Advertising Man Creates The Largest Abstract Painting in the Philippines

MANDALUYONG CITY, Philippines - Just a few days before the holiday known as the EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary, a Filipino artist kicked off a different kind of revolution in terms of creating his art.

If you were an adman with a Fine Arts background who also dabbled in out-of-home media or outdoor advertising, how would you celebrate the Philippines' National Arts Month?

Well, you could create a massive abstract artwork, 62 feet high and 40 feet wide, and since it's too big to fit in a gallery, you could install it on a huge billboard frame in the most central of locations on the Metro Manila's major thoroughfare, EDSA.

And because you want the work to be revolutionary, you would just have to locate it right where the two EDSA Revolutions happened many years ago.

Advertising guy and artist Lloyd Tronco did exactly that. In keeping with Presidential Proclamation No. 663 (signed in 1991) wherein the “disciplines of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, architecture, literature, media arts, and film need to be preserved, enriched" every month of February, Lloyd installed his ginormous artwork titled "Alab ng Sining" along EDSA-Ortigas near the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Building, Barangay Wack-Wack, Greenhills East, Mandaluyong City.

At 62 feet high by 40 feet wide, "Alab ng Sining" covers an area of 230 square meters.

Artist and advertising guy Lloyd Tronco and his artwork, "Alab ng Sining" which is largest abstract painting in the Philippines.

With a surface area of 230 square meters, it required 10 gallons of acrylic paint, with the assistance of 4 people to spread his vinyl canvas and eventually 8 people to install his acrylic-on-vinyl artwork. While the actual implementation and execution was achieved in about a week, the planning and logistical strategy took several months.

Lloyd, in an online interview, says that "the idea though of doing something like this has been in the back of my mind for years because I have been in the outdoor advertising business for the longest time." Lloyd's Bacolod City-based family-owned Tronco Advertising Co., Inc. has been dabbling in billboards for the past 45 years.

Doing large works is not something new to the artist.  "When I was 16 and about to graduate from the Philippine Science High School, our art appreciation teacher gave me a task to create a mural on the school's grandstand.  That was the backdrop for the commencement exercises", said the artist.

"This is a personal project," Lloyd admits. "I have been an artist by training, as I studied initially at the UP College of Architecture for one semester in 1985. Then, the untimely demise of my dad (who was once a professor at the University of Sto. Tomas in Fine Arts) compelled me to help my mom in the billboard business serving the Visayas and Mindanao. From Architecture, I shifted to Fine Arts at the La Consolacion College of Bacolod."

People can see Lloyd Tronco's "Alab ng Sining" along EDSA-Ortigas until the end of February 2021.

"Alab ng Sining" is the artist's way of celebrating the National Arts Month.

"Alab ng Sining" is best seen on the southbound lane of EDSA of the EDSA-Ortigas Flyover coming from Connecticut Street to Megamall.