July 16, 2024

Baguio, a haven for artists is now transforming into a  “mural city” thanks to the  passion and love of the local artists, individuals and those who have come to live in Baguio and claimed  the city as their own.

Otherwise known as “street or outdoor art” or “outdoor murals” these works share art, culture, sports, ecological views and stories that represent community life and triumphs. Come rain or scorching sun, artists toil and faint (no pun intended) to get a mural completed. And they remain anonymous to us.

It might be just a colorful wall to many, or an attempt to beautify an otherwise unattractive space, but the meaning behind is much greater. It can also epitomize friendship between and among  countries.

Take for instance the Filipino-Chinese friendship mural and the Filipino-Australian friendship mural. The pandemic wall at the Baguio General Hospital rotunda is reminder of what was once a time when heroes from all walks of life emerged.

If you are into sports, have a glimpse of the murals of the  sports heroes of Baguio and the Cordillera at the Athletic Bowl.

According to Wendy Lee, murals have been in existence for thousands of years and her favorites are found in Berlin (Berlin Wall), Buenos Aires, New York City, Los Angeles, Melbourne and London. In fact, Philadelphia is home to about 4,000 murals and  is known as the “Mural Capital of the World.”

A new destination worth visiting in Baguio is Carantes Street behind Tiong San Harrison. It is called the “living street art project” by the Kanuya and Ugnayan artists. Street art on the  walls of this building is a beautiful interpretation of various happy themes. In fact, tour guides can have a good historical and art tour passing thru these murals.  (Photos: Art Tibaldo, Ompong Tan, Ric Maniquis, Neil Clark Ongchangco & Kunaya Artists) – ■  Stella Maria L. de Guia