THE “folkhouse.” Any book written about the Baguio I grew up in would be remiss without a piece about this bastion of 70s Baguio culture, which – quite frankly – is not even a proper word, i.e., found in a decent dictionary of the English language.
The folkhouse was what in normal parlance is called a bar. This Baguio once-mainstay was a bar featuring what we called “folk music.” By folk music, we actually meant what is now identified as “folk-rock” or even country music, the imported kind, straight from the U.S. of A.
THIS article wants to share with you how life during those years as compared life of children born out from those specified years. Well, you know what you are talking about and really agree with this column if you are one of these kids..... WHAT A BIG DIFFERENCE! I knew for I myself belong to that era.
EIGHTEEN years is a life-time, yet there are stories that live on for a life-time, forever etched in memory. The need is always there, for these stories to be told and retold so they can be passed on like prized heirloom. One such story was recalled and re-lived last Tuesday, after Conrad Marzan, the expat Baguio-Cordillera folksinger with a heart, came home this summer from Northern California where he is based for seven years now.
I HAD the privilege to speak before close to a hundred kindergarten public school teachers of Baguio-Car Region on May 24, during the culmination of their Continuing Education program.
Earlier when invited, Ma’am Susan, my coordinator in MDC Life Seminars, asked their coordinator what they would want me to speak about, and she was simply told, “inspire them”. That is a tall order for any speaker. Most of the time, being given a topic makes the preparation easier. Why? It limits the topic to research on and ponder upon.
FOUR years ago, the Baguio Elderly Assembly under my leadership initiated the first ever Baguio Filipino-Japanese Friendship Day celebration on October 16, 2009.
The international even was jointly sponsored by the Filipino-Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon, Inc. led by its executive director Engr. Leopoldo Escaño; the Baguio Japanese Residents Society headed by businessman Masahiro Okuda, in partnership with the National Correspondents Club of Baguio.
AS A young boy I would recall my mum taking us to Session Theatre for us to watch Julie Andrews.
In this movie she plays the role as yaya to the Von Trapp kids - seven children to a military officer.
ACCORDING to a report posted by the Philippine National Aids Council, the hunt for an HIV vaccine has eaten up at least $8 billion in the last ten years.
The report added that failure of the most recent efficacy trial has delivered yet another setback to 26 years of efforts based on a research at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative laboratory works on samples in New York.
TRAVEL the world and you will know more about yourself and broaden your horizon as well. If you get lost along the way you need not to worry because there will always be good people who will help you find your way.
In Hong Kong, you will meet some Filipinos who are based there and more than willing to help you find a good place to stay with reasonable price like in guest houses along Nathan Road in Kowloon which is just a walk away from the famous malls and boutique hotels selling original branded goods. From Tsim Tsa Tsui train station, with just two stops you will reach Mongkok where you can shop cheap but quality products.
THEY have it in them, the professionalism, the enthusiasm, the limited but working manpower and the willingness to work with other groups that knows better of the work at hand.
City High class ’89 recently hosted the Baguio SUMVAC Arnis Encounter last May 20-21 2013 at the PFVR Gym, Upper Session Road, Baguio City, which went well despite the glitches that the group had to overcome.
THE war on dengue in Baguio City and Benguet is on. Not that it has ever been off.
But every year, approaching the rainy season, the Departments of Health and Education, other government agencies and private sector launch a massive campaign against dengue.
I HAVE always dreamt of a family vacation in Pagudpud. I am no swimmer, but I love the beach, and just feeling the sand on my feet, the waves on my back and seeing the golds, oranges, pinks and greys of sunsets by the beach is part of my heaven on earth.
Beginning 2010, I have encouraged my family to go on long trips, preferably to beach destinations, and right after Bolinao then I was adamant Pagudpud should be next. Of course the long drive is not easy, and to appease my are-we-there-yet kind of kids and my loving hubby-driver-sweet-lover, I suggested we spend a night in charming Vigan to cut the trip (somewhat) short and less taxing.
LIGADU is a word I first heard when I was a child. But I suspect this is an adaptation of a foreign word as it is very much related to formal systems of government that are not present in pre-colonial public administration. It refers to services rendered by the public for their community as ordered by an authority such as barangay official or at times a school head. These services include repairs of public buildings such as clinics, barangay halls, and schools, cleaning of pathways, fixing of canals and similar activities.
IN PAST elections, the payment of teachers’ honoraria for their Election Day duties was always delayed. Unfortunately, this is still true today. Delayed poll duty pay is a major post election woe which doesn’t seem to get attention from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
I WAS not quite surprised when the National Statistical Coordination Board (NCSB) released last month its latest figures on the poverty incidence in the Philippines.
