6th Tam-Awan festival highlights ‘Global Cordillera’

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BAGUIO CITY: Local and international artists joined forces in this year’s celebration of the 6th Tam-Awan International Arts Festival (TIAF) in Baguio City.

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Bearing the theme “A Global Cordillera: Heroes, Legends and Treasures,” the 6th TIAF engaged various local and international artists in their five-day all-arts fiesta at the renowned artists’ haven Tam-awan Village on May 6 to 10.

Korean artists from United Korean Association in Northern Luzon Philippines and representatives from the Singapore Arts Museum attended the festivities along with a number of international tourists who joined the various activities during the festival.

Officially kicking off the festival was the fun run dubbed “May Magagawa Ka: Padyak para sa Kalikasan,” followed by an art performance of multi-awarded Ilokano artist, Art Lozano.

Two exhibits were also launched as part of the TIAF. Ayala Museum featured Jose Rizal and Dolls Collection’s Rueda de la Fortuna while TIAF opened its exhibit to the public at SM City Baguio.

A two-day exposition on international and regional games was also conducted on the first day, along with coffee and watercolor painting, kite making and design workshops facilitated by Patrick Palasi and members from International Watercolor Philippines and Philippine Art Educators Association (PAEA).

Noted experts facilitated various roundtable discussions like Emilio Aguinaldo’s Heroism and His Cordillera Connection by Emil Suntay. President of PAEA Orlando Abon discussed Art Matters: Empowering Art Teachers in the K-12 Curriculum Through Culture. In celebration of the National Heritage Month this May, Fr. Harold Rentoria, head of the NCCA Subcommission on Cultural Heritage, led a discussion on Heritage and Preservation. Talks on Cordilleran games, curatorship and the Heritage Law were led by Dr. Ike Picpican of Saint Louis University and Joyce Toh of Singapore Arts Museum.

Cordilleran rituals and other inter-cultural performances were held throughout the fest. A total of 22 performances were presented and film screenings were also conducted by the TAOID 2015 steering committee led by Fr. Rentoria.

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