4-pronged approach to sustain creative status

Stakeholders in the city’s education sector want to embark on a 4-pronged approach in the implementation of programs, projects and activities geared towards sustaining the new status of Baguio City as one of the 64 creative cities in the world.
            University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB) chancellor Dr. Raymond Rovillos said the city’s education sector play a key role in empowering people to embrace the creative economy, thus, the need to review the curriculum of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to incorporate the teaching of skills on silver craft, weaving, woodcraft, pottery, among others, to teach millennials the right skills.
            He underscored it is important for the present and future generations to learn the skills of the various forms of crafts and folk arts for them to apply the same and produce creative products that contribute in overall efforts of making Baguio a real creative city worthy of its new tag as one of the creative cities in the world.
            On the other hand, the UP chancellor pointed out the importance of establishing creative hubs around the city to allow stakeholders to have their creative products reach the desired market and help sustain the growth of the city’s creative economy
            Aside from putting up creative hubs, Rovillos claimed it is also necessary to inter-connect the existing creative hubs through the so-called creative circuits that contribute in improving the city’s identity as the first Philippine creative city and the fifth Southeast Asian city to be in the elite list of creative cities located in 44 countries around the world.
            More importantly, he explained there is a need for the establishment of a regional design center similar to the Design Center of the Philippines to effectively and efficiently address possible issues and concerns relative to the designs of Cordillerans on their crafts to formulate new designs suitable to the prevailing trends of the times without compromising the city’s diverse culture.
            According to him, it is important for artists to sustain introducing the appropriate innovations on their existing designs to incorporate industry trends to meet buyers preferences and contribute in sustaining the production of creative products as part of the city’s growing creative economy.
            Rovillos explained Baguio City has a lot to offer in terms of being a creative city which had been done in the past even if the city was not yet included in the elite list of creative cities considering that what is in place are top calibre artworks, among others, in the different parts of the city.
            He assured the public that much has yet to be seen in terms of the city’s creative economy since the initial presentation of the creative hub in the next two weeks is just the initial wave of culling out the best in the creativity of the stakeholders involved in crafts and folk arts.
By Dexter A. See