400 artists to join Baguio Creative Arts festival

BAGUIO CITY October 26 – Some 400 artists from various fields will be converging in the city during the week-long Baguio Creative Arts festival that will be conducted from November 10-18, 2018.
The Baguio Arts and Creative Council, Inc. (BACCI) claimed that the participating local and national artists will be showcasing their expertise in their own fields during the opening program that will be conducted at the Dominican Hill and Retreat House.
The opening program dubbed “ENTAcool festival and Kulay ng Siglo’ will kick off at around 5 pm after the registration of participants at around 4 pm.
City Tourism Officer Engr. Aloysius Mapalo said that in the morning of November 10, 2018, there will be a preview for local, national and international media who will be attending the first-ever grand gathering of hundreds of artists in support of the Baguio Creative Arts festival which is part of the initiative of concerned stakeholders to sustain the designation of Baguio City as part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network, especially on crafts and folk arts.
He added that the media will be given a chance to preview the city’s Creative Crawl prior to the scheduled opening program.
Mapalo announced that the opening program will be featuring the different music and dances of the Cordillera which will commence with the traditional Uggayam by Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan that will be followed by a creative ethnic dance.
Messages from UNESCO, BACCI, tourism and city officials will be delivered prior to the unveiling of the ENTAcool logo through a special video lights show and to be immediately followed by a keynote address, hopefully from Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
Dignitaries and guests will also be participating in the so-called celebratory toast which will be followed by the ceremonial opening of the ‘Kulay ng Siglo’ art exhibit that will be on display in the Dominican Hill and Retreat |house until the closing ceremonies on November 18, 2018.
Mapalo revealed that a talk on creative spaces will be delivered by Paolo Mercado, President and Founder of the Creative Economy Council of the Philippines.
The city tourism officer also announced that the guests will be ushered through the gallery exhibit for a tour while there will be a cañao and cocktails to end the program.
The ENTAcool Kulay ng Siglo visual arts gallery and exhibits will be a week-long public visual arts gallery and installation exhibits display by local artists.
Mapalo extended an open invitation for residents and visitors alike to patronize the various activities that had been lined up by the local government, the tourism department and the BACCI to celebrate the first-ever Creative Arts festival which will be an institutionalized annual event that will help in aggressively promoting the city as a creative haven in recognition of its designation as a Creative City.
He said that the creative events lined up for the week-long festival will definitely be worth patronizing because of the aggressive participation of concerned stakeholders in the annual event.**By Dexter A. See

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