Baguio Latest News

Creation of Baguio culture, arts council proposed

BAGUIO CITY  – The preservation and promotion of culture and arts in the city got an added boost following the filing of a proposed ordinance creating the Baguio City Culture and the Arts Council in support of the plan of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) to establish said councils to allow access to financial and technical assistance from the Commission.


DICT holds consultation on Free Internet in Public Places Act IRR in Baguio

BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 10 (PIA) -- The Department of Information and Communication Technology conducted its fourth and last public consultation for the proposed Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of Republic Act 10929 or the Free Internet in Public Places Act at Newtown Plaza Hotel here, Thursday.


Gov’t vehicles must not be smokebelchers – EMB-CAR

BAGUIO CITY  – Government motor vehicles must be the models in complying with the allowable emissions to help reduce the volume of pollutants in the city’s air, a top official of the Cordillera office of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-CAR) said here recently.


Anton, Rivera duo brings home silver in Taiwan joust

Call it tough luck, but the Carlos Anton – Milo Rivera tandem is set to bring home a silver from Taiwan.


Quest for autonomy gets Senate backing

BAGUIO CITY  – The third attempt of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) for autonomy got a big boost from a member of the Senate bolstering the chances of the enactment of the proposed autonomy law once certified by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as a priority administration measure, Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito said here recently.


Group launches ‘Binnadang’ fund drive for fallen Cordilleran heroes

BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 10 (PIA) -- A group of Cordilleran religious leaders and entrepreneurs revived the Igorot tradition of ‘binnadang’ (cooperation) to help bereaved families of the fallen Cordilleran heroes of the Marawi siege.


Baguio’s UNESCO recognition hailed

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan welcomed the latest feather on the cap of Baguio City after it was named as one of the sixty four cities worldwide to be part of the prestigious Creative Cities Network of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


Whang-od gets backing as national artist

THE National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) is set to endorse Whang-od, the oldest “mambabatok” as a national artist.


Preservation of heritage trees in Baguio pushed

BAGUIO CITY  – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance mandating the preservation of century and heritage trees in the city.


IPs give tribute to Cordilleran troops in Marawi

BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 10 (PIA) -- The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) Cordillera regional office led the recognition of the heroism and sacrifices of Cordilleran soldiers and police officers in the Marawi siege during the culmination of the National Indigenous Peoples Month and the 20th Indigenous Peoples Rights Act celebration last week.


Baguio as melting pot of flavors

There was a time when Cordilleran cuisine was unheard of in mainstream restaurants, saying the food selection of the highlands was too bland and gory to highlight with the staple pinikpikan and blood sausages not appetizing.


CSC, DOH enjoin gov’t officials, workers in ensuring healthy bureaucracy

BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 25 (PIA) -- Ensuring government integrity and good governance through a clean and healthy workforce and workplace.


Cordillera crop production drops by 1.7 percent

BAGUIO CITY  – The volume of crop production in the Cordillera for cabbage, carrots and white potatoes decreased by 1.7 percent last year wherein the three crops accounted for 305,850 metric tons compared to the 311,269 metric tons produced in 2015, a report from the Cordillera office of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA-CAR) stated.


DOT commends 3 LGUs for reporting tourism data

BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 10 (PIA) -- The Department of Tourism – Cordillera recognized three local government units in the region for their initiatives in reporting tourism data in their localities.


Rondalla music camp ongoing in Baguio City

A revival of the classic rondalla is happening in Baguio City through a camp, which opened on July 8 to 23, a national artist said.


RNC fetes CAR nutrition champs; calls for continuing partnership vs. malnutrition

BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 25 (PIA) -- The Department of Health and National Nutrition Council-Cordillera led in the recognition of outstanding partners in nutrition program implementation for 2016 and called for continuing partnership in ensuring better health and nutrition outcome for all Cordillerans, especially the children.


P13.6M earmarked for pole relocation

BAGUIO CITY  – More than P13.6 million was earmarked by the Department of Public works and Highways – Baguio City District Engineering Office (DPWH-BCDEO) to fund the relocation of electric poles that have encroached in the road-right-of-way of national roads in the different parts of the city to prevent unnecessary obstructions that impede the smooth flow of traffic.


Cordilleran, a finalist In AirAsia reality search

BAGUIO CITY  – Five students from Manila, Baguio, Cebu and Iloilo have been named finalists of AirAsia Create Camp, the airline’s social media reality search for young, aspiring, and creative individuals who will showcase their best photography and videography skills to become part of AirAsia’s community of online storytellers.


Natuplag to square off vs Peña in Adivay boxing

Undefeated Ifugao boxer KJ Natuplag is up for another challenge as he topbills the Highland Boxing and DMAD Promotions backed event dubbed “War in the North.”


E–consumer protection is everybody’s responsibility

BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 4 (PIA) -- As the government through the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) is working hard towards a cyber-safe and resilient Philippines, it is equally important that every Filipino and some sector of society will also do their role in ensuring e–consumer protection.


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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.