July 19, 2024

The group of artists responsible in transforming Baguio’s barren or vandalized concrete walls will once again beautify one of these walls by transforming the E. Jacinto St. wall near the Bank of the Philippine Islands-Malcolm Square into a mural.

The 23 Sampaguita Artists Collective is the same group that transformed Calderon St. and the BGH rotund into a giant canvas.

Calderon St. depicted the everyday lives of the people of Baguio, while the Heroes Mural at the BGH shows the unsung heroes of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

For the E. Jacinto project, the artists will adopt the theme “Salimisim,” which aims to connect childhood, culture, and the spirit of Baguio by showing the different eras of Baguio – from the pre-earthquake through the pre-pandemic years.

The painting was originally scheduled to be done every weekend until July 1 nut due to unavoidable circumstances, the project will be undertaken at the end of the year.

The 23 Sampaguita Artists Collective is a community of artists gathered together for mutual improvement through artists events like Sining Eskinita – the art project at the Calderon St.

The organization serves as a safe-space for artists of any genre, as well as celebrating the individuality of the artist no matter what age, gender, or race.

Building character, skill, passion, and fellowship is the mission of 23 Sampaguita to ensure art is not restricted.

The muralists who will transform the E. Jacinto wall are Venazir Martinez, Taipan Lucero, Edmund Andrada, Femy Lhamsis, Lee Caces, Kunaya Lopez, Anilito Acurin, and Ang Gerilya. – Rimaliza A. Opiña