Hamzah Marbella, 12 years old,is making a famous name in the art industry both here and abroad.Not only is he representing Filipino art on the global stage, he has also won more than 50 national and international accolades,including a Special Citation from the National Commission for Culture, an Outstanding Artist Award and the Arts (NCCA) and a Certificate of Recognition at the United Nation International Children’s Art Competition.
Hamzah is the youngest member of the Artists Association of the Philippines and was recently named Promil Pre-School’s Outstanding Child Artist. There is no stopping this child prodigy from showing the world his exceptional talent in painting and achieving his ultimate dream – to become the country’s futureNational Artist.
It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that a big reason behind Hamzah's success is the invaluable support of his family. At an age when most young kids are just beginning to walk and talk, Hamzah was already painting and producing what his father, Renato, described as art forms."Two years old siya noon at nasa kuna pa lang lagi na niya akong pinapanood magpinta, (He was just two years old then when he started watching me paint while in his crib),”relays Renato who is also an artist himself.
“Humahanap siya ng kung anu-anong mga bagay – tansan, bato, sipit ng damit – maya-maya magiging mga art form na. Makakabuo na siya ng mgahayop, paru-paro, bulaklak, at iba pa (He would look for different things like stones, bottle caps, clothespin, etc. and later on transform it into art. He’d be able to build animals, butterflies, flowers and many others things).”
Meanwhile, his mother Elma remembers the time when she bought Hamzah a "magic slate" and how this served as his first canvas. "Doon siya nagsusulat at nagdo-drawing pero dahil ang dami-dami nyang ginagawa, ang bilis nasisira ng magic slate kasi bura siya nang bura. Kaya ang ginawa ko, binilhan ko na siya ng crayon at sketch pad– yun na ang naging libangan at laruan niya (That is where he writes and draws but because of the many things he illustrates the magic slate is quick to get damaged. That’s why I bought him crayons and sketchpads, which became his toys and hobby).”
It came to a point though when Hamzah's parents realized that art was more than just a hobby for Hamzah. "Pati ako nagugulat at nagtataka sa kanyang mga ginagawa (Even I am was amazed and was wondering what he was doing),”shares Elma.
“Instead of discouraging his talent, we did everything we can to make sure that Hamzah's gift flourished. Binibilhan ko siya lagi ng children's books at kanya itong tinitingnan at kinokopya (I often buy him children’s books and he’d use it as an inspiration).”
“I always commend his improvement as well as give him rewards like toys. We want to make sure that he feels our support and has everything he needs at home. One of the important things I make sure Hamzah gets is superior nutrition. As a mother, I understand that my role in nurturing his talent is essential,but I still need a partner who does just the same to make sure his mind absorbs what we are teaching and that he is healthy to support his activities. This is the kind of partnership I have found with Promil Pre-School."
Promil Pre-School is a powdered mild drink for children 4 – 7 years old designed to help them achieve optimal growth and development. It contains a unique combination of essential nutrients, like vitamin A that supports healthy eye development, Iodine and & Iron that support brain development, Biotin and Zinc that support normal growth and help maintain a healthy immune system, Niacin that aids in healthy digestion and promotes normal appetite as well Potassium that promotes healthy muscles to support various activities of your children – all these are found in Promil Pre-School’s Nutrissentials. Plus it has DHA, an important nutrient for cognitive and eye development and AA which helps your child’s body absorb DHA better.
Every purchase of Promil Pre-School1.6kg and 180g packs, mothers will be equippedwith tools to help their child develop their talent in art.
“We believe that the interests and talent of a child begin to emerge at their pre-school age. It is the perfect time to start nurturing them with the right activities. As a partner of mothers in nurturing,Promil Pre-School is very happy to launch the Paint like Hamzah promo,” says Rhea Villareal, Promil Pre-School Product Manager, Wyeth Nutrition.
Consumers will receive limited edition canvas bags inspired by Hamzah Marbella’s artworks and art materials with every purchase of Promil Pre-School 1.6kg and 180g packs in leading stores nationwide. Canvas bags are available in three collectible designs. Promo runs from February 1 – March 31, 2014.
We hope that in sharingHamzah’s exceptional talent in painting we can help mothers nurture their child’s creativity and talent so that it may become exceptional as well,” adds Villareal.
For more information visit their Facebook fan page, www.Facebook.com/PromilPreSchool. Per DOH-FDA-CFRR permit no. 0518 Series of 2013.
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