When the street is a canvas

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2 years ago

There is one activity in the city that I miss and that is the street art. Literally, the pavement is a free-for-all blank page for anyone to draw on. Let met take you back two years ago when there was no pandemic yet. I imagine you can still remember how that feels like? We are all free to roam and we do the things that we want without restrictions, without masks or face shields, without worrying about getting infected. Let us go for a stroll up and down Session Road, Baguio City.

(Note that this was posted in other blogging site (click here) and re-posted here with revisions, addition and subtraction. All contents are mine.)

Session Road: A brief history

Session Road marker at Governor Pack Road

Session Road is one of the major roads in Baguio City. It got its name from the fact that this road leads to the old Baden Powell Inn where the Philippine Commission held its first session in Baguio City in 1904.

Session Road is nearly 2 kms and alongside it are shops, restaurants, cafes, hotels, banks, offices and other business establishments and is a major road of Baguio City.

Sadly, the old Baden Powell Inn is crumbling and the marker seems to be given no importance. Establishments were built beside the marker and if you are not observant enough you will miss it. Put a cloth over it and no one will know what is that.

It is obscured by some of the establishments decorations and signages. It is like a house decor that you do not like but it is mandatory to display it for your mom will surely raise hell if you do keep it.

The city was under attack! By art lovers of course.

Every Sunday, the stretch of lower Session Road up to rotunda is closed to vehicles. Different activities were held every Sunday, after which the road is then turned into a sketch pad for everyone to write or draw and express their artistry.

Who can recognize these characters?

In this photo above, someone wrote "Sana all magaling magdrawin" (I hope everyone can draw)

This activity was started back in 2019. We have done it before but not this extensive. I think it was once or twice. It was widely accepted then as it was now. Since its re-introduction, every Sunday the city is looking forward to this.

Baguio City is known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Another title it holds is that the city is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. This group was formed in 2004 and are focused on developing its creative culture such as crafts, arts, food, literature, music, etc. Baguio City is the first city in the Philippines to be named UNESCO Creative City in 2017. In 2019, Cebu City became the second city to be part of this group.

This was taken around December so most of the drawings were Christmas themed

Vehicles were re-routed to give for this day-long event. Aside from encouraging creativity, this is one way of urging all to walk and exercise more for even just once a week. Seeing these arts drawn on the road will be a pleasurable walk indeed. You just have to bring your umbrella to shade you from the heat in some areas where there is no shade.

I truly appreciate how inclusive this event is. All walks of life are invited and encouraged to participate. You are free to draw or if you are like me, just be there to appreciate. Of all, I like how kids are exposed to this. As we all know, it is extremely important for us to let young minds open up to being creative. We need minds who are able to think outside the box and open their minds to possibilities. They will be thinkers who will come up with solutions to our problems because of their creativity.

Every week we see various lovely drawings circulated online. Some brought their own chalks while others bought from sellers on the road. This has created opportunities to business minded people. Chalks can be bought by box or per piece. The stores will not sell per piece so you have to buy by box. To say you money, you can buy from those who sell them in the streets and you can buy it per piece. This is good practice for you just have to buy what you need. I even saw others giving their used and unused chalks to those who don't have once they were done with their drawings. So you see, it also involves the act of sharing and giving what you have.

This is easy to clean. These drawing do not last long for a few minutes after a masterpiece is done, it fades away mostly because of foot traffic. Thus, giving way to another blank canvas for someone to draw on. So some of the drawings posted online cannot be seen anymore if you want to check it out because it would have been erased. Lucky you if it was not.

Freedom of expression can be seen here, within the bounds of positive and kid friendly aspects. Who knows? Maybe we will find our next Picasso or Van Gogh here in the city.

This is one of the reasons why I miss this activity in the city. Since they decided to continue this activity, I made sure to visit even for few minutes and check what surprise I will see. I have taken more photos but I cannot find where I posted it. It must be in one other blogging sites that closed and I was unable to keep the originals.

As we all know, when pandemic hit, all activities were stopped. We surely missed a lot. When they starting easing restrictions, we now have market encounter every Sunday. I was hoping this street art will resume soon.

We had a quick visit today at Session Road. Quick because we did not know that it was a community outreach program by private sectors and business owners this day. So we had to leave because the program was about to start. I don't know how the screening process was but people are lined up at a registry booth when we went there. There are different stalls for free groceries, food packs, fruits and vegetables. Not only that but they were also offering free massage, haircut and other services. Military personnel were there to assist in the said program.

As a bonus, we saw this guy with his horse.

I'm pretty sure it is not for free to pose with the horse as it is common here but I did not ask to verify.

