Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art
Iloilo is a beautiful contradiction; one where heritage is part and parcel of the bustling capital. Institutions old and new hold stories of their own, and the recently-opened Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA) has plenty to tell about the burgeoning art community and rich cultural tradition of the region.
Located in Mandurriao and at the heart of the Iloilo Business Park township, the first-of-its-kind, three-storey contemporary museum has 3,000 square meters of space that features five exhibit rooms and a merchandise shop. It is helmed by University of the Philippines-Visayas Vice-Chancellor Martin Genodepa who serves as art director and curator.
Hanging on the gallery walls of the P109-million property by Megaworld Corp. are a plethora of art nouveau paintings by award-winning local artists and works by internationally-acclaimed names in the industry.
For the month of May, the Hulot Gallery located on the first floor of the museum houses several pieces by 2018 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence Awards (MADE) recipients Roland Falcon Llarena, Noel Elicana, Alex Ordoyo, Paul John Cabanalan, Leonil Cerbas, and Harry Mark Gonzales. These artist’s paintings and sculpture are on loan from Metrobank to ILOMOCA for a period of time.
On the second level is The Gallery, which is devoted to rotating shows with the aim of elevating Filipino identities in the arts. Here you’ll find works by curator Norberto Roldan and Ilonggo artists Richard Dela Cruz and Arel Zambarrano, as well as paintings by Mark Justiniani.
Meanwhile, the exhibition at the Adoracion V. Valencia Gallery on the third floor is a celebration of the International Women’s Month, where 36 artworks by 24 of the most notable Filipina artists, such as Ambie Abaño, Kat Malazarte, Norma Belleza and Chati Coronel, are on view. The gallery, named after the mother of ILOMOCA’s primary donor, Edwin Valencia, also features the personal collection of the family.
The ILOMOCA also has its own theater and events facility called The Box, which can serve as a venue for film or performance art, theatre productions, art workshops, and special exhibits. It can accommodate up to 60 people and is equipped with state-of-the-art audio technology.
The Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is at P100 for regular visitors, P80 for senior citizens, and P50 for students. It is located at Casa de Emperador Building, Festive Walk Parade, Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
How to Get There
Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and AirAsia offer daily multiple flights to Iloilo from key cities in the country such as Cebu, General Santos, Davao, Puerto Princesa, and Manila. The flight takes about an hour or so.
2GO Travel/SuperCat, Ocean Jet, FastCat, Weesam Express, Negros Navigation, Montenegro, and F.F. Cruz, on the other hand, have a ferry and Ro-Ro trips departing from the ports of Cebu, Bacolod, Guimaras, Manila/Batangas, Dumaguete, and Palawan.
The Iloilo International Airport is 30 minutes away from the city proper, which is accessible by taxi, jeepney, bus, or private vehicles. From the Iloilo International Airport, you can take a van or a cab to get you to one of Iloilo’s malls with public transport terminal to get you to where you want to go. ILOMOCA lies at the Iloilo Business Park township so it is pretty much accessible from any parts of the city.