This is the message animation student Isabella Hilario aims to convey through her winning comics “For The Future.”
Hilario is the winner in the student category of the Manila 2019-2050: City of the Future Comics Contest, a competition organized by the Embassy of France in Manila. It encouraged homegrown professional and amateur illustrators to showcase their visions of Manila 2050 through original comic strips.
The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde student’s winning artwork depicts how the present decisions affect the succeeding events.
“I want my comic to speak about the malleable nature of our future as a country,” shared Hilario. “What happens next is very much in our hands—our actions have a lot of influence in shaping the rest of our lives, so it’s a part of our responsibility to speak up and take action if we feel that something is not right.”
The competition highlights what the metropolis can potentially become in 30 years: “A region of sustainability, a center of economic and technological progress, and more importantly, a home for its inhabitants.”
The project aims to seamlessly blend “French and Filipino experiences and expertise in sustainable and liveable urban development.”
The jury was composed of French author and comics writer Benoît Peeters, Komiket co-founder Paolo Herras, Alliance Française de Manille executive director Jean-Pierre Dumont, and French Embassy Audiovisual Attaché Martin Macalintal.
“For The Future” is on view until January 11 at the Alliance Française de Manille Gallery, 209 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air II, Makati City.
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