Aside from market encounter, this is also packed with people every Panagbenga Flower Festival. Lots of people will line up the road some even before the sun is up to get the front seat to watch the street dancing and float parades which was an annual event before pandemic.

Do you like to draw? If you see your kids getting interested in arts, let them, encourage them and support them.

Thank you once again for dropping by.

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My heart melted with the sharing-giving part. Yung kay Peppa yung mas wow ako. Parang hindi sa chalk ang gamit at parang hindi sa bato nagdrawing. Pero aame tayo hanggang appreciate lang ako dahil hindi ako marunong magdrawing. Artistic in some other ways but not in drawing.

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2 years ago

Galing nga e. Nakakatuwang malaman na meron at meron pa rin talaga mabubuting mga tao na gusto tumulang sa kapwa.

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2 years ago

I am sure I passed by in the session road last 2018! Haha but I haven't seen anything like this before! My friends, keeps on saying we should go back, while I am afraid of cold, I am hesitant to agree with the invites! Haha but if we do really come back I hope to see this art! So fav!

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2 years ago

This was around October or November 2019 I think and they did it every Sunday since.

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2 years ago

@Z_graeden, here's a fellow Igorot on board. 😁

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2 years ago

Creativity portrays our uniqueness. I guess that's why many of us are here on read.cash. Not just for the money but as a creative outlet.

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2 years ago

That's right. Writing is a creative outlet be it a poem or an article. It's a craft :)

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2 years ago

amg cute nung drawing ni Olaf at picachu eeeehhhhhh ang galing...dami talaga talent nang Pinoy...kaka proud

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2 years ago

Kahit sana kunting talent sa drawing meron ako haha!

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2 years ago

apir pre..wala nga rin ako eh πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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2 years ago

Ahaha!

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2 years ago

Oh so you are Leeart in noise! Hello there! Welcome to readcash. 😊❣️ Ang galing ng mga artist.! I love drawing too..

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2 years ago

Yeys :D Thanks for the welcome. Uwen ngay. Amok met kuma agdrawing haha!

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2 years ago

Mabalin met siguro makadrawing ka ti circle.. 😁

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2 years ago

Haha! Ay wun...small circle, small circle, big circle :D

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2 years ago

Meron pala nito? Your place is so nice for having this as what you said everyone is welcome. I love drawings but my drawings are not that appealing. And oh, if I'm not mistaken, I think I saw a girl there in the picture drawing the starry night of Van Gogh

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2 years ago

You guessed it right. May mga kasama yan actually na nagdraw nun. Un iba jan nagsulat lang ng kung ano hehe kaya for all talaga yan na activity magaling ka man magdraw o hindi :D

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2 years ago

Ang ganda ng ideya na yan. Maganda e suggest sa sangguniang kabataan sa brgy. namin

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2 years ago

Oo beat nyo un record ng Germany na pinakamaraming nagdrawing ng sabay sabay sa kalsada.

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2 years ago

WHAAAA, I miss drawing in the streets too but I can’t make street arts πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜… I can only draw the lines for patintero πŸ˜‚

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2 years ago

That would be nice too lol! I think if someone will draw lines there and also hopscotch, then it's going to be a playground too :D Cool idea!

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2 years ago

I find this so cool. ItΒ΄s a great idea full of creativity. Here every Sunday, the Avenue that I mentioned to you in Noise, the Cota 1000 is closed for people to exercise. But I like this more. It must be very fun for the children. I'm not very good at drawing. But I love to color.

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2 years ago

Right? Whoever came up with this idea, I have high regard for him/her. The idea was to beat the record by Germany of most simultaneous drawing on pavement. Unfortunately, we have come up short on two attempts.

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2 years ago

Whoever came up with the idea is a real genius! It's a great way to promote art, fun and also help the local economy. I hope you'll have more luck in the next attempt.

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2 years ago

I really hope that we can break the record next time :)

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2 years ago

Wooooo grabeeee ang ganda, legit nakakamangha, gusto kong sumali sa ganitong gawain. Nakakawalang stress ang art literally, nakakabuhay ng diwa. Sobrang amaze ako dito. Thanks for sharing.

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2 years ago

Kung okay na ang lahat magandang gawin din eto sa inyong lugar. Lahat mag eenjoy for sure.

