Winners of Torre Lorenzo and DLS-CSB’s digital mural contest unveiled

Posted February 27, 2023

By: Torre Lorenzo

Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation (TLDC) is pleased to announce the winners of its recently concluded Manila Digital Mural Art Contest in partnership with the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB). Out of the various entries submitted by DLS-CSB’s students, the following emerged as winners: Januel Andrei Pitoy for “This is Manila” and “Rise”, John Benedict Mangco for “Kape para kay…” and “Abstract Diversity”, and Albertha Dorado & Mikhayla Renee Harlea for “Larga”.

The winning entries will be translated to actual murals or stickers that will adorn the various public spaces in TLDC’s upcoming serviced residence, lyf Malate Manila.  “Our aim for these digital murals is to showcase the rich culture of Manila and put a spotlight on young artists, As the first lyf property to open in the Philippines, we want our future guests to have a unique stay experience by combining a well-built development with The Ascott Limited’s one-of-a-kind hospitality concept,” says Cathy Casares-Ko, TLDC’s Chief Operations Officer. “Our artists from DLS-CSB did not disappoint. These winning murals are poised to bring an authentic travel experience to lyf’s future guests.” 

Pronounced ‘life’ or ‘live your freedom’, lyf Malate Manila features hip, co-living spaces designed for the next generation travelers. Its 202 units, ranging from studio to four bedrooms are IG-worthy with modern, and fresh interiors to give guests an avenue for socials, work, and creativity. The creatively designed shared spaces such as the connect lounge, social kitchen, laundromat, and fitness gym, allow guests to interact with one another. 

“We’re very proud of our students at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. The winning digital murals convey advanced technical skills in the use of color, illustration, and messaging. The artworks encapsulate Manila City’s cultural character from landmarks, food, icons, to the realities of its daily life,” says Angelo Lacson, DLS-CSB’s Vice Chancellor for Academics.

The winners will receive cash prizes in a formal awarding ceremony. The winning murals will be installed in lyf’s shared spaces including the Connect Lounge, Coffee Kiosk, Social Lounge, Private Working Pods, and Roof Deck located at Torre Lorenzo Malate along Malvar St. corner Vasquez St. in Malate, Manila.

The winning artworks were selected for its meaningful message, and creative interpretation of Manila City’s unique character.

Torre Lorenzo Malate stands in the midst of Manila’s historic and cultural capital – within walking distance of commercial establishments and lifestyle options.  Designed to accommodate the evolving preferences of residents, it offers three distinct experiences that set it apart from other premium residences in the TLDC portfolio: signature premium residential condominium units under the The Residences at TLM, stylish serviced residences at The Suites, and lyf Malate Manila managed by international lodging operator The Ascott Limited

This is Manila - Januel Adrei Pitoy

This is Manila
by Januel Andrei Pitoy, BS Architecture, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
“For my final art piece, I wanted to go all out and showcase what Manila is truly all about. I created a main character in an orange shirt and holding a paintbrush. He is essentially responsible for painting and giving color to the whole Manila landscape. This main character is constant in all the scenes I've drawn, as he essentially represents myself. I want to give life and value to my surroundings by enlightening my fellow Filipinos.”

Rise - Januel Adrei Pitoy

Rise by Januel Andrei Pitoy, BS Architecture, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
“Imagine opening your eyes, and instantly seeing the most gorgeous sunrise you've ever laid your eyes on. You slowly hear the chatter of the people getting louder. The hustle and bustle of Manila once again brewing right before you. This time, it’s different. You get an exhilarating feeling of excitement unlike before. From afar, you see a blank canvas gradually getting filled with intense colors. Someone, repainting the cityscape that used to be nothing but a fuzz. "Come join me!" this person uttered. You can't help but smile as you collected yourself together to join him.”

Abstract Diversity - John Benedict Mangco

Abstract Diversity by John Benedict Mangco, AB Multimedia Arts, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
“This design depicts what the eyes can feast on as you explore Manila City. It is a thriving hub for young people as they immerse in their chosen careers. Never lacking in dynamism, the place is a melting pot of different personalities, culture, and beliefs. This diversity creates a vibrant working place ready to meet global standards.”

Kape Para Kay - John Benedict Mangco

Kape Para Kay… by John Benedict Mangco, AB Multimedia Arts, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
“Malinamnam” is the Filipino word for delicious. For most of us, the day begins with a cup of coffee - from a sachet or a coffee maker, steaming hot, laced with creamer and sugar, over a counter in the kitchen. Its aroma perks you up and the perfect blend gives the mood you need to start the day right. Something magical takes place with uttering the words “Kape tayo!”. It warms a conversation, sip after sip, complemented by a freshly baked pandesal or a classic Pinoy breakfast.”

Larga - Albertha Dorado and Mikhaylarenee Harlea

Larga by Albertha Dorado & Mikhayla Renee Harlea, AB Multimedia Arts, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
“Imagine walking along the streets of Manila, passing by colorful jeepneys, street food vendors, and people from different walks of life. Every day, they hustle hard to provide for the needs of their families. While we all work hard to create a name for ourselves, it is important to recognize the peoplewho continuously sacrifice themselves for others. Displaying various symbols that can be attributed to Manila, this piece expresses appreciation for the vendors, drivers, and people who work hard day to day to make a living.’