The UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM) and the Baguio Arts and Crafts Collective, Inc. (BACCI) installed the third session of the webinar series, Creative Talks: Design-led Creative Thinking for Our Everyday Life. Former UNACOM Programme Officer for Culture Ms. Joana Bagano-Nuque who is a native of Benguet opened the session in emphasizing that the concept of creative circuit can be both a driver and the outcome of the on-going narrative. She also emphasized the importance of integrating indigenous knowledge and systems in the process of making Baguio a more sustainable city.
With the title, Imagining a Creative Circuit: A Dream or Reality?, the session’s resource person Principal Architect Aris Go of 90 Design Studio discussed the importance of accessibility and connectivity of Baguio’s creative spaces to further revitalize the city that is aligned with the needs and aspirations of its home-grown talents.
Ar. Go provided a background on the concept of creative loop and also reminded everyone that the vision is included in Baguio city’s proposal to its membership in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Creative loop, according to him, is about creating and recreating public spaces, making them more accessible and sustainable, and interconnecting these spaces all around the city. He also presented proposals in redesigning and rehabilitating existing spaces and structures in the city, such as incorporation of more greenery and covered walkways in the central business district. Closing his presentation, he emphasized the importance of proactive participation and collaboration of multi-stakeholders of Baguio. Stressing the need to futher pedestrianize the heart of Baguio, he reminded the audience about the collective desire of being part of the community that values humanity and humanness.
UP Baguio Professor Divina Bautista moderated the session.