Independence Day in the Mountain


Independence Day in the Mountain: A group of climbers waves the National colors during the Freedom Climb 2011 last June 12 in Mt. Cabyao and Sto Tomas Tuba Benguet. The Freedom climb 2011 officially registered 5,692 climbers in 69 mountains all over the Philippines including two mountains overseas and is just awaiting validation from the Guinness World Record and declaration for the new world record of most people in a mountain ascent-Multiple Location.


Youngest Climber


Youngest Climber: Juls Marley Rabanillo enjoys walking up the Sto. Tomas road. He is registered as the youngest climber for the Freedom Climb 2011 June 12.


Better late than never

Better late than never: Benguet officials and municipal officials led by Gov. Nestor Fongwan and Vice Gov. Cresencio Pacalso listens as Baguio City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan presented the Five Core Principles being followed in the ongoing drafting of the Third Autonomy Organic Act. The forum held last Wednesday at the Provincial capitol is the first of a series that is scheduled by the provincial government to consul its people and officials on the issue that is now sweeping the entire region.


Cordillerans prop up g-stringed sculptor in Europe

As it takes one to know one, it was no sweat for Cordillera expatriates to find Igorot carver Gilbert Gano Alberto among the 38 artists at the 10th International Sculpture Symposium that ends today in Morges, Switzerland.

"We did not have to read the country of origin of our artist but recognized (it) at once upon sighting a "takba" or "sangi"(traditional Igorot rattan backpack) set under a blue-covered pavilion," e-mailed Julio Monico through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Most of the sculptors were on their lunch break when Monico arrived at the courtyard of the Morges Castle where the symposium was being held. So he moved to the other tents to view other works in progress, then returned to find Alberto chiseling away in his g-string.

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Mayor clarifies health status

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan Wednesday assured that he is not suffering from any serious medical condition and that his recent health problems had been caused by his own negligence and not by any acute ailment.

In his Ugnayang Panlungsod media briefing, the mayor said his health status has returned to normal after recovering from recurrent bouts with the flu and of recent, with pneumonia.

He said he has been given a clean bill of health after finally heeding his doctor's advice of completing the required number of days of rest which he admitted he had been ignoring when he first contracted the flu last month and suffered from relapse days later.

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Dads want dead trees cut down

BAGUIO CITY – The city council last Monday approved a resolution authored by Vice Mayor Daniel Farinas calling on the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the city environment and parks management office (CEPMO) to trim or cut dead trees that pose danger to lives and property.

Farinas said several dead pine trees and other tree species can be observed in various areas in the city which "might cause danger and damages to people and properties especially when the rainy days come."

"These dead trees pose danger to the lives and limbs of residents who live nearby, for these dead trees easily fall because their trunks and branches are already rotten," Farinas noted.

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Parking prohibition at Poliwes Barangay approved

BAGUIO CITY – Parking of vehicles are now prohibited along the roads and streets of Poliwes Barangay, from Milton House down to the turning point at Purok IV, Apugan, and from the Barangay Hall to the turning point at Purok II and Purok III, at all times.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan signed city council Ordinance No. 20 series of 2011 which was based on the report and recommendation of the Committee on Public Utilities, Transportation and Traffic Legislation and introduced by Councilor Richard Carino.

Apugan Barangay Road is the only main road of Poliwes Barangay which is a busy street just four meters wide.

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"G-STRINGED ARTIST'S PASSPORT" – this stone figure of an igorot drummer (muntobob) and other works served as the passport for Ifugao woodcarver Gilbert Gano Alberto to the on-going 10th International Sculptors Symposium in Morges, Switzerland. Contributed photo




"CLEAN-UP" – City Mayor Mauricio Domogan addresses government employees and volunteers joining the Clean-up drive campaign at the city hall grounds June 10. Photo by paul rillorta


National Games winner

National Games winner: City Officials led by Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan joined for posterity the athletes who represented the city during the Philippine National Games held in Bacold recently. The city delegates garnered the most number of gold medals and total number of medals among all the competing teams.


Ailing call center worker makes sos call

Benedict Angelo Isip, a 26-year old call center agent, fears for his five-year old daughter should he go blind due keratoconus, an eye defect diagnosed only last month.

Doctors at the American Eye Center in Mandaluyong set corrective surgery last June 11 but Benedict, a single parent, defaulted, unable to raise P70,000 for the procedure.

Benedict's mother, Rose Marie Grace, presented his plight to the Benguet provincial social welfare and development office which came up with a social case study report that while the family members have a regular source of income, they need outside help to be able to pay for the costs.

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Kidney patient passes on

It may be a motherhood statement, but Veronica Lee-Casuga had always believed hope is believing despite evidence to the contrary.

So does her husband, Joefrey, who lost her before dawn last Tuesday - to complications of end-stage kidney failure she had fought for years.

That's why in 2002, three years after she was diagnosed, Veronica underwent kidney transplant at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City.

That's why mayor Mauricio Domogan interceded for her case to be classified as charity, to give the girl, then 21, a chance for a new lease on normal life. That's why her maternal aunt, Noella Wallac, gifted her with her own kidney.

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City to work out settlement for purchase of Convention Center

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week directed city legal officer Melchor Carlos Rabanes to work out the compromise settlement with the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for the resolution of the ejectment case it filed against the city over the purchase of the Baguio Convention Center.

In his Ugnayang Panlungsod press briefing last Wednesday, the mayor said he asked Rabanes to immediately coordinate with the GSIS legal counsel in preparing the compromise settlement which will be submitted to the court for approval.

This developed as the city council last Monday approved the mayor's request for the realignment of P200,185,882.05 pooled from unused funds from the city coffers to pay the city's outstanding balance to purchase the convention facility and avoid incurring more interest or lose the facility altogether.

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Socialized housing accreditation sought

BAGUIO CITY – Councilor Isabelo Cosalan has sought the accreditation of the city government with the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) to enable the city to avail of the Localized Community Mortgaged Program (LCMP) for its housing projects.

In a proposed resolution, Cosalan said the city has many homeless residents in need of low-cost housing projects and the city despite several local legislations asking for the implementation of housing projects has not come up with a concrete settlement project due to lack of funds.

"The lack of funding is the primary reason why there has been no city government implemented/completed socialized or mass housing project," Cosalan stressed.

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Guidelines on traffic experiments adopted

BAGUIO CITY – The implementation of traffic experiments in the city will now be governed by guidelines.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan has signed city council Ordinance No. 21 providing for these rules as introduced by Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda and co-authored by Councilors Nicasio Aliping Jr. and Joel Alangsab and based on the report and recommendation of the Committee on Public Utilities, Transportation and Traffic Legislation.

"As a growing urban center, one of the problems besetting the city is traffic congestion. It is incumbent upon the city officials to explore possible, doable and acceptable solutions to ease the traffic situation," the ordinance noted.

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Alay Sa Kalinisan regular meeting


Land Transportation District Officer Teodora Caguicla clarifies issues regarding the registration of Public Utility Vehicles (PUV's) and some concerns on street parking. With her are City General Services Officer Romeo Concio, ABC President and Councilor Joel Alangsab and ASKI Sec. Gen. Alou Meneses during the Alay Sa Kalinisan regular meeting at the Sto. Nino Slaughter House Barangay covered court last June 7. Photo by paul rillorta

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