DOT commends Baguio – not just as the City of Pines but among UNESCO’s Creative Cities

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Baguio has long been tagged as the Philippines’ summer capital. It is known and loved by many local and foreign tourists for decades.

Just recently, it has been hailed as a “creative city” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for its creative crafts and noteworthy folk art.

Baguio is the first Philippine city to be part of the global UNESCO Creative Cities network. It was chosen together with 63 other cities from 44 countries to be a part of the 180-strong Creative Cities Network. This network shares a common goal to promote local creative industries as crafts and design, media arts and music.

In addition, it also aims to integrate the culture, literature and arts into sustainable urban development policies.

Department of Tourism (DoT) chief Wanda Teo commends the city of Baguio for its global recognition for being a part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities.

She said it will inspire other Philippine cities to also showcase and give importance to their indigenous crafts and native folk art.

Now people will recognize Baguio not just as a popular tourist destination for its cool climate and breathtaking views, but also for its several artisanal finds, handicraft, woven and carved art, and native folk art.

It is another good “first” for the Philippines and hopefully more cities will be inspired to showcase the country’s rich cultural arts and creativity.