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Burnham Park Is Deteriorating [23 Oct 2008|10:43am]

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Year 1994-2000: Burnham Park, Baguio City

Burnham Park was just a few meters away from my dormitary at Mabini Street. My roomies Jocelyn Castillo, Mary Grace Macario, Jacqueline Guyo, Haydee and Cristy and I used to spend our evening at the park. Baguio natives usually don't go to that park.

I was particularly closest to Ate Grace. She was like an older sister to me. She and Ate Joy (Jocelyn) usually lead the group to the evening stroll at the park. Being students, we were contented to have pan de sal from Swiss Baker in Session Road. At that time, Burnham for me was like a park in fairy tale story: enchanting and magical.

The pine trees were there. Pine leaves were softly as cool air created some goosebumps on my skin. It was much much colder during the 90's as compared to now. I almost had a frostbite back then. Roses were an ordinary sight and as well as flowers of different sizes and colours. The grasses were kept short, the thrashes were tolerable. Solibao was identified as "the restaurant in Burnham."

October 2008:

My last visit in Burnham was in December 2006. My then bf and I went boating at the artificial lake. I expected that the beauty that I saw all throughout my college years and occasional visits was still there. To my disappointment, things have dramatically changed in my once favourite park.
  • The grasses were not cut short. It looked awful and dirty to see tall grasses.
  • There was garbage everywhere.
  • The pavements need some repairing.
  • Where are the flowers? I've seen only 1/3 of what I saw some two years ago.
  • The restroom (still) stinks.


I hope the city government will do something about this. =(

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sunsets... [14 Oct 2008|03:35pm]

[ mood | hungry ]

living in baguio for almost my entire life, i've seen how the city has undergone a lot of changes through the years... gone were the days when hailstorms frequent our afternoons, with the delight of every kid--- we may not have snow, but for a 5 year-old child, trying to catch this seemingly small "ice falling from the sky" is as close as catching a snow... also, we rarely see mountains clothed with mist and fogs... but the cool air still lingers, well, not as cool as before, but i still have to bring with me a cardigan if i go out.

but there are also new "develoments" i have come to appreciate, for instnce, the new "pavements/path"  in session road, as well as in mabini st...to me, not only is it safe, (especially when wet), but it adds to that "european" setting session road has...

and as i travel to some regions of this country, i can't help but compare each destination to baguio. much as i hate seeing baguio being "overly urbanized and overhauled", i seem to find something lacking in these other places that only baguio can offer( like the weather, for one)...[ however, up to now, thoguh many years have passed,  i still cannot understand the whole "concrete" pine tree up there in session road, and am honestly embarassed to have it in the center of the city]...

lately, i began to take pictures of the sunset... i guess i was trying to relive those days, when one looks up at the sky and see a picturesque view... or perhaps it's just a matter of finding the beauty this city has to offer despite it all... where else should one start but through nature:

    view from sm veranda... 

from the backyard...

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teleport [23 Aug 2008|01:13am]


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Beautiful Baguio. [22 May 2008|11:47pm]

I miss the cold air. 
The stillness of the night. 
The wonderful flowers during summer. 
The lovely view of lights at night. 

I miss my house, that's in the center of a valley. 
Beautiful beautiful Baguio :)
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From The Inquirer [20 Dec 2006|07:50am]

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Baguio Story 3: Ukay-Ukay [08 Dec 2006|01:02pm]



What is an ukay-ukay? Ukay-ukay is a place where you can buy cheap used clothes. It’s also known as wagwagan. If you have Salvation Army in your place, we have ukay-ukay in the Philippines. Baguio City is the ukay-ukay capital of the Philippines because it is in Baguio where this trend originated.


It was only in 1999 when people became honest and open about visiting or shopping in the ukay-ukay. Prior to that, Baguio people were discreet about going there because surely, purchasing second hand or used items would mean that that person is not capable of buying first-hand goods.


When I was in college, you wouldn’t believe that ukay-ukay patronizers were those who are in the upper-social class! One good thing about ukay-ukay clothes is that, besides being cheap and affordable, the items are not duplicated.


The first ukay-ukay store in Baguio is the one located along Harrison Road, just across Burnham Park. A classmate of mine was able to buy a gown worth PhP200.00. It would have costed her PhP1,000.00 if she bought it brand-new. According to my college instructor, ukay-ukay in Hangar Market offers much cheaper items. There you can buy t-shirts or blouses for as low as PhP10.00!


