WEDDING RINGS. The ring as a symbol of lifetime love and commitment….. 33 couples, mostly already living together for five years or more, joined the 2017 Baguio City Mass Wedding with Mayor Mauricio Domogan as the officiating officer. The mass wedding is an institutionalized activity of the City Government of Baguio in celebration of Family week, wherein for this mountain resort is a month long festivity. (September 24, 2017) Lito Dar/PIA CAR
WEDDING CAKE – Youngest newly-wed couple Nestor Canipas and his 18 year old bride, the former Jay-Ann Salayog and oldest newly- wed couple 65 year old Reynaldo Pedeglorio and and his 75 year old bride former, Virginia Quinones partake of their cake. The 23rd Mass Wedding ceremony for 33 couples is initiated yearly by the City Government of Baguio. The sponsors are city officials headed by Rep. Marquez Go, members of the City Council headed by Vice Mayor Edison Bilog and former Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda. (September 24, 2017) By Bong Cayabyab
THE CHAMPS! University of Baguio’s tandem of Hanna Angway and Franklin Jan Wayang (third and fourth from left), winners of the 2017 PICPA Quiz Bowl last September 16, 2017, are joined by the other participants and officers from the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Baguio-Benguet Chapter as they posed with their medals on stage. Photo by EDNA DE GRACIA.
AGREEMENT – Mayor Mauricio Domogan, City Councilor Joel Alangsab and Local Government Unit- Baguio Employees Association, Inc. chairman Marietta Alvarez sign the collective bargaining agreement for the city hall employees’ security tenure, welfare and benefits, September 12. (September 17, 2017) Bong Cayabyab
RARING TO GO – Employees of the MOOG controls Corporation and students of the Mil-an National High School prepare for their scheduled tree planting activity at the Busol watershed last Saturday. (September 17, 2017) Rosalia T. See
FUTURE BUSINESS AND TRADE AGREEMENT -Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to the Philippines Minister Counsellor Mulya for political affairs pay a courtesy call to Mayor Mauricio Domogan due to his country’s desire to strengthen bilateral trades, educational and cultural exchanges with the City of Baguio. Minister Counsellor Mulya also met with the local businessmen here during his official visit. (September 17, 2017) Bong Cayabyab
LUCKY BAGUIO CHARTER DAY BABIES – NCCB chairman Narciso “Nars” Padilla , Baguio Elderly Assembly from FBASECA and BARP Foundation, Veterans Federation of the Philippines-Baguio District, the Philippine Government retirees Association-Baguio Chapter and the City Social Welfare and Development Office hand over “Mabuhay Gifts” consisting of P5,000 cash, 1 cavan rice, baby clothings, blankets and assorted canned goods each to the newly born baby boy Raijin Cumahling and baby girl Chrizzel Centeno at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) in the observance of 108th Baguio Charter Day. (September 10, 2017) By Bong Cayabyab
WAR HEROES’ SALUTE TO FALLEN COMRADES – World War II Veterans Ernesto Luis, Cecillia Torres and Timoteo Boado with city officials headed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Rep. Marquez Go, Councilor Leandro Yangot and Guest of Honor PVAO Administrator undersecretary and retired LTGen. Ernesto Carolina execute a salute to give respect to the fallen heroes of the 66th Infantry Regiment, US Armed Forces in the Philippines-Northern Luzon (USAFIP-NL) who fought and sacrificed their lives to liberate the City of Baguio and Benguet under the Japanese occupation. Torres, Boado and Peralta (not shown in photo) received a War Hero Medal and recognition from the City government during the Baguio Victory day Wreath laying and Recognition of World war II veterans last September 3 at the Veterans Park. (September 10, 2017) By Bong Cayabyab
OUTSTANDING CITY HALL EMPLOYEES – City Officials headed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Vice Mayor Edison Bilog present the award and cash incentives to the outstanding city hall employees in the 1st level and 2nd level categories (second semester) during City Hall flag raising ceremonies. Ellen Dayag and Cynthia Daweg (extreme 2nd and 1st from right, front row), both from the City Social Development bagged the awards. (September 3, 2017) By Bong Cayabyab
DISTRIBUTION- Vice President Leni Robredo leads the turnover of assistive devices to at least 41 persons with disabilities, both children and adults, at the Baguio Country Club, August 30, 2017. (September 3, 2017) RMC
ECO-WALK – Public Information Officer Aileen Refuerzo, lectures the proper way of planting seedling to students of Irisan National High School during their Eco-walk on August 21, 2017. (August 27, 2017) ROSA MORESTO
