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Showing posts with label Baguio City. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Baguio City. Show all posts

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Baguio City enters vaccine deal with Astra-Zeneca, to benefit 190,000 individuals

Cordillera - Mayor Benjamin Magalong announced  the city government has entered into a deal with British-Swedish parmaceutical company AstraZeneca  for the procurement of vaccines that will benefit a total of 190,000 individuals.

The number of beneficiaries represents 70 percent of the city's target population for inoculation which does not include those aged 17 years old and below.

The multipartite agreement was signed last Jan. 10, 2021 by the mayor and representatives of Astra Zeneca, the Dept. of Health and the National Task Force on Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases.   

The mayor said that AstraZeneca initially planned to supply doses good for only 50,000 persons for the city but the company subsequently approved the mayor's request to increase the allocation to cover 70 percent of the target population and enable the city to establish herd immunity against the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Magalong said the city is also currently in talks with other international pharmaceutical companies for more vaccine provisions for the city's contingency reserve.

At the same time, engagements with global and local private companies and even civic-minded families and individuals in the city are moving for the acquisition of more vaccines free of charge. 

The mayor said the city had received commitments for a total of 33,000 doses from the private companies which include the local chapter of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and locators in the Philippine Economic Zone Authority in the city.

The mayor and the city council will work out the allocation of P100 million for the city's vaccination program.

source || APR/PIO Baguio


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Philippine Black Hawks landed in Cordillera for the very first time

Photo Courtesy || PCOO

Cordillera - The Philippine Air Force (PAF) newest Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters has landed at the Loakan Airport for the very first time on January 6, 2020. 

Two Blackhawks helicopters had made their first landing as part of the Black Hawks pilot's proficiency training and familiarization of landing zone in the northern part of Luzon. 

The Philippine Air Force has acquired 16 Black Hawk helicopters from Polish contractor PZL Mielec with a total cost of P12 billion. 

Six choppers had arrive last December while the 10 remaining choppers is expected to be delivered by the the first quarter of 2021.

PAF's newest air assets will be used for conducting different missions such as humanitarian assistance and disaster response, medical evacuation, and for the government's transport of equipment and personnel during this pandemic. 

It can also be used in military operation like ferrying troops and extractions, combat search-and rescue operation, combat resupply and air support for ground troops.


Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Kind taxi driver in Baguio offers Free Ride on Christmas

Photo Courtesy || Dexmar Comesario via Philippine Star

Cordillera - A kind taxi driver in Baguio city had his unique way of giving gift to his passengers, he is offering Free Ride. 

On December 24, 2020, a passenger Mr. Dexmar Comesario has posted in his Facebook account a photo he took inside the taxi which says "Blessed Merry Christmas Enjoy Your Free Ride" written in a piece of white paper. 

Comesario wrote: "Naglalakad kami pababa ng Ambiong Road. Since walang jeep, hirap sumakay. Then habang naglalakad, pinara namin si Kuya. Nag-stop siya tapos mga five minutes siguro bago ko napansin yung nakadikit sa upoan na "Blessed Merry Christmas Enjoy Your Free Ride."

He then noticed that the taxi meter was not turned on. 

When they finally arrived at their destination, the taxi driver refused to receive their payment. 

Comesario thanked the driver for his little way of sharing and celebrating Christmas.

"Kudos sa'yo kuya for sharing and celebrating Christmas with others in your own way. Thank you very much," Comesario said. 


Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Victory Liner soon to resume trips to Baguio City

Photo Courtesy || Victory Liner

Cordillera - Largest bus company Victory Liner has announced that it will resume trips going to Baguio and other destinations in Luzon after government officials in areas where they operate allowed them to resume their services. 

The company however, reminds passengers who are planning to travel to the summer capital of the Philippines to have their Certificate of a Negative Antigen swab test from origin terminal or bring a swab test result valid for 72 hours from departure. 

Passengers who don't have Swab test result can get them upon arriving in Baguio, according to Victory Liner. 

Another requirement for passenger is to have a Visata account where they can get a Visita pass that will be sent to their email. Click HERE to apply.

