We held a gathering for launching of Baguio Historical Walk Art Map
on February 22, 2017 at Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Casa Vallejo, Upper Session
Road, Baguio City.
he represented Cordillera Green Network and Japanese Association
in Northern Luzon.
Kyle E. Vizcara, Rochelle D. Bakisan and Elia Kristine D. Demayo.
Baguio Heritage Foundation
Filipino-Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon
University of the Philippines, Baguio, Fine Arts
Local Resercher and Historian
Japanese Film Maker
Japanese Association in Northern Luzon
Mt. Cloud Bookshop
these two maps were donated to Filipino-Japanese Foundation of
Northern Luzon, Inc.
mainly from :
"Japanese Pioneers in the Northern Philippine Highlands"
by Patricia O. Afable
Filipino-Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon, Inc.
"The Ethnic Chinese in Baguio and in the Cordillera Philippines"
by Dr. Charles L. Cheng & Ms. Katherine V. Bersamira
"City of Pines: The Origins of Baguio as a Colonial Hill Station
and Regional Capital"
by Robert R. Reed
the Selling Price is P120.- at the shop.
The video of the Launching of the Art Map at Mt. Cloud Bookshop:
thanks for your visits.
The below News Paper article was found at Baguio Midland Courier website
written by Ms. Stella Maria de Guia :
2017/02/26 - As mentioned during the launching of Hidenobu Oguni's Baguio Historical Walk Art Map at Mt. Cloud Bookshop, 2016 and 2017 are auspicious years for Baguio. Not only because these years brought and are bringing several ...
As mentioned during the launching of Hidenobu Oguni’s Baguio Historical Walk Art Map at Mt. Cloud Bookshop, 2016 and 2017 are auspicious years for Baguio. Not only because these years brought and are bringing several projects and programs to the fore, but also because it has signaled the reawakening of public consciousness on Baguio’s culture and heritage.
Heritage is defined as a milestone, a special inheritance which focuses on culture, tradition, buildings, edifices and old practices, which should by any means be preserved, conserved and restored – not destroyed, remodeled and forgotten. What took years to metamorphose cannot be replaced by grandiose ideas of development, whether it is meant to beautify or revitalize. Neither could it be a signature or legacy to one’s development plans. One must have a certain respect for history and culture.
I actually borrowed the title of this article from a recently concluded forum of the Department of Architecture of Saint Louis University convened by architects Joan Colcol and Victor Alinio and endorsed by Engineer Cynthia Posadas and SLU Director Rosario Marfori about “Reliving Heritage” by Dr. Dennis Cremin.
Dr. Cremin is an expert who won the Book of the Year award from the Illinois State Historical Society in 2004 about “Grant Park, Chicago’s Front Yard.” Dr. Cremin starts with the question, “How do we foster architecture and engineering as a way to connect to the past?” He then proceeds to focus on art, culture and heritage of the 21st century, and mentions that “history is a litmus test for the future.”
Architect Cristito Valdivia, the very able and humorous emcee of the affair, also commented on the importance of people in architecture and alluded that. It should be a live experience. This was followed by the reaction of the “Father of Architecture in Baguio,” first City Architect Joseph Alabanza, who mentioned that we must make history live again; that new developments must consider the past and must capture its memories so it comes to us again; that the city must create an urban design committee that would strategically define development in Baguio and seconded the sentiments of Arch. Valdivia. He says that the landscape of Baguio is unique and was made to inspire and to consider the feelings of visitors and residents, seemingly evoking nostalgia of “what do I feel about this particular building?”
These reactions bring me back to the theme of the “2004 First Tourism Summit,” which is, “A review of the past a drive towards our culture and heritage.” In this summit, former Department of Tourism Sec. Gemma Araneta enumerated some of the goals of the Heritage Conservation Society which she headed, which are: 1.) the restoration of heritage is not an obstacle to progress, 2.) an efficient 21st century lifestyle can take place in the same architectural envelope made by earlier generations, 3.) the restored heritage structures are excellent tourism products that can make the Philippines, especially Baguio a unique destination, and 4) heritage conservation can awaken “pride of place.”
From these goals we can say that when making development plans, one must consider heritage buildings already in place and see how they can enhance certain architectural landscapes. Hence, such plans must be integrated into master development plans and should consider the presence of culture bearers and overseers. The bottom line is we must consult first, before any developments are put in place. By and large, I believe the planners of today should get a copy of the outputs of this 1st Tourism Summit to get an inkling of people’s inputs on heritage development.
The Baguio Heritage Mapping and Capability Building on Heritage Conservation of Doctors Rowena Boquiren, June Prill Brett, and Clarita de los Reyes supported by the University of the Philippines College Baguio Educational Foundation, the Pine Cone Movement headed by Mita Dimalanta and the Baguio Heritage Foundation of Laida Lim Perez, is one program worth supporting. I know the City of Baguio is listening. Reliving and revival of heritage is a very welcome development provided it undergoes a process of consultation. That is the culture of Baguio (will expound on this in another article).
The three “beloved witches” or “switches” of Baguio, Virginia “Gene” de Guia, Leonie San Agustin, and Cecile Afable must be dancing up there in the sky as their beloved Baguio is experiencing a reawakening. We must also credit the efforts of the Fernando and Rosa Bautista Foundation and the City of Baguio for creating heritage maps during the 2009 centennial celebrations. Congratulations culture bearers! There are still many of you out there that we have not been mentioned. Hopefully we can come together to further awaken cultural sensitivity.
We invite art and culture lovers to join us in the opening of the “Din Adi Kaila Art Exhibit,” a celebration of Environment Week, by Rochelle Bakisan Kizel Cotiw-an, and Ron Dulay on March 4 at 4 p.m. at the Baguio Museum Gallery at Gov. Pack Road.