Baguio Latest News

Abra, Mt. Province hires top archery coaches for Caraa meet

EVEN with the hiring of top trainers by the different provinces, Baguio City archery coach John Hongitan remains upbeat of the city’s chances when the 2018 edition of the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (Caraa) opens February 4.

 

BFP-Cordillera posts all time high in collection

THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) registered an all time high with its fire collection fee as part of its mandate of ensuring fire safety of homes and establishments Cordillera region.

 

BENECO forfeits P37.9 million bond of contractor

BAGUIO CITY  – The Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) ordered the forfeiture of the performance bond and bank guarantee posted by PHESCO, Inc. for the construction of the 3-megawatt Man-asoc minihydro project in Sebang, Buguias after the rescission of its contract with the cooperative due to serious delays in the programmed works for the project.

 

Lease of Mines View building studied

BAGUIO CITY  – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan ordered the city’s Local Finance Committee to study the possibility of leasing-out the 4-storey Mines View Park building to maximize its potentials as a business center for the benefit of existing stallholders housed in the said city-owned structure.

 

DOH iterates total ban on sale and use of firecrackers can ensure public safety

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 15 (PIA) -- The Department of Health reiterates its call for the public, local government units and other partner agencies to continue to push for a total ban on the sale and use of firecrackers to ensure health and safety especially of children.

 

PNP notes illegal drug resurgence in Cordillera

FROM being drug free, the Police Regional Office – Cordillera noted the resurgence of illegal drugs in 60 barangays in the region. Despite the resurgence, the regional police still believe it can once more garner 98 percent clearing of barangays prior to the transfer of illegal drugs operation to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

 

Icy Baguio back again as Mercury Plummets

BAGUIO CITY – Slight to moderate breezes blanketed the City of Pines and neighboring towns of Benguet sending the temperature on a downward spiral, making recent nights of these favorite summer destinations experience its well-known, and the visitors’ well-liked, chilly effects.

 

City eyes P140 million for Mines View development

BAGUIO CITY  – The local government  is setting its sights on a P140 million fund support from the national government, through the tourism department to help fully develop the city Mines View Park and sustain the park as one of the most frequented places in the city year-round.

 

BGHMC AdBoard, FRB Foundation share joy to city inmates

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 15 (PIA) -- The Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center Advisory Board and the Fernando – Rosa Bautista Foundation continue to share blessings, this time to the inmates of the Baguio City Jail.

 

POSD enforcers arrest pickpocket suspects

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan commended several personnel of the city’s Public Order and Safety Division (POSD) for the arrest of alleged pickpockets and illegal peddlers selling prohibited firecrackers in separate incidents in the city last year.

 

Regulation of street performances in city proposed

BAGUIO CITY  – The conduct of street performances in the city will soon be regulated once the proposed ordinance regulating the conduct of ‘busking’ will be enacted by the local legislative body.

 

Cordillera firecracker injuries rise to 25

BAGUIO CITY  – Health authorities confirmed that firecracker-related injuries in the region increased to twenty five incidents compared to the twenty two incidents that were recorded during the previous year.

 

Baguio City launches National Bible Month

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 15 (PIA) -- The City Government of Baguio through the Baguio Character Council launched the National Bible Month celebration during the first Monday flag ceremony of the year at the city hall grounds.

 

City to purchase 4 more garbage trucks

BAGUIO CITY  – The city will purchase four more garbage trucks this year to further improve the efficiency of collecting the city’s waste in the 128 barangays.

 

Deputation of CJH safety, security personnel sought

BAGUIO CITY  – The Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevCo) requested the local government to issue the required deputation order for its safety and security personnel to help in the implementation of traffic rules and regulations in relation to the city’s anti-obstruction campaign to ease the worsening traffic congestion inside the 247-hectare John Hay Special Economic Zone (JHSEZ).

 

DOH monitors 25 firecracker- related injuries in Cordillera

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 8 (PIA) -- The Department of Health–Cordillera Regional Office recorded 25 firecracker – related injuries from 21 December 2017 to 05 January 2018.

 

Baguio's water supply seen to improve

BAGUIO Water District has assured the public of an improved water supply once the rehabilitation of the rain catchment basin in Mount Sto. Tomas is completed later this year.

 

No definite timetable for federalism

BAGUIO CITY  – An official of the Committee Policy and Budget Research Department of the House of Representatives  revealed that the present administration has no definite timetable for the planned shift from the presidential to federal form of the bureaucracy.

 

P12 million earmarked for autonomy info drive

BAGUIO CITY  – Some P12 million was earmarked by the national government in its 2018 budget for the Cordillera office of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-CAR) and the Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) to sustain the initial gains of the campaign for region’s renewed quest for regional autonomy.

 

PPP is still best for city’s Panagbenga

BAGUIO CITY  – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan underscored that public-private partnership (PPP) is still the best way for the annual conduct of the Panagbenga or the Baguio flower festival, the city’s internationally recognized crowd-drawing event, to ensure its sustainability as a must-see event in the country.

