Issue of November 4, 2018

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November is for Creative Arts Festival

The city council has declared November every year for the creative arts festival in the city of Baguio.

In ordinance 128, s. 2018 or the “Baguio city creative arts festival,” the institutionalized event shall be funded from the city budget aside from funds that could be sourced out from private sponsors or donors and shall be included in the list of regular annual activity of the city.

The precursor and basis of the measure was the City of Baguio’s recognition as a Creative City in the field of Crafts and Folk Art by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) on Oct. 31, 2017 among the ranks of 180 cities from 72 countries. Baguio is the first city in the Philippines to join the Unesco Creative Cities Network (UCCN).

The UCCN was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The members are together towards a common objective, particularly in placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.

In line with the desire and objective of the festival to cater both local and international scene, the gallery owners from member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region will be invited to take part in the various art appreciation activities to feature their respective culture and artworks.

Appropriate areas at Malcolm Square, Burnham Park, Baguio Museum, Sunshine Park, Botanical Garden, Maharlika Livelihood Center, Diplomat/Heritage Hill, Old Baguio City Auditorium, Baguio Convention Center, and the University of the Philippines will be identified for the conduct or featuring of the seven creative fields of the festival, specifically Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music, and Media Arts.

under the ordinance, the city mayor shall take the lead in the planning and implementation of the festival.

The organizational and governance structure that will facilitate planning and implementation, however, shall be determined by the Baguio City Arts and Creative Industry Council, the Office for City Administration through the City Tourism Office, the City Budget Office, and the City Planning and Development Office.

All concerned government agencies and city departments and offices are welcome to extend support to the endeavor. The representatives from the academic community and other partner agencies such as the Department of Tourism, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, private organizations and non-government organizations are essential for their advisory and technical services.

In Resolution 350, s. 2018, the body commended Joel Kinado for his display of honesty in returning a wallet left last Oct. 15 in his taxi to the rightful owner.

The resolution stated that Kinado, without second thoughts, immediately posted the lost wallet in the social media for its speedy return, which was eventually returned unconditionally to its rightful owner.

The returned wallet contained cash, ATM cards, and various identification cards.

“The selfless act of Kinado shows honesty, uprightness, and integrity worthy of emulation by other taxi drivers and the whole populace as well. His display of honesty uplifts the morale of the taxi drivers in the city and brings prestige and honor to his family and to the entire City of Baguio,” the resolution read.

Based on the recommendation of the Committee on Public Works, the amount of P1.4 million under the 2018 Annual Investment Plan originally allotted for the project “road widening at the lagoon area” was realigned to “improvement of the lourdes subdivision extension covered court” project at lourdes subdivision extension barangay.

Also, P250,000 for the project “Construction and improvement of pathways at Purok 5” under the 2017 Annual Investment Plan was realigned to the project “rehabilitation of road, purok panta” at San Vicente barangay.

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