Breath of Life is a fund-raising initiative by Museo Iloilo, the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) of San Jose de Placer Parish Church and Iloilo-linked Artists. This is for the benefit of anti-COVID-19 frontliners and the local arts community. Collectible, historically significant and unique art pieces at very affordable prices. For inquiries call 033-315-4035.
Tyrone Dave Espinosa is a multi-awarded sculptor and painter. He known for the Surreal Expressionism is his art style. He was born in 1991 and he finished BS Architecture at the Iloilo Science and Technology University.
A mother and a healer, Madhu Liebscher is also the founder of “Art That Heals”. This an art program for in-risk children and youth.
Alex P. Ordoyo
Alex P. Ordoyo is a 35-year-old practicing visual artist and teacher from Santa Barbara, Iloilo. His body of works varies from watercolor on paper to textured acrylic and oil on canvas. Ordoyo explores different themes and subjects in his artwork. He gets inspiration from social issues and nature as well.
Marvin Dalisay was born on 14 September 1989 in the small coastal town of Banate. He is the 11th of the 12 children of Buen Agsam Dalisay and Remy Baitan Dalisay.
Vic Fario is a freelance visual artist and a graduate of Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in painting, at the Philippine Women’s University in Manila. This is where he is also teaching at the School of Fine Arts and Design. Fario has worked as artist-in-residence at the School for the Arts of the Iloilo National High School.
Born on 7 October 1984, Joemel Mirabuena is the eldest among seven siblings of farming parents. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology, major in Architectural Drafting, as well as a Diploma in Teaching.
Melvin Celiz Guirhem
Melvin Celiz Guirhem is a full-time fabric artist from the town of Oton in Iloilo province. He is a co-founding member of Baysulangpu Artists’ Society and the Ogtonganon Visual Artists’ League (OVAL). He is also a former member of Kurit Ilonggo, Art Association of the Philippines, and Hubon Ilonggo.
A self-taught artist, some of Leo Gali’s works depict the marginalized sector.
Bea Gison is a 23-year-old visual artist currently based in Iloilo City. She mainly works with acrylics, watercolor and ink. Her artworks involve weaved symbolisms to form concepts from observation and realizations in the hope of influencing the viewer’s perspective.
Paul John “PJ” Cabanalan
Born in Barangay Dorog, Leon, in Iloilo Province, Paul John “PJ” Cabanalan won the grand prize in the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE) for the Oil/Acrylic Category in 2017. He was also a national finalist in the Philippine Arts Awards in 2018.
Cris Barredo is a self-taught artist and art enthusiast. Although his late father was once an artist, the young Barredo says he never learned from him because his father never had the chance to teach him about art.
Rose Rubinos Jabadan
Ilonggo female artist Rose Rubinos Jabadan was born in Molo, Iloilo City. She acquired her Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy at the University of San Agustin.
Pam Reyes, 55, is a single mom of three awesome, independent kids. She’s a fashion accessories designer turned restaurateur turned visual artist.
Reyes has loved the arts since kindergarten. It was only three years ago that her passion for painting was re-ignited. She hasn’t stopped painting since.
John Michael Catigan
John Michael Catigan was born on February 3, 1998. He is the middle child of Julia and Teodoro Catigan. He grew up in the coastal town of Dumangas.
Aljerico Saraum is a resident of Barangay Balantang, Jaro, in Iloilo City. A graduate of BS Architecture from the Iloilo Science and Technology University. He is actually been interested in art as far as he can remember, even as a child.
Richard De La Cruz
Richard De La Cruz was born on 17 February 1981 in the town of Oton, Iloilo Province. He’s the son of a farmer and a housewife, and now, as a neophyte family-man himself, he relies much on his art to support his young family.
Carlo Ben L. Losande
Carlo Ben L. Losande, MD, DPBO is an ophthalmologist in Roxas City. He paints when required or as needed. He works with oil (finger-painting) and is currently re-introducing himself to watercolor.
