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An open letter to BACCI Board of Trustees
KIDLAT TAHIMIK, Baguio City

Dear Fellow Trustees of the Baguio Arts and Crafts Council, Inc. (BACCI):

It’s an honor to be in this distinguished citizens group – united to ensure that the creative genius of Baguio is harnessed for the future of our city. It is good that Unecso’s “Creative City” title catalyzed our vision – to do a roadmap toward Baguio’s creative economy – wherein artists and economic stakeholders can work together.

But if the officialdom of our city does not institutionalize a sustained respectable policy towards its artists, BACCI cannot work in a vacuum.

As trustees, we share a deep interest in boosting the creative energies of Baguio’s arts, culture and crafts – provided, our officials wake up to the intangible contributions of a vibrant creative sector that loves Baguio. But there is a difference between appreciating sporadically for the artistic sector and a sincere proactive policy to work with artists as permanent partners for a beautiful Baguio.

It’s great to read the headlines: “109th Baguio Day highlighting culture of creativity.” We have long waited for City Hall to appreciate Cordillera culture as a necessary ingredient to Baguio’s future. But beyond motherhood statements, can we expect actions that run deeper than a palabas for Unesco?

There must be an inner change in our officials’ attitude towards its artists. (A city official quoted in January 2018: “Are we going to give those weirdo’s control over the Unesco program?”) Are the artists seeking control? We’ve been giving unsolicited support for our beloved city consistently since before the earthquake – tatlong dekada na! If only the city would reciprocate the artists’ volunteerism and accord permanent and institutional support to art or culture activities.

Look at Angono, Rizal. When their mayor visited Panagbenga 2018 he told me the local government has an automatic appropriation for arts and culture.

And the LGU’s sincerity goes beyond budgeting. It has a special desk for cultural activities – separate from the tourism desk. (Like a women’s desk in the police office – with a specialized person to connect with a specialized sector’s needs.)

In Baguio, artists have to beg for support every year. Every year we start from zero.

Only with a change in such lackadaisical attitude of our politicians toward our rich ancestral assets can we holistically balance Baguio’s material development.

For the record, I will join the trustees’ board conditionally for a year. But on our next Baguio Day (Sept 1, 2019) if I do not see signs that City Hall has upgraded its official relationship with the artistic sector, I will resign. Until then, I promise to give BACCI my best.

City Hall shouldn’t regard BACCI as competitors for control over culture projects. Rather, City Hall and its duly authorized representatives should welcome our passion for a creative city, as proof that artists love Baguio. Only with such synergy will the city earn the world’s respect as a creative city. Mabuhay ang creative Baguio!

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