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Kids write about walking baguio’s urban landscape

Mayor Mauricio Domogan had to reset another appointment the other week so he could send off the kids assembled in front of the Baguio Convention Center.

The kids were out to explore their city’s urban landscape and get to know its landmarks, bits of local history and how Session Road got its name.

All from Yeun Soo-St. Jude International School, they were clutching stick brooms, dustpans and black garbage bags so they could sweep litter along the way. With them were firemen, police officers, foresters, teachers, doctors and other volunteers of the city’s “Urban Heritage Walk” for children.

Back in school, the kids wrote individual impression that pieced together the walk-through experience:

“We gathered at the convention center. The police officers initiated physical exercise. That exercise was fun. Minutes later, Mayor Domogan came. He gave his speech. His speech was very meaningful.” – Jamby Baldago.

“Mayor Domogan talked in front of us and we are so lucky because we have seen him. We started cleaning at the Convention Center. We have learned many things and I learned that I will never throw garbage everywhere.” –Janjan Halal.

“I learned a lot of things that I never knew about Baguio City. I enjoyed walking from Convention Center to Burnham. I was happy because I tried to help clean public places. When we were in Veterans Park I feel sorry for the soldiers who died. I thanked the soldiers who helped save our country.” – Mowen Bautista.

“I enjoyed walking down Session Road while picking up dirt. I learned a lot about history and (the) significance of Casa Vallejo, Convention Center, Baden Powell and Veterans Park. – Brian AGem Art Soria.

“We picked up garage from Session Road to Melvin Jones (Grandstand). We learned many things such as the specific names of plants and trees and the history of Casa Vallejo and how Session got its name.” – Nerick Dave Martin.

“In Casa Vallejo, I learned that the building was very old, that building survived a bombing by an American plane and was used as classrooms of Baguio City High School. AT Baden Powell, we learned that it is the building where the Philippine Commission held its first session in Baguio, making it now Session Road.” – Lian Patrice Aquino.

“They told us to pick up garbage everywhere even if it’s not our trash. When I got home, I picked trash in our yard which I know is the effect of the activity.” -
Jzeanne Darylle Villanueva.

“I was disappointed when I saw lots of cigarette butts. I also observed one man smoking then throw cigarette butt in front of me so I have to pick it up.” – Xandra Vonne Alexi Solomon.

“The urban walk was fund because it aimed at saving our environment. We aimed at keeping Baguio cool and clean. They teach us how to segregate.” – Sean Wesley Pizarro.

“It was fun because we learned many things.” – Brix Calibuso. I learned not to litter and segregate garbage for a better future. Let us start it today.” – Speaker Layco.

“It was hard to clean but it was worth it because I had a chance to show other people that anyone, young or old can make a difference. I learned about other tgrees, their scientific names and their uses. I even learned about historical places and historical people. I learned why (Baguio) is called the summer capital of the Philippines. They asked us about what we learned in the heritage walk and those who answered correctly got a prize. When Richard Cheng read a story to us entitled “A Sweetened Fruit”, everybody listened carefully. When he asked the questions he said that there were only four copies (of his book) as prize, A teacher, a parent, a high school student and I were able to win a copy of the book.” – Chloe Rosette Angluben.

“When we went to Melvin Jones for the quiz, I did not answer anything because they did not call me. I really wanted the book. I enjoyed the story that the author told us. The main reason for this walk was to donate to a patient. Even though we donated just a little, it would help her in a major way.” – Yasmin Portian Quiano.

The kids pooled P3,500 which they handed last Thursday of Irish Gulitiw, a 14-year old girl suffering from the debilitating effects of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

Schools which would like to experience the “Urban Heritage Walk” may ring up the public information division of the mayor’s office at 442-2502.

 
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