Press release :

BAGUIO CITY – The “8th BaguioTanabata Festival 2017” opens in Baguio with thetheme “Samurai Tanabata Festival: Sengoku Period of Date Masamune and TakayamaUkon ”.

Tanabata, which means evening of the seventh, is now on its 8th year, andis sponsored annually by the City of Baguio, the Embassy of Japan
in the Philippines, the Japan Foundation, Manila, the JICA PhilippinesOffice, the Japanese Association in Northern Luzon (JANL), the Filipino-Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon (Abong), the Baguio City HighSchool, the universities of Baguio City and Benguet : Saint Louis University,University of the Cordilleras, University of Baguio, University of thePhilippines - Baguio, Benguet State University and theBaguio Museum Inc.

The month long schedule of events is as follows: July 14 (Friday at 10:00 a.m.)- BaguioH istorical/Heritage Sites Painting Workshop (Venue/s: Baguio Museum and the Baguio City High School; July 15 (Saturday at 10:00 A.M.) and July 16 (Sundayat 1:00 p.m.) Tanabata Decoration/Fukinagashi Streamer Workshop (Venue: Sr. Unno Memorial Hall, BukanegSt. by Abong). All workshop sessions are “free and open to the public”. On July23 (Sunday) – in celebration of “Philippine- Japan Friendship Day” –Part 1 (9:00 a.m.) - Floral Offering and Candle Light Ceremony (Venue: Japan Peace Memorial Garden at Gov. Pack Road) by the Filipino-Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon (Abong) and Part 2 (1:00 p.m.) – Tomodachi Day Cultural Show(Venue: Baguio City High School) by Abong;

At the Baguio Museum, three exhibits will be opened simultaneously on August 6,2017 (Sunday at 2:00 p.m.) namely:

1.) the 8th Baguio Tanabata Festival 2017
with the theme: “Samurai Tanabata Festival: Sengoku Period of Date Masamune and Takayama Ukon ” by JANL, Abong, the Bag-iw Art Society,UP Society of Visual Arts, UP Anime HQ and CurTEAnah,

JICA: One with the Philippines, One withASEAN” Exhibit
Japan International Cooperation Agency,and the

3.) Baguio H
istorical/HeritageSites Painting Exhibit
by the Japan Association of Northern Luzon (JANL) andthe Japan Foundation – Manila.

This will be the 8th year the Baguio Museum plays host to the Tanabata Festival which started in 2010, institutionalizing it as an annual event.

EIGASAI 2017, the Japanese Film Festival organized by the Japan Foundation, Manila, will come to Baguio for itssecond year. Award-winning Japanesefilms will be screened at the SM Cinema Baguio from August 10 to August 13.

The 6th year of “CosplayTanabata 6” is part of them by the CurTEAnah events.

This year’s” 8th Tanabata Festival” will focus on the Christian Daimyo Takayama Ukon, a Christian warlord who was exiled to Manila in1614 due to Edo Shogumate’s ban on Christianity. He was beatified by Pope Francis in January 2016 and was given the title of “Beatus” or “Blessed.” Ukon was born in 1552 and baptized in hischildhood and served as a warlord. The Baguio Tanabata is patterned after the biggest and most famous Sendai Tanabata Festival in the Miyagi Prefecture of Japan, inspired by the warrior Date Masamune.

The Sendai Tanabata Festival attracts 2 million tourists a year duringthe three-day festival in August. Visitors and communities come from differentparts of Japan to participate in various activitieslike parades, lantern and streamer decorations.
“Tanabata” means evening of the seventh. The celebrations in Japan happen during the 7th dayof the 7th month, which according to the Gregorian calendarfalls in August. Streets are decorated with bamboo installations consisting of small and big bamboos where one is able to hang their wishes and origami decorations. The hanging of wishes is inspired by the love story of Orihime (a weaving princess) and Hikoboshi ( a cow herder). Legend says that the lovers were separated by Tentei (the Sky King) across the milky way (Amanogawa) when they failed to meet their responsibilities aftermarriage.

Historical records show that Masamune Date (1567-1636) was one of the strongest daimyo feudal lord, in the Tohoku region andthe founder of the modern-day city of Sendai. During his period, three major unifiers of Japan were: Oda Nobunaga (1534 -1582),Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537 -1598) and Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543- 1616).

Hidenobu Oguni , President ofthe JANL is the overall coordinator of the Tanabata Festivals inBaguio, which started in 2010. In 2004,Annabella Teraoka Dacones and former Japanese Consul Carlos Teraoka started the“Matsuri” a the Japanese word for a festival or holiday, was

a prelude to the Tanabata Festival, now on its 8th year.

The event also celebrates Philippines-JapanFriendship month and continuous to be supported by other organizations inBaguio City like:

the Bag-iw Art Society, the UP Baguio AnimeHQ, the UP Society of Visual Arts, the R.K. Shimizu (Nagasaki) Foundation, AmidaSoftware Asia, Tokyo Rinkai Rotary Club, Sakura Terras Japanese Restaurant, The Blue Files Language and Training Center, Globe Telecom, Baguio JIC and Chaya Contemporary Japanese Cuisine, CurTEAnah events, HitenOkugi Shin Kai, Nyusuki and the National Correspondents Club of Baguio.

For more information, please contact Mr. Hidenobu Oguni, Presidentof JANL- and overall coordinator of Tanabata Festival 2017 at 0910411 3306 and Ms. Gemma Estolas, Museum Assistant Curator, BaguioMuseum at 074-444-7451.


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by janlbaguio | 2017-07-05 16:24 | Activity 活動内容