March 4, 2024

As part of the continuing endeavor to sustain Baguio’s membership in the Creative Cities Network, the Baguio Arts and Crafts Collective Inc. will open on Nov. 11 the 6th Ibagiw Creative Festival.

Apart from selling of locally-made arts and crafts through a marketplace called Mandeko Kito and business expo at the University of Baguio, more venues will host the events and activities for this year’s festival.

The Bellhouse at Camp John Hay will be the venue of the exhibit “Colors of the Cordillera”; the Gather Inn at Gen. Lim Street will host an art for a cause event, and the Baguio Convention and Cultural Center will be the venue for the opening program, bamboo art exhibit, contemporary art exhibit, photo exhibit, arts competition, storytelling, and workshops on gong making and creative writing.

The Blessed Association of Retired Persons will be the venue for the arts activities of senior citizens; the Forest Lodge for cacao art; Athletic Bowl for a performance workshop, SM City Baguio for art exhibit; Museo Kordilyera for Cordillera women photo exhibit; Botanical Garden for an open air exhibit; and Session Road for food art and crafts.

Baguio is the first city in the Philippines to be included by the Unesco’s Creative Cities Network. Cebu later followed and was designated a creative city in the field of design, and Iloilo City for gastronomy. – Rimaliza A. Opiña