December 2, 2022

Here’s good news for the Summer Capital’s creative community.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the Rufino family, a business clan known for its philanthropy and support for the arts, informed him that the Manila House located in Taguig, Metro Manila is willing to display the works of local artists and artisans for free.
In its website, The Manila House is described as a “private club with a diverse membership drawn together by shared interests and a sense of curiosity.”
During the regular management committee meeting of city officials, July 13, at Baguio Convention Center, Magalong said the generous offer will be a great help for Baguio’s artists, artisans, and other members of the creative community financially, should their works sell, and for much needed exposure to Manila’s art-loving society.
“The Rufinos are a nice family and the offer comes at an opportune time since the local creative community is one of the sectors hardest hit by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic,” Magalong said.
He directed City Tourism Officer Aloysius Mapalo to collaborate with Creative Baguio City Council (CBCC) chair Raymundo Rovillos and immediately get in touch with the Rufinos  to finalize the matter.
Created last year, CBCC’s functions include guiding, crafting, and recommending  to the city council needed policies that will grow, enhance, and develop Baguio’s craft and folk arts sector and other creative fields and disciplines, among others.
In 2017, Baguio was designated as a Unesco Creative City for crafts and folk arts. – Gaby B. Keith