DEPARTMENT of Tourism regional director Maria Venus Tan said an existing action plan has been made when Baguio City vied for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) to be part of the Creative City Network (CCN).
“The plan was submitted to the Unesco when we applied, we will now empower the artist groups and gather them for their input.”
Tan said the City Government should be tapped to help fund projects as well as the creative cities council needed to sustain the Unesco has bestowed own the Pine City.
Baguio is now among 15 cities in the world recognized in the field of craft and folk arts.
Tan said engagement with artists and the public is the aim in keeping with the theme of the CCN and make encounters experiential in nature for each one when going to industries of the arts and crafts in the city.
The Unesco Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.
The city was included in the CCN network for loocal works of crafts and folk arts of the Cordilleras inspired the various interplay of architecture, parks, textile, fabrics, furniture, and furnishing fashion accessories, paintings, sculpture, homes and building designs in Baguio City
Under Unesco 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.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan as well as vice mayor Edison Bilog have both pledged support and sustain efforts of the city and the DOT to the Unesco network.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on November 21, 2017.
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