Iloilo Frame Shop

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Picture framing and matting in Iloilo City.  Our experiences. We brought a number of unframed prints, maps and other artwork with us to the Philippines. We had a number is misadventures and disappointments when we tried to have them properly framed.  Generally, the available frame materiel was plastic and/or gaudy. In one case we had a 19th century oil painting on a wood stretcher we had framed.  What a disaster!  The frame shop cut the canvas off the stretcher and mounted the painting in an ugly plastic frame with no mat. We could see that we needed a more hands-on approach.

We decided that we would have local woodworkers make the frames of wood to our design.  We gave them a sample frame for them to copy and they did a beautiful job.  We had eight frames made, three of which were very large to accommodate old maps.  We paid P5,000 for the eight, which included the frames, finished to our specifications, glass and plywood backing.  Then we had to find a frame shop for the matting.  A small frame shop near SM City was recommended to us.

IFC did a very nice job for us.  The supplied the matting, did a good job of mat cutting, provided a backing to prevent contact between the plywood and the print and installed wire and eyelets to hang the print.  The cost for this was P200 for a smaller print up to P400 for a large map.  IFC’s new location is shown above.  It’s immediately across Diversion Road from SM City and almost next to the Injap Tower.  Cell phone, as shown above is 0921-829-6462.  We found the proprietors to be honest and reliable.

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Here is one of the small photos we had framed.

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Iloilo Frame Shop also makes signs, windows and screens.  Based on our positive experiences with our framing job, we’re hopeful that their other services are also good.

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  1. It’s good to know that there is a place/store you can go to ang get the matting you need. I am an armature photographer and had lots of prints done in Iloilo city. It cost me an arm and a leg but I didn’t mind. Yes the frames SUCK and I had a carpenter do all my frames in wood. I paid a little bit more than what you paid but it was worth it. As for the matting I do mine personally. I have a cutter and a few black matting I brought from the US but alas I ran out. Most if my printed photographs needs matting. Thank you for the heads up. Sincerely appreciated.

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    • Glad that we were able to help. We just accepted the white matting that they had on hand. We were so happy to find ANY matting! They may be able to get something special if you don’t like what they have on hand. I thought of buying a matting knife but their charges are so modest I’d rather just let them do the work.

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