Chris used to be a loyal customer of ukay-ukay. It was actually I who scolded him for buying his pants or shoes in there. I would often say that those items would not be discarded by the original owners if they were good. He would often convince me to go there with him and see what’s inside. Well, it took him six years to get me convinced to take a look at what’s inside an ukay-ukay.


For first timers, here are my tips:


  1. Don’t act like a primadonna. Remember that you’re not in a classy place so leave your “kakonyohan” at home.
  2. Don’t criticize or judge the items. If you don’t feel like buying, don’t say anything bad like “It’s fake. It’s used. It’s cheap!”
  3. Inspect the items for defects. Check if the leather is synthetic (try to scratch it lightly).
  4. Be patient in searching for the best buy. Believe me, it would be worth your effort. Last Saturday, I saw a fashionable leather jacket that costs PhP450.00. Original price of that is PhP3500.00!
  5. Look out for fake items. Not everything sold in there is original used items.


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Baguio Story 2:Bookstore and Thrift Shop [05 Dec 2006|09:20am]

[ mood | cheerful ]

40% of my college books are photocopied either from the library books or from my well-off friends' books. Photocopying costed 25 centavos per page sometime in 1994-2000. There is a dorm beside SLU maingate that offers free bookbinding if you will photocopy the whole book. Engineering books cost a lot and thru photocopying, students can save a lot. 

In college, I didn't buy books that didn't appeal to me. I saved my book allowance for books that were worth buying and keeping. During my tight times, I would go to the thrift shop along Session Road to look for second-hand books. Would you believe that I was able to purchase a fifty-peso Differential and Integral Calculus book in a thrift shop? It would have costed me around PhP250.00 at that time had I bought it first-hand. 

During my time (1994-2000), the two most famous bookstores in Baguio were Jet and CID. Jet offers a lower price that's why it's more famous to students with tight budget. Jet and CID were my last resort if my college books were not available on the thrift shop. 

I had an encounter with a Canadian in CID sometime in 1998. 

He: Are you a college student?
Me: Yes. I'm looking for a book in Civil Engineering. I need it very badly.
He: I'm an engineer in Canada. If you want a copy, you can meet me in Prime Hotel. I think you're smart.
Me: You're an engineer? You look like a mountain climber to me. (long hair,tall, muscled arms)

If and ONLY if I believed him, I would have met him in his hotel room and probably, horrible thing could have happened to me. You see, I was so trusting before. =/


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Baguio Story 1 [04 Dec 2006|05:06pm]


Bf and I have just arrived from Baguio. Well, the weather there is not yet cold, contrary to my expectations. I'm gonna show you some pictures and behind each picture is a story. I chose this picture below of Session Road because Session Road is the most popular road in Baguio City.

Session Road Story:

I was a young girl of 11 when I first heard of Session Road. Charina Carlos (yes, the IBC-13 reporter), a classmate, used to tell me about her vacations in the City of Pines. There was a time when I nagged my mother to bring us to Baguio for our summer vacation. She promised us but that did not materialized. 

My first step on Baguio was on May, 1994. It was enrollment week in SLU. My mother got me a dorm along Mabini Street. I discovered Session Road by chance when I tried to explore the city. To tell you the truth, I was disappointed and disillusioned by Session Road! I was expecting something grand and modern just like the streets of Manhattan or Tokyo. What I saw were vendors selling therapeutic solution in a bottle, strange accessories and beads. The road was narrow and traffic was slow!

I never appreciated Session Road until homesickness attacked me. Why and how? Well, it was in Session where I could meet my classmates and friends in an instant.In my time, it was Session Road that used to be the favourite hang-out of students. The most famous pizza parlor in my time was Don Henrico's. Now that students have a lot to choose from a variety of pizza parlors; Don Hen has lost its appeal among the young crowd.

Who could ever forget that Session used to have two movie theaters: the Pines Cinema and the Session Cinema. I wonder why the owner of those cinemas did not bother to enhance them to make them look more appealing to the movie-going public. Now, you guys have SM Cinema to cater you. 

What else? Session Road is strategically located to the heart of the city and it's connected to the other major roads like Magsaysay Avenue, Mabini Street, Leonard Wood Road, Gen.Luna Road and others. 