Faith Ann Conlu-Rubinos
Faith Ann Conlu-Rubinos is an Ilongga artist and a member of the United Fine Artists of the Philippines (UFAP). She has been an active organizer and exhibitor of various art shows in the region. She was born in Pavia, Iloilo, and studied Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of San Agustin and a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.
AJ Lavilla is a self-taught visual artist born in Iloilo City and is currently based in Queens, New York.
Clark V. Soriano
Clark V. Soriano was born and raised in Tigbauan, Iloilo Province. Largely a self-taught artist, he was influenced by his father, also an artist in his own right. Soriano’s creative talent has been honed since childhood with his innate interest in art, woodwork, carpentry, sculpture and in whatever art materials available.
El S. Dosado
El S. Dosado is an artist-environmentalist who paints and handcrafts his favorite subjects – Philippine wildlife and its spiritual guardians, as well as our national cultural scenes. “I want to show the importance of the natural world to glorify our Creator,” Dosado says.
Elijah Benj Dosado
Elijah Benj Dosado is an artist-environmentalist who paints and handcrafts using recyclable materials to express his empathy and love for the creations of God.
Maryjune “MJ” A. Solitana
Maryjune “MJ” A. Solitana is a 37-year-old other-abled artist from Sta. Barbara, Iloilo Province. Life for her took a new direction when she was 12 years old.
Marion Lamaslig is a 25-year-old seafarer by profession but his heart is in the arts.
“I started sketching and drawing when I was a kid, unconsciously making artworks out of those random sketches, Lamaslig says. “I was able to find myself in the arts.”
Multi-awarded Jzy Tilos is from Tigbauan, Iloilo Province. He took up Engineering in college, but he set aside his tools and books when he started painting in 2001. He hasn’t stopped since, sharing his works in various art shows and exhibitions across the nation and beyond.
A father of four girls, KC Rile finished a Vocational Course in Building Wiring Electricity and has been a freelance festival artist since 1999.
Kevin Z. Fernandez
Kevin Z. Fernandez was born in Iloilo City in 1996. As far as he knows, he’s the first artist in their clan, so he considers Art as a gift. His interest in the arts started in his teenage years and was nourished when he opted to take his Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Drafting at the Iloilo Science and Technology University.
Rommel Anglacer Garde
Rommel Anglacer Garde considers an art and signs workshop under the mentorship of veteran Ilonggo artist Ronnie Granja as having had a lasting impact on his career. He also finished a 2D animation course at the Western Visayas College of Science and Technllogy (now the Iloilo Science and Technology University). He admires the works of classical artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt.
Larry Ballera Vargas
Larry Ballera Vargas is a painter by hand, and a realist by vision, ambition – and mission.
Inspired by a father who painted part-time, the young Vargas started drawing and painting at the age of seven years. He sustained this artistic interest in his primary-school years.
Jonard A. Villarde
Jonard A. Villarde is a native of Ivisan, Capiz Province. He is a “hobbiest” painter and an elementary industrial arts teacher. One of his passions is art education for children, and he has offered his talent as illustrator for children’s story books. He is an active member of Guban Handuraw Art Group For Nature based in Pilar, Capiz.
Onofre Ballescas III
Onofre Ballescas III is based in Oton, Iloilo Province. A graduate of the West Visayas State University with a major in Architectural Drafting, he eventually found himself in a full-time career as a dressmaker and fashion designer.
Dr. Eva Catedral
Dr. Eva Catedral is an ophthalmologist in Iloilo City. She started painting while pursuing her medical degree and she has since joined art groups.
Vic Ibuyan Nabor
Vic Ibuyan Nabor comes from a family of artists. His father was a pioneer graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Fine Arts (under the deanship of the Filipino “maestro”, Fernando Amorsolo), while his mother was an elementary-school music and arts teacher. Hence, he has been exposed to the arts for as long as he can remember.
Frank Alexi Nobleza
Frank Alexi Nobleza is an architect and self-taught visual artist. He finished B.S. Architecture at the University of San Agustin in Iloilo City, and was awarded Most Outstanding Graduate in 1999.
