BAGUIO CITY January 18 – Some 30,000 people from all walks of life in various parts of Northern Luzon gathered along the 3-kilometer parade route from Upper Session road up to the premises of the Baguio Country Club (BCC) to have a close glimpse of the visiting Miss Universe contestants who arrived in the city Wednesday morning.
As early as 6 a.m., residents and visitors started to converge along the designated parade route to have a closer look at the 28 visiting beauty contestants from different countries and reigning Miss Universe titlist Pia Wurtzbach who arrived in the city shortly after 8 a.m., amidst the tight security implemented by local and international organizers.
Ms. Universe beauties who visited the city last January 18 got a virtual demonstration of a unique painting style courtesy of local Igorot Painter; Jordan Mang-osan in native Igorot Garb at the Baguio Country Club.
Some of the pretty faces of the Ms. Universe beauties that visited the city last January 18.
BAGUIO CITY – All is set for the Chinese Lunar New Year grand colorful parade and awards night on Jan. 27.
A highlight of the Spring Festival celebration, the parade will start at 3 p.m. from Session Road to Melvin Jones at Burnham Park.
Spring Festival chair Peter Ng and co-chair city administrator Carlos Canilao said it will feature the crowd-drawing dragon and lion dances and the floats of the different commercial establishments with the drum and lyre bands of the various schools in the city.
BAGUIO CITY – The Baguio media-led signature campaign for free dialysis treatment formally opened here last Tuesday gaining outright support from the city officials and heads of health institutions and medical facilities in the city.
Councilors Edgar Avila and Peter Fianza, principal authors of the city council resolution supporting the cause led the representatives of Rep. Marquez Go, Mayor Mauricio Domogan and the Department of Health Cordillera, PhilHealth, Baguio General Hospital, BBraun dialysis center and others in signing the petition after the "Kapihan" program led by the Philippine Information Agency Cordillera (PIA-CAR) and the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club Inc. (BCBC).
BAGUIO CITY – Various sectors in the city expressed their support to the enactment of an ordinance declaring Malcolm Square a heritage zone for this historical, natural, cultural, educational, aesthetic ad economic value to the city's rich history.
Dr. Ronaldo Paraan, president of the Baguio Heritage Foundation, said Malcolm Square was included in the list of sites in the city that were proposed to be declared as heritage sites through the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) two years ago and the enactment of the ordinance would be timely and will support their long overdue initiative.
BAGUIO CITY January 10 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance establishing a human milk bank in the city to support children in need of breast milk.
The ordinance authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. stated that it shall be the policy of the local government to promote and advance the health of women, as well as their children, by providing for their basic needs, and breastfeeding is the natural way of providing infants with the nutrients for healthy growth and development.
BAGUIO CITY – The City Council approved on third and final reading a proposed ordinance granting a one-time six-month tax amnesty or tax relief to give chance to all real property taxpayers with penalties, fines, surcharges, interests or arrears to pay their real property tax dues which have become long overdue and providing for other purposes.
The ordinance authored by Vice Mayor Edison R. Bilog and Councilors Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. Peter Fianza and Elmer Datuin stated the real property tax amnesty shall be applicable to delinquent taxpayers as of December 31, 2015, and it shall include those properties which are undeclared and subject to taxes; those properties which are declared but the real property taxes have not yet been paid; those properties included in auctions conducted by the local government but have not yet been purchased by private persons or entities; property owners with pending cases in the court whose ownership are in question and properties sold through public auctions whose ownership has not been officially transferred due to non-issuance of final deed of sale by the local government.
Our country's pride; the Reigning Ms. Universe Pia Wurtzbach.
BAGUIO CITY – The Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc. (BFFFI) vowed to comply with the recommendations of the Commission on Audit (COA) to sustain the city's major crowd-drawing event held between February and March every year.
Appearing before the regular session of the city Council last Monday, Andrew Pinero, media officer of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio (HRAB), said had the audit findings been provided the BFFFI the earliest possible time, the foundation could have initiated the appropriate moves to comply with the COA findings to further improve the handling of the flower festival.
Patients together with their supporters pose for posterity after launching the signature campaign seeking the support of the public for their clamor to the national government to consider their appeal for free dialysis. – Photo by Rosa Moresto
Barangay officials of pinsao pilot project are are doing their share in informing car owners about the Anti obstruction ordinance of the city government which involve barangay roads. - photo by rosa moresto
BAGUIO CITY January 17 – The City Council approved the closure of several main roads in the city on specific dates for the major events of the 22nd Baguio Flower Festival, otherwise known as Panagbenga from February 1 to March 5, 2017.
On February 1, 2017, South Drive Road from its junction with Teachers Camp up to Panagbenga Park, Upper Session road up to Lower Session road, Magsaysay Avenue up to its junction fronting the Baguio Center Mall, Harrison road up to its junction with Lake Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic from 1 am to 3 pm for the Panagbenga grand opening parade and elimination round for the street-dancing competition.
BAGUIO CITY January 17 – The City Treasury Office continues to assert that the City Council should no longer entertain requests from event organizers for their exemption from the imposition of the mandatory amusement tax for events in the city to allow the local government to generate additional resources for the priority projects of the local government.
Alex Cabarrubias, in-charge-of-office of the City Treasury Office, is optimistic that the local legislators will be sincere to their new year's resolution not to grant requests from event organizers for exemption from the amusement tax.
BAGUIO CITY – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance creating the Baguio City Business Registry Databank and providing incentives and benefits and for other purposes.
The ordinance authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. recognizes the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry–Baguio-Benguet Chapter, Inc. (PCCI-BBCI) as the principal communication line of the local government to the business community and in order to facilitate effective communication, improve business information data, rationalize business zoning and keep track of business development, a registry databank should be established to be operated and maintained by the PCCI-BBCI in coordination with the city.