FREE SKILLS TRAINING – Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Cordillera regional director Rafael Abrogar II underscores the importance of the government’s free skills training for interested Cordilleras. In photo from left to right are Baguio City School of Arts and Trade (BCSAT) administrator Engr. David Bungallon, RD ABrogar, TESDA Apayao provincial director Victor Brioso, TESDA Kalinga provincial director Gabriel Cayacay and TESDA officer-in-charge Roger B. Dancel. (August 20, 2017) Rosalia T. See
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BENEFITS – From left SVP May Catherine Ciriaco, Chairman Dean Amado D. Valdez, SSS President and CEO Emmanuel F. Dooc, OIC VP for Luzon North 1 Division Ceasar P. Saludo explain the importance of amending the charter of SSS for the benefit or the members and pensioners. (August 20, 2017) JOSEPH B. MANZANO
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BOAT PATROL – Members of the Baguio City Tourist Police Unit conduct routine boat patrol along Burnham Park Lake to ensure the safety of tourists and park goers. (August 13, 2017)
ASEAN LANTERN LIGHTING – Concerned citizens and officials and employees of the Baguio City government and other regional line agencies light up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) lantern bearing the ASEAN colors during simple ceremonies during the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the ASEAN at the city hall grounds Tuesday. (August 13, 2017) Rosalia T. See
Jetstar Asia comes to Clark. Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and CEO Alexander Cauguiran (right) receives a Jetstar Asia Airbus A320 model airplane from Jetstar Asia Head of Commercial Francis Loi signaling the entry of Asia’s Best Low Cost Carrier for 2017 at the Clark International Airport (IATA:CRK) following a press conference at the CRK Pre-Departure Area yesterday. The budget carrier that first took to the skies in December 2004 and currently operating more than 600 weekly return flights to 25 destinations across 13 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific Region hopes to broaden its low-fare options for the more than 24 million potential passengers in the Clark airport’s catchment area in Northern Metro Manila and Central and Northern Luzon who are currently underserved. Jetstar will start its operations between Clark and Singapore every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on November 28. (Photo courtesy of CIAC-Corporate Communications Office)
CHEF WARS NATIONAL CHAMP. Crispian Dave Pettoco, Phobe Pocais and Jayson Cachero, in a media briefing, shows the “Chef Wars” trophy they won during the National Food Showdown. Being the national champion, the culinary team from Baguio Country Club will represent the country in the international “Chef Wars” competition set in Singapore. (August 6, 2017) (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)
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MOA SIGNING – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan and Department of Labor and Employment – Cordillera Regional Director Exequiel Ronnie Guzman sign an agreement for the implementation of the Job Start Philippines in the city witnessing the signing were Executive Assistant IV and Public Employment and Services Office (PESO) Manager Jose L. Atanacio and Emerito Narag, chief TSSD. (August 6, 2017) Rosalia T. See
IN DUE TIME. With the onset of rainy season, lives and property will be again compromised if no action to clear tree branches hanging over this properties in Baguio City. Who will do the clearing? (July 30, 2017) JOSEPH B. MANZANO
ARTS AND CULTURE PROPOSALS – Officials of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) extend the invitation to Cordillerans for them to submit their proposals for the agency’s 2018 call for proposals for the preservation of the country’s culture and the arts. (July 30, 2017) ROSALIA T. SEE
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RAMEN HOUSE– City officials join owners and employees of the Ramen Nagi during the food establishment’s opening Thursday at the SM City Baguio. Rosalia T. See
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THE DRILL MUST GO ON – City officials and employees cover their heads during a city hall-wide earthquake drill as they calmly walk to a designated evacuation area inspite of a rainshower July 21, 2017 at 2:00PM. (July 23, 2017) By Bong Cayabyab
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NATIONAL BOOK READING DAY – The students proudly show off the books that were given to them by the SM management during the National Children’s Book Reading Day held at SM City Baguio atrium last July 17. (July 23, 2017) Contributed Photo.
