The Department of Tourism (DOT) applauds the City of Baguio for being included in the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Creative Cities list under the field of Craft and Folk Arts. This is a fitting tribute to Baguio as a community that teems with so much talent, particularly in the area of crafts and folk arts. Baguio is popularly known for its wood work, woven designs, handicraft, painting, architecture, park landscape and other art forms.
We are happy that our efforts have paid off with DOT handling the application’s submission in June this year. Baguio’s acceptance was already a milestone and its inclusion in October only validated the city’s positioning as an arts and creative artists hub.
The citation should serve as inspiration for other cities to be included in the network which also covers other fields such as design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts and music. I encourage all DOT regional offices to work closely with the local government units, industry and civil society to promote excellence in these areas which would grossly impact on improving our competitiveness in tourism..