Prize-winning artwork of Grade 7 student Kiko Dumaup is featured in 2018 NASA calendar!

January 17, 2018
Paul Y. Daza from a report by Arian F. Carlos

AJHS student Kiko Dumaup of Pamplona/7-Pires was one of the 12 winners of the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Commercial Crew 2018 Calendar Artwork Contest. The contest was held from October 2 to November 2, 2017, "and open to all Earthlings aged four to twelve years old." As one of the winners, Kiko’s submission was included in the September spread of the calendar with a short writeup about “Exploring the Solar System.” The calendar has been transmitted to the astronauts aboard the space station. Kiko also received a NASA sticker patch and an autographed photo from an astronaut as prizes earlier this month. Per the contest rules, the objective was to create a calendar that would educate students about the International Space Station, astronauts, growing food in space, and more. 

According to Kiko, it was his mother who encouraged him to join the contest after she saw a post about it on NASA’s facebook page. Kiko estimates that between 3,000 and 4,000 earthlings joined the competition, and reports that he was notified that he was one of the winners last December.  

Kiko has been sketching since he was three years old. When drawing, he favors realism over surrealism and prefers black-and-white to color. Not surprisingly, Kiko’s current favorite subject in school is Art. 

Kiko Dumaup

Kiko Dumaup's winning submission