Issue of November 5, 2017

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UNESCO cites Baguio as first creative city in PHL
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

Baguio added another feather to its cap.

The city, along with 16 others, has been named as Unesco creative city under the crafts and folk art category.

“They join a network at the frontline of Unesco’s efforts to foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development,” the Unesco said in a press release.

Cities given the distinction of a “creative city” are required to commit to develop and exchange best practices to promote creative industries, strengthen participation in cultural life, and integrate culture into sustainable development policies.

According to the Unesco, the distinction is within the framework of the implementation of the United Nations 2030 agenda for sustainable development and the new urban agenda. 

Department of Tourism Regional Director Marie Venus Tan said that with the distinction is Baguio’s obligation to fulfill within four years action plans it submitted to the Unesco.

Baguio is the first city in the Philippines and the fifth in Southeast Asia to be given the distinction.

Among the action plans is for the city government to designate creative spaces in the city and allot funds for the further development of folk arts and crafts.

Tan declined to discuss the entire action plan pending her scheduled presentation to the city council on Nov. 13.

Soon, the local government unit, DOT, artists groups, businessmen, and other stakeholders would have to convene and create an arts and creative council, Tan said.

Tan said the Unesco distinction earned for a Baguio a national honor that deserves support not just from the LGU but from also the national government.

She said the LGU and the national government can allot funds to sustain this.

Tan said the DOT is planning on reviving the Arts Festival of the Baguio Arts Guild, which started in 1988. To be called the Arts and Creative Festival, the event is scheduled on November 2018. 

The festival will be a component of the Revbloom – the DOT’s urban rehabilitation tourism campaign for Baguio but now includes major tourist destinations in the Cordillera.

Other categories in the Creative Cities Network are design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts and music.

Other cities belonging in the crafts and folk arts category are Barcelos, Portugal; Cairo, Egypt; Carrara, Italy; Madaba, Jordan; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Chordeleg, Ecuador; Gabrovo, Bulgaria; João Pessoa, Brazil; Kütahya, Turkey; Limoges, France; Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Porto-Novo, Benin; Sheki, Azerbaijan; Sokodé, Togo; Tétouan, Morocco; Tunis, Tunisia.

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