Travelling In The New Normal: Highlights from DOT’s Recent Visit To Baguio City
For those who plan on hitting the road and driving straight to Baguio, this list is for you. Come along with Department of Tourism’s Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat as she visits the City of Pines.
When you think of Baguio, you'd immediately think of the cold breeze and the tall pine trees. But apart from that, there are far more things to appreciate in the summer capital of the Philippines such as its art. Secretary Bernadette shares, "Baguio is more than just its natural wonders, and we want more Filipinos to rediscover what UNESCO designated as a Creative City for Crafts and Folk Arts. Initiatives like Ibagiw will certainly help revive tourism in the region and jumpstart the local economy."
Explore Baguio with a new perspective and a new itinerary:
Baguio Convention Center
The DOT Secretary began the tour at the Baguio Convention Centre which was refurbished recently and currently houses the exhibit “Interlinked," with pieces created by National Artist for Film Kidlat Tahimik and other local artists. Kidlat Tahimik explored various themes in his pieces such as “community, collective memory, personal and cultural identity, environmental activism, social commentary, contemporary society, humour, and local colour.”
If you wish to admire stunning artwork by local artisans, then Sunshine Park is the place to be. Their Art in the Park showcases different activities such as spot painting, craft demonstrations, textile-weaving, and wood-carving. You will also see a photo exhibit of native plants that are found in the Philippines.
Veer away from the urban life and find yourself feeling relaxed as you look over a captivating view of Baguio and Benguet at this nine-hectare Jesuit property.
Right after, you can head over to BenCab museum and see the works of National Artist for Visual Arts Benedicto Cabrera, Filipino masters, and emerging contemporary artists at the exhibit.
Ili-Likha Artists Village
For inspiration, especially if you’re an artist yourself, visit the Ili-Likha Artists Village to see many artistic works. You can also admire it as trees designed with recycled materials surround the village.
Mandeko Kito Artisanal Market
You have to drop by UP Baguio’s arts and crafts fair and see the artistry of various local talents in the Cordillera region. Most of these crafts are a combination of cultural and modern designs.
Another place you definitely need to have in your bucket or travel list is the first-ever ethnographic museum located in the north. Celebrate regional culture and heritage at Museo Kordilyera by looking through its many awe-inspiring artworks.
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