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Faster Transpo! [08 Nov 2006|12:58pm]

[ mood | happy ]

Thanks to NLEX!

Transportation time from Manila to Baguio is reduced from 8 hrs. to 6 hrs. by bus and from 5 hrs. to 4 hrs. by private vehicle.

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Koreans In Baguio [10 Oct 2006|11:47pm]

I was watching "Love Story in Harvard" last night when I noticed the great chemistry of the two Korean lead stars. Are they or aren't they ON? What does it have to do with this community? Well, if you've been to Baguio, you'll notice the number of Koreans residing in there. As I mentioned in my previous entries, I lived in Baguio for almost six years and some of my housemates were Korean. At that time, they were just ordinary residents of Baguio sans the strong fashion sense that they possess today. I had some Korean classmates who were in a religious order and they were friendly eventhough they could not communicate well in English. I had a great time talking with them and asking about North and South Korea.

When my boyfriend and I visited his parents in Baguio last April, I immediately saw the difference of the Koreans that I met some six years ago and the Koreans that have just met at that time. The students were more fashionable, more confident and smarter! Could it be the effect of the Koreanovelas that Filipinos are crazy about?
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Baguio: The Demise by Jose Wendell Capili [25 Sep 2006|11:00pm]

We listen to the rustle of leaves
behaving like music recomposed
to achieve inner glow and rhythm.
Into the ruins of the old Pines,
we sit on a ledge observing
the turn and flow of stones
we perceived from childhood
as walls, doors and ceilings.
We scale the trail of bridal veils,
the landscape of cones
falling on mountain sleeves,
a musician's lute performing
mist from lowland rivers,
pure hemp and other bell-shaped
things awakening from
a sudden gush of the wind.
Because such memories
can blur easily, we erect
shelters away from home
cleansing bloodlines with
the safe-keeping of knives,
platters and spears illuminating
the calligraphy of light
descending from heaven.
We resolve to pack up entities
like gladness from a narrow beam,
petals of every grain and marmalade,
weathercocks reverberating each pillow,
homecomings filling up the swell in our eyes.
We march across the summer heap
only to gaze at every roadside tree
blazing with coal, fire and great heat.
We uncover Baguio's reef of edges
taking a plunge like mystified divers.
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why is this news? [24 Sep 2006|11:08pm]


Baguio City: The New Korean Province?
By : Angela Malidem, Northern Dispatch, Bulatlat
12 September 2006 | 10:41 AM

BAGUIO CITY (246 kms north of Manila) —
“Anyung Ha Seyo”.meaning “good day” in Korean, is fast becoming the new catch phrase of the local people of Baguio. This is the result of the rapid growth of the Korean population in the city.

Rewind six to seven years ago. I recall that back then, one can count the Korean nationals roaming the streets of Baguio. The only known Korean establishment was the Gin Go Gae, a Korean restaurant.

There was a beauty parlor along Mabini Street owned by a seemingly lonely middle-aged Korean lady, where other Koreans regularly had their hair done. Almost all of them went out of the shop with curly hair of brownish red color.

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back when i was living there, i only knew like five koreans. one was a boy who asked my cousin out, another was a guy from Church, whose mom always made us Kim Chee, another was a kid i used to play with during choir meetings. the other two were transfer students at my school. there are always alot of Chinese and Taiwanese, but the fact that there are news articles springing up about this Korean influx feels unusual and puzzling to me--Baguio is such a small town to be getting so much attention for this; especially a trivial thing such as this! ah! of all things...

putting aside this seemingly strange influx (in my mind it still is) other matters such as, how can Baguio change in such a small amount of time? i thought i didn't mind it so much at first, but my cousin writes about these changes all the time in her letters (it's so much more crowded, there are more malls, it's more polluted, changes in the local bureaucracy are often dissapointing and the demographics are changing rapidly). how can any of these things be called progress? where is the so-called "economic boom" in the new malls and big businesses?...

i am complaining about useless things but how come they feel important to me now?

do i squeal more than i did before about these things? or is it, i'm actually squealing?

back to the main subject of this post however, one big question on my mind is how the koreans are becoming integrated into baguio, and yes in a larger picture, philippine culture. what are the good effects? i'm NOT just talking economic advantages that may have helped our economy a small step further due to korean business and trade--but on a personal level with our culture, what kind of exchange is being made? do we really get along? please don't take this personally if you are korean, or have had good experiences with koreans (as i have had the pleasure of), but i feel this influx is and will continue to incur cultural clashes (work ethic, disposition, etc.). personally, truthfully, as a baguioian, what do you think?

