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Stakeholders converge in launching creative cities feat
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

The region’s best in the arts converged yesterday at the Malcolm Square for the official announcement that Baguio City has been added to the Unesco’s Creative Cities Network – a feat and a responsibility that stakeholders are celebrating and vowed to uphold.

Unveiled during the event is the official logo of Baguio as a creative city in the folk arts and crafts category, and the Creative Baguio Exposition Hub, which contained pavilions exhibiting the best works in weaving, carving, painting, metalsmithing, literary and artistic performances.

The logo, designed by national artist Benedicto Cabrera depicts the traditional Cordillera design for mountains. There are three mountain ranges: five on top, three in the middle and two at the bottom. The middle was colored based on the Philippine flag. The top and the middle depict the seven traditional arts: architecture, sculpture, painting, music, poetry, dance and performing arts.

Engr. Alec Mapalo, point person for the event, said the launch is only the beginning for the many projects lined up to sustain Baguio’s distinction as a creative city. In the pipeline are the revival of the “Baguio Creative Festival,” continuous training of tour guides about folk arts and crafts heritage of Baguio and the Cordillera, dialogue with the Commission on Higher Education, Department of Education, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority for the possibility of including in the K to 12 curriculum traditional crafts; and creation of other events such as a “creative crawl,” which encourages visit to heritage sites and landmarks in the city.

Also part of the long-term plan is the identification of a permanent site for the Creative Baguio Exposition Hub. Among the areas that are being considered are the Baguio Convention Center, Botanical Garden, Burnham Park, Maharlika Building, and the Diplomat Hotel.

The Baguio Creative Council agrees that the distinction carries with it the responsibility of upgrading the quality of the products they produce, as well as teaching the younger generation so they will be able to pass on the craft to their children.

“The creative cities (recognition) is not an award. It is something for the future,” said Adelaida Lim, a member of the BCC representing the weaving industry.

The pavilion, which was designed by Arch. Aries Go, was fashioned in a way that it also becomes a learning space to those who want to learn the craft they are interested in. He also crafted the design of the University of the Philippines-Baguio Museo Kordilyera and the rehabilitated Malcolm Square or People’s Park.

Being chosen in the prestigious Creative Cities Network would also help revive the city’s creative economy for it will feature not only established brands but start-ups that needed marketing, said Frank Cimatu, representative for literature. 

VIPs, ambassadors and other diplomats attended the launching.

The Creative Baguio Exposition Hub will end on Feb. 24 to give way to the annual Session Road in Bloom.

Baguio was among the 64 new cities from 44 countries included in the Unesco’s Creative Cities Network last October. It was chosen under crafts and folk arts and is the first Philippine city to be chosen in the exclusive club and the fifth in Southeast Asia. The next selection would be in 2021.


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