Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The AXiS Tent

Traffic crawled at snail pace. Pedestrians poured out to the streets, and marched in one direction. Like on a pilgrimage.

I jumped out of the jeep and submitted myself to the human stream. Noon was approaching and I was certain that the Panagbenga 2011 Grand Street Parade was already over. Everyone's heading to downtown Baguio nonetheless for merrymaking and whatnot.

The Axis Tent

As I approached Burnham Park, the crowd in front of me whose footsteps I was following, parted... And unveiled an amazing sight! A huge colorful dome in the middle of Rose Garden.

I had goosebumps all over!

Drop City, Colorado. Photo credit Forbes.

It reminded me of the geodesic domes in Drop City, Colorado. Uhm, not that I've been there. It's actually a 1960s hippie commune which doesn't exist anymore (dunno about the structures though). I found out about it when I researched about a book with the same title I've read four years ago.

If you're a regular in this blog, you'd know how fascinated I am with anything related to the flower power era. Just imagine how ecstatic I was to see something that resembles a hippie village.

I skippity-hopped my way towards it. There were throngs of locals and tourists entering and exiting the dome. I read on a sheet of paper at the entrance its name, "The AXiS Tent". I fought my way in.

Sunlight filtered by colorful textiles. Art pieces hang on to the bamboo frame.

Unlike the domes in Drop City which was made from junk cars, the AXiS Tent was made from used personal clothing contributed by the youth of Baguio (ukay anyone?). Ferdinand "Bong Ti Baguio" Sanchez was in charge of the blueprint, while Baguio artist Kawayan De Guia supervised the making of the tent's cover.

A month before the Panagbenga Festival, students from different Baguio Universities assembled in Sunshine Park and Victor Oteyza Community Art Space (VOCAS) to sew together. I can imagine how the activity sparked camaraderie among the youth.

A handful of visitors stay awhile for film viewing.

Inside the tent are art pieces and installations by several artists. Not only that, the people behind The Axis Art Project also organized nightly performances by local and international musicians held just beside the tent.

Darn, I missed the Hare Krishna SanKirtan dancing and chanting two days ago.

I was able to catch a drum/djembe workshop by Kawangis ng Tribu when I went back in the afternoon.

Surrounding the tent are more interesting art installations. Realizing there was no hope of having a solo photo with the artworks, I wandered off to the kiosks and lingered around shops selling hippie trinkets and canvas bags.


Though I missed the street parade, The AXiS Tent totally made up for it. If this will be an annual event (or is it already?), I'd definitely come back even if I don't reside in Baguio anymore.

Such a far-out Saturday!


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Markyramone said...
March 31, 2011 at 3:02 PM

I wanna live in a tent like that by the beach and have a beat up van (painted with the Merry Prankster graffiti)....that'll all I'll ever need.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 31, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Heck yeah! A Kombi van would look perfect with this tent :)

Rizalenio said...
March 31, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Very brilliant art installation.

Just like you, I like the flower power era. I wanted to do a shoot with this kind of theme soon. I kept magazines at home with many photos showing the fashion from this era. Happy yung era na yon na mejo may marijuana feel ang spirit ng tao (kidding).

Seriously, that era looks very refreshing. Parang may world peace kung titignan mo ang paligid nila. :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 31, 2011 at 5:22 PM

I wanna join the shoot! Haha, wishful thinking... Love the carefree feeling the flower power era exudes. Wish I was already born that time.

pusang kalye said...
March 31, 2011 at 6:07 PM

iba effect nya pag sa loob no tas silipin mo sa taas tas makulay. diko madescribe, ang creative ng mga univ students ng Baguio ha. good idea.tas sabay share ng

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
March 31, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Agree Anton! May psychedelic feel pagpasok :) When I emerged from the dome, I was on an artsy mode.

Nelieta said...
April 1, 2011 at 12:30 AM

I have never seen a hippie village before! Wow that looks so interesting and colourful!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 1, 2011 at 1:20 AM

Colorful's my type of village, Nelieta.

tina said...
April 1, 2011 at 8:16 AM

another reason to visit Baguio :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 1, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Unfortunately Tina, after the festival, the dome and art installations were removed already. Next year ulit!

doi said...
April 2, 2011 at 3:02 PM

this is really cool! sana makakita rin ako ng ganito and if it's gonna be an annual thing, i'll definitely check it out :-)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 2, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Since it was a success, I'm pretty sure mauulit ito next year. Can't wait to see what they'll come up with sa susunod na festival!

Jorie Pacli said...
April 2, 2011 at 6:45 PM

I have never seen such a huge and colorful tent before! This is really wonderful and interesting Gay... Thanks for sharing..:)

sheril benedict said...
April 2, 2011 at 8:08 PM

colorful !!!

Ivan Aoki said...
April 4, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Reminded me of "That's 70's Show"!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 4, 2011 at 9:28 PM

A-ha Ivan! You watch that too :)

Kerry-Ann said...
April 5, 2011 at 5:33 AM

Love hippie stuff too - this looks awesome. Must have been fun to be part of this.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 5, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Very much fun, Kerry-Ann!

Anonymous said...
September 20, 2011 at 1:25 PM

see you all AX(iS) 2012 :), summer

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