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International Arts Festival Solar Paintings Baguio Sky Garden 8th Tam-awan Village Mural

ARTS FESTIVAL DAY 1 : Tam-Awan partial photo-documentation 17th May 2017

I was born and raised in Baguio City and my intrinsic mental mapper voice got me to the venue early in the morning. This gave me the opportunity whilst at the arts festival site to do a photo documentation of the place. Ahead of time is an autonomic habit that I've developed whilst working for around 10 years with the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry following US Eastern Standard Time. I was able to take uncluttered images of locations (e.g., landscapes, venues, etc.,) without tourists/people in plain view.    

International Arts Festival 8th Tam-awan Baguio City Philippines Bulul Fertility Idol
I started with the Bululs which is top of my predisposed choices. The indigenous cultures of the Cordillera Administrative Region are highly predisposed to the belief in animism. Women who touch any of the fertility wooden/stone idols at the site increases the chances of having an increased conception.

International Arts Festival 8th Tam-awan Baguio City Philippines Fertility Idols Just the Two of Us
Above are just two of unique fertility bululs watching my move. In my case, it's more of protection. My grandparents and parents highly believe in animism even in the present era of science and technology. I've experienced and seen my late grandfather with his bare hands only using greasy coconut oil, hot grilled "toasted and burnt" unpeeled aromatic ginger then bandaged the sprained arms, hands, leg, which were sort of meta-physically healed.   

International Arts Festival 8th Tam-awan Baguio City Philippines fertility Idol Guardian

Tam-awan (in local dialect simply means a vantage point). It's a hill where one can enjoy dramatic sunset views at Tam-awan. Tam-awan Village is located in Pinsao Proper, Baguio City, Cordillera Administrative Region, Philippines

The Tam-awan village dubbed as "Garden in the Sky" is a tourist destination area with strategically laid out cluster of  Cordillera indigenous huts which facilitates the confluence of city visitors/tourists who are unable to visit the other Cordillera Administrative Regions (specifically Mountain Province and Ifugao and the rest) and to have them experience these indigenous-rich cultural places in Baguio City. To immerse oneself in the village cluster saves time, effort, resources especially to a short stay tourists and maximize acculturation.
  
An Ifugao Hut Design and Architecture Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Chanum Foundation Inc., who manages the daily operations of Tam-awan transported from Bangaan, Ifugao - three (03) units of knocked down indigenous huts. (click this link and see in my blog post travels images of Bangaan Rice Terraces). By the way, you may refer to the schematic architectural rendition of an Ifugao indigenous hut displayed above. 

Locally organic plant-based materials were used which are composed of grass cogon to build the roof of the huts. In addition, various Tam-awan artisans disassembled the huts as the strictly followed the traditional Cordillera indigenous Village architecture/design.At present, Tam-awan village has seven Ifugao huts and two Kalinga houses which are open for occupancy to backpackers/tourists.

International Arts Festival 8th Tam-awan Baguio City Philippines The Ato
Though deceptively simple, an Ifugao house is compact in its bearing and carries with it a touch of community home-grown sophistication which is a result of expert mortise makers ingenuity (without the use of modern age household nails or hardware materials.) 


International Arts Festival 8th Tam-awan Baguio City Philippines Four Pillars of the Ifugao House

The four sturdy hand-hewn pillars as shown in the image above are made of hardwood all of which are shoulder height which holds a strong and mighty Ifugao hut. In addition, the circular "halpans" of the hardwood pillars prevent rodents, snakes, etc., from entering the main living space of the Ifugao hut.


International Arts Festival 8th Tam-awan Baguio City Philippines Organic Cogon Roof

Overall, this Cordilleran Ifugao hut requires a periodic schedule in terms of its roof upkeep and once fully set up, the hut/house lasts several generations.

A Kalinga house is more spacious and is made with the same hand-hewn pine needles. The binayon is a traditional octagonal house of Southern Kalinga Province and Tam-awan Village with pure pride present hosts one the three remaining of houses in the Philippines/world today.