These requirements are to be checked at Victory Liner terminal in Baguio upon arriving. 

Baguio City mayor Magalong said the city will only allow eight buses a day to enter and leave Baguio once the trips resumed and further allow more if the health system for buses is working.

Other bus companies who are allowed to operate are Genesis, Philippine Rabbit and Rising Sun.


Sunday, December 6, 2020

Welcome to Little Kyoto, Japan in Baguio City

Photo Courtesy || Charles Robinson

Cordillera - The Bamboo Eco-park in Baguio City is a perfect spot for nature lovers as it offers tranquility brought by different species of tall bamboo trees. 

The feeling of visiting the famous Sagano Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan is only 30 minutes or so from the city center. 

The towering bamboo trees at the Bamboo Eco-park in Pacdal, Baguio are perfect backdrops for your Facebook and Instagram photos. 

Wooden paths are carefully put in place for visitors to walk in the middle of the thick bamboo trees.

Take a look at these stunning photos taken by Charles Robinson:

Photo Courtesy || Charles Robinson

Photo Courtesy || Charles Robinson

Photo Courtesy || Charles Robinson

The Bamboo Eco Park is now becoming a popular tourist destination in the city of pines. 

The park is located at the St. Francis Xavier Seminary at Liteng, Pacdal, Baguio City. You can reach the park by private cars, jeepney or taxi. 

If you wish to visit the place, the LGU of Pacdal reminds everyone to be mindful of not vandalizing the beautiful trees. 


Monday, November 30, 2020

Modern PUVs set to ply Baguio City streets soon

Photo Courtesy || Neil Clark Ongchangco via PIO-Baguio

Cordillera - Modern Public Utility Vehicles or PUVs will soon serve the riding public in Baguio City as the Cordillera Basic Sectors Transport Cooperative (CSBTC) has acquired 15 units of Euro 4 compliant vehicles. 

The new PUVs will take the routes Baguio Plaza - Aurora Hill and Baguio Plaza - Trancoville. 

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

SLU remains among top performing medical schools in the country

Photo Courtesy || SLU

Cordillera - The Saint Louis University (SLU) located in Baguio City was among the top performing medical schools in the country for the November 2020 Physician Licensure Examinations (PLE). 

SLU landed on the 9th spot in the top 10 performing schools in the whole country. 

The Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC) released on Thursday the results for this month's PLE, wherein University of the Philippines (UP) Manila graduate as the topnotcher. 

Here are the full list of top 10 performing schools nationwide:

Cebu Institute of Medicine - 1st, 100 percent

University of the Philippines Manila - 2nd, 98.63 percent

Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health - 3rd, 98.90 percent

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila - 4th, 97.58 percent

University of Santo Tomas - 5th, 95.61 percent

University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center - 6th, 94.05 percent

Far Eastern University – Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation - 7th, 90.54 percent

San Beda University - 8th, 90.27 percent

Saint Louis University - 9th, 90.06 percent

Davao Medical School Foundation - 10th, 85.45 percent


Thursday, November 19, 2020

La Trinidad's beautiful gardens now open for Baguio and Benguet residents

Photo Courtesy || Lei Hsang

Cordillera - Are you looking for a place to relax and improve your mental wellness this pandemic?

The municipality of La Trinidad has open 11 tourists spots to Baguio and Benguet residents only. 

In a post from the Municipal Mayor's Office Facebook Page, here are the list of spots open for tourists:

Photo Courtesy || Darjanes Flower Garden & Mayor's Office FB

1. Mount Costa Nature Preserve

Longlong, Puguis

Entrance Fee: P 200 (MGCQ rate) includes guide

Pre-book @ 09774097004

2. Darjanes Flower Garden

Shilan, La Trinidad

Entrance Fee: P 150 (includes snacks and unli coffee)

Pre-book @ 09998787544

3. Lily of the Valley Organic Farm

Ampasit, Puguis

Entrance Fee: P120 (with lecture)

