Cagayan de Oro pride Melbourne “Cocoy” Paano, a Biswal Mindanao member, recently won first prize in the Fernando C. Amorsolo Art Foundation art competition held last November 8, 2011 at Davao City.

Mr. Cocoy Paano, a professional visual artist and architect, won the first prize of the Fernando Amorsolo Art Competition Mindanao level toppling the other six competitors. He will be competing at the national level in December 2011. Paano’s winning piece entitled “Papa’s Boy” (see below) depicted the unusual display of affection of a father to a son. Paano, who has been painting since he was a student of Jose ‘kimsoy’ Yap and greatly influenced by Architect Fred Galan, also made a dent in several art competitions both at the national and international scene.

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