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BAD IMPRESSION FOR BAGUIO TOURISM – Alay Sa Kalinisan Search for the 10 Most Cleanest and 10 Most Dirtiest Barangays of Baguio board of judges chairperson Dr. Julie Cabato cannot hide her disgust during a surprise inspection of transportation terminals, bars and restaurants near the tourist spots and central business district area.The ASKI board of judges headed by Cabato noted scattered litters of cigarette butts, moma spit and very dirty comfort rooms which make a bad impression to visitors and tourists. (July 23, 2016) By Bong Cayabyab
Alay Sa Kalinisan Search for the 10 Most Cleanest and 10 Most Dirtiest Barangays of Baguio board of judges chairperson Dr. Julie Cabato cannot hide her disgust during a surprise inspection of transportation terminals, bars and restaurants near the tourist spots and central business district area.The ASKI board of judges headed by Cabato noted scattered litters of cigarette butts, moma spit and very dirty comfort rooms which make a bad impression to visitors and tourists. (July 21, 2017) By Bong Cayabyab
THE SEARCH IS ON FOR THE CITY’S CLEANEST AND DIRTIEST BARANGAYS – Alay Sa Kalinisan Board of Judges, chaired by Dr. Julie Cabato for The Search for the 10 Most Cleanest and the 10 Most Dirtiest barangays in the city, conduct on the spot inspection and interviews in the barangays. The contest winners will be announced during the celebration of Baguio Charter Day on September 1. – By Bong Cayabyab
CARE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT – SM City Baguio employees planted 20,000 Benguet Pine tree seedlings at their adopted site at the Busol watershed as part of the company’s commitment to plant 500,000 trees within five years. Additional 30,000 seedlings will be planted by Deyan Construction, SM contractor to complete the 50,000 pine trees at the Busol Watershed. (July 16, 2017) Contributed photo.
BAGUIO SM FOUNDATION SCHOLARS. The SM executives, together with the Baguio scholar graduates, pose during the presentation of the scholars at SMX Convention Center last June 28, 2017. (July 9, 2017) CONTRIBUTED PHOTO.
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CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIVE FLAG – The country’s centennial commemorative flag is now in display at the SM City Baguio as its centerpiece for the celebration of the 119th Independence Day on June 12, 2017. (June 11, 2017) ROSALIA T. SEE
COURTESY CALL – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan (left) discusses a point with Senator Joel Villanueva (left) when the lawmaker paid a courtesy call to the local chief executive at the city Mayor’s Office Thursday afternoon. (June 11, 2017) ROSALIA T. SEE
IN MEMORY OF A WOMEN ICON OF APEC – SM City Baguio officials led by assistant mall manager Luz Lani Delovino and marketing manager John Rhey Langit present to the Capuyan family a memorabilia in memory of the late Narda Olat-Capuyan, one of the Women Icon of APEC during the tribute to the nurse turned weaver at the SM Atrium Tuesday afternoon. With them in photo are Narda’s husband Wilson Capuyan and their siblings Bernard Capuyan and Lucia Capuyan-Catanes. (June 4, 2017) ROSALIA T. SEE
OVERFLOWING- Bike concessioners along Burnham Park suffer from the effect of thunderstorms affecting the city of Baguio. Multimillion drainage projects were implemented last year in the city. (May 28, 2017) JOSEPH MANZANO
E-CADET TRAINING – Some one hundred college students undergo the e-cadet training sponsored by the Union Bank of the Philippines to help micro-small and medium enterprises promote their products through e-commerce. (May 28, 2017) ROSALIA T. SEE
HARVEST TIME – The local farmers in the city proudly show off the organic vegetables which they harvested from their planting site located at Quezon Elementary School. The farmers underwent a thorough urban farming training thru SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Livelihood Training Program. (May 21, 2017) Karren Nobres
SOLAR POWER SCHOOLS – Pines City National High School (PCNHS) General Parents-Teachers-Community Association (GPTCA) president Benjamin Macadangdang present to school officials led by PCNHS principal Dr. Leticia I. Sab-it (third from left) their biggest and noble solar power project, it is expected to lessen the school’s power bills that will help in improving the students and teachers productivity. PCNHS is the first public high school in the city to have such solar panels through the effort of the PTCA. (May 21, 2017) Junel M. Kadatar.
