A Baguio City councilor is proposing the establishment of more artists’ hubs in the city to keep Baguio’s “creative city” tag and at the same time boost the residents’ livelihood through artistic crafts.
Councilor Mylen Yaranon is envisioning what she calls a “creative economy” for Baguio, as she recently filed a resolution converting some government properties into centers for art activities, for instance exhibition of residents’ artworks.
In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Friday, Yaranon mentioned state-owned sites like the Diplomat Hotel or the Heritage Hill area, the Maharlika Livelihood Center, the DTI-LGU-ABC livelihood center, the old city auditorium area, the Baguio City post office area, and the BIBAK area as possible artists’ hubs.
She noted existing artists’ hubs in the city are privately owned.
“Aside from the existing creative hubs, such as Tam-awan Village, BenCab Museum, Ililikha, Ifugao Carvers Village, we would like to have more,” she said.
Yaranon noted Baguio, as a melting pot, has become Northern Luzon’s center of business and commerce, as well as education, making the city a favorite destination not only for tourists but business people as well.
She said the privately owned artists’ hubs in Baguio are widely visited by tourists, and adding more such hubs would give tourists more places to visit and see in Baguio.
“The promotion of the creative economy in the City of Pines will sustain the brand of the city,” Yaranon explained. “We really want to improve the creativity of our people, so we will have exhibit areas, galleries, educational training centers, not just for indigenous arts and culture. We also want them to innovate to pass international standards,” she said.
Yaranon also filed an ordinance creating the Creative Industry Council (CIC), which would monitor and evaluate the implementation of creativity programs instrumental in the development of Baguio.
“After four years, we will be giving our reports to UNESCO and will be evaluated if we have sustained our brand as a creative city and if we have implemented programs, which aims to develop creativity,” she said.
The United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) included Baguio City in Creative Cities Network in 2017. (PNA)