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2 years ago

Ayyy cute nmn ng mga drawings nila! What a great iniative and it really brings color and life to Baguio, nka witness na ako panagbenga festival noon, ang ganda sobra, for sure mas lalo gaganda if mag boom pa mga arts na toh

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2 years ago

Yan naman ang iniiwasan ko, Panagbenga, kasi sobrang dami ng tao hehe. Meron pa rin naman times na nanonood kami pero madalang na. Nakisali din ako nun sa mga nakakuha ng permit para magpix sa gitna ng kalsada pero okay na ung minsan :D

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2 years ago

Nkaka enjoy kya un mag photoshoot during festivals. Nka pag share ako dito ng article about it. Meron pa ako mga photos nakaimbak hahah! Share ko nga minsan ulit...

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2 years ago

Good idea. Sige nga magshare nga din ako :D

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2 years ago

This is really amazing, I love the color, these are events that bring a lot of people together most especially the young ones. Hope it comes back

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2 years ago

I'm definitely sure this will come back once this pandemic is over. I hope you have something similar like this in your place too.

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2 years ago

Wow! This is a fun event! Wah napipicture ko lang. So it started recently lang din pala no? I wish this activity gets restarted once the pandemic is over. I don't draw but I would love to see other people draw.

I haven't seen Panagbenga either.

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2 years ago

Oo very recently. Gusto ng city ma break un record ng pagdrawing sa street ng sabay sabay kaso di pa magawa.

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2 years ago

Activities like this brings the city together, create business opportunities and brings out creativity

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2 years ago

Indeed. I couldn't agree more. Good vibes all the way :)

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2 years ago

walang ganito dito sa amin... ganda ng mga works nila..

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2 years ago

Kaya nga e. Ang gagaling nila.

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2 years ago

Wow. What a great project. If given a chance to suggest it here on our province I would definitely suggest this. Though the municipal mayor here conducted a contest few months ago to encourage all artist but this one is different. I love to draw also, it is a very nice opportunity for all who loved to draw. To pro and still budding artist.

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2 years ago

If you can do it, do it please. I encourage you, nay, I implore you lol! We need activities like this when everything starts to be okay. Baka ma break nyo un record ng Germany na most number of chalk drawing on pavement. Nittry ng Baguio pero magawa.

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2 years ago

Soon. I know it would be difficult Kasi I am not an influencial person here. Maybe when I will have my teaching position. I will let my students have a project like this.

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2 years ago

That's exciting! Looking forward to it :)

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2 years ago

Yay thank you. Now I am pressured but a good pressure hehe

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2 years ago

Waah gusto ko i try tooo. Sana may ganito din dito samin huhuhu. Gustong gusto ko ng art, ayaw lang ng art sakin. Pambihira 😭

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2 years ago

Haha! Pareho tayo ayaw din ng arts. Kung okay na lahat pwede to organize sa inyong lugar. Nakakatuwa kaya at nakaka-aliw.

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2 years ago

Hahaha nakakatawa yung sana all magaling magdrawing.

At the first few paragraphs I really wanted to ask if the chalks are free hahaha. But then there, you need to buy them. This activity is really great for the youth. I hope everything will go back to normal again and this continues. Our youth needs this after being at home for such a long time.

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2 years ago

You can have free ones for some will just leave their used/unused chalks when they are done so there are actually free chalks lying around :)

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2 years ago

Hahaha free is free. I am really hoping na bumalik na sa dati ang lahat at yan ang isa sa babalik din sa dati. Kung dyan nga kami nakatira e lagi ko dadalhin ang bubwit ko dyan. Maganda talaga yang pang-aliw sa kabataan.

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2 years ago

Waaaah. Nakakatuwa naman 'to! Sana all din ako na magaling mag drawing. Parang gusto ko makigulo dyan kahit hindi ako magaling. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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2 years ago

Haha! Ang saya nga e. Un iba nga kung anu-ano na lang sinusulat hindi na nagddrawing.

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2 years ago

Sana maexperience ko din yan. Soon! Haha.

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2 years ago

Waaah. Napanunot ko lng atoy taday. Birukek man jay picture tayo di Decemberidi nagdrawing piman dita ni Arianni hehe. Very very nice :D

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2 years ago

Wen post mo met hehe. Hanko mabirukan dadduma pix ko ditoyen. Ada sa met jay Kiki.

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2 years ago

Wow! How come I haven't seen those drawings!😊 Just wow!

Missing the Panagbenga Feast too

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2 years ago

They happened every Sunday then. If I'm not mistaken, it started around October or November 2019.

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2 years ago

Hoping to get a glimpse of those arts one day. Nglalaing da agdrawing

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2 years ago

I love to draw and let my imaginations control my hands. .. Ang ganda naman po ng ganiyan.All walks of life are all together to make the street lively with art.

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2 years ago

Diba? Ang gandang tingnan na lahat nag eenjoy kahit hindi marunong nagdrawing pati mga nanonood enjoy din sila.

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