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ILOMOCA Hosts Solo Exhibit Of Filipino Artist Jeho Bitancor

Multi-awarded visual artist Jeho Bitancor debuts exhibits 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 to 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. Related article: What’s Inside Iloilo Museum of 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 insitutions 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.




Poetic Dissent: The Artworks of Jeho Bitancor exhibit will run from September 8 to November 7, 2018. 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.

Jeho Bitancor (third from left) leads a toast

Poetic Dissent: The Artworks of Jeho Bitancor exhibit will run from September 8 to November 7, 2018. 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.



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