Tam-awan festival institutionalization sought

COUNCILOR Mylen Yaranon has moved for the institutionalization of the privately-led Tam-awan International Arts Festival.

"The Tam-awan International Arts Festival, which has been held for nine years now, has been an effective medium to showcase not only the talent of our local artist but the rich and vibrant culture of the whole Cordillera," Yaranon said.

Tam-awan village is an open-air museum displaying traditional Cordilleran huts, which opened in 1998 by Chanum Foundation.

Yaranon said the artist village is a venue where well-known Cordilleran artists showcase various pieces of traditional arts.

"In line with the fact that Baguio has been declared the first creative city in the Philippines, the institutionalization of the Tam-awan International Arts Festival is imperative," Yaranon added.

The proposed measure sets into place the conduct of the annual festival and enjoins government agencies and city departments and offices to extend support to the festival.

The city mayor of Baguio will take the lead in the planning and implementation of the festival.

Meanwhile, the Baguio Arts and Crafts Collectives Inc., Baguio City Creative Committee, Baguio Council for Culture and the Arts, the Office for City Administration, City Tourism Office, the City Budget and the City Planning and Development Office will determine the organizational and governance structure that will facilitate plan implementation with representatives of the academic community and other partner agencies such as the Department of Tourism, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Private Organizations, and NGOs, which shall lend advisory and technical services.


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