Calling all art lovers! SM City Baguio will be hosting the Cordillera Hueniverse at the mall atrium this September 16th-22nd. This event is an interactive Cordilleran art exhibit, where one can watch the artists create their own art pieces.
The Cordillera Hueniverse is an exhibit that hopes to continue reaching a global scale to proudly present our vibrant Cordillera colors. This is also a way to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the Cordillerans through arts. The event will have three booths, each representing the provinces of Mt. Province, Abra, and Kalinga.
For the Mt. Province booth, Tam-awan Village artists will be showcasing their artistry through weaving. The artists will be using a loom, a device that is used to weave cloth. The artists will demonstrate how they weave their textiles while visitors can ask questions and assist in making woven fabrics.
In the Abra booth, the Baguio Collective Youth artists will be displaying their beautiful selections of woven baskets made from bamboo. The artists will show how they paint the baskets, and anyone can even volunteer to paint and learn.
For the third booth, Kalinga, other artists from the Baguio Collective Youth will show off their skills in making henna tattoos. This booth’s concept was inspired from the famous Kalinga Tribal Tattoo Artist Whang-od. Anyone who is interested can get a free henna tattoo from the artists’ range of designs.
Aside from the interactive art booths, there will also be kiosks to display Cordillera products up for sale, including the famous Masferré Souvenirs. There will also be a photo booth area where you can take photos to commemorate your visit.
SM City Baguio believes in advocating the arts by using their space to bring more attention to Cordillera artists and their works. Last August, an exhibit called Narpuan: An Artistic Expression of Cordillera Pride was held in SM. The event displayed art works made by Tam-awan Village artists. By showing support to the local artists, this is also a way to encourage other aspiring artists to help preserve their culture and tradition through the arts as well.
The grand launch was be held at the mall atrium on September 17.
By Karren Nobres