Cebu included in the UNESCO Network of Creative Cities

Cebu included in the UNESCO Network of Creative Cities

UNESCO included Cebu City in the Network of Creative Cities

The Philippines is once again visible in the international arena. It is because the Queen City of the South, Cebu, is among the Network of Creative Cities of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Oct. 30.

Sirao Garden Cebu
Sirao Garden Cebu

The Philippine province is on the said list along with 65 other cities across the globe, specifically under the Design category.

Of course, the Department of Tourism is delighted with this achievement, saying this another international recognition only affirms the wellspring of creative talents in the city.

“This international recognition on the Design Category affirms the wellspring of creative talents manifested in the furniture, fashion accessories and other sectors,” reads the statement of the DOT.

Souvenirs from Cebu
Souvenirs from Cebu

Further, it cited the latest manifestation of creative talents in Cebu, which is the Mactan-Cebu International Airport – dubbed the very first Resort Airport across the globe.

The government agency has also lauded different sectors that became instruments in the inclusion of Cebu City in the list, including the “leaders, shakers and movers of Cebu City for their significant involvement and active efforts.”

The DOT has also challenged other cities across the country to follow the steps of Cebu in the prestigious network. On top of that, it also encouraged these cities to be “icons of sustainable urban development.”

Cebu included in the UNESCO Network of Creative Cities
Cebu included in the UNESCO Network of Creative Cities

It is worth noting that way back November 2017, Baguio was listed on the Creative City list because of its remarkable folk art and crafts. In fact, it is the very first city in the Philippines to be part of the network.

In the meantime, Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO, said during the announcement of the 66 cities late last month that the cities that are part of the network “make culture the pillar, not an accessory of their strategy.”

Made in Cebu Products at Cebu International Airport T2
Made in Cebu Products at Cebu International Airport T2

The new 66 UNESCO Creative Cities are:

Afyonkarahisar (Turkey) – Gastronomy
Ambon (Indonesia) – Music
Angoulême (France) – Literature
Areguá (Paraguay) – Crafts and Folk Art
Arequipa (Peru) – Gastronomy
Asahikawa (Japan) – Design
Ayacucho (Peru) – Crafts and Folk Art
Baku (Azerbaijan) – Design
Ballarat (Australia) – Crafts and Folk Art
Bandar Abbas (Iran [Islamic Republic of]) – Crafts and Folk Art
Bangkok (Thailand) – Design
Beirut (Lebanon) – Literature
Belo Horizonte (Brazil) – Gastronomy
Bendigo (Australia) – Gastronomy
Bergamo (Italy) – Gastronomy
Biella (Italy) – Crafts and Folk Art
Caldas da Rainha (Portugal) – Crafts and Folk Art
Cebu City (Philippines) – Design
Essaouira (Morocco) – Music
Exeter (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Literature
Fortaleza (Brazil) – Design
Hanoi (Vietnam) – Design
Havana (Cuba) – Music
Hyderabad (India) – Gastronomy
Jinju (Republic of Korea) – Crafts and Folk Art
Kargopol (Russian Federation) – Crafts and Folk Art
Karlsruhe (Germany) – Media Arts
Kazan (Russian Federation) – Music
K?r?ehir (Turkey) – Music
Kuhmo (Finland) – Literature
Lahore (Pakistan) – Literature
Leeuwarden (Netherlands) – Literature
Leiria (Portugal) – Music
Lliria (Spain) – Music
Mérida (Mexico) – Gastronomy
Metz (France) – Music
Muharraq (Bahrain) – Design
Mumbai (India) – Film
Nanjing (China) – Literature
Odessa (Ukraine) – Literature
Overstrand Hermanus (South Africa) – Gastronomy
Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) – Music
Portoviejo (Ecuador) – Gastronomy
Potsdam (Germany) – Film
Querétaro (Mexico) – Design
Ramallah (Palestine) – Music
San José (Costa Rica) – Design
Sanandaj (Iran [Islamic Republic of]) – Music
Santiago de Cali (Colombia) – Media Arts
Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) – Music
Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – Film
Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Crafts and Folk Art
Slemani (Iraq) – Literature
Sukhothai (Thailand) – Crafts and Folk Art
Trinidad (Cuba) – Crafts and Folk Art
Valladolid (Spain) – Film
Valledupar (Colombia) – Music
Valparaíso (Chile) – Music
Veszprém (Hungary) – Music
Viborg (Denmark) – Media Arts
Viljandi (Estonia) – Crafts and Folk Art
Vranje (Serbia) – Music
Wellington (New Zealand) – Film
Wonju (Republic of Korea) – Literature
Wroc?aw (Poland) – Literature
Yangzhou (China) – Gastronomy

Among other cities dubbed as UNESCO’s Creative Cities include Asahikawa (Japan) under Design; Nanjing (China) under Literature; Trinidad (Cuba) under Crafts and Folk Art; Valladolid (Spain) under Film; Yangzhou (China) under Gastronomy; Wellington (New Zealand) under Film; Mumbai (India) under Film; and more.

Source: PNA

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