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climate change [09 Sep 2006|03:46pm]

Climate Change is a global issue that is currently affecting our lives. It is the warming of our planet caused by an increased concentration of certain gases in the atmosphere which traps heat. the major cause of climate change is carbon dioxide from coal,oil and natural gas. Much of the power used in the Philippines are from these sources contributing to the climate change in asia.
Yet there is so much renewable energy potential here in the Philippines. We are an agricultural country where we can derive a lot of biomass fuel. We are on the fringes of the Asia Pacific monsoonal belt thus a good source of wind power. And being an archipelago near the equator, Solar energy is very viable. Thus we want to push the Department of Energy, an agency of the Philippine government, to implement the goal of renewable energy in the Philippines. We want the Philippines to be powered with at least 10% of renewable energy. We want a clean energy revolution. Help us join our cause!
please take a minute of youre time to fill this up!


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Marky Cielo [25 Apr 2006|03:51pm]

Marky Cielo has Igorot blood. It's a fact that cannot be denied in his physical features. From day 1 of his Starstruck quest, I had a hint that he would emerge as a finalist, if not a grand winner. How many actors with native blood do we have in local show business? And if we have a pool of actors with native blood, are they proud of their heritage?

I lived in Baguio for five years. I mingled with different people of different ethnicities like Tagalog, Kapampangan, Ilocano, Visayan, Igorot, Kankana-ey, Ibaloi, Itneg and foreigners like Korean, Chinese, Nepalese, American, Indian, Malaysian, Indonesian, Pakistani and others.From my own experience, native inhabitants of the Cordillera region have this inferiority complex in terms of their physical appearance.What's wrong with being a native? It's a rarity to find someone with native blood who's proud of his heritage. Marky's success as a Starstuck grand winner could motivate other aspiring natives to join show business.
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- [12 Feb 2006|05:54pm]

hey!! :D long time no post!??
well this is mz_horseyholic
i've just changed my user name..
well.. i was in minesview today..
and i got some pix for all you peepz :D

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i hope this is ok....Collapse )
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Yey! [12 Jan 2006|08:35am]

We'll be going to Baguio for the Panagbenga! Yey!
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From All-Boys/Girls To Co-ed! [01 Dec 2005|07:30am]

I have more friends who are graduates of SLU-Boys' High than SLU-Girls' High. Take note that the two high schools used to carry the name of SLU.

What's so special about Boys' High or Girls' High? Probably, it's in the (colonial?) mentality of the Baguio people because Saint Louis University (SLU) is managed by the Belgian CICM priests. These Belgian priests are not only academically competent but they are also good in business management. By the way, for the very first time, a Filipino priest was selected middle of this year as SLU-President!

SLU employees enjoy a 100% tuition fee scholarship for their children who are enrolled in any SLU schools except for Girls' High. Girls' High was not directly managed by the CICM priests.

Some three years ago, Boys' High and Girls' High were merged into one school in Saint Joseph Village in Navy Base. Does it mean that Girls' High is now managed by the CICM? So, does it follow that Girls' High students now enjoy the 100% free tution fee just in case their parent/s is/are SLU employee/s?

I personally SUPPORT this merging. They should have done it a decade ago! What's the use of enrolling your child into an all-girls or all-boys school? After four years, they will be enrolled in a co-ed school. And they missed four years of their high-school life with lack of interaction with the opposite sex! I don't think it's good. I had seen fresh graduates of the former Boys'High and Girls' High who were attention-hungry for the opposite sex.
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[17 Nov 2005|10:00pm]
I'll be going to Baguio this Christmas. Yay! Finally. I'll catch up with the gossips with my cousins and friends and eat the palabok of my tita all day. :)

God I miss Baguio!

This photo was taken when I was four at the PMA grounds. My grandfather used to teach there.
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[25 Oct 2005|01:52pm]


I'm going to Baguio for semestral break/Halloween break! :D Haha, anyone going up?
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the homesick Baguioian [24 Oct 2005|07:32pm]

I posted this in my journal some months ago...but I thought it was appropriate to re-post it on this community. These are scenes from the '98 Baguio Diary - from the Panagbenga Festival.....mis na mis ko talaga ang Baguio!

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