A celebration of culture and arts, SM City Baguio brings over 300 artworks from Cordilleran artists in the Art in Bloom: Maki-Arts Tayo Manen. This art exhibit, said to be the biggest art fair in the city is in partnership with the Pasakalye Group of Artists. More than 100 artists shared their artworks ready for this public exhibit. Mall goers are expected to experience contemporary visual arts, sculptures, and other art forms at the Upper Ground Exhibit Hall, Lower Basement Gallery, Upper Ground Hallways, and Level 2 Hallway.
The Art in Bloom: Maki-Arts Tayo Manen ribbon untying held on September 4, 2021 at the Upper Ground Exhibit Hall was graced by Baguio City Tourism Officer Engr. Aloysiuos Mapalo; Department of Tourism Cordilleras OIC Regional Director Jovita Ganongan; Vladimir Cayabas of City’s Committee on Education, Culture and Arts; Marticar Docyogen, Founder of Pasa-kalye Group of Artists together with former DOT-CAR Regional Director Venus Tan.
According to SM Baguio Mall Manager Rona Via Correa, SM continues to strengthen their ties with local artists in the city:
“In our effort to contribute in making Baguio City as the Culture and Arts Destination Up North and committing to deliver a Uniquely Cordilleran Experience to our community and visitors, we continue to strengthen our affinity with the local arts community as we bring in more artists and artworks to the mall”.
DOT-CAR OIC Regional Director Jovita Ganongan shares her thoughts on creative tourism in connection with the creative spaces available in the city:
“This pandemic gave you time to make your emotions come alive in more creative spaces outdoors. This is for the community to also belong and feel that they are one with us, that’s creative tourism, co-ownership of what the city is all about, and be proud of it, and becomes the pride of place.”
Baguio City is the first Philippine city to be part of a global initiative to improve urban living standards by developing industries based on innovation and creativity. The city was then included under the Crafts and Folk Arts category of UNESCO making Baguio a Creative City in 2017.
“This designation is just an “icing over the cake” as there are a lot that has not yet discovered, something that the city should be proud of. You, the artists, are the reasons for the city being a UNESCO Creative City,” said Engr. Alec Mapalo on his speech.
Former DOT-CAR Regional Director Venus Tan supports Engr. Mapalo’s thoughts on Baguio being a creative city:
“As the pioneer of this, I congratulate the artists and the mentors, including Mr. Cabrera, you have been an inspiration. Works are reflective of culture and arts’ creative community. Let’s continue to excel and value the true spirit of being Cordillerans. We already have an international title and hopefully this creative community fever becomes contagious.”
Councilor Vladimir Cayabas, Committee on Education, Culture and Arts expresses his full support to the arts community:
“Your works are all expressions of creativity and culture in Baguio. Art is an expression of will and who we are. The creative sector makes Baguio a unique city so we need nurturing, a manifestation of our culture on the way we think, act and speak.”
The Art in Bloom: Maki Arts Tayo Manen Exhibit is open to public from 10am to 9pm until November 30, 2021.