Baguio Artists and Residents Use Chalk Art to Draw Attention to the City's Roots

Aside from other important issues.

(SPOT.ph) Baguio City in Benguet continues to live up to its name as a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization-declared Creative City, as local artists and residents spent this past weekend creating art on Session Road. The Chalk Brigade, initiated by Eudaimonia Art Gallery, happened on Sunday, December 8 at 7 a.m.

Baguio residents and artists came together for The Chalk Brigade on Sunday morning. Public Information Office - City of Baguio / Facebook
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One of the sketches showed the mountains of Baguio cupped in the hands of a Cordilleran, reflecting the importance of environmental preservation especially amid growing pressure to cut down pine trees. A rainbow in the backdrop brings a message of hope that someday the pristine hills of the city will be back to what they once were.

"Amazing how we all come together like an army of artists equipped with chalk in our hands and love for art in our hearts," organizers said in a Facebook post. Participants include members of Pasakalye Creatives and Art Lovers Baguio Chapter, art groups from Saint Louis University, students from Baguio College of Technology, and other art collectives. The event failed to beat Germany's current world record for having the largest display of chalk pavement art with 944 drawings, but it was still a notable moment in Baguio's art landscape.

They hoped to beat Germany's record for having the largest display of chalk art. Public Information Office - City of Baguio / Facebook
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Session Road was filled with chalk art showcasing everything and anything about Baguio, like a cup of Benguet's famous coffee. Public Information Office - City of Baguio / Facebook

In November, the city celebrated the second edition of Ibagiw Festival, a nine-day art festival that featured exhibitions by local artists, short-film screenings, and workshops on folk art. It also featured massive art installations and murals in Baguio City's public spaces.

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Sulong Likha and Pedantic Pedestrians, on December 7, released a joint statement of support for Panday Sining—members of which were arrested after painting protest art on public walls and structures—and the importance of public art and protest art. "We claim that art cannot be reduced to passivity, rendered silent especially during these times of subtle political unrest. When activists, human rights workers, farmers, students, lawyers among other critics of the government are being harassed, red-tagged or killed, art cannot confine itself to the perfection of forms and the mastery of technique," they said.

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