Cebu, Baguio cited by UN body as top cre­ative cities

The Philippine Star - - FRONT PAGE - By GHIO ONG

With the in­clu­sion of the cities of Baguio and Cebu in the “Net­work of Cre­ative Cities” un­der the UN Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UNESCO), the Depart­ment of Tourism (DOT) is urg­ing other lo­cal gov­ern­ment units to fol­low their ex­am­ple in har­ness­ing cre­ativ­ity for tourism and other pro­grams.

DOT praised Cebu City’s “lead­ers, shak­ers and movers” for their sig­nif­i­cant in­volve­ment in ef­forts lead­ing to the in­clu­sion of the city by UNESCO.

Last Oct. 30, UNESCO direc­torgen­eral Au­drey Azoulay an­nounced

that 66 cities in the world made their way to the ros­ter of the Net­work of Cre­ative Cities, which in­cluded Cebu City as a “Cre­ative City of De­sign.”

The award af­firms the well­spring of cre­ative tal­ents man­i­fested in the fur­ni­ture, fash­ion ac­ces­sories and other sec­tors, the lat­est of which is in the global trans­porta­tion hub sec­tor, ev­i­dent in the first-ever “re­sort air­port” in the world – the Mac­tan Cebu In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

The air­port’s new Ter­mi­nal 2 was opened by Pres­i­dent Duterte in June and opened to flights in July last year.

In late 2017, Baguio City was also in­cluded as a “Cre­ative City of Crafts and Folk Art.”

“It set up the Baguio City Cre­ative Cir­cuit (BCCC) that will phys­i­cally link ex­ist­ing build­ings and venues to show­case Baguio City’s cre­ative spirit, di­rect­ing the gen­eral pub­lic to­wards cre­ativ­ity as an es­sen­tial el­e­ment for sus­tain­able urban de­vel­op­ment,” ac­cord­ing to UNESCO.

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