Baguio in the Philippines Named a Creative City by UNESCO

Baguio City, known as Philippines summer capital, is the first city in the country to be chosen as one of 64 cities that UNESCO has included in the Creative Cities Network.
The Creative Cities Network was created in 2004 and is “a global initiative to improve urban living standards by developing industries based on innovation and creativity” and “to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development,” the UN agency said on its website.
It uses the framework of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which sets international priorities for economic, social and environmental development. The network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) applauded promptly the nomination of the City of Baguio for being included in the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Creative Cities list under the field of Craft and Folk Arts. “This is a fitting tribute to Baguio as a community that teems with so much talent, particularly in the area of crafts and folk arts”, declared DOT State Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo.

Baguio is popularly known for its wood work, woven designs, handicraft, painting, architecture, park landscape and other art forms.

“We are happy that our efforts have paid off with DOT handling the application’s submission in June this year. Baguio’s acceptance was already a milestone and its inclusion in October only validated the city’s positioning as an arts and creative artists hub, added the DOT Secretary.

The citation should serve as inspiration for other cities to be included in the network which also covers other fields such as design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts and music. I encourage all DOT regional offices to work closely with the local government units, industry and civil society to promote excellence in these areas which would grossly impact on improving our competitiveness in tourism