The logo for Baguio City’s Creative Cities Network was unveiled last Saturday at People’s Park by National Artist for Painting, Benedicto Cabrera, popularly known as Bencab.
According to BenCab, he based the logo on a traditional Cordillera design for mountains. There are 3 mountain ranges: 5 on top, 3 in the middle, and two at the bottom. The colors of the middle mountain range were based on the Philippine flag.
The top and the middle ranges depict the 7 traditional arts: architecture, sculpture, painting, music, poetry, dance, and performing arts. The CCN under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) also has 7 fields: folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts, and music.
The Baguio logo will be submitted to the UNESCO and the UNESCO seal will be paired with the Bencab-designed logo for Baguio in all posters and materials related to CCN.
The logo will be launched at People’s Park on February 10. The Department of Tourism and the University of the Philippines Baguio, the two Baguio campaigners for the CCN, have created a Creative Cities Council which include BenCab for painting and Kidlat Tahimik for performing arts and other artists.
The council created the “Creative Baguio” Exposition Fair at the People’s Park, which will highlight Baguio’s traditional and modern arts and crafts, particularly textile, metalcraft, painting, and carving.
Creative Baguio opened on February 10 and will last until February 24 to give way to Panagbenga’s Session Road in Bloom.
The Philippines’ summer capital has been hailed as a “creative city” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for its distinguished crafts and folk art last October.