Baguio City, Philippines — To comply with its declaration as Creative City for crafts and folk arts by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the city government of Baguio and the local industry have lined up several activities in celebration of the month-long 4th Ibagiw Festival which kicked off on November 12, 2021.
Baguio City was the first city in the country that had been conferred Creative City for Crafts and Folk Arts by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
As reported by the Public Information Office of Baguio, a Basic Architectural Design and Landscaping of Tourism Properties will be held at the Baguio Country club on November 16-18, 2021, from 8 AM to 5 PM.
On November 18, 2021, a round-table discussion on the city’s urban renewal settlement and land use dubbed as “Quo Vadis Baguio” will be done virtually from 2 PM to 4:30 PM.
Virtual merchandising will also take place on November 19, 2021, from 8 AM to 12 noon.
Another activity on the Creative Economies and the 4IR will also be held virtually on November 26, 2021, from 8 am to 12 noon. Said activity will be followed by the so-called “Bisita sa Fablab” to be conducted at Saint Louis University (SLU) laboratory from 1 PM to 5 PM.
On November 27, 2021, a virtual lecture on Animation 101 dubbed as “Dap-ayan” will be held and will be live-streamed on Facebook from 9 AM to 5 PM.
“Anido Night” will also be held on November 30, 2021, during this year’s Ibagiw festival closing ceremony.
As recalled, UNESCO Creative Cities Network conferred to Baguio City its title as a Creative City for Crafts and Folk Arts on October 31, 2017, in recognition of the city’s rich creative industry.
The city is given an initial 4 years to sustain its creativity, and the UNESCO Creative Cities Network will be gauging the city’s performance based on the 4-year plan submitted when it was declared Creative City for Crafts and Folk Arts.
Earlier, various activities were launched simultaneously to celebrate this year’s Ibagiw festival as a show of the city’s effort in sustaining its creativity. Said events were done both virtually and face-to-face and serve as the ‘initial wave of activities geared towards gradually and safely reviving the heavily impacted local economy due to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease (COVID) 2019 pandemic.’
Relative to this, concerned local creative industry stakeholders, one of the sectors who were heavily affected by the pandemic, expressed hope that the downtrend in COVID-19 cases continues so that their business can return to normal operation.
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