Rojan Barcelon Represents Philippines in Red Bull Doodle Art Global Finals

Everyone can doodle so they say and since everyone can do it, many frown upon when others consider doodling as an art form. But doodling like any other art form is a way of expressing your creativity and from there we create masterpieces.


Red Bull, the premium Energy Drink known all around the world, recognizes the art of doodling and for three years now is holding The Red Bull Doodle Art. The highly innovative global contest which showcases doodle art brings together more than 50 thousand students from over 1000 universities in more than 40 countries.


This 2017, the third global edition of Red Bull Doodle Art will have an exciting finale in the form of a 3D virtual reality experience.

In the Philippines, Red Bull Doodle Art crowned the Philippine representative for the Doodle Art Global Finals during the National Finals held at Kapwa Studio, Makati City. It was attended by a number of artists and students and they got to see the featured 133 entries from the different universities across the country.


Participants who joined the contest were asked to upload their work to the Red Bull Doodle Art website. From the lists, the top 20 entries were selected through public voting. Based from the requirements, these pieces were then judged by former Red Bull Doodle Art contestant, Manuel “Meow Meow” Liwanag and Details Ink owner, Kara Pangilinan. The selected top three were chosen through a combination of Creativity, Overall Style, and Aggregated Facebook Likes. The top three that emerged were Rojan Elmo Barcelon (University of the Philippines Diliman), Gabriel Villacarlos (University of San Carlos), and Michelle Robledo (University of the Philippines Manila).

On May 06th, 2017, in front of guests, media and other participants, Rojan Elmo Camua Barcelon were adjudged as the winner and advances to the Doodle Art Global Finals. His winning piece the ‘Maynila King’, is the piece he had doodled on in between working on his thesis. Barcelon said, “I want to show people that the lower class Filipinos can rise up and become the Kings of Manila!” Gabriel Villacarlos of University of San Carlos came in second place and third place was Michelle Robledo, a dentistry student from the University of the Philippines – Manila.

RB_Kara Pangilinan-Gabriel Villacarlos-Rojan Barcelon-Michelle Robledo-Manuel Liwanag

“It was a long process. If you look at the entries they are really good in different ways, so it was hard to pick who’s the best piece was” says Kara Pangilinan.

“The winning entry had a great meaning and a great style that’s unique to Rojan Barcelon”, says Manuel Liwanag.

The Global Finals for Red Bull Doodle Art will take place later this year at an undisclosed location. Visit for updates!

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