Festa awardees jubilant and hopeful

James Kon

Local schoolchildren’s creativity in artworks were showcased at the Mitsubishi Asian Children’s Enikki Festa awarding ceremony for national level held at The Rizqun International Hotel yesterday morning.

A total of 87 government, private and Arabic schools participated in the Festa with 1,565 entries.

One of the selected best entries was from Siti Nurin Alya Bazilah binti Mohammad Fakhrul Zulfitri of Pengiran Pekerma Setia Diraja Sahibul Bandar Primary School. In an interview with the Bulletin, she expressed, “I am really happy to receive the best entries award. I hope that I can win the grand prix award and go to Japan.”

On her artworks, the seven-year-old student said, “With the help of our art teacher and parents, we managed to get the ideas and complete the artworks in a week.”

Siti Nurin Alya Bazilah’s older sister Siti Nurin Alya Batrisya aged 11 was also a recipient of best entries. She hoped that her artwork will make it to the Grand Prix award. After finding out that her masterpieces were in the eight best, she was surprised and happy. She also expressed her thanks to art teacher Latifah for her guidance.

Saffa Nafisah Khairunnisa binti Ardiansah from Sengkurong Primary School was excited and happy to receive the best entries award. With a passion for art, she completed her artwork in two weeks with the help of her teacher Noorimah. She is hopeful that her creation will grab the Grand Prix award.

The Festa is a biannual Festa designed to provide an opportunity for children worldwide to understand Asian people’s daily lives through illustrated diaries. The Festa invited children from 24 countries in Asia to illustrate their diaries with the theme ‘Here is My Life’.

Saffa Nafisah Khairunnisa binti Ardiansah from Sengkurong Primary School with her art teacher. PHOTOS: JAMES KON
Siti Nurin Alya Bazilah binti Mohammad Fakhrul Zulfitri and Siti Nurin Alya Batrisya binti Mohammad Fakhrul Zulfitri with their family and teachers