Filipino wins in Winterlude 2011 Ice-carving competition

A February 10, 2011 press release prepared by the Department of Foreign Affairs
The Philippine Embassy in Ottawa reported that Montreal-based Filipino Ross Baisas, garnered two awards in the 2011 Winterlude 24th International Ice-Carving Competition.
The contest was held at the Rogers Crystal Garden, Confederation Park, Ottawa last February 4.
Twenty-eight renowned professional carvers from 11 countries participated in the event.
Mr. Baisas, who is the resident artist of the Casino du Monde Royale in Quebec, won First Place in the One-Block Challenge, transforming one block of ice into a sculpture inspired by the theme “Yin and Yang” in two hours.
He also won Third Place in the Pairs Category with Canadian artist Michael Tuinstra in their sculpture named “Destiny.”
Started in 1979 by the National Capital Commission to celebrate Canada’s unique northern climate and culture, Winterlude features glittering ice carvings, majestic snow sculptures, the biggest snow playground in North America and the world’s largest skating rink on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO-heritage site.