The 2nd Baguio Educational Art Festival officially kicked of Thursday and the first workshop started yesterday at the Baguio City National High School. Councilor Leandro Yangot, Jr. joined BCNHS principal Whitney Dawayen and Special Program for the Arts department head Francis Lumiwes during the school’s flag raising ceremony Thursday for the launching of the inter-high school art workshops and competitions.

Yangot went to work Saturday as he joined SPA teacher and Baguio Educators Arts Guild president Ben Ebanio for the first workshop at the school, acrylic painting. The artfest, which was started last year during the arts month at the school, will open workshops to all interested students from elementary to college as well as anybody, while the competitions will be limited to high school students from and school.

Workshops will be held on March 2 and 3 and on March 9 and 10. The art forms include photography and modern
dance on March 2, charcoal art in the morning of March 3 and urban sketching in the afternoon. Local artist Ged Alangui, a member of the Sin-agi which cohosts the event with BEAG, will join Aurelio Castro III, whose Creatrues of Luisa’s exhibit at Luisa’s Café ends today, will facilitate the workshop as they try to gather possible members of the Baguio Urban Sketchers. The charcoal drawing drawing will be facilitated by BEAG members.

On March 9, the workshops will be voice, guitars and essay writing, while solar painting and mosaic arts will take centerstage on March 10. Competitions in the 10 art forms will be on March 16 and 17 also at the school. The awards will be on March 21 when Yangot turns over the by then finished Leandro G. Yangot, Sr. Museum to BCNHS led by Dawayen and Lumiwes. The six by 25 meter museum is found between the old building and the Flavier Building and Gym which has been walled and roofed.

Workers have yet to make the finishing touches. Yangot said that his love for arts and his want to teach this to students has prompted him to shoulder the expenses of putting up one at the school and to be named after his late father and namesake. Meanwhile, Yangot will also open the Le Yan Art Museum at his residence at Bengao, Bakaeng Central on February 7.

Yangot converted converted his residence last year into an art space true to his advocacy to open art spaces in the city that include the art bank at the Baguio athletic bowl and the BCNHS Museum. The next three days will see Yangot and young artists from Sin-Agi and BEAG paint three murals starting with the Baguio Fil-Chinese Community backed murals at Kisad Road on February 28, the Irisan murals on February 29 and the Middle Rock Quarry mural on March 1.

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