Nestled within the Casa Emperador Building at Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park, the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Arts is the first museum in the Visayas dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The 3000 square meter property houses five exhibition rooms, a souvenir shop, and a theater facility.
The Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art: The ground floor houses the souvenir shop and is called ‘Hulot’, meaning ‘room or space’ in Hiligaynon. It is for exhibitions by local and international artists. The second-floor houses ‘The Gallery’ which is comprised of three inaugural exhibitions: works by local artists recognized locally and abroad; sculptures; and works by foreign artists. The third floor, meanwhile, showcases The Adoracion Valencia Gallery which features artworks from the collection of Edwin Valencia, the museum’s primary patron.
Jeho Bitancor Debuts Exhibit
Multi-awarded visual artist Jeho Bitancor debuts exhibit at the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA) at the Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao, Iloilo dubbed as Poetic Dissent: The Artworks of Jeho Bitancor. For the US-based Filipino contemporary artist, art reflects his social standpoint and struggles. Fueled by passion and shaped by experiences, Bitancor breathes new life and meaning into his artworks by recognizing the ‘poetic potential’ of each subject and highlighting society’s issues bearing social and philosophical significance.
“I have always sought a balance between the manner of expressing my concerns as an artist and articulating my discontent as a human being. I believe that art must embody our highest aspirations in terms of expertise, intellectual rigor, and imagination, yet must also be responsive to and reflective of Zeitgeist or the spirit of the times,” – Multi-awarded visual artist Jeho Bitancor.
“We are truly honored to host Jeho Bitancor and his masterpieces here at ILOMOCA as part of our commitment to promote the splendid works of Filipino artists. This is also our way of continuing to deepen the role of arts and culture in the development of our townships all over the country,” says Tefel Pesigan-Valentino, Vice President for Megaworld Lifestyle Malls and Megaworld Foundation.
The Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA) is Megaworld’s first-ever museum located at the Iloilo Business Park, the company’s bustling township development in Western Visayas. The facility proudly embraces the distinction as the first art institution in Visayas and Mindanao exclusively dedicated to showcasing the works of mostly Filipino and Ilonggo artists within modern and contemporary art.
Poetic Dissent is a two-month exhibit featuring Jeho Bitancor’s latest works that will run from September 8 until November 7, 2018. Some of the artworks on display will be on sale, and proceed will benefit Iloilo art communities. A handful of the pieces, meanwhile, are privately owned by ILOMOCA patron, Ed Valencia.
About Jeho Bitancor. Hailing from Baler, Aurora in 1967, Bitancor graduated with a Major in Painting and Visual Communications (Advertising) from the College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines in 1992. After graduating, Bitancor dabbled in big advertising agencies such as McCann Erickson, Avellana and Associates, Philippine Advertising Couselorsm Leadcom Asia, and Communication Concepts, among others. The breakthrough in Bitancor’s career came in the form of an art residency grant in 1997, when he was selected as one of the artists to represent and country and train under the Art Students’ League in New York City.
As a multi-awarded visual artist with local and international recognition, Bitancor mounted 23 solo painting exhibitions. The most recent ones were: Paradox of Living at Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea, Philippines, 2017; Not So Random Narratives at the Bliss on Bliss Art Projects in New York in 2016, among others. Bitancor is also a recipient of the following awards: 13 Artists Awards from the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2006; Dangal ng Aurora Award as Outstanding Citizen of Aurora in 2005; Award of Recognition for Excellence in Visual Arts from the Museo de Baler, Aurora Province, Philippines; and the Freeman Foundation Asian Artists’ Fellowship Award from Vermont Studio Center, VT, USA in 1997.
The institutions housing collections of his artworks are Singapore Art Museum, Bulwagan ng Dangal UP University Heritage Museum, Ateneo Art Gallery, De la Salle University Museum, National Commission for Culture and Arts, Cojuangco Museum, Balay Segundo Museum, Museo de Baler, Social Security System Art Collection, and the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art.
ILOMOCA Pays Tribute to Women Artists
In celebration of the 11th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta of Women (RA 9170), the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA) in Megaworld’s Iloilo Business Park township puts the spotlight on women artists and their contribution to the Philippine art landscape with an online art exhibit entitled 7.23%.
The event, co-presented by Philippine Daily Inquirer Lifestyle, is aimed at spurring discussions on women’s representation and gender inequities that exist in art and cultural institutions. The concept of the exhibit is inspired by the proportion of works attributed to women artists (only 7.23%) that compose ILOMOCA’s entire collection.
Curated by Marika Constantino, 7.23% will feature artworks by 44 artists to be featured on ILOMOCA’s Facebook page from August 14 to October 19, 2020. Featured artworks are part of ILOMOCA’s Edwin Valencia collection.
The Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art: Beyond acknowledging an imbalance in art and cultural institutions, the figure also represents the disproportionate realities faced by women, as manifested in pay gaps and domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence. 7.23% also poses a challenge for ILOMOCA to attain a higher ratio of art made by women and generates a call to action to address such inequality.
“I wholeheartedly support the need to push for and support more programs to encourage and embolden women artists and women in general. I am excited about this project because hopefully it will generate the right discussion and for my part, a call to action on how to address the inequality,”said Ilonggo art collector and ILOMOCA art patron Edwin Valencia.
The signing of the Magna Carta on Women in 2009 further empowered Filipino women by allowing them to exercise their rights without discrimination.
“We are bringing our museums closer to more people, including the international community, through this virtual art exhibit in the time of a global pandemic. The digital realm has allowed us to engage more people real-time while still promoting the safety of everyone. More importantly, this also helps us promote art as an interactive platform for ideas that supports and celebrates women’s role in the art community,” says Tefel Pesigan-Valentino, vice president and head of marketing and business development, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls.
ILOMOCA will kick off the 7.23% exhibit launch with a Facebook live stream on August 14 at 7:23 p.m. On the same day, the museum will be holding an online conversation with Moreen Austria, Lyra Garcellano, Alee Garibay, Michelle Lua-Hollanes, selected artists featured in the collection, together with curator Marika Constantino.
Located at Casa Emperador in Iloilo Business Park, ILOMOCA is the first art institution in Visayas and Mindanao exclusively dedicated to showcasing the works of mostly Filipino and Ilonggo artists within the realm of modern and contemporary art. For more information on the latest happenings in ILOMOCA, visit ilomoca.org. or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art is located at Casa de Emperador, Festive Walk Parade, Megaworld Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City. For inquiries, call (033) 320 9903 and (033) 328 1028.