Food security in the countryside. Police Regional Office - Cordillera Regional Director PGEN R’Win Pagkalinawan and DA - CAR OIC Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey, with DA Secretary William DAR as witness signing a MOA for the “Binhi ng Pagpapapala” program, wherein PRO-Cor through the Regional Mobile Force Batallion will distribute agricultural inputs and assist in backyard farming of DSWD 4Ps household members and people in identified ELCAC barangays. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Urban Agriculture. BFAR - CAR Lilibeth Signey and DA - CAR Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey with Agriculture Secretary William as guest of honor, awards a Solar Powered AquaPhonics System for Miss Earth Philippines Roxanne Allison Baeyens for being DA - CAR';s ambassador for Urban Gardening. The AquaPhonics System was received by her mother Julia Baeyens. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Gulayan sa Barangay. Agriculture Secretary William Dar, assisted by DA - CAR officials headed by OIC Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey, awards agricultural inputs and gardening equipments with a total amount of 769,596 for vegetable gardeing projects of 12 barangays in La Trinidad Benguet. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Baguio all set for the ‘IBAGIW' 2020 Creative City Festival

BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 5 (PIA) - - Baguio’s  “IBAGIW” 2020 Creative City Festival  is all set to take off on November 6 until  the end of the month.


The City Government of Baguio, in partnership with the Baguio Arts and Crafts Collective Inc. with the support of the Department of Tourism and the Department of Trade and Industry and Baguio Tourism Council formally launched the event in a Kapihan media forum here on Wednesday.

City officials led d by Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Councilors Lourdes Tabanda and Elaine Sembrano were joined by Festival Chairperson Maria Venus Tan, National Artist Kidlat Tahimik, BTC chairperson Gladys Vergara, DOT - CAR OIC Regional Director Jovita Ganongan and DTI – CAR Regional Director Myrna Pablo, in promoting the IBAGIW 2020.

Now on its third year, the Creative City Festival aims to provide opportunities for Baguio artists, artisans and cultural workers to showcase and uplift their craftsmanship, increase the positive reputation of Baguio as an inspiring city, and raise awareness, interest and purchases for Baguio’s creative products.

With this year’s theme, “Breathe in Baguio”, Tan said this community celebration by artists and artisans of Baguio aims to inspire communities in this times of hardship, for the city residents and visitors have something to be inspired of or simply “breathe in” amid the challenges of the COVID – 19 pandemic.

“Through the IBAGIW art exhibitions, creative crawls, nature walks and artisan fairs, we hope to breathe new life into our Creative City and inspire courage to face challenges, hope for a better future and gratitude for the community and environment that sustain us”, Tan added.

Magalong assured that events and activities for the festival are well - planned and will be safely conducted as he reminds the people of Baguio to also do their part by strictly adhering to the minimum health requirements and safety protocols needed to protect themselves.

Adapting to the new normal, the festival will make use of a   mix of virtual and physical platforms.

The Festival Grand Opening is set at 5pm of Nov. 6, and the public can join and watch via facebook livestream.

The lined up activities  include the  Creative and Nature Crawls (starts at 8am) on all Saturdays and Sundays of the month   in various  venues including  Baguio Convention Center, Museo Kordillera (UP Baguio), Sunshine Park (4 hours); Botanical Garden, Pilak Silvercraft, Camp John Hay (Forest Bathing)Ili – likha Artists’ Watering Hole, Oh My Gulay (5.5 hours);  Easter Weaving, Tam-awan Village, Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary (4 hours);  Mirador Hill, BenCab Museum and Venus Garden (6 hours).

Other activities include MandekoKito: Artisanal market every Saturdays and Sundays at the UP Baguio Oblation Grounds; Free “Crafternoons” at VIVISTOP Baguio on Nov. 11 and 18 (1- 3pm) and Nov. 25 (4 – 6pm); “Art in the Park” at Sunshine Park (8am – 5 pm) on Nov. 21 – 22 and Nov. 28 – 30, and Creative Innovative Skills Training/Seminar for artists and artisans at the Sarmiento Hall of UP Baguio on Nov. 23 – 24.

Scheduled competitions are Gardening for a Better Baguio Search; Crafts Competition at Baguio Convention Center wherein opening and judging are set on Nov. 11; Contemporary Art Exhibition of Baguio artist also at the Convention Center; Crafts and Wood Carving Competition Exhibits at the Convention Center and BenCab Museum (Nov.13 – Dec. 12).

Activities that will be livestreamed via facebook   include “PechaKucha” by VIVISTOP Baguio on Nov. 19 (6 – 9pm) and the launching of the “Children’s story book on Cordillera weaving and learning tool kits” at Museo Kordilyera on Nov. 20 (3 – 4pm), opening program for the Arts in the Park (9am, Nov. 20) and the Anido Artist/Artisan Day and Closing Ceremonies (4 – 6pm, Nov. 30).

Kidlat Tahimik invites the public to join them in the festival outlining that “IBAGIW” will be the COVID vaccine for the souls. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

By Carlito C. Dar




Mt. Province

  • DA-BFAR-CAR boosts fishery in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 23(PIA)  –  Fish production  in this landlocked province is gaining headway as the  Department of Agriculture (DA) - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), in partnership with the provincial government continue to provide interventions.

  • TESDA-led Project 'ESEK' benefits 45 farmers in Besao

    BESAO, Mountain Province, Oct. 14 (PIA) -- Forty-five farmers in barangay Tamboan in this municipality are engaged in the training on organic agriculture production and are expected to pursue it as a livelihood.

  • DILG family supports DepEd, learners in Paracelis

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Oct. 7(PIA) -- The Department of the Interior  and Local Government  tri-bureau of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine National Police   are working together to support the learning continuity plan of the Department of Education in this town  during this COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 26 former rebels in Mountain Province receive livelihood aid

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 7(PIA) -- At least 26 former rebels here received financial assistance from the government.

  • Farmers in ELCAC-identified brgys get livelihood intervention

    MOUNTAIN PROVINCE--Farmers from barangays affected by the issue on insurgency in the province recently received layer chickens and carabaos under the Special Area for Agriculture and Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Cordillera Regional Office.


  • Ifugao PLGU provides financial aid to landslide victims

    BANAUE, Ifugao, Nov.19 (PIA)--The provincial government released a total of Php440, 000.00 as financial aid to the victims of typhoon Ulysses in the province and a nearby province.

  • DSWD provides Php1.4M financial assistance to Ifugao FRs

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 13(PIA) – More than P1.4 million financial assistance was awarded  to  former rebels from the province  who surrendered to government authorities  and embraced peaceful life in their respective communities.

  • OCD turns over financial aid to 12 Ifugao typhoon-affected families

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 19 (PIA) - - Twelve families affected by typhoon “Ompong” in the  municipalities of  Mayaoyao and Tinoc received financial assistance from the government through the Office of the Civil Defense – Cordillera Administrative Region (OCD-CAR).  

  • Ifugao town resumes market days with compliance to health protocols

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 20(PIA) - - Regular market days in this municipality resumed recently with strict compliance to  the mandatory proper wearing of face mask/shield and physical distancing ordinance and other issued health protocols.

  • Ifugao reorganizes Provincial Task Force-ELCAC

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 14 (PIA) - - The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Development Council (PDC) passed Joint Resolution No. 2020-01 reorganizing the membership of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC).





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