BAGUIO CITY – The Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club (BCBC) expressed its gratitude to the individual and corporate sponsors of the 2019 Search for the Lucky Summer Visitor that ended on Easter Sunday.
The BCBC is the oldest organization of media practitioners that was born in the country’s Summer Capital in the late 1950s.
The Search for the Baguio-Benguet Lucky Visitor is an annual program spearheaded by the BCBC in partnership with the city government, the Cordillera office of the Department of Tourism (DOT-CAR), the municipal governments of Pugo, La Union; Tuba, La Trinidad and Tublay in Benguet.
The successful batch of lucky visitors got a 4-day red carpet treatment from the organizers of the tourism promotion event that include hotel accommodations, meals, guided tours and souvenir items aside from their free transportation from Baguio City to Metro Manila right after the simple send-off ceremony provided them on Easter Sunday.
This year’s batch of lucky visitors who were selected from a Baguio-bound Victory Liner bus that was flagged down near the Flying V gas station in Cares, Pugo, La Union included Jeremi Lozada and his partner Joan Topac and their son Jayson Gabriel, as well as Cecile Petique and Eran Mae Santiago, all of Antipolo City, Rizal, who were first time visitors to the city.
Among the sponsors of this year’s search included Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan for the city government of Baguio, Anthony De Leon of the Baguio Country Club and president of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio, NLEX Corporation, SM City Baguio, Beneco General Manager Gerardo Verzosa, Vice President for Administration Leonarda Aguinalde of the University of the Cordilleras, PMA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Ronnie Evangelista, Salvador Royeca of the Baguio Water District, Peter and Jeff Ng of Hotel Supreme, Jonathan and Bernie Vergara, the Department of Tourism, La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda, Jordan Mang-asan of Chanom Foundation and Tam Awan Village, HEDCOR, Rocky and Nicasio Aliping, PHILEX Mines, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, the MVP group of companies, the Benguet Farmers Marketing Cooperative, Luisa’s Café, Veterans Bank, Atty. Zosimo Abratique – President BAMARVA, Police Col. Lyndon Mencio – Director Benguet Provincial Police Office, the Baguio City Police Office, Helen Tibaldo of the Philippine Information Agency Cordillera, Paeng Valencia of 911 On Call, Kabalikat Civic Communications, PNP PRO –COR led by PBGen Ephraim Dickson, the Baguio Tourism Officer, the Philippine Cable Corporation, PLDT Baguio, Franklin Cocoy of Onjon ni Ivadoy, Robert Allan Santiago of the DOTR, Angelita Gayados of the NFA Market Section, AerithCream Ice Cream, Ruperto Alvar of the R&R Sanitary Services, Jojo Marrero – Interlink Security Management and Jose “JoMol’ Molintas, retired general Benjamin Magalong, Ryan Dale Mangusan, Nestor Fongwan Sr. of NBFGuada Waters, the State-run Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), Tuba Mayor Ignacio Rivera, Tublay Mayor Armando Lauro, Pugo Mayor Priscila Martin, Pugo Adventure (PUGAD), and Peter Rey Bautista.
The BCBC established the annual media camp right at the picnic grove of Burnham Park which served as the main convergence area of media practitioners who supported the undertaking from Holy Tuesday to Easter Sunday. By Dexter A. See