 

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Baguio Tourist Attractions

Marker of the Philippine Commission's First Session in Baguio

This is the site of the building where the members of the Philippine Commission met from April 22 to June 11, 1904 and officially initiated the use of Baguio as the Philippine Summer Capital. The Commission was composed of Governor General Luke Wright, president, and Commissioners Henry Ide, Dean C. Worcester, T Padre Tavera, Benito Legarda, Jose de Luzuriaga, James Smith and Cameron Forbes.

Kennon Road and its Builder

Tourist-Spots-in-BaguioNamed after Col. Lyman W. Kennon, who was the final builder of the famous Benguet road, with the help of the industrious Cordillerans and foreign workers. Kennon road is the shortest and the most scenic highway linking Baguio and the lowlands. The lion's head can be found along the way. Final construction of this road was finished in 1903. Col. L. Kennon first ascended to Baguio in 1905. Of the original workers, the Igorots and Japanese were admired for their trustworthiness and willingness to work. Kennon was closed to traffic after the July 16, 1990 earthquake. It is now open to light vehicles only.

Diplomat Hotel on Dominican Hill

diplomatIn May 1911, the councils of the Province of the Dominican Order voted to construct a vacation house in Baguio on a 17-hectare property they had acquired when the American authorities were encouraging people to come here. Actual work started in 1913 under Fr. Roque Ruano and the building was inaugurated on May 23, 1925. To take advantage of the tax exemptions a school called Collegio del Santissimo Rosario was opened in June 1915 but due to the very small enrollment the school closed in 1917, reverting the building to the original vacation house. During WWII refugees first occupied it. Later the Japanese Army Liberation Forces had to bomb out the refugees from the buildings. The five hits left very extensive damage and for a time it was left unrepaired. Reconstruction was started in 1947 and completed in 1948 with most of its pre-war grandeur and beauty restored. In 1973, Diplomat Hotels, Inc. acquired ownership, remodeled the interior into a 33-bedroom hotel with modern facilities, but retained the unique and distinct personality of the Dominican Hill. In the 80's the hotel ceased operations due to the death of one of its majority stockholders. Plans are underway to develop this historical religious landmark into a tourist resort.

Philippine Military Academy

PMAThe Philippine Commission promulgated Act No. 175, which became the basis for the creation of the Philippine Constabulary in August 8, 1905. The school for the officers of the constabulary was first located in Sta. Lucia Barracks in Manila. Later in 1908, it was relocated in Baguio on the site known as Constabulary Hill later renamed Camp Henry T. Allen, in honor of the first chief of the Philippine Constabulary. With the passage of the Jones Law, the school was later changed to "Academy for Officers of the Philippine Constabulary" with a two-year curriculum. In 1908, the course was raised to collegiate level and later lengthened to three years with class 1938 as having the last graduates of that course. When the commonwealth government was established in 1935, the Philippine Military Academy was created in place of the Philippine Constabulary Academy. Under the National Defense Act, the PMA was authorized to maintain cadet strength of 350. Because of increased population, the academy transferred to Teachers Camp in June 1936 where it remained until WWII broke out. After the war the PMA headquarters was temporarily relocated at Camp Murphy and later at Alabang, while Camp Allen was being rehabilitated. Since May 1950 the Philippine Military Academy has found its permanent home at Fort del Pilar, Loakan, Baguio City.

The Mansion

The-Mansion-Baguio-CityThis imposing and majestic mansion has a long list of Filipino Presidents and American governor-generals. It has elegantly structured building and guesthouse. Its gate is patterned after that of London's Buckingham Palace. The Mansion has also been the site of several international conferences and a working office of the President of the Philippines during his visits to the City.

Camp John Hay

camp-john-hay-amphitheaterThis former American recreational facility is currently undergoing development as a world class resort. As of March 27, 1999, the golf course was completed and is now open, The skating rink, picnic area, and the mini golf course at the Scout Hill area are likewise open.

Asin Hot Spring

Located 16 kilometers northwest of Baguio, the resort's main feature is a swimming pool surrounded by thermal springs, lush vegetation and several hanging bridges. It is an ideal respite. This is now eyed to be redeveloped into a tourism resort along with the adjoining tourist attractions of Tuba and Baguio.

Bell Church

The-Bell-Church-of-Baguio-CityThis cluster of temples is located on the border of Baguio City and Trinidad Valley. Its exotic oriental architecture, pagodas roof, ornate gateway, dragon ornaments and Buddha - guarded windows gaze from atop a hill. The Bell Temple priest practices a mixture of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity. One may even try having his fortune told.

Burnham Park

Burnham-Park-BaguioIt is the oldest of all Baguio parks. One can unwind from the tension of the day-to-day bustle by biking, skating or simply reflecting on the day's experiences amid a soothing garden backdrop of colorful flowers. It is thickly wooded and is a great place to have picnics and concerts. There are tennis and basketball courts, a football field, athletic oval and an orchidarium.

Mines View Park

Mines-View-Park-Baguio-CityAppropriately named for its breathtaking view of Benguet's mountain ranges where gold, silver and other ores were once quarried. There are souvenir shops around the park offering such items as woodcarvings, woven cloth, ashtrays, shell products and other curio items.

Wright Park

It is sometimes mistakenly called "Ride Park" by some that identify this pine tree park reserve for kiddy horse rides. A long stairway leads to the "Pool of the Pines", a 100 meter long pool of water lined on both sides by the famous Baguio towering pine.