Baguio, Now Officially a UNESCO Creative City

Philippines, Culture, Baguio, Cordillera

Baguio traditional weaver (picture: UNESCO)
The City Government of Baguio formally launched itself as part of the Creative Cities selected by UNESCO. The annoucement was done on February 10, which is considered as one of the highlights in this year’s Baguio Flower Festival.The city is located in the Cordillera Region, Philippines most northern province, famed already for the presence of the Ifugao rice terraces, also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Baguio City is part of 64 cities from 44 countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by with the objective of fostering innovations and creativity as key drivers for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development.
UNESCO puts Baguio in the category crafts and folk arts. They were only two ASEAN cities being named last year as Creative City, Chiang Mai in Thailand being the second other nominated.
Baguio City Councilor and Committee Chairman for Tourism Elmer Datuin welcomed the cities new title. This is really one of the moment where we as a city can say that we are now a creative city. And as far as the Flower Festival Panagbenga is concerned, we have made this creative city exhibit as part and parcel of our community led events which is widely promoted within the Panagbenga organization,” Datuin explained to local media. Since 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network highlights its members’ creativity and now counts a total of 180 cities in 72 countries.
According to cultural counsellor Mylen Yaranon who heads the committee on public works committee and who played a major role for the city to be a part of tUNESCO Creative Cities, the entire population of Baguio City feels excited to announce the launching of the Creative city status. “We must all be exited because of this big event for a chance to expose to the world our creative arts”, she explained.
All Creative Cities commit to develop and exchange innovative best practices to promote creative industries, strengthen participation in cultural life, and integrate culture into sustainable urban development policies. Within the framework of the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda, the Network provides a platform for cities to demonstrate culture’s role as an enabler for building sustainable cities.
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.
(Source: the Sunstar)