Alimuom: Memories and nostalgia

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Alimuom Art Exhibit at the Baguio Convention Center

Alimuom is the local term for petrichor - the scent that the earth emits after it had not rained for a long time. It's not the smell of the sewers and canals and pavements but the earth, the ground, the soil. This is better appreciated if you are away from the city. There is that comforting almost pleasant smell to it.

That is the inspiration from which the artists built their works from for this said exhibition. According to their page it is part memory and part nostalgia.

This month is the Ibagiw Creative Festival. (Of note, Ibagiw is how we call someone from Baguio City. Baguio originated from the word 'bagiw,' a moss that grew abundantly here in the mountains before.) This is a month-long festival that is happening here in our city. This is to celebrate the local artists, their work, the culture of the people, the community, ancestry and heritage.

Baguio City has been added to the list of UNESCO's creative city in 2017. The city is full of artists. As the center of the Cordilleras, you will see here the works of different cultures. What better way then to show these homegrown talents but through an exhibit?

I feasted my eyes on the artistry, creativity, concept, execution of these artists.

Sharing photos would flood this blog so I'd better show it through a video.

There are so many striking works tis overwhelming to see how the brain works. There were lots of different medium used, different materials that the artists have used. From photo, painting, clay, metal, fiberglass, wood, even pyrography and so much more.

The photos on the left are part of the work of Rocky Cajigan. From what I have understood, those scales represent one of the rice terraces of Bontoc, Mountain Province known as the Kadchog Rice Terraces. What is mind blowing is that those mud samples in each pan were from different plots. They were placed according to their approximate GPS location.

I forgot to take note of the artist who made the art installation as seen on the photo on the right. I didn't know at first what was the installation made of. This is the first thing that we noticed. It is located at a room directly to the left as you enter the exhibit. It is really catchy that's why we checked it out first. Only when I came closer to it did I see that it is a fiberglass and in it were dried fishes. I think this depicts a school of fish. Check the video above.

The photo on the top is an interesting one for the more you look at it, the more you see. I just can't stop looking at it.

The bottom photo is made of bones, bullets, letters, etc.

Both these works are mesmerizing to look at because of the materials used and the art as a whole.

There are lots of paintings and photos that one can see. It's interesting how each of us see things differently and to share that to others is an eye opener. It helps see what others see.

The official opening of the Ibagiw Festival was held last Friday. The art exhibit was then opened to the public yesterday. There is no fee to be collected when you visit the exhibit. You just have to register once you're there.

The first Ibagiw Festival was still the best that I have attended so far. It was done at the park and it was lively, engaging and everyone was enjoying. There may be some other activities then that were held within some parts of the city to which I wasn't aware but I like what I saw at the park then. Sadly, I lost the photos that I took then.

This year's exhibit will be open to the public from November 13 to December 12, 2021 Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m at the basement of Baguio Convention Center. If you happen to be in the city during those dates, feel free to drop by and check it out. The convention center is nearby SM mall.

There are other exhibits to be visited and I hope I can see them all and share it here as well.

Do you like visiting art exhibits like this?

Our plan was to go visit the exhibit and then to the grocery but ended up roaming around the city and the outskirts. I will be posting the other places we have been to later on.

Thanks a lot of your time and support.

All photos are mine.

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I badly want to attend an art exhibit in an actual art museum talaga, Kaya lang bihira lang may pa exhibit dito sa'min eh tas yung museum sobrang layo nasa city

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2 years ago

Oh, I see. Sana magkaroon ka ng chance soon :)

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2 years ago

Youtube acct mo yun pre...ang galing nga lalo na yung ancient na weihging scale na maliliit...at yung mga pictures nang mga sinaunang mga Ibagiw ba yun sila ang ganda nang pagkakakuha woaaahhhhh

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2 years ago

Ou pero napabayaan ko na un account na un hehe.

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2 years ago

Alimuom Ibagiw 'bagiw,' a moss that grew abundantly here in the mountains before.

love all that i have learned from this blog... we also have a specific term of alimuom but I can't figure it out..its on the tip of my tongue.... will ask my mother first...

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2 years ago

Comment ni Prince Ryan after ng rain daw :)

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2 years ago

Ang ganda naman sir. Ang saya siguro umatend ng "Ibagiw festival". Na amazed ako dun sa work ni "Rocky Cajigan" kaya maganda sa Baguio. Yung mga art exhibit nakaka mangha talaga. Nung andun pa ako sa Cebu gusto ko talaga makapasok sa museum pero hindi ko nagawa.

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2 years ago

Hopefully soon may mavisit ka na museum or magkaroon ng art gallery jan :)

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2 years ago

Sana soon sir makapunta diyan. 🙏

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2 years ago

Ahhhh the smell of fresh grass after it rained. Truly, when I am in the province this is the best thing! I never experienced this in the city. I am happy that I am spending my pandemic here in the province.

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2 years ago

It's not a pleasant smell when you are in the city.

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2 years ago

Alimuom is also our term of that scent when it rains after long drought. Nakasinus 😁 anyway, yes I've been to art exhibit pero sa school lang because we don't have museum or exhibits nearby

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2 years ago

Ah same thing :D Mas mabaho pag sa city hehe.

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2 years ago

Now I know what ua alimuom sir. While in our dialect visaya "alimuom" means it's going to rain

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2 years ago

Ah may word din pala na ganyan sa inyo :)

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2 years ago

Ang ganda nung mga art, lalo na yung last pic na gawa sa buto. Sarap pumasyal sa ganyang art exhibit. Maraming mga magagandang art na makikita

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2 years ago

Oo nga e. Di mo expect na pwedeng gawin na art pala ung mga yun. Kagagaling!

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2 years ago

I love to visit art exhibitions, but since the pandemic began I haven't been to any. I'm glad you've enjoyed this one. :)

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2 years ago

I always look forward to this. Good thing they pushed through with it.

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2 years ago

Ako nlang ata hindi pa nakakapunta.., meron din ata sa may wright park kuya...,

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2 years ago

Dami ko namiss hehe.

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2 years ago

I must admit I am not arty in the slightest, however, I appreciate anyone that is arty or creative and I do love to go to art collections and I envy you Kuya, that looks awesome, I love the GPS mud from individual plots, such attention to detail.

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2 years ago

Not that artistic as well that's why I appreciate the talents that are out there.

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2 years ago

Wow nafentash sika😊... Those are fantastic works of art. It must be exciting to be in an art exhibit.

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2 years ago

Uray kuma met ada bassit nga ibingay da nga kinalaing agaramid kakasta hehe.

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