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Baguio chills at 11.5 degrees Celsius

BAGUIO CITY – Residents and visitors alike started to wear their thick clothing’s following the continuous drop in the city’s temperature, the latest of which was at a cool 11.5 degrees Celsius Saturday morning.


From the usual 14 to 17 degrees Celsius lowest temperature in the morning over the past several weeks, the local office of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) recorded a significant decline drop in the city’s temperature to 12.5 degrees Celsius Friday morning before further dipping 1 degree Celsius lower Saturday morning which is an indication that cooler days are still ahead in the country’s undisputed Summer Capital.

Danny Galate, PAGASA Baguio meteorologist, claimed the early prevalence of the cool weather in the city was an offshoot of the prolonged rainy season coupled with the existence of the enhanced northeast monsoon that continuous to bring cold winter winds from Siberia to the northern part of the country.

He explained the prevailing temperature in the city and other elevated areas in the Benguet and Mountain Province areas will be much cooler this year and the early parts of next year compared to that of last year because of the expected prevalence of the La Nina phenomenon unlike last year where it was a bit hotter considering the existence of the El Nino phenomenon.

The PAGASA official predicted that the lowest temperature in the city could drop to a single digit by January up to the later part of March because of the expected prevalence of much stronger northeast monsoon.

The lowest temperature recorded in the city was at 6.3 degrees Celsius on January 18, 1963 while the latest recorded lowest temperature was at 6.4 degrees Celsius which was the fifth lowest in the city’s history on January 15, 2009.

On the other hand, health authorities warned the residents and visitors alike to make sure that they wear their thick clothings to warm themselves so as not to contract the cold day diseases such as colds, cough, pneumonia, upper respiratory track infection among others for them to enjoy the celebration of the Yuletide season in the city.

City Health Officer Rowena Galpo called on the public to make sure that they eat the right kind of food to strengthen their immune system and stay healthy at the time of the year when the cool weather condition starts to prevail which could affect their health and productivity at work, in school or in their businesses.

as the city’s temperature continues to drop, the prevailing temperature in other highly elevated areas in the city and other parts of Benguet and Mountain Province is at least 2 to 3 degrees lower than the recorded temperature thereby posing a serious threat to the local vegetable industry which is the major source of income for the people in the said areas.

For decades now, the prevalence of frost as a result of the drop in the temperature in the highly elevated areas caused the loss of income among the farmers whose plants were affected by the said phenomenon which has yet to be effectively given the appropriate solution.

By Dexter A. See


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.