By Zaldy Comanda
Baguio City – The Baguio Creative Council, backed by the city government and the Department of Tourism (DOT) Cordillera, launched the ‘Baguio Creative Hub’ which showcases the city’s unique crafts and folk arts last Saturday at the People’s Park.
The ‘Baguio Creative Hub’ is one of the major highlights of the 23rd Panagbenga Festival, showcasing the city’s new identity as one of the 64 cities included in the elite list of Creative Cities of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The exhibit will be open to the public from February 11 to 24.
It has some twenty booths featuring products from the well-known and devoted Baguio and the Cordillera artists and artisans.
The Baguio Creative City official logo was also unveiled.
The ceremony was graced by Domogan and National Artist for the Visual Arts Benedicto ‘BenCab’ Cabrera.
UNESCO Philippines Secretary-General Lilia Ramos – Shahani said the prestigious designation is not only an honor for the city alone, but a triumph for the Philippines and the creative communities throughout the country.
“This endeavor will definitely provide more opportunities for Baguio’s creative community to be recognized at a wider scale. We anticipate the formalization of the Baguio City Creative Council as a means to strengthen the legal framework and institutionalize the roles of various stakeholders,” said Shahani.