Pre-book @ 09206858281

4. Avong nen Romy

Upper Wangal

Entrance Fee: P50

Pre-book @ 09982279343

5. Living Gifts Cactus Farm

Riverside Alno

Entrance Fee: P 100

Pre-book @ 09284475013

6. Mt. Kalugong

Tayaoan, Tawang

Entrance Fee: P 100

Pre-book @ 09293024287

7. Bell Church

City limit, Km. 3, Balili

Parking Fee:  P20 (Entrance: Any Donation)

Pre-book @ 09331504606

8. Garden Nen Ines Anthuria


Entrance Fee: P100 (w/ snack or token)

Pre-book @ 09087807006

9. Cosmic Farm


Entrance Fee: P100 (with farm tour)

Pre-book @ 0926724928

10. Admirals Farm Park

Lamtang, Puguis

Entrance Fee: P25 (short visit)

Pre-book @ 09161532128 / 09106603483

11. BSU Orchidarium and La Trinidad Orchidarium MPC - Strawberry Fields, Betag

video courtesy || Igorot Vlogs


LOOK: Baguio's Burnham Park Swan reached Cagayan to rescue flood victims

Photo Courtesy || DILG Cordillera

Cordillera - The Burnham Park Swan Boats has now been in operation to rescue flood victims in Cagayan at it reaches the province today (Nov. 19, 2020).

The owner of the famous tourist spot's swan boats, Mrs. Vivian Celso, offered to to give the boats to be used by authorities and the search and rescue operations to affected residents in Cagayan. 

Cagayan was suffering from mass flooding after Typhoon Ulysses struck the Philippines on November 11, 2020. 

The Swan boats are ideal for rescue because it can carry 10 persons at a time and the hull is made up of fiberglass which is not easily punctured compared to rubber boats. 

It can be recalled that Swan boats were also been deployed a decade ago in La Trinidad, Benguet to rescue residents stranded in their homes due to flood caused by Typhoon Peping. 

The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) and PRO-Cordillera brought the swan boats to Cagayan via Tabuk City in Kalinga. 

The Burnham Park's Swan boats are now on its way of rescuing flood victims in Cagayan. 


Sunday, November 8, 2020

8 proud Cordilleran pilots graduated from Philippine Air Force (PAF's) Most Elite Flying school

Cordillera - The country's most elite flying school will be conducting a graduation ceremony this week. 

Eight sons and daughters of Cordillera from "WINGS OF RESILIENCE" CLASS 2020 Military Pilot Training of the Philippine Air Force Flying School will be participating in the said graduation. 

These are the new Military Pilots from Cordillera:

1LT Pauline Marie S Waytan FAF PMA CL 2015 - Lubuagan, Kalinga

2LT Leonardo G Visaya Jr. PAF PAFOCS CL 2017 - Pinukpuk, Kalinga

2LT Rushid M Banganan PAF PAFOCS CL 2017 - Tanudan, Kalinga

2LT Reynold D Pasiwat PAF PMA CL 2018 - Rizal, Kalinga

2LT Blessie Lorranine P Amaro PAF PMA CL 2018 - Baguio City

2LT Marion Deanne B Bambalan PAF - PMA CL 2018 - Baguio City

2LT Paolo B Briones PAF - PMA CL 2018 - Baguio City

2LT Elijah C Castro PAF PMA CL 2018 - Baguio City

"Your Wings Already Exist. All You Have to do is Fly." Congratulations Cordilleran Pilots!

Source || Infos and Photos are sent to us by one of the graduates

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Baguio city government commends Cordilleran teacher as one of Most Inspiring Teachers of the Republic of the Philippines 2020

Photo Courtesy || Marie Carolyn Verano

Cordillera - The City Government of Baguio, through Resolution 600-2020, congratulates and commends Baguio City Schools Division Superintendent MARIE CAROLYN VERANO for being selected as one the MOST INSPIRING TEACHERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES 2020 BY THE SACEDA YOUTH LEAD SCHOOL, INC.

DepEd Baguio  City School Division Superintendent Marie Carolyn Verano, CESO V was recognized for her outstanding and inspiring efforts in making a big difference in the lives of her students, parents, communities and even to the nation as a whole.

