Treñas aims to make Iloilo City an art capital of the Philippines

Iloilo City Public Mural Paintings
Ilonggo artists have made vacant walls and spaces in the city as a canvas for their paintings and murals.


Iloilo City Government, through the leadership of Mayor Jerry P.Treñas, is strongly pushing for the promotion of the metropolis as the Art Capital of the Philippines.

"Part of my personal dream for the city is to make Iloilo an art capital, thru public art all over the city. I met almost all of our Ilonggo artists and asked for help on how to make my dream possible,” said Treñas.

Iloilo City Public Mural Paintings
Iloilo City Public Mural Paintings

These masterpieces increased arts awareness and appreciation to the public and were also added attractions for tourists and visitors.

As a lover of art, Treñas believes that it is a powerful tool for self-care and mental health.

“During this pandemic, we were able to give positive energies through our art while providing a source of living to our Ilonggo artists,” he said.

Iloilo City Public Mural Paintings
Photos along Diversion Road, Iloilo City.

Iloilo City Public Mural Paintings

Iloilo Arts Festival

The father of the city issued an Executive Order which created the Iloilo City Local Culture and Arts Council (ICLCAC) and its Committee on Cultural Heritage Conservation which will spearhead year-long programs, projects, and events.

The initiative is a collaboration of the City Government, national government agencies, artist groups, academe, and private sector partners.

The mayor met members of the council and started conceptualizing and preparing the proposed calendar of events throughout the year with a grand celebration of various arts to be highlighted at Iloilo Arts Festival in October.

These will cover arts including cinema, dramatic, literary, visual, dance, music, and architecture.


Iloilo City, Philippines, Art City

Initial plans include film-making and showing of locally-produced short films in newly-renovated plazas, murals restoration, art education, book launching, poetry reading, bike tours, photo contests, design competitions, exhibits, cultural mapping, concerts, performances, lecture workshops, symposiums, and awards, among others.

The annual arts and cultural heritage plan aim to develop and sustain local talents and preserve the rich Ilonggo traditions for people to enjoy. (Iloilo City PIO)

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