Up in the Cordilleran highlands, the different ethnic groups are typically referred to by attaching the prefix which means “people of” or “from”| to the name of the place from which they come such as the Ifugao (people of the earth, or “pugaw”), the Ibaloi (or people who live in houses, or baloi), or the collective name lgorot (people of the hills, from the word golot).
The word bagiw has been acknowledged as the origin of the word Baguio which is commonly known to have meant moss that according to history once grew abundantly along the banks of the Bued river. Ibagiw, therefore, means someone, or something that is from or of Baguio, and is the new title of the annual festival that celebrates the city’s creative community.
Ibagiw: the Baguio Creative City Festival 2019
Ibagiw: The Baguio Creative City Festival 2019 shall be a showcase of the city’s vibrant and richly diverse artistic and cultural skyline. Presented by the City Government of Baguio and in line with the UNESCO designation of Baguio as a Creative City for Crats & Folk Art, the festival also aims to inspire and encourage innovations in crafts and folk and arts with the festival’s main event: Made in Baguio -the competitions in woodcarving. textile, weaving. basketry and metalcraft.
For nine days from November 16 to 24, 2019. the activities calendared in lbagiw shall transform the former Diplomat Hotel, now formally known as the Heritage Hill and Nature Park, into the city’s primary creative hub with presentations such as Jamming on a G-String,” a fashion show and concert featuring homegrown designers in collaboration win local musicians, Unng Manliikha.” a photography exhibit featuring portraits of some of the city’ s foremost artists and artisans. Barrel Man 2.0,” an installation art exhibition, and “Ine Baguio Creative City Marketplace, a fair that will showcase the city’s creative eco-system including a selection of the City s tamed crafts and folk art pieces from the traditional such as textiles, woOdcarvings, basketry and silver craft to modern creations by contemporary artisans, and other creative professionals that offer various services from event documentation and management to multimedia production.
Other events happening in various venues in Baguio include “Post-no-Bill”, an exhibit by selected graffiti artists and muralists that will turn the historic Session Road into an outdoor art gallery, “Natural Sound,” an acoustic classical and indigenous music concert fo be performed in a forest trail, while the city’s famous parks and other open spaces will be the stage tor local buskers – musicians, dancers. poets, and other performing artists.
Spearheaded by the Baguio Arts & Crafts Collective, Inc., the event also hopes to encourage dialogue. collaboration, cooperation, and interactivity between artists, artisans and other creative economy stakeholders through the forums and demonstrations scheduled throughout the event.
With the theme, “Made in Baguio, lbagiw: the Baguio Creative City Festival 2019 aspires to bring art & culture closer to the people, instill in them a sense of pride in the city’s rich cultural heritage, and inspire a new generation of local artists and artisans.
But lbagiw goes beyond the creative community, it paints a picture of all of Baguio, from its people to its rich, diverse and vibrant cultural heritage, cradled in ifs breathtaking landscape and thriving natural environment, all of which contribute to the beautiful life that can only be experienced in this highland paradise.