Issue of March 10, 2019
Mt. Province

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Creativity blooms at Session Road in Bloom’s ‘creative valley
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

LOCALLY-MADE -- Baguio City Councilor Mylen Yaranon appreciates the artworks and crafts on display at the Creative Alley which is a 20-meter stretch of booth worked out by the lady official together with the Baguio Arts and Crafts Collective, Inc. as an avenue for the local artists to showcase their crafts and art works at the Session Road in Bloom. -- Redjie Melvic Cawis

Ima obra. Gawang kamay. Handmade.

In keeping with the concept through which Baguio’s most successful event was hatched, the Panagbenga’s 24th edition has dedicated a long stretch of a staging area for free for some of the stunning creations of visual artists during the Session Road in Bloom from March 3 to 10.

The week-long showcase of local products and services this year featured for the first time the “Creative Alley” at the top of Session Road below the City Post Office which Baguio artists under the auspices of the Baguio Arts and Creatives Collective Inc. filled with various handiworks ranging from trinkets, bags, accessories, decorative materials, to canvases of paintings and Cordillera-inspired artworks.

Like in their recent art festival and exhibitions, the artists mostly from the Pasa-kalye Arts Circle did on-the-spot sketches of portraits.

Visitors also got the chance to see artists assemble artworks from scratch up to the finished products and young arts enthusiasts doing cos-plays and poetry reading, providing a unique kind of experience and entertainment.

The Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc., which manages the allocation of stalls at the Session Road in Bloom, granted the request of the artists and allowed them to use the area for free. For years, organizers have been emphasizing that Panagbenga is a product of creativity itself and its activities by tradition are always focused on putting creative nuances on center stage.

Councilor Mylen Yaranon, who helped work out the request, said the Creative Alley assured the artists’ participation in one of the most popular and crowd-drawing events of the Panagbenga.

Being staged at the city’s busiest road at the central business district, she said the activity provided them another venue to showcase Baguio’s creativity and encourage home-grown artists to help spur a creative economy, in line with the designation of Baguio as a Unesco Creative City for arts and folk arts in 2017.

Among the city’s commitments for the Unesco designation is to promote arts as an integral part of the city’s development and economic agenda and provide platforms or venues for artistic endeavors.

Arts advocate Maricar Docyogen said the creative space also indicates that Session Road in Bloom is not only about food and services but also a great opportunity to feature culture and traditions through arts.

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