The Baguio Tanabata Festival 2016 opens in Baguio with the theme, “Dream of Date Masumane: Galleon San Juan Bautista to the Sea of Tanabata.”
Tanabata, now on its seventh year, is sponsored by the City of Baguio, the Embassy of Japan; Japan Foundation, Manila; the JICA Philippines, the Japanese Association in Northern Luzon (JANL), the Filipino-Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon (Abong), the FDCP-Baguio Cinematheque, the Baguio City National High School, Tourism Division Miyagi Prefecture Government, the Miyagi San Juan Bautista Museum, the Sendai Tanabata Festival Support Association, All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd., Saint Louis University, University of the Cordilleras, University of Baguio, University of the Philippines, Benguet State University, and the Baguio Museum Inc.
The two and a half months event started last June 15 with a poster design contest by the Bag-iw Art Society. Happening for the first time in Baguio this year is the EIGASAI-Japanese Film Festival.
A press conference and the special screening of “Crossroads” will be held at the FDCP Cinematheque Baguio at Vallejo Hotel on July 21, ahead of the EIGASAI opening night on Aug. 11 at SM City Baguio Cinema.
The film screenings at SM City Baguio Cinema continue until Aug. 14, screening eight contemporary Japanese films. EIGASAI then moves to FDCP Cinematheque where two films will be screened on Aug. 15.
The Philippine-Japan Friendship Day will be celebrated on July 23 at the Japanese Garden by Abong. July 23 and 24 will be devoted to Tanabata decoration workshops 1 to 3 at the Abong Hall. All workshop sessions are free and open to the public.
At the Baguio Museum, three exhibits will be opened on Aug. 6: the 7th Baguio Tanabata Festival 2016, “Building Tomorrow,” and “Sendai Tanabata, Date’s Keicho Envoy Mission, Four Seasons in Miyagi” poster exhibit.
The Cosplay Tanabata 5 will be held at the Baguio City National High School by the Cosplay community.
This year’s Tanabata Festival commemorates the 60th year of Philippines-Japan Friendship, the 400 years since Date Masumane’s envoy Keicho Mission by Galleon San Juan Bautista to the Vatican and Spain, and the five years of Cosplay Tanabata Festival.
Baguio Tanabata is patterned after the biggest and most famous Sendai Tanabata Festival in the Miyagi Prefecture of Japan.
For more information, contact Oguni at 0910-411-3306 and Baguio Museum Assistant Curator Gemma Estolas at (074) 444-7451.