The talent in the room was varied last Saturday, October 19, to say the least. There were veteran folk musicians, classically trained singers, and cultural dancers, among others. The chairs were arranged in a circle, much like a typical dap-ay.
|Ibagiw Creative Director, Karlo Marko Altomonte|
The meeting began with Altomonte introducing the festival’s rationale to all the artists in the room, and it all boiled down to one idea: art that is distinctly Ibagiw. This is the concept that the festival was built around, hence the title which literally means, “of or from Baguio”.
Baguio is a creative city, and this has been well-known even before UNESCO declared it as such. It has served as a hub for artists of different forms of expression for a long time, and the Ibagiw festival is here to show everyone, including the citizens of Baguio all the creative possibilities that the city has to offer.
|BAGUIO FOLKS - Local folk musicians Andy Villamor of |
Grupong Binhi, Bobby Carantes, Jose "Bubut" Olarte, Jr.,
March Fianza and Christopher Donaal.
The concept of having the artists in the city work together was further explained as Altomonte shared the line-up of performances and exhibitions featured in the opening and closing programs. Beyond the standard speeches and welcome remarks, attendees will be led by gong players to different areas of the venue, where an art work awaits them: there will be music, dance, crafts, visual, multimedia and performance art pieces, which aim to show the audience that the art community is standing together, and that we’re here to make our presence felt and our contribution to society acknowledged. Everyone sat in agreement, and the meeting was reaching its end.
To end the meeting, everyone was invited to pour themselves a cup of coffee and get some bread for afternoon merienda. That’s when everyone stood up, had some nicely brewed coffee, had a bite to eat, and filled the room with even more creative ideas and laughter.
A typical Baguio Saturday afternoon.
- By Leon Karlos Altomonte