The month-long celebration is in line with Baguio’s designation as a UNESCO Creative City for Crafts and Folk Arts and will kick off last November 12, 2021, at the Baguio Convention Center. The opening ceremony featured the fascinating narrative that will walk you through the creation of our creative city beginning with artistic rituals progressing to the modern Ibagiw arts we know today.

The theme circles on three phrases that embody a progressive tone that aims to inspire and drive the people of Baguio amidst challenging times to discover and build (Create), to unite and come together (Integrate), and to move forward and rise from any difficult situations (Elevate).

Ipinakilala ngayon taon ang digital execution ng selebrasyon, habang sumusunod sa mga safety protocols sa pag-iwas sa COVID-19 at pinapanatili ang esensya ng pagdiriwang sa highland paradise na ito. Ang Ibagiw festival ngayong taon ay isang pagdiriwang ng pagkamalikhain at katatagan sa panahon ng bagong normal na ito. Higit pa sa pagpapakita ng sining, ang tunay na isinasama ng pagdiriwang ay ang pagkakakilanlan ng Baguio bilang tahanan ng isang pamanang kultura at pagkakaisa ng komunidad na may kumpiyansa na makapagbibigay ng pag-asa kahit sa gitna ng mga suluranin.

Sa mensahe ni Mayor Benjamin Magalong,  “Ibagiw is our unique way of telling the world: Baguio remains strong and unbeaten. Baguio stays solid, compact, and in harmony with each other by the fullness of what we are and what we can do. Rising on our feet. Creating by our hand. Innovating by minds receptive to change. Let us come together to celebrate the wonders of creativity in our culture and the arts. Together, let us make Ibagiw 2021 possible,”

The mayor also thanked the entire creative community for showcasing once more resiliency, demonstrating anew how a creative city like Baguio can raise public morale beyond politics, solely on the backbone of shared public-private partnership. “We are Ibagiw, undaunted, unfazed, unbowed, ready to tell the world what community pride can do.   Mario D. Oclaman / FNS

Mario Oclaman