There’s no doubt that our beloved City of Baguio is rich and overflowing in culture, art, food, music, and just overall fun. And lucky for us and everyone who love trying new things and supporting everything Baguio, all of those things came together in one special place at Artisans Weekend last December 17 and 18.
The Grounds at Scout Barrio was the perfect venue for Artisans Weekend. The trees, the grass, and the bright blue sky on those two days provided the perfect backdrop for everything that the event had in store. There were lots of booths set up, showcasing different local businesses, from food, to knick knacks, to services, and more.
Totally instagram-worthy. All of that stood before us, and we couldn’t wait to dive in and check everything out.
Of course the first places we checked out were the food stalls. We tried some of the establishments were new to us, like Karen Dear Y’all and the Potato Slut, but we mostly stuck to light snack so we can try as many stalls as we can!
We almost always had food in our hands during our time at the Artisans Weekend.
And we simply can’t NOT have coffee at a festive time like this… and “streetfoods”!
You Can’t Spell ‘Artisan’ without ART
Just as we had food to fill our tummies, there was no lack in food for the eyes and soul. An mini art gallery displayed photographs about life in the mountains. Mt. Cloud Bookshop was also there to share their assortment of local literary treasures.
Craftsmanship skills on point! Handfuls of local artists also showcased their handmade goods for sale. We said hi again to Ayra Galanza‘s prints in her business endeavor, “Hello Ayra,” as well as whimsical knickknacks from Pinsel by Duds Maranan.
Our friends from Workshop Central were also present to share their plethora of skills to kids and kids-at-heart.
They also sold handmade goods from their partner artists, and also notably, a wide range of calligraphy supplies to last you a long time.
The artists behind the mosaics in Ili-likha Artist Village were there to exhibit more of their amazing mosaic works.
Fun for Everyone
It always brought a smile to our face to see the guys walking around on stilts so effortlessly and always ready to pose for a picture.
Not all the stalls were selling material products. Others offered services like haircuts by Stache and massages. Quick shout out to Knitting Expedition, the social enterprise you need to know about.
For daytime entertainment, the children enjoyed magic shows and storytelling with puppets.
And for the adults, a simple yoga session! But even the kids were glad to join in.
There was never a dull moment. If anyone had the most fun, it was probably the kids, who had a little playground and a trampoline to keep them occupied. And if those weren’t available, they amused themselves having pillow fights with the many pillows lying around.
And who’s to say that our animal friends didn’t enjoy themselves as well?
The Sun Sets, but the Fun Doesn’t End
As the natural light from the sky faded, the stage lit up with various musical performers from local artists to set the mood for the evening.
Everyone carried on with the festivities and enjoyed themselves as much as they could, until the event drew to a close.
The Artisans Weekend was one of the best ways to end the year. It just goes to show that even as all these artists, entertainers, small business owners, and community members come together in one place, there’s still much to see and discover about Baguio. We hope more events like this happen again this year!