City gov’t recognizes mall for supporting arts community
The Baguio city council has lauded SM City Baguio for the mall’s active participation in the city’s resolution that business establishments offer spaces for art galleries that uplift arts and creativity and for supporting Baguio City as the Philippines’ first Unesco Creative City.
The commendation through Councilor Vladimir Cayabas given to SM City Baguio was received by assistant mall manager Michael Jason Peña on Feb. 2.
To further support the local artists and in celebration of the National Arts Month, SM City Baguio and the Pasakalye Group of Artists has mounted a new art installation entitled “Pandëgka: Cordillera Figurative Abstract Exhibit.” “Pandëgka” is an Ibaloy that means to create or make.
The art exhibit is a free space that features 120 artworks from Cordilleran artists. Mallgoers can view and explore the art displays at the Lower Basement Gallery, Upper Ground Exhibit Hall, and the Upper Ground Hallway (in between Uniqlo and H&M).
The exhibits are on display from Feb. 4 to April 16. Interested buyers may contact the number listed on the title card of the artwork.
“In every new exhibit at SM City Baguio, I get to put an artwork or two. I would like to thank SM for giving us this stage and we hope to expand further,” volunteer curator and artist Julius Lumiqued said.
SM City Baguio has continuously promoted and supported the local art community through the years by opening a series of art exhibits, displaying and offering spaces for creative handicrafts, and welcoming music performers to busk within the mall as a way to help musicians and their community especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
SM City Baguio has helped uplift the art community by recognizing that artists and performances can reach a wider audience at the mall and advocate art and creativity.
Visit facebook.com/SMCityBaguio for more information. – Press release