READ ALSO: Kalinga teacher braves dangerous hanging bridge and mountains daily to reach her students

The MIT 2020 theme: ‘Through our teachers we see the future of our country and through their good deeds we prosper as a nation”; the Search aims: (1) To search for inspiring and committed teachers and (2) To develop them to be more inspiring teachers who do not only teach but also guide and navigate the learners for stronger Filipino families, safer Filipino communities and a more robust Filipino nation. 

READ ALSO: Teachers in Mt. Province walk kilometres to get Wi-Fi signal to attend webinar

They were judged in their Achievements, Talents and Skills, Leadership, Contribution and Impacts. The judges were: Dr. Henry A. Sojor, Former Governor Grace Padaca, Prof. Nestor Tebio, MIT 2014 Maria Ellaine Adarna and Fr. Mark Anthony Vilos.

source || Sangguniang Panglungsod ng Baguio


Sunday, November 1, 2020

Igorota beauty queen and Miss Earth Philippines 2020 gears up training for Miss Earth 2020

Photo Courtesy || Roxanne Baeyens

Cordillera - After her stint as Miss Earth Philippines 2020, Igorota pride Miss Roxanne Baeyens is now preparing for her training as she will represent the Philippines in the upcoming Miss Earth 2020. 

The 23-year old Igorota beauty queen traces her roots from Besao Mt.Province has always been passionate about nature and protecting the environment through various projects in her own.

In recent months she has became the poster girl of the Department of Agriculture - Cordillera in promoting urban gardening, highland agriculture and regreening.

In 2019, Baeyens represented the country in the Miss Tourism and Culture Universe pageant and finished 1st Runner-Up.

In a local radio interview, Baeyens admited she felt nervous competing in the international pageant because of pressure.

However, she said that she was very excited because this event is a 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity for her. 

This year's 20th edition of Miss Earth pageant will tackle environmental issues in the time of pandemic. 

It features the culture and landmark of every nation's candidate through talent, fitness and fashion. 

The grand coronation night for Miss Earth 2020 will be held on November 29, 2020.


Saturday, October 31, 2020

Baguio makeup artist creates incredible illusion painting on her face.

Photo Courtesy || Goldie Yabes
Cordillera - A Baguio makeup artist is getting traction on social media after creating an incredible face makeup illusion. 

21-year old Goldie Geanne Allawan Yabes specializes in painting on canvas but she used her face as canvas instead. 

Photo Courtesy || Goldie Yabes
Just recently, Yabes created a camouflage face painting that blends with the fields, mountains and skies of Dampre, Floridablanca in Pampanga.

On her Youtube channel, she documented the step by step process on how she did the camouflage face painting illusion.

Photo Courtesy || Goldie Yabes
"To started with this look, I used white poster paints for the outline. Next I mixed color white and blue to the match the color of the sky. The I painted green for the trees and mountain which has a darker color. And I also used color yellow paint for the fields," Yabes explained. 

READ ALSO: Igorot artist from Mt. Province chosen as one of the 40 best portrait painters in the world

"Para mas madaling magmix ang color since mag aad nalang tayo ng green and white for the details, I used three layers of color yellow and green dito sa neck area since hindi gaano pigmented yung color ng yellow. I also used a little white para magpop yung pagkayellowish," she added.

RELATED: Self-taught Igorota artist makes intricate wire sculpture by twisting single strand of wire

Yabes received praise from social media users as she shared photos of her creative camouflage illusion last week. 

Watch her face transformation below:


Monday, October 26, 2020

SM Scholarship program online application to start January 1, 2021

Photo Courtesy || PIO - City of Baguio

Cordillera - SM Foundation (SMFI) announced the start of the online application period for the SM College Scholarship program for School Year 2021-2022 which will open on January 1 and end on February 28, 2021.The SM College Scholarship Program started from the vision of the late SM patriarch, Henry “Tatang” Sy, Sr. 

He believed that if you send one child from an economically challenged family to college, that child would have more opportunities to have gainful employment and later on uplift the economic status of his/her family.

