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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Baguio City included in the lists of UNESCO designated Creative Cities in 2017

Cordillera - Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines has been named a UNESCO Creative City for its leadership in craft and folk arts using technology. 

This designation affirms that the city is an international hub for craft and folks arts innovation and inspiration. It shows the world that Baguio is an international hotspot in arts and craft aside from being one of the famous tourist spots in the country. 

The city now joins 64 cities from 44 countries that have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities working together towards "placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and co-operating actively at the international level," according to the website.

Some of the known advocates of cultural arts and craft in the city are Baguio Arts Guild, Bencab Museum, Museo Kordillera, Garden Theater, Ili-Likha, Maryknoll Pitak, Vocas, Pasa Kalye,  Easter Weaving Center, Narda's traditional weaving and Asin Village Woodcarving,

Baguio City is now the 5th Southeast Asia city that make it to the exclusive group joining Phuket, Thailand, Pakalongan and Badung in Indonesia and the city state of Singapore. 

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is a UNESCO project that started in 2004 aims in promoting cooperation among cities to promote creative industries, strengthen participation in cultural life, and integrate into sustainable urban development policies.

As of this moment, there are already a total of 180 members of the Creative Cities Network from 72 countries around the world. 



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