La Union


AGLAUN Visual Artist Group Brief  History

The group was founded in the year 1995 through the leadership of Dr. Nathaniel V. Rimando and  Rodel Rillera in a launching art exhibit in the former Museo de Iloco. It was formally organized in 1997 composed of visual artists in paintings, sculptures and photography. It was originally known as Artists Guild of La Union.  In the year 2001 it was headed by the late Dir. Edwin Joseph V. Edralin, DFA. It was a term of success with several major exhibits until he passed away in year 2012.

It was reorganized on September 8, 2012 and Rodel Rillera was appointed as the leader of the group. This was in conjunction with the launching exhibit of Silid ti Adal Ken Laing Gallery (Culture and Arts Gallery) in San Fernando City, La Union with the objective of uniting local artists and showcasing their talents and rich culture. And now becomes the home of AGLAUN and local independent artists.

On May 2013 the group was invited to an art exhibit event through the initiative of Dr. Brenda M. Espinosa and it became a benchmark for the younger and active artists. The exhibit was a success and now became a model for future events in fundraising for a cause.

Today we have 15 active members with the guidance of the senior members who are still actively participates in contests, art exhibits and coaching of the younger artists. As part of their long term objectives, they are opening their doors in accommodating organizers who wants to raise funds for their projects and beneficiaries as to share the group’s talents in supporting different groups.


RICARTE ICO, born and raised in San Marcelino, Zambales, and now based in Bauang, La Union, Ricarte’s fascination with drawing started as early as preschool age. He earned a Bachelors of Arts and Certificate in Teaching, and took up units in Architecture. He learned the basics of painting from his fellow artists and developed his skills further through self-study. Knowing the rudiments of architectural drafting naturally led Ricarte to explore the possibilities of integrating fine art and architecture in his paintings. Ricarte had already won four first prizes and one second prize in six on-the-spot competitions he joined. He had exhibited works in various venues in San Fernando City (La Union), Dagupan City, Baguio City, and Metro Manila. Ricarte was a former Artist-Ilustrator II of DepED, Regional Office I.