“Iloilo City is now an artwork,” according to Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas describing the metro’s vibrant and colorful paintings in public places. An initiative of the mayor, the beautification program inspires and encourages artists to ‘unleash’ their art through murals and paintings.
“Iloilo City is now an artwork for both professional and aspiring artists to widen their perspectives and paint their imagination and ideals,” states Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas. He has also urged business owners to have their blank walls painted with murals.
These murals serve as a reminder of how vibrant Iloilo City is before the pandemic. We may not have the freedom we have as before, this mural inspires us to continue fighting this battle for a brighter Iloilo City,” he adds.
According to the mayor, the first mural is nestled in Sambag, and has inspired him to initiate more mural paintings in Iloilo City. Other city-initiated murals include those in Ledesma St. and Jalandoni St. in downtown Iloilo. Another one is in Brgy. Dulunan, in Arevalo, where officials, members of the Sangguniang Kabataan, and the Brgy Council for the Protection of Children collaborated with the Iloilo House of Peace and missionaries from Korea to embellish the walls of all seven zones of the barangay.
Another project is in an alley that used to be long and dark. Now, it is labeled as ‘Instagramma Walls’, an initiative of Brgy. Punong Lapuz and SK Federation Head Trisha Tomacruz. Read more: Spreading arts and colors in Iloilo City, an article by the Philippine Information Agency.
“More projects are in the works through the efforts of their hardworking barangay officials. May this be an inspiration for other barangays to continue pushing forward despite the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Treñas.
Another addition is the painted bridge of Iloilo as well as a mural project in the walls of the Iloilo City Community College, inspired by nature, the Panay Bukidnon myth, and the biking community in the metro.
“The butterflies represent the advocacy of giving back, the circles represent the bicycles as the city also serves as a biking destination, the Blue Kingfisher bird catches the eye of the public because of its anamorphic feature, and the white sand beach represents the famous Gigantes Island in Carles, Iloilo,”Treñas concludes.