The huts in Tam-awan Village are named after the areas where they come from.  From Ifugao, we have the Bangaan Hut, Anaba Hut, Batad Hut, Dukligan Hut, Kinakin Hut, and Nagor Hut.  Tam-awan Village Kalinga huts are from Luccong and Bugnay except that for Bugnay Hut, which serves as one of the village’s galleries, lodgers are accepted the aforementioned huts.



International Arts Festival 8th Tam-awan Baguio City Philippines Ugnayan Gallery

Keeping up with the times as the image above is one of Tam-awan artist galleries which was timely to photo-shoot due to the absence of human presence which can be accomplished by being early at the set (usually set a business appointment).

ARTS FESTIVAL DAY 1 : Solar Painting Photo-documentation

International Arts Festival 8th Tam-awan Baguio City Philippines Registration
My photography friend named Gio and I immediately registered. For my blog, I removed the word MEDIA printed on the I.D. since, in my personal opinion, labels just bring an ephemeral placebo effect to the wearer. The heart of the matter is to photo-document properly the different festival activities.   
International Arts Festival 8th Tam-awan Solar Painting Participants Baguio City Philippines
Pyrography workshop participants after registration wait for the program to start.

International Arts Festival 8th Tam-awan Baguio City Philippines Solar Sun Painting by Jordan Mang-Osan
The guy in red with the cowboy hat is Jordan Mang-Osan, a Philippine based Tam-awan Village pioneer artist who harnesses the power of the sun to create amazing pyrography masterpieces. The image above shows Jordan asking youth workshop participants who would like to be first to create his/her first solar painting.

International Arts Festival 8th Tam-awan Baguio City Philippines Solar Sun Painting by Jordan Mang-Osan with a workshop youth who volunteered
A female youth participant volunteered as Jordan instructs her what to do.

International Arts Festival 8th Tam-awan Baguio City Philippines Solar Sun Painting by Jordan Mang-Osan with a another workshop youth volunteered
Another male youth workshop participant followed suit. Jordan is turning them into the next generation of pyrography enthusiasts.

International Arts Festival 8th Tam-awan Baguio City Philippines Solar Sun Painting by Jordan Mang-Osan with a another workshop youth volunteered being shown how to solar paint
Jordan Mang-Osan guiding again one of the workshop participants do pyrography.

International Arts Festival 8th Tam-awan Baguio City Philippines Solar Sun Painting by workshop youth participants doing hands on solar painting
The rest of the youth workshop participants enjoying their hands-on solar painting session.


International Arts Festival 8th Tam-awan Baguio City Philippines Solar Sun Painting by one of the youngest youth participant
Here the youngest would be pyrographer draws her layout/ design.

International Arts Festival 8th Tam-awan Baguio City Philippines Registration Booth
Upon entering Tam-awan Village this is the ticketing booth.

International Arts Festival 8th Tam-awan Baguio City Philippines Wak This Way
Just follow the sign which will lead to Dap-ay, Luccong, Sketching Cafe, Bugnay Gallery, Craft Shop, Village Gallery, and Restrooms.

International Arts Festival 8th Tam-awan Baguio City Philippines Last Minute Prep
Before we left, here we see last minute touch up at Tam-awan Village.

International Arts Festival 8th Tam-awan Baguio City Philippines Stairway Up
This was last year's festival mural wall by Dagupan-based artists.

I will be featuring more of Tam-awan as the festival moves on until May 21, 2017.

8th Tam-awan International Arts Festival 

Baguio City 
Cordillera Administrative Region 
Philippines

Theme: ""Keeping the Stones Rolling: Cordilleran architecture, landscape, construction techniques, and materials"

May 17 to 21, 2017
Baguio City 
Cordillera Administrative Region 
Philippines

For inquiries: Call +6309175108196

Chanum foundation, Inc.,
Tam-awan Village 366-C Pinsao Proper, Baguio City 2600, Philippines
Tel +63744462949
Telefax +63744425553 
email: [email protected]
URL: www.tam-awanvillage.com
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