Winners of the first Patawid: Art in the Park with Baguio’s Finest Young Artists were presented last Sunday at the Botanical Park during the awards ceremony even as the officers of the Baguio Educators Arts Group, who helped train them, were inducted into office.
Karyle Kyle Ancheta and Heirs Thea Angcaway topped the high school and elementary divisions, respectively, of the event which was staged September 11 also at the said park.
Other winners in the high school side are Ken Rainier Quezon and Ezra Grail Nalibsan who finished second and third places, respectively.
Meanwhile, Sedric Tripulca and Naphtali Axl Brycg Prado took the second and third spots in the elementary category.
Councilor Leandro Yangot, Jr., who started the art in the park movement for youngsters last year, in his Facebook book commended all the winners and participants of the event saying: “High commendations also go to all those who participated in this momentous event.”
He also thanked those who supported the arts event that include the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Association – Baguio-Benguet chapter under the leadership of Fernando Tiong as well as city officials including Mayor Benjie Magalong, Congressman Mark Go, Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, city administrator Bonifacio de la Pena, City Environment and Parks Management Officer Rhénan Diwas and Yangot’s friend Bernie Bondoc.
He added: “High salute goes to my fellow BEAG officers and members as well as my office staff for a job well done; and to all the artists who took part in this creative Baguio activity.”
Patawid, according to Yangot, “is an indigenous term which means leaving a legacy.”
He added that Patawid is a “creative activity (that) aims to develop the skills and talents of the future of creativiyy in our city – the youth.”
It is staged in coordination with the BEAG, a group of artists deeply involved in teaching art, culture, and music, (that) have bonded together to teach their craft to the creative youngsters of Baguio.”
The Patawid is held at the newly renovated Botanical Garden which was also highlighted during the event which also gave park goers a new innovative activity.
“We will surely support this event,” said dela Pena during his speech as he commended the program that helps youngsters explore their creative nature.
Meanwhile, Ben Ebanio, Jr. was inducted as president of the BEAG along with his officers.
The other officers of the group are: Jason Quinopez as vice president, Leslee Chomawin as secretary, John Dee Cayso as treasurer, Jimmy Garcia, Jr. as auditor and business managers Greg Parrocha and Charmie Basuel.
Yangot and educator Lolita Manzano serve as advisers of the group. Pigeon Lobien