CITY’S CLEAN WATER INITIATIVE- Mayor Mauricio Domogan and AMCON Inc, Japan overseas sales representative Yusuke Suzuki startupthe P17 million Japanese- made Sludge Dewatering Press Units to separate sludge and water from the sewer treatment plant at North Sanitary Camp as part of the city’s clean water initiative program. Present during the occasion are City Environment and Parks Development Officer Cordelia Lacsamana, Councilors Beny Bomogao and Leandro Yangot Jr, City Administrator Carlos Canilao newly appointed City Human Resource and Management Officer Atty. Agustin Laban Jr.(April 30, 2017) by Bong Cayayab
NEW VACUUM TRUCK – Mayor Mauricio Domogan tries out the newly purchase P6 million Isuzu Vacuum Truck during simple rites as partof the City/s Clean water Initiative being undertaken by the City Environmet and parks management Office headed by Cordelia Lacsamana. With Mayor Domogan are City Environment and Parks Development Officer Cordelia Lacsamana, Councilors Beny Bomogao and Leandro Yangot Jr, City Administrator Carlos Canilao newly appointed City Human Resource and Management Officer Atty. Agustin Laban Jr. (April 30, 2017) by Bong Cayayab
RESCUE- A worker victim of electrocution lies on a spine board as he is being attended by responding BCEMS at the Y-shape overpass along Upper Magsaysay Avenue corner. The worker suffered 2nd degree burns. (April 23, 2017) Photo courtesy of Police Regional Office Cordillera
MINE BLOOD – Lawyer Rodolfo Bondad, assistant manager at the Legal Department of Philex Mining Corp.’s Padcal operations, is having his blood drawn by a Red Cross volunteer nurse at the offices of AM radio, dzWT, in the Bishop’s House Compound, Baguio City, as he takes part in a bloodletting during the 52nd Founding Anniversary celebration of the Mt. Province Broadcasting Corp. (April 23, 2017) MPBC
PROTECT. Busol watershed dumpsite. (April 16, 2017) JOSEPH B. MANZANO.
COURTESY CALL – The 2017 lucky summer visitors pose with city officials and officers of the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club (BCBC) during their courtesy call at the city hall Thursday noon. In photo from left to right are Lucky summer visitors Rolando Sarmiento, Jr., his girlfriend Karen Joy Villanueva, City Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr., BCBC president Lita Jane Cadalig, City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan, Annabel Ricolito and Ma. Jean Deyto. (April 14, 2017) ROSALIA T. SEE
ALMS. This man begs along the city streets of Baguio to survive while other physically disabled residents choose to work for their needs. Anti-mendicancy laws forbid begging or the soliciting of charitable donations. (April 9, 2017) JOSEPH B. MANZANO
WHICH WILL ARRIVE FIRST? Residents of Bakakeng, Baguio City and students of the Daily International School (in photo), Saint Louis University, and the Bakakeng Elementary School, along with other pre-school institutions in the area, are glad to see the old concrete go but are hoping that the on-going rehabilitation of the roads will be completed before the rainy season arrives. (April 9, 2017) ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS.