Hannah Marie Denaque Celso
Hannah Marie Denaque Celso, 18 years old, is a proud Dumangasanon (from Barangay Tamboilan in Dumangas town, Iloilo Province) and part of the Araut Visual Artist Collective (AVAC).
Marrz Capanang is an intuitive painter and community-centered artist from Iloilo City. He was a resident cultural artist at Haarlem Artspace in Wirksworth, United Kingdom, and Philippine representative at the Wild Conference by Slunglow in Leeds, UK, in 2019 as nominated by the British Council Philippines.
Tatz Jaleco was born and lives in Jaro, Iloilo City. He’s a teacher by profession, a product of the Iloilo Science and Technology University, where he is currently pursuing a Master’s degree.
Dr. Azel Ann Baron
A born artist, Dr. Azel Ann Baron was brought up in her native Iloilo. Despite growing up in a family of artists, she consider herself self-taught: she started when she was 4 years old and learned to use a paint brush at the age of 7 years.
Michael Busayong was born and lives in Patnongon, Antique Province, although he studied in Iloilo.
Edmar Colmo was born in Iloilo City in 1980 but fate brought him to Nueva Valencia on the neighboring island-province of Guimaras.
Lorellie Baylon Dumagat
Lorellie Baylon Dumagat, better known as “Rain Dumagat”- is an Ilongga originally rom Lemery town in Iloilo province, but currently staying in Lapaz.
Heiro Granja is a 3rd-year Architecture student at the Iloilo Science and Technology University.
Ronnie Granja currently works with the Department of Education as a Visual Arts Specialist of the Dingle National High School’s Special Program in the Arts.
He’s had two solo art shows so far, and was a finalist in the 2001 Philippine Art Awards. He also took home Honorable Mention in the 2003 Art Association of the Philippines competition.
Althea Villanueva is an Iloilo-based self-taught visual artist whose work explores “real-life stories, untold memories, and moments captured in a time between seasons, places and sentiments”.
Mark Rene Nativo
Based in Oton town in Iloilo Province, Mark Rene Nativo deploys the powers of Realism and Expressionism in his art works.
Ernesto “Nick” Dela Cuesta Lanes Jr
A native of Zarraga town in Iloilo Province, Ernesto “Nick” Dela Cuesta Lanes Jr, is relatively new to the local art scene but has been nurturing his passion for the art since his elementary-school days.
Arel Distor Zambarrano
Arel Distor Zambarrano hails from the small coastal town of Banate in Iloilo Province. He obtained his B.S. in Industrial Technology, Major in Drafting, and B.S. in Architecture at the Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U).
Orland Espinosa, or simply “Orland”, was born in Bacolod City but is now an Iloilo-based artist whose works carefully portray various religious, social and cultural contexts.
Mark Anthony Larida
Mark Anthony Larida, from Arevalo District in Iloilo City, is a self-taught artist who also does graphic work.
John Ernie B. Acedera
John Ernie B. Acedera, from New Lucena town in Iloilo Province, works full-time as a draftsman and furniture designer at Que Design International.
He is an active member of Himbon Art Group and the Hubon Ilonggo Artist Collective.
Antonio Anas Jr.
Antonio Anas Jr. is currently based in Alimodian town in Iloilo Province. He dreamed of becoming a seafarer, but art had a stronger pull on him.
Marlo Victor Bacuna
Marlo Victor Bacuna, from Roxas City in Capiz Province, is a licensed teacher, although he’s been unable to pursue a teaching career for various reasons.
Instead, he landed a job with a garments company in Roxas City, in-charge of designing and managing the printing department.
Paul Fortunado, from Oton town in Iloilo Province, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Culinary and Kitchen Management at the Colegio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus in Iloilo City. He worked on cargo ships but is now pursuing his true passion for art.
Kristoffer Brasileño is an independent studio artist based in Jaro District in Iloilo City.
Arnulfo Pones Jr.
Arnulfo Pones Jr. is a self-taught artist and draftsman who can work with wood, metal, handicraft and graphic arts.
