The Department of Tourism (DOT) commended the city government of Baguio, the Baguio Arts and Crafts Collective Inc., University of the Philippines (UP) – Baguio, and the DOT Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) for the successful launch of “Ibagiw 2020.” 

PUYAT - DOT lauds Baguio City for successful ‘Ibagiw 2020’ launch
Tourism chief Bernadette-Romulo Puyat (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The third edition of the month-long creative festival kicked off with a grand opening on Nov. 6 at the Baguio Convention Center and was aired online.

With “Breathe Inspiration, Breathe in Baguio” as this year’s theme, the event aims to showcase the city’s vibrant and diverse artistic and cultural heritage, in line with Baguio’s designation as a UNESCO Creative City for Crafts and Folk Arts. 

“DOT supports events like Ibagiw because it helps revive tourism and supports economic recovery. More importantly, it brings back jobs and gives hope to the artisans and craftsmen who help make Baguio’s culture unique,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said. 

“Ibagiw 2020” puts the city’s heritage and artistic gems in the spotlight with creative and nature crawls every Saturday and Sunday. Attendees can explore and rediscover destinations in the city, such as Museo Kordilyera, the Botanical Garden, Ili-Likha Artists’ Wateringhole, Tam-awan Village, BenCab Museum, and more. 

Other exciting events include an artisanal market, crafternoons, a contemporary art exhibition featuring local artists, Art in the Park, the launch of children’s books featuring the artistry of Cordillera weaving, and Anido Artist/Artisans Day. The event also gives locals the chance to express their creativity in gardening, woodcarving, and other crafts competitions.  

With Baguio’s reopening to more local tourists, visitors from all over the country are welcome to join the festivities but are encouraged to follow stringent health and safety measures. 

Travelers are required to register on the Baguio Visitor Information and Travel Assistance (VISITA) app, where they must upload their negative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results, itinerary, travel authority, and accommodation details. Upon arrival in Baguio, they are obliged to go to the triage center and present all pertinent requirements.

“We invite everyone to experience a different side of Baguio in the new normal. Ibagiw’s commitment to highlighting the city’s heritage fulfills DOT’s vision to strengthen and push cultural tourism,” Puyat added. 

Running until Nov. 30, the activities of the “Ibagiw 2020 Creative City Festival” will be held in multiple venues all over the city. 

For the complete schedule, visit the Baguio Creative City Facebook page and the festival website at ibagiw.baguioartsandcrafts.org 

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