LUCKY EARLY TAX PAYERS – Mayor Mauricio Domogan’s Executive Assistant III Camilo Estepa, assisted by City Treasury in-charge of office Alex Cabarrubias, draw the lucky early tax payer winners of ten (10) 6.5 kg. washing machines; nine (9) 7.0 cubic feet refrigerator and nine (9) 32-inch television sets as part of the City Treasury Office’s Social Marketing program held at the One-stop-shop last April 7. (April 9, 2017) BONG CAYABYAB
MISS NATIONAL FIRE OLYMPICS 2017. City officials headed by Congressman Marquez Go and Vice Mayor Edison Bilog congratulate during th city hall flag raising ceremonies last April 3. Fire Officer Olivia Lambayong forwinning theMiss Photogenic, People’sChoiceAward and Best In Fire fighting Attire, eventually winning the BFP Miss National Fire Olymics 2017 award in industrial category last March 23 in Metro Manila. (April 9, 2017) BONG CAYABYAB
KAKABAIHAN FESTIVAL – Kalipi and Women’s Organization representing their barangay garbed in Igorot attire pose before the judges and guest speaker Councilor Lilia Fariñas (back row, sixth from left) during the Kababaihan Festival Ethnic Attire Fashion Show and Women Got talent capping the celebration of Women’s Month. (April 2, 2017) By BONG CAYABYAB
THE REAL THING. Earthquake drills in the locality, like this Baguio Central School (BCS) drill, were put to test when Baguio was jolted by mild earthquakes last March 22, 2017. Just a few hours after the BCS students docked and covered under the watchful eye of school principal Esther Litilit during a simultaneous earthquake drill of all public and high schools, three quakes hit the city, one at 11:34 AM with magnitude of 3; one at 11:37 AM with magnitude 2.4 and another at 1:08 PM with magnitude 2.5. No damages, injuries or casualties were reported by the Office of the Civil Defense and DepEd-Baguio and the CDRRMC. (March 26, 2017) By: BONG CAYABYAB.
Students take time to read books and other reading materials at the Baguio City Public Library located at the Burnham Park Area. The public especially children are encouraged to use the facilities and services of the city library which are free. (March 27, 2017) REDJIE MELVIC CAWIS, PIA-CAR.
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OPLAN TAMBULI – Precinct 1 Commander PSInsp Romeo Galpo calls the attention of jeepney drivers, business owners , passersby and passengers along 1st Kayang Street reminding them on maintaining cleanliness by observing local ordinances specially the anti-spitting, anti-littering and anti-smoking. (March 19, 2017) BONG CAYABYAB.
AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN – City officials headed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Vice Mayor Edison Bilog during City Hall flag raising ceremonies, present City Council Resolution 093 series of 2017 for the Outstanding Service and Dedication of PO2 Ben Pais who was recorded on video posted by a netizen on social media leaving his post helping and carrying a differently-abled citizen and his bag across the street along Abanao street earning praises and commendations around the world. (March 19, 2017) Bong Cayabyab
HONEST ARMY RESERVIST – Sgt. Raul Frigillana of the Army Reserved Command receives a City Council Resolution 089 series of 2017 commendation from city officials headed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Vice Mayor Edison Bilog during City hall flag raising ceremonies. Sgt. Frigillana received the commendation for his exemplary act of honesty in returning a wallet containing a big amount of money and other contents by calling immediately through a cellphone call the owner of the wallet namely Sheila Marie Villador who also attended during the simple rites. (March 19, 2017)- By Bong Cayabyab
INFORMATION. A member of the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) distributes reading material for the prevention of fire. In 2016, BFP-Baguio recorded 75 fire incidents. (March 13, 2017). JOSEPH B. MANZANO.
Baguio City officials led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Congressman Mark Go led the ceremonial painting of houses as part of the Project Puraw of the Department of Tourism-Cordillera which aims to help in the problem of climate change and at the same time beautify the barangay in Middle Quirino Hill Barangay. (March 5, 2017) RMC PIA-CAR
FAMILY BONDING. Mother and daughter having a bonding time – painting together during the Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom, an activity on the Handog ng Panagbenga Sa Pamilya Baguio last February 12 at Melvin Jones Football Ground. The finished art paintings during the event will be included in the Grand Street Dancing parade entourage. (February 19, 2017) Lito Dar – PIA CAR
KUNG HEI FAT CHOI. The Baguio-Chinese Community and Local Residents celebrate the Year of the Fire Rooster along Session Road last January 27, 2017. (January 29, 2017) Photo by JOSEPH B. MANZANO.
YEEHAH! A Baguio Cowboy whips his lasso as he rides his horse on his feet to the delight of the crowd and the Miss universe candidates during the mini-float and street dancing parade last January 18, 2017. Photo by RJ CAYABYAB.
MOST GORGEOUS. Reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach waves to the crowd during the mini float and street parade last January 18, 2017 and lead 28 contestants vying for the crown she will relinquish this January visit the City of Pines. Photo by ROSALIA T. SEE.
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