A ceremony was held highlighting the designation of the City of Baguio as a UNESCO Creative City.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Congressman Mark Go, and a UNESCO representative graced the occasion.
The University of Baguio was part of the service committee at the ceremony for the designation of the City of Baguio as a UNESCO Creative City by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Held last Feb. 10 at the Malcom Square, the ceremony was graced by a UNESCO representative, Mayor Mauricio Domogan, and Congressman Mark Go.
Baguio is among the 64 new cities from 44 countries tagged as Creative Cities by the Paris-based global organization. Included in the list are Milan (Italy), Auckland (New Zealand), Brasilia (Brazil), Cairo (Egypt), Dubai, Istanbul (Turkey), Kansas City (USA), Kolding (Denmark), Manchester (Great Britain), Toronto (Canada), Utrecht (Netherlands), Wuhan (China), and Yamagata City (Japan), among others.
Baguio, the only city in the country to be designated as one, is now a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), which is now formed by 180 member cities from 72 countries covering seven creative fields: crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, music, and media arts. Baguio has been recognized as a Creative City for Crafts and Folk Art.
According to UNESCO, “while differing geographically, demographically or economically, 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 UCCN was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.
For one, Baguio is home to national artists, a city with distinct culture, crafts and folk art.
The city government is eyeing for the establishment of a Baguio City Creative Circuit. This includes Baguio Convention Center and Burnham Park as venues for cultural performances and the Maharlika Livelihood Center where art items and crafts are to be displayed. – With reports from Naomi Iris Verzola and Macaullay Raquel
Broadcast journalist Ces Drilon took part in the event.
Cordilleran cultural performances were performed at the event.