Issue of January 7, 2018

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Body plans grand launch for Baguio’s Creative City title
by Ofelia C. Empian

ART COUNCIL -- Members of the interim Baguio Creative City Council met with Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Panagbenga 2018 executive committee co-chair Elmer Datuin to plan  the upcoming launching of Baguio as a UNESCO Creative City and a possible permanent site to showcase the city’s creativity. -- Ryan Dale Mangusan

In honor of Baguio City’s inclusion in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) Creative Cities Network, the newly formed Baguio City Creative Council for Crafts and Folk Arts wants to hold a launching party on Feb. 17.

In the first meeting of the creative council, Department of Tourism-Cordillera Director Venus Tan said council member Ben Cabrera, the National Artist for Visual Arts, would create the city logo, which will be displayed beside the Unesco seal and will be used in all creative activities of the city.

The council, which is an interim body to ensure artist representation in the eventual city arts and culture council to be formed by the city, also has Kidlat Tahimik, Adelaida Lim Perez, University of the Philippines Baguio Chancellor Raymond Rovillos, Department of Trade and Industry Regional Director Myrna Pablo, and Tan among its members.

The creative council members are composed of artists in the industries of weaving, carving and sculpture, metal craft, visual and performing arts, music and literature and the concerned local government unit office representatives.

Tan said that part of the launching would be the opening of the Creative Baguio! Pavilion, which will showcase the best folk art and crafts that the city can offer.

Tan said that she would forego the DOT-CAR’s budget for a float and use it for the construction of the pavilion. Architect Aris Go was commissioned to do the pavilion.

The council also met with Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Panagbenga  ExecomChair Elmer Datuin to negotiate for the location of the Creative Baguio! Pavilion.

The Creative Baguio! Pavilion will house at least 25 booths showing high-end arts and crafts from the established and start-ups from the city and the rest of the Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay or BLISTT areas.

Tan said the diplomatic corps and Unesco would be invited to grace the affair.

Other than the booths, there will be creative spaces for poetry reading, performance art and mini-concerts beside the pavilion.

Perez, who coordinated the Habi Festival in Manila, said the pavilion would be curated to make it world-class.

Tahimik said the inclusion of Baguio among the Unesco Creative Cities Network proves that artists are a driving force in the building of Baguio. He said that artists should not be excluded in the city’s activities, most especially in the Baguio Flower Festival or Panagbenga.

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