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Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA)

Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art
ILOMOCA is the first museum in the Visayas dedicated to modern and contemporary art. 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 exhibition rooms, a souvenir shop, and a theater facility. The Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA) is Megaworld’s first-ever museum located at the Iloilo Business Park, the company’s 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. In front of the museum is an 8.8 meter bronze statue of General Martin Delgado, crafted by award winning Spanish artist Ginés Serrán-Pagán. General Martin Delgado played a pivotal role in Philippine history, and served as the first governor of Iloilo province. Photo from: Christa I. De La Cruz

Hulot Exhibit
The ground floor houses the souvenir shop and is called ‘Hulot’, meaning ‘room or space’ in the Hiligaynon language. It is for exhibitions by local and international artists. It also serves as a commercial space for guest artists to exhibit their works of art. The souvenir shop is located adjacent to this area.

The Gallery
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 ‘Ilonggo Country’ gallery showcases works of artists with Ilonggo roots, curating “art conceived and realized by many Ilonggo artists from everywhere who continue to contribute to the flourishing Philippine art.” Some of the works featured in this gallery include the works of Rock Drilon, Charlie Co, Nelfa Querubin, to mention a few. The foreign artworks include those of Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, and Joan Miro. Sculptures and art installations made of fabric, glass, steel, concrete, and resin are also found in this area.

Adoracion Valencia Gallery
The third floor, meanwhile, showcases The Adoracion Valencia Gallery which features artworks from the collection of Edwin Valencia, the museum’s primary patron. Valencia was instrumental in the establishment of ILOMOCA. The museum was initiated by Megaworld Corporation through Megaworld Foundation, and in partnership of the Ilonggo art curator. Valencia started collecting artworks in the 1980s.

The Box
The Box is an offshoot of the museum’s desire to have its own venue for hosting performance art, theater productions, workshops, and other cultural events. The venue can cater up to 60 people and is equipped with the latest state of the art audio technology.

Brandy Museum
There’s a lot to be excited about the Brandy Museum. Every bottle of Spanish brandy shares a history waiting to be discovered. Now, liquor connoisseurs and enthusiasts have the opportunity to explore a variety of liquor in the country’s first-ever Brandy Museum by Emperador Inc., the Philippines’ biggest liquor company and the world’s largest brandy manufacturer. “Spanish brandy is one of those few drinks that many Filipinos can easily associate with some of their happiest, most treasured memories. This is why we are very excited to bring the first and currently the only Brandy Museum in the country, which we believe will give our guests a newfound appreciation for one of our most beloved liquors,” says Kendrick Tan, executive director, Emperador, Inc. First Brandy Museum in the Philippines is in Iloilo. Opening a museum that celebrates the heritage of Spanish brandy in Iloilo Business Park is no coincidence. During the Spanish rule, in 1889, Queen Regent Maria Cristina raised the Iloilo City’s status into a Royal City of the South and was soon after conferred the title ‘La Muy Leal y Noble Ciudad’, or The Most Loyal and Most Noble City. Important artifacts on display in the Brandy Museum includes books, letters, traditional wine- and brandy-making tools, samples of soils used to grow grapes, and rare, old Emperador brandy bottles. Audio-visual presentations showcasing are also available. Iloilo Business Park is indeed the perfect choice for business and leisure in the Iloilo.

PH39+8F5, Muelle Loney St, Iloilo City Proper, Iloilo City, Iloilo

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