RDC pushes for Cebu City to become Unesco ‘Creative City for Design’

SIQUIJOR—The Regional Development Council (RDC) Central Visayas will seek a Unesco recognition for Cebu City as a “Creative City for Design.”

As a Creative City for Design, Cebu City can partner with other creative cities in the world through exchange programs for designs.

It can also easily forge investment partnerships because the City Government can have policies and programs focused on design, RDC co-chairman Kenneth Cobonpue said on Friday, June 21, 2019, at the RDC full council meeting held in Siquijor province.

“This also means a friendlier LGU (local government unit),” said Cobonpue, who is a global brand in furniture design.

He said only a few cities in the world hold the distinction of being a Creative City for Design under the Unesco Creative Cities Network (UCCN).

He hopes Cebu City is bestowed the same recognition.

In the Philippines, only Baguio City is recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) as Creative City for Craft.

The newly created RDC subcommittee on arts, culture and design has sought the support of the full Council in its bid for the UCCN recognition of Cebu City.

The Cebu City bid is a public-private partnership, Cobonpue said.

Some of the requirements to earn the badge of Creative City for Design are presence of design industries, a hub for creative industries, and a celebration for creative design.

Cebu City is meeting the last requirement because it hosts the Cebu Design Week, Cobonpue said.

The UCCN aims to foster international cooperation among cities in the world that “have invested in culture and creativity as an accelerator of sustainable development.” The UCCN covers 180 cities from 72 nations. It zeroes in on the creative fields of crafts and folk art, media arts, design, film, gastronomy, literature and music.

The UCCN “recognizes the concept of creative tourism, defined as travel associated with creative experience and participation,” a Wikipedia entry on it states.

Among the Creative Cities for Design are Brasilia in Brazil, Cape Town in South Africa, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Istanbul in Turkey.

Cobonpue said it’s hard to acquire the title, but he is hoping Cebu City will get it.

The deadline of filing of the bids will be on June 30, 2019.

The recognition for Creative Cities for Design 2019 will be announced before the year ends.


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