Issue of July 9, 2017
Mt. Province

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Events set for Philippines, Japan Friendship Month
by Press release

The Baguio Tanabata Festival 2017 opens in Baguio with the theme “Samurai Tanabata Festival: Sengoku Period of Date Masamune and Takayama Ukon.” 

Tanabata, which means evening of the seventh, is now on its  eighth year and is sponsored annually by the City of Baguio, the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, the Japan Foundation, Manila, the JICA Philippines Office, the Japanese Association in Northern Luzon (JANL), the Filipino-Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon (Abong), the Baguio City High School, Saint Louis University, University of the Cordilleras, University of Baguio, University of the Philippines  Baguio, Benguet State University,  and  the Baguio Museum Inc.

The month long schedule of events is as follows: July 14, 10 a.m. – Baguio historical/heritage sites painting workshop at the Baguio Museum and the BCHS; July 15, 10 a.m. and July 16, 1 p.m. – Tanabata Decoration/fukinagashi streamer workshop at Sr. Unno Memorial Hall, Bukaneg St. by Abong.

All workshop sessions are free and open to the public.

July 23 will be the celebration of Philippine-Japan Friendship Day: Part 1, 9 a.m. – floral offering and candle light ceremony at Japan Peace Memorial Garden at Gov. Pack Road by the Abong and Part 2, 1 p.m. – Tomodachi Day cultural show at BCHS by Abong;

At the Baguio Museum, three exhibits will be opened simultaneously on Aug. 6 at 2 p.m., namely the 8th Baguio Tanabata Festival by JANL, Abong, the Bag-iw Art Society, UP Society of Visual Arts, UP Anime HQ and CurTEAnah; “JICA: One with the Philippines, One with ASEAN” exhibit by JICA; and the Baguio historical/heritage sites painting exhibit by the JANL and the Japan Foundation Manila.

This will also be the eighth year the Baguio Museum plays host to the Tanabata Festival.

EIGASAI 2017, the Japanese Film Festival organized by the Japan Foundation, Manila, will come to Baguio for its second year. Award-winning Japanese films will be screened at the SM Cinema Baguio from Aug. 10 to 13.

The sixth year of “Cosplay Tanabata 6” is part of the by the CurTEAnah events. 

This year’s festival will focus on the Christian Daimyo Takayama Ukon, a Christian warlord who was exiled to Manila in 1614 due to Edo Shogumate’s ban on Christianity. He was beatified by Pope Francis in January 2016 and was given the title “Beatus” or “Blessed.” Ukon was born in 1552 and baptized in his childhood and served as a warlord.

The Baguio Tanabata is patterned after the biggest and most famous Sendai Tanabata Festival in the Miyagi Prefecture of Japan, inspired by the warrior Date Masamune. 

The Sendai Tanabata Festival attracts two million tourists a year during the three-day festival in August. Visitors and communities come from different parts of Japan to participate in various  activities like parades, lantern and streamer decorations.

Tanabata celebrations in Japan happen during the seventh day of the seventh month, which according to the Gregorian calendar falls in August. Streets are decorated with bamboo installations consisting of  small and big bamboos where one is able to hang their wishes and origami decorations.

The event also celebrates Philippines-Japan Friendship Month and continues to be supported by other organizations in Baguio City like the Bag-iw Art Society, the UP Baguio Anime HQ, the UP Society of Visual Arts, the R.K. Shimizu (Nagasaki) Foundation, Amida Software Asia, Tokyo Rinkai Rotary Club, Sakura Terras Japanese Restaurant, The Blue Files Language and Training Center, Globe Telecom, Baguio JIC and Chaya Contemporary Japanese Cuisine, CurTEAnah events, Hiten Okugi Shin Kai, Nyusuki, and the National Correspondents Club of Baguio.

For more information, contact Oguni at 0910-411-3306 and Baguio Museum Assistant Curator Gemma Estolas, at 444-7451.

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