12TH TAM-AWAN INT’I ARTS FEST THIS OCTOBER IN BAGUIO

Oct 2, 2022

BAGUIO CITY-Heritage, culture and Art takes centerstage again as the Chanum Foundation stages the
12th Tam-Awan International Arts Festival (TIAF) on October 5 to 9, 2022. In partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the festival themed “Hapit Di Aammod: Wisdom in Shapes,
Colors, and Words,” converges over 300 artists, culture bearers, workers and artisans from all over the
country and the world for a 5- day artistic display at the famous artist haven, Tam-awan Village here.

“Hapit di Aammod” translates to “voice of the ancestors” in Tuwali, an indigenous language spoken in
Ifugao. Renowned solar Artist and President of Chanum Foundation, Jordan Mangosan said “Art is a very
powerful tool to preserve visual records of time and experiences and it is a visual aid for people to see the world in different and innovative ways. Art is a vehicle that can transport ideas and the wisdom of cultures to the current generation.” For 12 years, the TIAF offers workshops to various schools the region as well as talks aimed to educate and enlighten artists and the public on laws, customs and beliefs not only in the
Philippines but the international community.

The TIAF will open on October 5 with workshops on acrylic painting, JewelryMaking, Sand art and Mono
Print Workshops and a series of seminars led by lawyers Fernan Dizon, Exequiel Valerio and Jeremy Bayaras on Copyright, Resale Rights and Copyright Registration In a bid to empower artists and artisans.
Performances and artist jams is scheduled in the evenings for the duration of the festival while murals will be created with the collaboration of artists from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with community projects, also a part of the festival.

On October 6, the day opens with workshops on Coffee painting, Digital and stone art and a Lecture by Jaet Braza on Okir Designs of Southern Philippines On October 7, a tapuey (rice wine) making demonstration is scheduled with a virtual talk by Dr. Oliver Rabara on the Philosophy of Art: Making
Sense of Shapes, followed by lawyer, Exequiel D. Valerio on Copyrights on Artificial Intelligence (AI) Generated Artworks and Cordillera Rituals by Ike Picpican.

On Saturday, workshops include Statue-Making followed by a Lecture: Globalization of Creativity in the
City of Baguio by Dr. Raymundo Rovillos followed by a talk by the Philippine Art Educators Association on documentation of cultural practices, Indigenous Knowledge on Dance Movements On Sunday, October 9 the festival will see the unveiling of Murals and Art Collaborations and closing ceremonies marked with rituals and thanksgiving.

The TIAF embarked on a series of Art Caravans benefitting the Santol Central School in La Union, empowering teachers and students in workshops on Acrylic Paint, Wire Rings, Pastel, Sand Art, Stone Art and Screen Printing. TIAF is backed by the City Government of Baguio and the Province of Benguet with the Department of Tourism– Cordillera.

Artemio A. Dumlao/ABN

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