The SM scholarship program is open to the following:

• Grade 12 public high school graduates from schools in the areas covered; or

• Grade 12 graduates from private schools in the areas covered (given that they have Department of Education (DepEd) voucher and finished Junior High from a public school)

- General Weighted Average grade of at least 88% or its equivalent for Grade 12 – 1st semester

- Total household income of at most P150,000 per year.

The program covers the following field of studies: Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Computer, and Electronics), Education (Elementary and Secondary); Accountancy, and Financial Management, among others.

For more information about the SM College Scholarship program, visit and follow its social media accounts @SMFoundationInc (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube).

SM Foundation, through its Scholarship program, provides deserving and qualified students with access to college education and technical-vocational studies since 1993. To date, SMFI has supported almost 5,500 scholars nationwide.

source || PIO - City of Baguio


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Baguio teacher is among Most Inspiring Teachers of the Republic of the Philippines 2020

Photo Courtesy || Marie Carolyn Verano, CESO V
Cordillera - A teacher from Baguio City was selected as one of the Most Inspiring Teachers of the Republic of the Philippines 2020 by the Saceda Youth Lead School, Inc. 

DepEd Baguio  City School Division Superintendent Marie Carolyn Verano, CESO V was recognized for her outstanding and inspiring efforts in making a big difference in the lives of her students, parents, communities and even to the nation as a whole.

READ ALSO: Dr. Julius Gat-eb awarded Outstanding Private School Teacher

The MIT 2020 theme: ‘Through our teachers we see the future of our country and through their good deeds we prosper as a nation”; the Search aims: (1) To search for inspiring and committed teachers and (2) To develop them to be more inspiring teachers who do not only teach but also guide and navigate the learners for stronger Filipino families, safer Filipino communities and a more robust Filipino nation. 

READ ALSO: Baguio's Pride Karen Navarette Anton emerges as champion in an International Dance Competition

They were judged in their Achievements, Talents and Skills, Leadership, Contribution and Impacts. The judges were: Dr. Henry A. Sojor, Former Governor Grace Padaca, Prof. Nestor Tebio, MIT 2014 Maria Ellaine Adarna and Fr. Mark Anthony Vilos.

source || DepEd Tayo

Thursday, October 15, 2020

LOOK: MUP Bohol Miss Pauline Amelincks proudly wears Igorot-inspired ensemble

Photo Courtesy || Aces & Queens

MUP Benguet Update: Miss Universe Philippine Bohol Pauline Amelincks wears Igorot-inspired ensemble by designer Erjohn Dela Serna.
Photo Courtesy || Aces & Queens

Cordillera - The first batch of Miss Universe Philippines (MUP) candidates has arrived in La Trinidad, Benguet on Thursday morning, October 15, 2020. 

As part of their pre-pageant photoshoot for the event, the candidates kicked-off their activities with a photo shoot showcasing some Benguet some of Benguet products including the best tasting strawberry of La Trinidad. 

The 21 MUP candidates also took photo shoot at Mount Costa garden located in Puguis, La Trinidad.

Before their scheduled activities, the candidates had undergone triage in Wangal. 

According to Philippine Information Agency, the candidates tested negative of the Corona virus before being allowed to travel and join the Miss Universe events in Cordillera.

Baguio and Benguet were confirmed earlier as the hosts of the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 until the coronation night set on October 25. 

The said MUP events in Cordillera was an initiative of Benguet caretaker and ACT Partylist Rep. Eric Go Yap as a way to promote the tourism industry of the province of Benguet.


Saturday, September 19, 2020

Baguio is in a good place because of the people - Baguio mayor Magalong

Photo Courtesy || Benjamin Magalong - Public servant
Cordillera - "Baguio is in a good place because of its people", that was the statement of Baguio city mayor Benjie Magalong after the plan of opening  the city to tourists on September 22.

He emphasized that the local government of Baguio was able to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 because of the citizens who work  together with the government. 
"We were only able to manage the virus because Baguio residents worked with the government and supported measures we had set in place," Magalong said on Facebook post. 

