Baguio temp dips to 13.5 degrees Celsius-A A +A
Monday, October 7, 2013
THE temperature here went down to 13.5 degrees Celsius around 5:30 a.m. Monday, cooler than its normal low of 15 degrees Celsius, due to the tail end of the cold front somehow reminding visitors and residents the Yuletide Season is just around the corner.
Weatherman Efren Dalipog of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said this cold temperature will further dip from December to February when the northeasterly winds known as "Siberian winds" will oscillate from the snowing North Pole towards equatorial countries like the Philippines.
Records show the lowest temperature recorded in this mountain resort 250 kilometers north of Manila was 6.3 degrees Celsius in the early morning of Jan. 8, 1961.
Factors which entice visitors to come here during summer months are the city's cold weather; peace and order; cleanliness and the vegetations of the city; renowned tourism-oriented establishments; unique highland products especially flowers and temperature fruits and vegetables; abundance of souvenir items; improved infrastructures; good transportation and communication facilities; and tourism-oriented festivals.
An average of one million visitors visit the Summer Capital of the Philippines yearly and both the national government and the Baguio City government are working closely to maintain the good tourism industry here.
Historically, even the Westerners like the Europeans and Americans in the 18th century find this place and anywhere in the Cordillera region as ideal for rest and recreation that they were able to impart to the natives part of their culture which include their language, apparels, country music and other aspects of their beautiful culture.
The greatest credit for the development of this 68-square-kilometer plateau which for the natives was only known as "Kafagway", and also as "Bag-iw" (a certain vine) which was metamorphosed into what it is now known as Baguio was from the Americans who developed it into as rest and recreation center for their soldiers in the Far East, as well as their administrators of the Philippines since the early 1900s.
This is the reason why foreign visitors find this city with American features especially the city hall, Burnham Park, Wright Park, Mines View and all other parks, road and settlement designs -- all shaped under the genius of the city's architect of yore Daniel W. Burnham. (Aure Galacgac)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 08, 2013.