Noel M. Elicana
Noel M. Elicana obtained his B.S. in Architecture at the Iloilo Science and Technology University.
Dr. Cynthia O. Vailoces-Salcedo
Dr. Cynthia O. Vailoces-Salcedo, M.D., D.P.B.O. is known as “Mama Owl” among the Iloilo ophthalmologists.
Carlo F. Juntado
Carlo F. Juntado’s experiences in the field of psychiatric nursing are the subjects of his artworks.
Jude Portillo Alcalde
Jude Portillo Alcalde is originally from Alimodian town in Iloilo Province. He is currently studying at the Central Philippine University in Jaro District in Iloilo City, taking up Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He is a student scholar of the CPU Symphonic Band.
Sabrec – Leoniel Cerbas
Sabrec – Leoniel Cerbas in “real” life – is a reliable and dedicated breadwinner who’s been solidly molded by his quite chaotic but personally inspiring locale.
Joebert A. Gayoma
Joebert A. Gayoma is a 29-year-old artist from Banate town in Iloilo Province, although he was born in Oton, just outside Iloilo City.
Roel Burgos comes from a family of multi-disciplinary artists. He started drawing at an early age, doing school projects for himself and his classmates. He was a frequent school representative to different art competitions.
Rommelein Dema-ala is a self-taught artist and a member of the Araut Visual Artists Collective (AVAC) of Dumangas Town in Iloilo Province.
Her decision to explore art was largely thanks to the influence of her sister, whom she idolizes.
Roland Facon Llarena
Although he was born in Rosario Town in Cavite Province in 1991, Roland Facon Llarena has become a true-blue Ilonggo.
Jason Alvarez Delgado
A self-taught visual artist from Molo District in Iloilo City, Jason Alvarez Delgado is the youngest of the four children of a carpenter and a housewife.
Ningnong Acedera is a member of the Himbon and Hubon art groups in iloilo City.
Mark Neill Centillo Casidsid
“I’m a true-blooded citizen of the Republic of the Philippines,” declares Mark Neill Centillo Casidsid.
Marte “Smart” Garbo
Marte “Smart” Garbo says he discovered his God-given talent for art at the age of 15 years. He continued to work on his skills and had honed his craftsmanship by the time he graduated in 2000 with a degree in Technical Education with a Major in Architectural Drafting.
Nanilet Dorado Talahuron
Nanilet Dorado Talahuron started drawing when she was in elementary school. She met fellow creative Lloyd Develos at the Capiz National High School in Roxas City and their shared passion for art eventually led to a matrimonial union.
For almost 12 years, Lloyd Develos supported himself and later on his young family as a commercial artist doing streamers, t-shirt printing and other design jobs in Capiz Province.
Kevin P. Bartonico
Kevin P. Bartonico is a licensed Architect by profession and considers himself a Modern Social Realist artist.
While she’s still finding her preferred art style, France Gose believes that “Art is an expression of hope and thanksgiving to the Creator.”
Eanroll Calidquid Ejar
Eanroll Calidquid Ejar was born in Sta. Catalina Town in Negros Oriental Province, but is now based in Barangay Bitoon in Jaro District, Iloilo City.
Brando P. Banga
Brando P. Banga hails from Pavia Town, just outside Iloilo City.
Jennifer Malse graduated with a B.S. in Information Technology, major in web design.
Dr. Dureza Abad
Dr. Dureza Abad, M.D., is a practicing Neurologist and a self-trained artist based in Iloilo City. To divert her attention from her usual routine clinic and hospital rounds, she paints.
Ritche Baylon is based in Molo District, Iloilo City, and is a product of the Iloilo City National High School and the West Visayas College of Science and Technology, now the Iloilo Science and Technology University.
Based in Lapaz District in Iloilo City, Mimi Centino is a 19-year-old Architecture student at the University of San Agustin.
Hailing from Oton Town just outside Iloilo City, Steve Magbanua is primarily a festival-event visual artist and a musician.
