General Martin Delgado: Considered the greatest revolutionary in the Visayas, General Martin Delgado ignited the start of the revolution against the Spaniards when he assembled Ilonggo patriots and declared what is known today as the ‘Cry of Santa Barbara’. On November 17, 1898, General Martin Delgado proclaimed the Provisional Revolutionary Government of Visayas and Mindanao and General Emilio Aguinaldo raised the Philippine flag. It was a momentous event that the Philippine flag was raised outside of Luzon. The historic cry symbolized freedom for the Ilonggos, and Iloilo became the cradle of the Philippine Revolution outside of Luzon.
Decades later, in January 2019, property developer Megaworld pays tribute to the Visayan revolucionario as it unveils its iconic General Martin Delgado monument in Iloilo Business Park. The 8.8-meter bronze statue is a masterpiece created by Spanish sculptor Gines Serran-Pagan, one of the world’s most renowned international contemporary artists. Megaworld honors Serran-Pagan in a ceremonial inauguration of the Delgado statue. The iconic monument is located at the Casa de Emperador, standing proudly as a tribute to the Ilonggo hero.
“We are very happy to have such an iconic masterpiece here in Iloilo Business Park, especially one that bears a stamp of artistic greatness of Gines Serran-Pagan. This statue is truly a fitting reminder of the continued emergence of Iloilo as a progressive city that puts the arts, history, and culture at its very core,” says Kevin L. Tan, executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Megaworld.
The statue was first made in clay, then fiberglass, and eventually cast into bronze by Serran-Pagan himself. It took almost a month for the statue to arrive in the Philippines from China where it was created, but the overall design and preparation of the massive art piece took more than three years to be completed.
“I feel really proud because General Martin Delgado deserved this honor for having sacrificed his life for Iloilo. The bronze sculpture has durability of thousands of years. His legacy will be an inspiration to future generations. My gratitude to his family, the people of Iloilo, and to Dr. Andrew L. Tan and his company Megaworld for giving me the opportunity to create this monument and commemorate the most famous son and hero of Iloilo,” says Serran-Pagan.
About Gines Serran-Pagan. Born in Ceuta, Spain, Serran-Pagan has devoted his life to developing communities by combining art, anthropology, history, and culture. Some of his remarkable sculptures include The Pillars of Hercules: Abyia and Caipe and The Union of the World: Monument to World Peace, deemed to be the largest works of art depicting classic mythology in the contemporary world which are both in Gibraltar. Just recently, Serran-Pagan was feted with the Lorenzo de Medici Medal of the Arts in Miami, Florida for his valuable contribution to the arts in the world. The recognition was bestowed upon him by Prince Lorenzo de Medici himself, the direct descendant of the Renaissance sponsor of the Arts.
With over 250 exhibitions across 20 countries, international news agencies and organizations consider Serran-Pagan as a western artist who has had more exhibitions in Asia. He earned a master’s degree in Anthropology from New York University and a PhD from City University New York. Serran-Pagan’s artworks are collected by major museums around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Property developer Megaworld pays tribute to the Visayan revolucionario as it unveils its iconic General Martin Delgado monument in Iloilo Business Park. The 8.8-meter bronze statue is a masterpiece created by Spanish sculptor Gines Serran-Pagan, one of the world’s most renowned international contemporary artists. Megaworld honors Serran-Pagan in a ceremonial inauguration of the Delgado statue.
Iloilo Business Park was named by the prestigious Philippine Property Awards as the Philippines ‘Best Township Development’, the Iloilo Business Park highlights the importance of art in further developing communities. Perfectly blending urban architecture with art, history, and culture, the 72-hectare Megaworld township has become the place where art enthusiasts discover more about their craft at the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA). One of the latest additions to Iloilo Business Park, the museum happens to be a sanctuary where Ilonggos and tourists alike can feed their love for art with various paintings and sculptures from local and international artists.