Photos by Justine Joy Sansano
From Canto, to Case Vallejo, to a house along Leonard Wood Road, the Baguio Craft Fair had moved around like a free spirited gyspy for the past three years. But now on its fourth year, it has finally found a place to call home in Mount Cloud’s new location, starting from the weekend of April 13 and 14! (and yes, if you haven’t heard, our favorite bookshop is now in #1 Yangco Road, just across Brent School!)
All of Craft Fair’s venues have had something in common, which is being close to nature and somewhat away from the busyness of the city, so it’s awesome that the new Mount Cloud has a wide backyard area for such events!
This year, even more variety has been added, as slots for food stalls and artisanal products have been opened up! So visitors have been keeping busy by not only checking out the handmade goods, but also keeping their tummies happy. We also noticed an increase of younger stall owners! We’re so happy to see more of our fellow Gen Y and Z peepz putting their artworks out there for the world to see. Plus, along with a great lineup of workshops, our interest has been especially piqued by the inclusion of a portrait sketching session by Sunday Nudes coming all the way from Manila.
But not everything was rainbows and sunshine during the event… literally! We were surprised by a strong rain shower during Saturday afternoon, and though we had a canopy above us, the rain was too strong and everyone was in a panic to keep their goods dry. But through the chaos of it all, we saw a sense of community among the crafters and stall owners who helped each other out.
After some repositioning and an addition of tents, everything went back to business as usual on Sunday, with even more people coming in to enjoy the fair. And finally, Mount Cloud also hosted their Third Monday of the Sun (yes, on a Sunday) to round off the whole event.
Rumor has it that there will be another Craft Fair at the end of this year, so watch out for that! It also goes without saying, we’re looking forward to more events that Mount Cloud has in store right in their back yard!