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Art installation burned, to be replaced by traditional Christmas tree

BAGUIO CITY – A traditional Christmas tree will replace the art installation atop Session Road after it was damaged by fire last week by still unidentified perpetrators according to councilor Elmer Datuin, committee on tourism head and Christmas in Baguio 2017 chairman.

The artwork, created for free by Tinatik artist and Baguio resident Maela Liwanag Jose, sustained damage on its lower portions due to the fire.

Datuin said Jose expressed her intention to replace the burned art installation but was not allowed anymore due to time and cost constraints.

The councilor explained that the tree to be erected atop Session Road will be similar to the one displayed last year. He stressed, however, that the city's official Christmas tree is at the Rose Garden in Burnham Park.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan has already ordered concerned authorities to conduct a full investigation on the installation fire and immediate apprehension of the perpetrators.

Earlier, he and Vice Mayor Edison Bilog led other officials in defending the artwork from detractors saying that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that some may find the installation beautiful and others may not.

"You can't please everybody especially when it comes to art since it is subjective," they said.

The officials also emphasized that Jose donated her services for free in creating the installation and the city government will only shoulder the cost of materials.

A press statement of 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".

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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