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City officials defend artwork atop Session Road

BAGUIO CITY – On behalf of the city's officialdom, Vice-Mayor Edison Bilog thanked Tinatik artist Maela Jose for graciously donating her talent in creating a giant art installation at the Upper Session rotunda that was inaugurated last Sunday as part of the kick-off for "Christmas in Baguio 2017" festivities.

He made the declaration in Monday's flag-raising ceremonies at City Hall.

Bilog also addressed the alleged hurtful criticisms and "bashing" especially on social media regarding the artwork which he explained is subjective where some may find it beautiful while others may not. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," he added.

The Vice-Mayor said that while we live in a democracy where people are free to criticize, it would be much better if these criticisms be constructive, respectful and not hurting to the feelings of others.

For his part, councilor Elmer Datuin, chair of the city council's tourism committee and Christmas In Baguio executive chair, stressed that Jose created the installation for free and that the only thing shouldered by the city government were the materials used for the artwork.

He added that alleged reports in social media that the art installation costs the city government P5 million is totally false.

Datuin advised the public to verify first from concerned authorities on matters or issues before posting allegations on social media so that they will not unknowingly spread false or "fake news".

A press statement of Ms. Jose states that her installation "has reference to the culture and art not only of Baguio but the whole of the Cordillera. It tells the story of creation starting from the sun, rain, mountains, plants, animals and man. It will embody the symbols of the Cordillera such as the bulul, the lizard and the tattoo patterns an line with the Christmas season, the installation resembles a Christmas tree".

Mayor Mauricio Domogan and other local officials said this is a tribute to local artists instrumental in Baguio's recently being named by the United National Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as one of the 64 cities from 44 countries as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.-gaby keith

 
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