The Iloilo Summer Arts Festival 2020 was recently launched at Troi Oi, last December 11. During the launch, guests were serenaded by artists PG Zoluaga and Miguel Antonio Davao with their original composition entitled ‘Suba’. The festival aspires to promote arts and culture to the Ilonggos and will feature Ilonggo artists involved in different fields of art – visual arts, music, dance, film, theater, literature, as well as culinary arts, horticulture, and culture in living museum. The said festival is part of the vision set by Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas in a bid to make Iloilo the arts capital of the country.
The festival launch also lauded participants and winners to the logo and jingle making contests. Charmaine Garay’s ‘Experience Iloilo’ and Vladimir Jay Guanzon’s logo were declared winners.
The Iloilo Summer Arts Festival will have a month-long celebration from April to May. Among the activities include the first La Via Dolorosa, also referred to as the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ, in dance during the Lenten season; an art fair for old and new collectors; a musical concert by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra courtesy of Senator Franklin Drilon, slated April 27; and theatre performances at the parks, otherwise known as ‘zarzuelas’. Activities will coincide with the theme ‘Ibalik ang Pagbun-ag, kag ang Kapagsik sang Tali-ambong sang Iloilo’, translated to ‘rebirth, rediscover, and revitalize the arts of Iloilo’.
“Launching the arts festival is for the future generation of Iloilo wherein knowledge, creativity, and innovation will be encouraged through this project. It is not exclusive or elitist, but will be inclusive as most venues will be public. Anyone and everyone can see and appreciate art,” states committee member Leny Ledesma.
Activities and venues will be mounted at the Iloilo River Esplanade as well as heritage parks such as Plaza Libertad, Jaro Plaza, Molo Plaza, Sunburst Park, and malls.