The City Hall was acknowledged as the largest building in Visayas and Mindanao during the Commonwealth Period according to one local newspaper "Ang Makinaugalingon" on its July 10, 1934 issue. In December 1936, it was inaugurated with much fanfare due to the elevation of Iloilo from a municipality to a city. Mayor Ramon Campos was the first city executive to occupy this building in 1937.
The University of the Philippines Visayas Chancellor's Committee on Culture and the Arts (UPV CCA) was established in July 1983 by Executive Order No. 03 issued by former UPV Chancelor Dr. Dionisia A. Rola.
One of the objectives of the CCA is to design a rich and balanced cultural program that will enhance the humanistic dimensions of life in the university and the community at large. It also ensures the preservation, exhibition and extension of the UPV art collection.
On November 25, 2008, the office of UPV Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Development and CWVS collaborated with the City Government in pushing for the installation of historical marker to the building by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). It was declared a National Historical Landmark by the NHCP on December 14, 2009.
UPV - Center for West Visayan Studies
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