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Creative Festival fair to showcase ‘latag’ artistry
by Aileen P. Refuerzo / PIO

A handicrafts market and fair dubbed “Latag” will be conducted from Nov. 11 to 18 at the People’s Park as part of the activities of the 2018 Baguio Creative Festival or ENTAcool.

At least 50 local crafters and artisans will participate in the fair to display and sell their unique crafts latag-style daily from 3 to 9 p.m. during the week, which they also marked as the Latag Creative Market Week.

“Since latag is the practice of spreading out blankets, bed sheets, or fabric on the ground and placing crafts for sale for easy pick-up and transport, the artisans will use no fancy tables and chairs, just hard work and unique hand-made items crafted on-the-spot,” organizer Maricar Docyogen said.

“Each artist will sell one-of-a-kind items that are not found in malls or department stores because artists are recognized through their own work, a trademark, so to speak,” Docyogen added.

Among the wares are handicrafts, woven accessories, basketry, “anik-aniks,” decors, self-printed poem and prose collections, bookmarks, metal crafts, jewelries, coin banks, and hand-painted shirts.

Docyogen said the artists are members of the latag group formed in 2002 and sold their handicrafts made from materials that were thrown away such as animal bones, plastic bottles, found objects, and recycled materials; and also of leather, fabric, beads and buttons fashioned into do-it-yourself necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and cell phone pouches along the pavement of Session Road at night.

“Other entrepreneurs realized the potential and brought out at night their wares to have a share of the potential income from night shoppers. Eventually, their number grew and they occupied more streets prompting the city government to regulate their operation that eventually gave rise to the present Night Market but sadly, out of the 1,000 slots, less than 10 went to the artisans,” Docyogen said.

Through the Latag fair, the group hopes that the latag culture and creative economy will thrive with the continued support of the government in line with the city’s designation as a Creative City under the Unesco Creative Cities Network.


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