Baguio Day activity schedule bared

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Monday, August 29, 2011

MEANINGFUL innovations infused into the traditional parade and program will be showcased in this year's Baguio Day celebration, as anchored on the theme "Sustaining the Growth of Baguio Through Teamwork."

Mayor Mauricio Domogan announced this during the regular media forum at City Hall last week, as he invited the public to be part of the activities.

Plans have it that for the 112th Foundation year celebration this September 1, five groups will converge at the Baguio Athletic Bowl in Burnham Park for the Baguio Day program.


Led by the Saint Louis Band, the academe group starts from the Y-shape overpass at Magsaysay Avenue, while the Philippine Military Academy band and the Police Regional Office (PRO) lead government line agency employees and city officials from the Hill Station at the top of Session Road.

Another contingent will come from upper Session Road, non-government organizations (NGO), private organizations and other offices, led by the Baguio City National High School band, while from City Hall, the Pines City National High School (PCNHS) band leads Youth Council members and barangay participants.

World War II veterans and senior citizens will join the contingents at the Athletic Bowl, from Harrison road.

Inclement weather, however, would confine participants for the program at the Baguio Convention Center.

As expected, the mayor delivers the Baguio Day message, followed by the awarding of Baguio's outstanding citizens.

Other activities for the day would be: Karadkad Health Festival - from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Malcolm Square; Unity ball at the Baguio Convention Center at 6 p.m.; and the Baguio Day concert at Session Road.

On the same day, the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism will have its 8th opening rites at the SM Atrium with a cooking demo. A culinary competition will also be conducted at the SM and Baguio Country Club multi-purpose hall from September 1 to 3.

On September 2, the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio (HRAB) celebration continues with the Mr. and Ms. HRAB pageant at the Baguio Convention Center.

On September 3, SM conducts "A Salute to the Filipino Farmer" fried rice competition, showcasing vegetables and spices to enhance the plain rice to a gustatory delight.

On the same day, Heritage Mansion conducts "My Place Fashion show."

For sports enthusiasts, a golf tournament is scheduled on September 2 and 3, as September 3 and 4 are for invitational darts; September 24 for the first mayor and congressman cup; September 24 and 25 for the first regional wrestling competition; and September 25 for regional Wushu.

Every Saturday and Sunday of the month, football and batted balls -- each event having its own organizer - will be played in their own respective venues.

On September 17, a Musicvolution will be done at Malcolm Square.

Baguio City will also launch on September 19, during a flag raising ceremony at City Hall, its being a character city.

It will be followed by activities on the 21st: Umbrella parade of 100 characters; on the 22nd, "From the Heart of the Tree and Potluck Among the Pines" at Dominican Hill, a tree-planting and caring activity; and on the 25th, a "Prayer for the City" done with those in the faith, and all the churches in the city.

Awarding ceremonies for Baguio Character City Councils will be on October 3. All activities will be done for an hour: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on said dates.

Mr. Baguio will be chosen on September 25, while the Binibining Baguio pageant will be on September 30.

Last Monday, during the launching of the Baguio day activities at City Hall, Domogan lauded the excellent performances done by elementary and high school students.

The mayor attributed the performances to the parents and members of the society who brought up the children well.

He also expressed optimism that the future generations will be better off; as "their success will be of much joy to us, their parents." (Julie G. Fianza)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 30, 2011.

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