Baguio: The Creative City

baguio city, philippines: february 23, 2013- estimated crowd 1.7 million people come to see the annual street dance 6km parade as a part of the annual panagbenga festival 2013 celebration.

The Summer Capital has a new name. Last November, Baguio City was hailed as the Philippines’ very own UNESCO Creative City. Baguio, alongside 63 other cities, was recognized by the organization for their distinguished art community and culture.

Take a look at Baguio City at a different light by visiting its artsy side. Check out these spots that truly makes Baguio a creative city.

BenCab Museum

National Artist Benedicto Cabrera is one of the most prolific contemporary artist of his time. His collection of timeless works are seen at his very own museum in Baguio. Be in awe of his collection of paintings and sculptures when you visit this iconic location.

Mt Cloud Bookshop

Mt Cloud is an oasis for bookworms who crave Filipino literature. It’s also a great place to take those cozy Instagram snaps. Mt Cloud hold its own spoken word poetry nights for those who want to share their written works.

Ili-likha Artist Village

Spearheaded by artist and director Kidlat Tahimik, Ili-Likha is a cafe and restaurant art hub that looks like it came straight out of a fantasy movie. The sanctuary not only serves delicious food but also rich Cordilleran art and culture.


Want to take home your very own Baguio furniture? Then Sabado’s is the place to be. Antique’s collector Greg Sabado’s homegrown furniture are classy and sophisticated, perfect for your modern Filipino home.

Oh My Gulay

Another brainchild of Kidlat Tahimik, Oh My Gulay @ VOCAS is a vegetarian restaurant surrounded by art and nature. It’s an oasis located at the top floors at one of the oldest buildings in Session Road complete with its very own koi pond. It’s also home to some of the works of BenCab and other Baguio born artists.


Bookends prides itself for selling hard to find books that range from classics to young adult. They also sell bric-a-brac specialties for antique collectors.