Creative crawl to spice up creative festival this november

BAGUIO CITY – A city-wide guided tour of art hubs dubbed "Creative Crawl Tour" will spice up the 1st Baguio Creative Festival ("ENTAcool!") slated on Nov. 10-18 in various venues.

City Tourism Operations Officer Aloysius Mapalo said the Creative Crawl tour to be spearheaded by the Dept. of Tourism Cordillera will run throughout the festival and will feature a daily excursion to the various creative spaces which were grouped into five "circuits."

Circuit 1 covers the BenCab Museum which features artworks exhibit and gallery by national artist Benedicto Cabrera and indigenous northern highland artifacts exhibits; Asin Woodcarvers Village (woodcarving and weaving and bamboo crafts); Dominican Hill Heritage Site (venue of the "Kulay ng Siglo" Visual and Media Arts Gallery and Workshop; and the Baguio City Museum;

Circuit 2: Tam-awan Village (An art and cultural village featuring Cordilleran folk art and cuisine, uniquely local solar and sand painting; Easter Weaving (Home of quality hand-woven products now with a wide array of other local handicrafts); Narda's Weaving and Handicrafts (World-renowned hand-woven arts and crafts); and UP Museo Kordilyera (Ethnographic exhibits and gallery);

Circuit 3: Villa Romana (Venue of Tinatik Art Exhibits and Workshop); Hanan'chi Creations (An independent art space with installations and crafts made of metal and wood); Philippine Treasures (Locally designed and customized handicrafts and home decors); and OTOP Philippines Hub (Buyers' showcase and gallery for local crafts products like weaving, silvercrafts and woodcarving);

Circuit 4: Bell House, Camp John Hay (Photo and Art Gallery Exhibition by BenCab in conjunction with the Forest Bathing project of DOTCAR); Pilak Silver Crafts (Locally designed and crafted sterling silver crafts and accessories); Aguinaldo Museum Park (Bamboo installations by Edgar Banasan); Baguio Media Newseum (Interactive edutainment center that focuses on media methods and techniques, emphasis on print, radio, television and the power of the new media; and Creative Brewery at St. Louis University (Metal Art Studio and Gallery by Archt. Dulthe Carlo Munar); and

Circuit 5: Mt. Cloud Bookshop (An independent bookshop and gallery); Vocas (Victor Oteyza Community Art Space) (A vegetarian café featuring organic cuisines and mini art gallery); Ili Likha Artist Village (An art hub conceptualized by Kidlat Tahimik, designed as a treehouse of various art experiences: gastronomy, independent cinema, art appreciation); Pasakalye Art Space; and Latag @ Malcolm Square (A fair featuring independent local handcraftsmen and street busking and performances).

Open to tourists and residents, the activity aims to drumbeat the city's various art hubs as tourist attractions.

The Creative Crawl Map used in the tour will also serve as an avenue to build a "Creative Baguio" image and sustain it beyond the festival along with an active online portal among which the official Creative Baguio website .

The DOT-CAR said all five Creative Crawls will include transportation and tour guides at a package promo cost of P999 plus a raffle entry if availing of all the crawls although the crawls can be availed of separately.

Each circuit tour lasts for four hours. Assembly time for circuits 1 and 2 will be at 7:30 a.m. while circuits 3-5 will be at 12:30 p.m.

Daily raffle winners will be given special prizes, which can be claimed at the Latag Fair in Malcolm Square. Winners will be announced daily from Nov 14 to 18, 2018. – Aileen P. Refuerzo

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