Filipino director Kidlat Tahimik tests positive for COVID-19

He's in self-imposed quarantine after attending a creative festival in Baguio City

Filipino director and National Artist Kidlat Tahimik has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement posted by the Baguio Chronicle on December 20, the Perfumed Nightmare director revealed that he’s in a self-imposed quarantine after testing positive on December 11, after being involved with Ibagiw: Baguio Creative City Festival, which began in November.

“My self-quarantine comes after our Ibagiw [Baguio Creative City Festival] festivities last month,” he wrote. “We had invited the world to celebrate our Bangon Baguio! with our theme BREATHE BAGUIO! to promote Baguio as a health resort and culture center in the north. For five weeks, Baguio festooned into a town brimming with artworks and artisan displays.


“As a National Artist active during Ibagiw, I feel obliged to openly declare my case. For any of you who might have been exposed to my presence during the festival, please take precautions and monitor your health. Just in case!”

Tahimik also said that he may have exposed himself to the coronavirus due to possible “lapses in face-mask security โ€“ posing for a selfie sans mask” during Ibagiw.

Read the full statement below.

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Posted by Baguio Chronicle on Saturday, December 19, 2020

Baguio City’s month-long Ibagiw Festival kicked off on November 6, gathering local artists and craftsmen, including Tahimik, in a celebration of the city’s artistic and cultural heritage.

As of writing, Baguio City has a total of 341 active COVID-19 cases and 3,257 recoveries.


Tahimik is known for films likeย Perfumed Nightmare, which won the Berlin Film Festival International Critics Award in 1977, andย Turumba, which won the Manheim Film Festival Top Cash Award in 1981.

In 2018, Tahimik was named a National Artist for Film and Broadcast Arts and received the Prince Claus Award for culture and development at the Royal Palace Amsterdam.