Reden B. Aguadera
Reden B. Aguadera is a public school multi-grade teacher currently working in the mountains of Barangay Olalo, Pilar Town, in Capiz Province. There are only two of them teaching at the local barangay school.
Edwin de los Reyes
Edwin de los Reyes is a freelance Ilonggo artist currently based on the island-province of Guimaras.
Margaux Blas has been involved with art for as long as she can remember, having grown up surrounded and inspired by nature in her hometown of Ajuy in northern Iloilo Province.
Based on the island-province of Guimaras, Jeline Laporga is a self-taught artist who bagged the Grand Prize in the 2012 GSIS Abstract Art Competition.
Rey Denzil Hirro Gico
Rey Denzil Hirro Gico is from Guimbal Town in the south of Iloilo Province.
Renwil Jake Portodo
Renwil Jake Portodo was born in 1998. He the eldest of the six children of Gregorio Marcelino Portodo and Galatea Sumbilla from the coastal community of Calaparan.
Rhei Mund is a resident of Miagao Town in southern Iloilo Province.
Dr. Minda Marie Cabrera
Dr. Minda Marie Cabrera, M.D. is a physiatrist (rehabilitation medicine specialist) at St Paul’s Hospital Iloilo. She is a member of the After Clinic Group of health professionals who devote time to doing art.
Michael Delmo is a 24-year-old artist currently wrapping up an art residency in Cavite.
Agos Payapa (“Flow Peaceful”) is the nom de guerre of a “novice artist, professional thinker and geek” who comes from an artistic family.
Ambassador Uriel Norman Garibay
Ambassador Uriel Norman Garibay is a Career Diplomat and Former Philippine Ambassador to Kenya and 11 other East African countries.
Dr. Lucille Detoyato
Dr. Lucille Detoyato is a hand surgeon who regularly calls at the Don Jose S. Monfort Medical Center Extension Hospital in Barotac Nuevo.
Dr. Amee Lourdes Ravena-Ponje
Dr. Amee Lourdes Ravena-Ponje finished her degree as Doctor of Medicine at West Visayas State University. Her residency training in Internal Medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital in Iloilo City.
Dr. Anna-Marie S. Velasco
Dr. Anna-Marie S. Velasco is an Infectious Disease Specialist based in Iloilo.
“I’m nothing without a canvas,” says Man-Man Cayona, a self-taught artist. he considers himself “a man of pure words and knowledge, who speaks out his feelings through arts and music and an artist of great sensitivity”.
L. Marius “Maru” Alayon
L. Marius “Maru” Alayon is a 29-year-old registered nurse. He is also working as a professional high-school teacher of animation from Sigma Town in Capiz Province.
Aina Shane Martinez
Aina Shane Martinez is a young illustrator and muralist based in Roxas City in Capiz Province.
Kirk Hammet Alegrado Ande
Kirk Hammet Alegrado Ande is a 19-year-old native of Alimodian Town in southern Iloilo Province.
Jorell S. Demapindan
Jorell S. Demapindan is based in Barangay Sta. Rosa, Guimbal Town, in southern Iloilo Province.
Dr. Janet A. Beltran
Dr. Janet A. Beltran, a true-blue denizen of historic Jaro District in Iloilo City. She is a practicing Internist-Adult Neurologist.
Daryl Hechanova Dalipe
Daryl Hechanova Dalipe incorporates contemporary Surrealism and Conceptual Portrait-Impressionism in his work, capturing personal struggle and growth.
Leiff B. Antonino
Leiff B. Antonino is an artist based in the province of Capiz, currently working as the Multimedia Officer of Ang Panublion (The Heritage) Museum in Roxas City.
Joar Songcuya is a seafarer and a self-taught artist. He started sailing the world as an 18-year-old apprentice after receiving a Norwegian Scholarship for Marine Engineering at the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University’s campus in Molo District, Iloilo City.
Jodi Marie Abada Maculada
Jodi Marie Abada Maculada, an 18-year-old lass from Arevalo District in Iloilo City. She is a freshman college student at the Iloilo Science and Technology University main campus in Lapaz District.
