Iloilo City streets adorned with murals ahead of Dinagyang festival

Iloilo Dinagyang Festival
A bike rider passes by a mural of children riding train cars that can now be seen along the streets of Iloilo City. Photo from ATMOS.PH

Iloilo City streets are being given a facelift with colorful murals painted by local artists ahead of the Dinagyang Arts Festival that opens on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

The new murals include paintings featuring children riding train cars, an elderly IP woman, colorful bridges, painting on a firewall, bicycles, and a Chinese heritage scene.

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Photos of the ongoing and finished murals were first posted on social media by ATMOS.PH, SM City Iloilo, and the Iloilo City Government on January 16. The Iloilo City mural projects also involved the Sigahum Artists Group, Philippine Institute of Architects, Inc. – Iloilo Chapter, and Boysen Paints Philippines.


Netizens immediately took notice and posted appreciative comments. Among them, Rhabb JQ who wrote: “Good job! Salute to the artists! You make the grotesque facade into a fascinating display of arts and creativity…Iloilo becoming more charming…”

“Beautiful. It adds beauty yo the place. Another instagramable site,” said Sue Cuachon-Facultad while Peace Moscoso Lagura wrote: “proud to be ilonggo!!talented gd ang mga ilonggo kag ilongga!!! god bless and thank u for making our city beautiful”.

The Iloilo City government’s mural project actually began in October 2019 with a first mural depicting the vision of City Mayor Jerry Treñas.


Iloilo City, home to the world-famous Dinagyang Festival, on Saturday lit 5,000 candles to form the image of Sto. Niño and the words Viva Pit Señor at the San Jose Placer Parish in celebration of the Feast of the Sto. Niño.

Iloilo City recently bagged the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Award after being evaluated as one of the cleanest urban centers and top tourist destinations not just in the Philippines but also in the Southeast Asian Region.

Iloilo is also gearing up to be known as the model of traffic discipline in the Philippines with its initiative to strictly enforce both local and national road and traffic regulations.


The Museum of of Philippine Economic History opened in Iloilo City in 2019. The city also hosts the first Contemporary Art Museum in the Visayas which opened in 2018.

With reports from Blesilda dela Cruz.

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