Baguio launches En­taCool in­ter­na­tional fest

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Sun*Star Re­porter Maria Elena Cata­jan

BANK­ING on the high­land chill, the Novem­ber in­ter­na­tional arts fes­ti­val en­joins all to visit the moun­tain city.

Dubbed ‘En­taCool’ the 2018 Baguio Cre­ative In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val, was coined from the word ‘en­taku’ mean­ing lets go and ‘cool’ de­not­ing Baguio as a cool place with cool peo­ple, as it calls on the pub­lic to cel­e­brate cool cul­ture and creativ­ity.

Baguio City is part of 64 cities from 44 coun­tries have been des­ig­nated as Unesco Cre­ative Cities with the ob­jec­tive of fos­ter­ing in­no­va­tions and creativ­ity as key driv­ers for a more sus­tain­able and in­clu­sive ur­ban devel­op­ment with the Novem­ber fes­ti­val as the high­light for this year.

Ac­tiv­i­ties for next month in­clude ex­hibits, talks on cul­ture and creativ­ity, for­est bathing, weav­ing, crafts ex­hi­bi­tion with of­fer­ings from Na­tional Artist for Visual Arts Ben Cabr­erra and so­lar artist, Jor­dan Man­gosan.

The fes­ti­val aims to build the im­age through ex­po­si­tions, ex­hibits, fo­rums show­cas­ing gal­leries and shops of artists and ar­ti­sans dur­ing the fes­ti­val and pro­mo­tion through a cre­ative crawl map, with sites that can be vis­ited be­yond the fes­ti­val and through an ac­tive on­line por­tal as well as gal­va­nize a uni­fied cul­tural and cre­ative com­mu­nity among di­verse and unique en­de­vor through a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort in con­tribut­ing to the suc­cess of the fes­ti­val and col­lec­tively tak­ing own­er­ship of the vi­son for ‘Cre­ative Baguio.’

The fes­ti­val also lays the foun­da­tion for the city to es­tab­lish cre­ative hubs and spa­ces where the aim of pro­mot­ing cre­ative en

deav­ors as a driver for sus­tain­able ur­ban devel­op­ment can be in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized as a city long term pro­gram.

Main fes­tiv­i­ties are set at the Di­plo­mat Ho­tel as well as key ar­eas in the city to host the month long af­fair.

Coun­cilor Mylen Yara­non said the Baguio Cre­ative In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val in Novem­ber will fea­ture an expo where in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal crafts will be show­cased.

“The lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit plays an im­por­tant role be­cause of its com­mit­ment to the Unesco Cre­ative Cities Net­work des­ig­na­tion as City of Crafts and Folk Arts. The cre­ative econ­omy had al­ways been there, with the artists and ar­ti­sans form­ing this ex­ist­ing creativ­ity in Baguio. With the LGU's com­mit­ment to Unesco, cul­ture and creativ­ity is now the driv­ing force for our city's sus­tain­able devel­op­ment and ur­ban re­de­vel­op­ment. Col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the LGU and the cre­ative sec­tor should be achieved so that we can sus­tain our des­ig­na­tion as City of Crafts and Folk Arts,” Yara­non said.

Sec­toral rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the cre­ative coun­cil in­clude Alec Ma­palo for per­form­ing arts, Na­tional Artist for Visual Arts Bene­dicto Cabr­era, Kid­lat Tahimik for film, Gil­bert Gano for sculp­ture and carv­ing, Romel Marcelo for metal crafts, Laida Lim for weav­ing and Frank Ci­matu for lit­er­a­ture.

The Cre­ative Cities Coun­cil is set to give ex­po­sure to the silver crafts in­dus­try, weav­ing, wood carv­ing and cul­tural per­for­mance and lit­er­a­ture unique only in Baguio City and the Cordillera Re­gion.

Photo by Jean Ni­cole Cortes

CRE­ATIVE FES­TI­VAL. Baguio City’s first En­taCool, a cre­ative fes­ti­val launches on Novem­ber 10-18 to build the ‘Cre­ative Baguio’ im­age through ex­po­si­tions, ex­hibits, fo­rums, show­case gal­leries and shops for artists and ar­ti­sans.

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