expressed symbolically by roads, highways and byways.

The winners of this year's Vision Petron student art competition were honored in awarding ceremonies held at the Petron Mega Plaza in Makati City last August 31.

The student art competition drew a record field of almost 2,000 submissions from student artists nationwide, the highest-ever in eleven years. Out of almost 700 entries in the painting category, a distinguished board of judges headed by National Artist Napoleon Abueva picked the following grand prize winners:

Painting - Oil/Acrylic: Lakbaying Walang Katapusan by Dale M. Erispe, Technological University of the Philippines Manila; The Path of Life by Michael V. Froilan, Eulogio 'Amang' Rodriguez Institute of Science & Technology; San Juanico Bridge: The Golden Bridge by Erick E. Salon, Kurit Bicol.

Painting - Water-Based Media: Living on a Prayer by Karl P. Albais, Mapua Institute of Technology; Lakbay Aral by Mark Kelvin M. Benitez, Polytechnic University of the Philippines; and Dugtungan ng Lahi by Arnold D. Lalongisip, PUP Lakandayang Cultural Association.

Almost 900 entries were received for the Photography category, with the following awarded the grand prize: Ride Under the Rain by Kirk Gideon S. Buenconsejo, Cheers Review Center; Gareta by Gib Sam G. Salak, Adventist University of the Philippines; Success Begins Here by Alexis G. Gapal, University of the East Caloocan. Little Help for Mom by Lydel S. Buenconsejo, University of Cebu; Blur by Marc Henrich W. Go, University of Santo Tomas; and Joyride by Eden Joy L. Cruz, Philippine Women's University Davao.

Out of close to 300 submissions for the T-Shirt Design category, the grand prize winners were: Lakbay Pinoy! Patungo sa Pag-unlad by Emil Aldrine B. Alarcon, PUP Landayang Cultural Association; Juan Ride by Katleen Joy F. Gonzales, Bulacan State University; and Trip to Happiness by Renz Marrione D.R. Bautista, Bulacan State University.

Grand prize winners each received a cash prize and a trophy designed by National Artist Napoleon Abueva. Their schools were also awarded desktop computers.

The annual student art competition program of Vision Petron is open to all talented students enrolled in a regular university or college course, or in tutorial and photography classes.