Issue of October 1, 2017
Mt. Province

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Expanding worldview and October as Indigenous Month

“Our worldview is our theory of the world, a framework of beliefs, values, and attitudes which affects everything we perceive, think, feel, and do. We begin developing our worldview as children, but we are restricted by the boundaries of what we can see, experience, and learn from.” Mary Ihla.

With the launching of the 2017 Baguio European Autumn Festival, which carries the theme: “Expanding worldview,” the Baguio Museum will attempt to bring the European expat community together in one gathering that will hopefully be bigger next year.

On Oct. 14, the event will invite First Secretary for Cultural Affairs of the German Embassy Thorsten Gottfried. He will also grace the 2017 Cine Europa Festival sponsored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines. The German film to be featured in Baguio is “Terror – Ihr.”

The core group of Europeans and expats who are assisting the Baguio Museum are Rev. Alois Schwarz, Michel Schwarz, Huub Luyk, Becky Luyk, Elizabeth Thiele, and Jessica Crisostomo.

In celebration of the 50 years of the ASEAN, the Philippines chairs this year’s event. The Bureau of Communications Services (BCS), an agency under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) in cooperation with the Philippine Information Agency-CAR headed by Director Helen Tibaldo launched a photo exhibit called “Habi: Continuing the thread of ASEAN culture” at the Baguio Museum last Sept. 23 to 28. The exhibit showcased photographs of ethnic clothing and indigenous peoples. The traveling exhibit will be brought to different areas like Benguet and Baguio, according to PIA.

PCOO Usec. George Apacible, BCA Director Berjie Felipe and Tibaldo opened the exhibit.

The 5th Gong Festival carrying the theme: Embodying indigenous values, nurturing our cultural heritage” offers the following activities for October: 4th Pamana art exhibit (Oct. 1-30) at Albergo Hotel, Gong Festival (Oct. 8) at the Ibaloy Park, film showing (Oct. 12 to 14) and indigenous culinary contest (Oct. 14) at Ili-Likha Artists Village.

October is National Indigenous Peoples Month by virtue of Presidential Decree 1906, a constitutional mandate recognizing and protecting the rights of indigenous cultural communities geared towards national unity and development. “This year’s theme is “Matatag na ugnayang DepEd at katutubong pamayanan, saligan ng makahulugang katutubong edukasyon.”

“Bi Yao,” a Chinese painting exhibit of Baguio’s landscape by father and son team Norman and Chino Chow will open at the Baguio Museum on Oct. 3 (Tuesday) at 3:00 p.m. This is the first time a Chinese painting exhibit will be featured at the Baguio Museum. The painting uses Chinese writing brush with rice paper.

“Unlike western landscape paintings, which aim to capture precise image of the subject, Chinese landscape painting is fluid and imaginative,” says Chino. “We paint our interpretation of what we observe, as if we were flying over mountains. Our work invites viewers to join us in our journey through nature.” Chino is a Google Business Group - co-community manager.

Mt. Cloud Bookshop launched the 5th Saturday Stories yesterday with “A boy of buhi,” a book written by Raissa Rivera Falgui with art illustrator Juno Abreu and story teller Faye Marino.

The 2017 Regional Summit of Museums of the North spearheaded by the North Luzon Association of Museums (NLAM) and the Baguio Museum has invited about 15 museums from Baguio, Regions I and II on Oct. 4 to 6.

Ike Picpican and Gemma Estolas, president and secretary respectively of NLAM, spearhead the event. Welcome to Baguio, museum workers, administrators and resource persons.

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