Dr. Elaine Veñegas, M.D.
Dr. Elaine Veñegas, M.D., is a medical graduate of West Visayas State University College of Medicine. She pursued Internal Medicine and took further sub-specialization in Rheumatology. Her medical practice is in Antique.
William Fusin is a licensed Architect based in Miag-ao Town in southern Iloilo Province.
John Ekoh O. Medina
John Ekoh O. Medina is a Grade10 Special Program in the Arts student from Oton Town, just outside Iloilo City.
To those who closely follow the Iloilo art scene, Larry Casinao does not need any introduction.
Art and Architecture are two of Winston Magampo’s great passions in life.
Lenny Areno is a 23-year-old fresh college graduate from President Roxas Town in Capiz Province.
Dr. Emmylou Jane Baylosis-Valencia
Dr. Emmylou Jane Baylosis-Valencia, from Barotac Nuevo Town along the central-eastern coast of Iloilo Province. She is a practicing Internist/Adult Neurologist.
Cezar L. Arro
Cezar L. Arro is one of the pillars of the Iloilo art scene. He has now established a truly national niche with a growing circle of dedicated collectors. His distinctive style encompasses Expressionism, Modern and Contemporary.
P.G. Zoluaga is an Ilonggo visual artist, songwriter and musician. He is one of the stalwarts of the Iloilo arts community.
Kirby Guirhem Majaque
Kirby Guirhem Majaque, from the riverside barangay of Tabuc Suba in Lapaz District in Iloilo City. He is a product of the nearby Western Institute of Technology.
Jan Christian T. Palma
Jan Christian T. Palma, from Miag-ao Town in southern Iloilo Province. He is a fresh graduate of B.S. in Architecture from the Iloilo Science and Technology University in Lapaz District, Iloilo City.
Jimmy Abelarde Jr.
Jimmy Abelarde Jr. is a freelance festival artist based in Iloilo City.
Norman Acedera is a native of New Lucena Town in south-central Iloilo Province.
Vincent Bulahan hails from the town of Pontevedra in Capiz Province. He is currently based in Iloilo City, where he works for a bank. He is a graduate of Sancta Maria Mater Et Regina Seminarium, in Cagay, Roxas City with a B.A. in Philosophy degree.
Jonas Mark Siva
Jonas Mark Siva says his art is basically a way for his audience to know or understand themselves and the world around them.
Joseph Bilan is a native Pan-ayanon, an indigenous cultural community in and around the town of Panay in the province of Capiz.
Dr. Melanie Jane Ausan-Tendencia
Dr. Melanie Jane Ausan-Tendencia is an Infectious Disease Specialist who encounters microorganisms up close in patients and in the laboratories.
Jancel Alvarez Boday
Jancel Alvarez Boday is a visual artist and muralist from Roxas City in Capiz. Some of his murals can be seen in schools, hotels and other establishments in his city in the second district of Capiz and in Iloilo.
Joseph Benedicto is a product label designer and consultant. He is also an urban gardener and a self-taught artist.
Marites Olivares Eusoya
Marites Olivares Eusoya is a three-year post-kidney-transplant survivor. She is based in Oton town in Iloilo Province.
These works’ price excludes freight cost, (where applicable). Of this, 70% will go to the artist. The 30% will be used by Museo Iloilo and the Catholic Women’s League of San Jose de Placer Parish Chapter to prepare grocery bags containing P500 worth of necessities. The bags will be given to the “Frontliners of Frontliners”. They are the hospital security guards, kitchen staff, orderlies, nursing aides, ambulance drivers, cleaners, clerks and other support staff. The aim is to help them meet the economic challenges in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic.
Your help will truly go a long, long way in helping these essential but almost invisible members of our health-care community, as well as artists in need.
“Physical distancing”, “self-quarantine” and “flattening the curve”. These are only few words that has been dominating in our community as COVID-19 causes a global pandemic. I will not be lying but I found this situation stressful at first. Stress and anxiety creeps in slowly as the news started to focus […]