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From Baguio to the world: Ibagiw Creative Festival 2022 gears up for artistic global competitiveness

From Baguio to the world: Ibagiw Creative Festival 2022 gears up for
artistic global competitiveness

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Baguio city stages its artistic culture anew this November at the 2022 Ibagiw Creative Festival
with the theme, “Locally Creative, Globally Competitive.”

This year’s theme focuses on showcasing and developing the creativity of the region’s local
artists through culture and arts. With this, the city welcomes this opportunity for the Cordilleran
culture to further highlight its global identity through the activities and celebrations after being
previously hailed in 2017 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) as the first Philippine Creative City to join the worldwide network of
now almost 300 cities that work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and
cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating
actively at the international level.

In preparation for the famous creative festival which is in its fifth year, art exhibits in various
galleries, talks, performances, workshops, and fairs are being scheduled and mapped out for
locals and visitors to enjoy during the month-long celebration. (please refer to the Ibagiw
calendar of activities) The exhibitions will focus on providing free, creative spaces in celebration
of Cordillera’s social and cultural identity through local art expression.

The festival will begin on November 12 with an opening ceremony to be held at the Baguio City
Convention Center. City officials, led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong, will grace the event
together with special guests and the Baguio creative community will come together to witness
and celebrate Ibagiw 2022’s Opening Ceremony.

Major activities of the Ibagiw Creative Festival include the gamified Creative Crawl, a traveling
activity with a creative twist which features a map of various venues from all over the city that
locals and guests can visit and enjoy. Mechanics of the activity and more information regarding
prizes will be available on the Baguio Creative City official Facebook Page
(https://www.facebook.com/BaguioCreativeCityOfficial).

Competitions such as the Creative Upcycling Challenge will also be held during the festival.
This aims to highlight the arts and craftsmanship of Cordilleran artists and craftspeople. Their
works will be displayed at the Baguio Convention Center during the Closing and Awarding
Ceremony.

Moreover, curated exhibits and galleries will also be set up in the most famous tourist spots of
the city featuring arts and crafts by local artists of Baguio as well as solo exhibitions and
workshops by renowned artists.

Some of these exhibits include the SACCADES: A walk-through art experience featuring a solo
exhibit by Ar. Dulthe Carlo Munar, Color Implosion: A De-construction on Pintagraph which will
be a solo exhibit by Sonny Zandueta, and many more exhibits in various art galleries will
simultaneously take place until the end of November.

Arts and Crafts Fairs and Bazaars which will feature local products from the Cordillera region as
well as Cordilleran livelihood products such as weaving, wood and bamboo carving, and
metalcfaft will also be displayed in a grand showcase through expos and during the Session
Road Creative Sundays that will feature the best of Baguio’s craftspeople, artists and
performers, with guests from other nearby provinces. It promises to be a fun and engaging fair
to be held every Sunday of this November.

These and many more exciting events and activities are in store for everyone to experience. Yet
through it all, one message rings clear: It is the wealth of Baguio and the Cordilleran local
culture, ingenuity and its creativity that makes us realize that if we care for and nurture our
creative assets, these may very soon shine like glistening gems for all the world to marvel at
and place the Baguio Creative City in the international spotlight. This will enable locals, and
visitors from across the globe to experience and understand how our rich cultural heritage and
creativity can drive sustainable urban development and renewal through the Ibagiw Creative
Festival.

For more information regarding the Ibagiw Festival you may visit:
Baguio Creative City official Facebook page
(https://www.facebook.com/BaguioCreativeCityOfficial)

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