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Festive Walk Iloilo, ILOMOCA host Panagbo: Encounters with Tradition

Festive Walk Iloilo and the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA) will host  Panagbo: Encounters with Tradition expo showcasing the dynamic and cultural relationship between Roxas City and Iloilo City. 

The event slated this September and October, Panagbo has two components open to the public.

The Roxas City Food & Crafts Fair  features fresh seafood products as well as locally-made souvenir products from September 3 to 7. Guests can shop for the local products at the Garden Atrium of Festive Walk Iloilo.

Panagbo, the exhibition at Hulot Gallery at ILOMOCA  opens from September 4 to October 21. Curated by Marika Constantino, the exhibition features artists and art groups based in Roxas City and Capiz.

Panagbo is a local fishing tradition rooted from the Capiznon word “tagbo” which means to meet. It is a custom that refers to community members gathering in the shoreline to meet arriving fisherfolks who carry bounty from their voyages. 

“[The] convergence is also a metaphorical representation of the intersection of art and knowledge production, culture and identity, the past and the present in relation to the uga or dried fish,” said Constantino. “[The artists] will use the uga as motivation, inspiration and point of trajectory for new works in various forms: paintings, mixed media, installation, video and sound works.”

The exhibit  includes a short video by Eyecan Creatives tracing the journey of the uga from sea to table. Some of the artworks  featured are Sheila Mae Bernaldez’ realistic portrayal of uga  in mixed media; Chariline Bigbig’s creative journal showing the processes of making uga; and Clinton Dellota’s paintings of fishing practices and traditions. 

Kim Raffy Astrolabio’s mixed media paintings give us a glimpse of the life of the local fisherfolk, while Rochel Calinao’s series of paintings depicts the process of making uga showing  scenes of families involved in the industry.

Jonard Villarde’s functional sculptures  are made like concrete pots with designs inspired by various elements of making uga.. Lorenzo Ignacio, a chef and a watercolor artist presents realistic paintings of  different fish dishes and their perfect meal pairings. Lloyd Develos’ lovely use of colors in his paintings  focuses on market scenes and fish vendors.

John Alaban builds an installation using drying beds as main material with the theme Daing Maghapon. To interact with John Alaban’s work, Animo artists group  creates ambient sound in a separate installation with the concept Prehistoric Preservation Practices: Through Sun and Soundwaves.

“Panagbo is our way of celebrating cultural diversity, educating the public on the rich heritage of Roxas and Capiz, and raising the levels of shared cultural experience in the region. Through the masterful creations of our local artists and through world-class products made by SMEs, we hope we can contribute to more understanding and harmonious coexistence between cultures, ” said Janine Cabato, Head of Museum Group, Megaworld Corporation.

For updates on the latest happenings, visit or call our hotline at 8-462-8888 and the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art at (033) 503 8622.

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