The city is set to slowly test the waters of the new normal by reopening its tourism industry. 
"Covid-19 will never go away, hence we need to co-exist with it, we need to learn how to live with it, how to function with it and how to do business with it on our midst," Magalong said. 

On Friday (Sept. 19), Magalong was joined by National Action Plan Against Covid-19, Deputy Chief Implementer Sec. Vince Dizon. Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Harry Roque led the inspection of establishments along Session Road and the triage at the Baguio Convention Center before the city officially reopens to incoming tourists.

Magalong said that the decision to reopen the tourism industry was set because the people need jobs to sustain their lives and to prevent people from getting depressed due to the current pandemic.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Baguio high school student semifinalist of global science competition

Photo Courtesy || Breakthrough FB page
Cordillera - A 17-year old, Jeff Winxin Collado, from Saint Louis University Laboratory High School has made his science video entry to the semifinal of the worldwide science video competition. 

Collado's video entry is among the 30 semifinalist from across the globe that is competing in the sixth annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge Competition. 

He will be competing against video creator from bigger countries including the United States, Australia, Canada, Chile, Egypt, Korea, India, Indonesia, Italy, Morocco, Romania, the U.K and Venezuela. 

In his video, Collado talks about the Covid-19 pandemic and the process of Zoonosis - how virus transfer from animal to human. 

The video which gets the highest combined total number of Likes, Shares and positive reactions (Love, Haha, Wow) on the original post of the the video on the Breakthrough Facebook page will be named the Popular Vote Top Scorer. 

The top scorer will progress automatically to the final round of the competition, bypassing the the next round of judging and be placed in the final round of judging. 

To vote for Collado's video, go to:

If you want to see Collado make the finals, you have until Monday September 21st, 2.59 pm.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Comet NEOWISE spotted over Baguio City sky at 7:41 pm on 19 July 2020

Photo Courtesy || Abrenean Adventurer
Cordillera - The comet Neowise has for the first time become visible with the naked eye since the mid-1990s. 

The comet was spotted over Baguio city sky on July 19, 2020 at 7:41 PM, Philippine time. 

The NEOWISE (short for Near Earth Orbital Wide-field Infrared Survey) was discovered by NASA's orbiting satellite telescope. 

The comet can be seen with the naked eye but a pair of binoculars or low magnification of telescopes can give you a better view, according to Philippine Astronomical Society, Inc..

Comet NEOWISE is expected to come closer to Earth by July 22 hovering near the northern horizon. 


Sunday, June 14, 2020

Coca-cola's honesty cart - Are Baguio People Really Honest?

Photo Courtesy || Janeth Martin & Public Information - City of Baguio
Cordillera - The people of Baguio are known to be honest. There are countless scenarios when  Baguio residents  returned valuable items they found to the owner.
However, does honesty among the people of Baguio city still prevail despite life struggles and crisis brought  about by the covid-19 pandemic?

READ ALSO: Honest Passenger and Driver from Tublay return Php400,000 lost cash to a former OFW owner

Last month, the Coca-Cola company has launched the Wheels Project Honesty Cart which sells drinking water.

The carts were stationed in the Central Business District, at the Baguio City Hall and barangay Irisan.

The  aim of the project is to support marginalized individuals who lost their source of income due to the current pandemic as well as to promote honesty as a core value among the locals even in times of hardship.

READ ALSO:  Airport cleaner from Abra returns Php430,000 he found at Ninoy Aquino International Airport

No one was assigned to sell the item or collect payments so buyers can freely get the item and drop their payment in a separate box.

It was reported that there wasn't an under collection, rather the exact opposite from the items that were sold in the store carts, according to the Public Information Office - City of Baguio
The city Mayor, Benjamin Magalong was so proud of this report.

 "Looking at the audit report, there was even an overcollection. We can say that people of Baguio are amazingly honest. I m so proud, " he said. 

This project has once again proven that honesty has been the core value among the locals all along. This value has been passed from generation to generation that it already became part of everyone's lifestyle.

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