According to the NSCB data, poverty incidence hardly eased between 2006 and 2009. Poverty incidence was estimated at 27.9 percent in the first semester of 2012, compared to 28.8 percent poverty incidence in 2006 and 28.6 percent in 2009.
MY FIRST unsolicited advice for the mayor elect of strawberry town is for her to junk that cute yellow SUV people had seen her drive before the campaign period. That car might create a divide between her administration and those who put her back into public office, or impress something nasty on what motivated her bid.
THE City Council of Baguio deliberated last Monday, during its 17th regular session, a distinctly unique request coming from an educational institution situated within the central business district area of the city.
ALICE of Magic World -- Tokyo, Japan. Playing cards, oversize teacup booths and heart-shaped light fittings all feature at the Alice of Magic World restaurant in Tokyo. The eatery, which is located in the Ginza district. The waitresses dress up in Alice in Wonderland frocks, and the menus come in mini dioramas with foldout flaps.
IF YOU feel like jumping into the water by the river, are you certain it is clean - good to your health even your limbs. A lot of things are not what they seem since you last reckoned them, mind you.
I MAY not be physically present in any discussion, forum, meeting or group encounter but I can be technologically around with the use of modern day communication gadgets. The use of non-voice communication systems such as e-mail, short message sending or SMS texting has been in practice for over a decade already allowing faster and real time correspondence but the fact remains that these are not free from risks and fraudulent acts.
AND the countdown begins.
In 14 days, students of public elementary and high schools begin their annual quest for quality education amid the perennial problems our schools are facing.
AS THE Fourth Tam-Awan International Arts Festival came to a close Sunday, the country’s summer capital once again became the hotbed of culture and the arts.
Through the years, Tam-Awan Village of the Chanum Foundation has kept alive the promotion of Cordillera’s rich tradition, which has brought tourism from all over the world to the summer capital year in and year out.
ADU a karit ti nagtutuon ken nagsisipol para kadagiti nangabak iti kallabes nga eleksiyon. Karit a sapay koma ta inda tungpalen amin a karida ken isapsapatada idi panawen ti kampanya. Saan a mabalin tay manglipat ta umili ti mangpuor kenka. Adu ngamin dagiti nagkari a dida met tungpalen. Inyappanda laeng kano dagita a kari tapno makabanniit iti butos. Ngem surotendakayo dagiti umili. Ket dikayon koma dadaelen ti talekda. Ket kadagiti met di napagasatan... maysa a padas ken pagadalan kadakayo ti napasamak.
THE right to own real estate in the Philippines is defined by the Constitution and other pertinent laws on Property Acquisition and Ownership.
THIS piece could be a late entry but honoring mothers all over the world can and ought to be done every day.
THE multi-titled Baguio Cinderellas took me in as team manager in 1991, a year after the July 16 killer quake. Never mind that I didn’t know what an off-side rule is and the fact that pro bono family Doctor Julie Camdas-Cabato had just confirmed then that I was a sugar magnate without a hacienda, translated to being a football team manager without money and experience.
IT IS Friday as I write of last night, when my brother Matt came home in an urn. A lovely one no doubt, its size a humbling reminder of what the mortal self is, the proverbial handful of ashes we are all reduced to when all is said and done. Tonight as last night and many more nights, we gather at sunset to offer prayers that Matty’s soul rest in peace. This is our Catholic self talking.
FINALLY I am victorious. Victorious I say is because for the last three years since the last elections I have been haunted and hounded; haunted because of the memory of my "past" political career.
Don't get me wrong here, all I wish to convey to every Juan was that ever since the 2010 elections, I have not felt any peace and quiet. Allow me to explain.
JUST came back from Bangued in Abra Province after being deployed by our station PTV 4 to cover the electoral process for this year’s midterm elections and guess what, the expected bloody elections was nil.
Yes there were reports of indiscriminate firing, yes there were reports of firecracker throwing incidents, yes there was even an incident tire spiking wherein the Chief of Police of Bangued was victim, and yes there was a case of a male person found dead in Brangay Sagap but all were far not politically related.
THE search is over for the Ten Outstanding Punong Barangay in Baguio City. The Rotary Club of Metro Baguio (RCMB) OPB Awards Committee has finally chosen the best grassroots leaders worthy to be given recognition.
Exemplifying an extraordinary kind of leadership and selfless service to the community with admirable command filled with passion and dedication are Justina Andaya of Barangay Fairview, Teresita De Guzman of Pinget, Sotero Dulaycan of Pinsao Pilot Project, Thomas Dumalti of Irisan Barangay, and Miguel Kiswa of Sto Thomas Proper.
PROCLAMATION for all local candidates in Baguio City was practically over Tuesday night.
In nearby Benguet, the top provincial officials were also declared Wednesday afternoon at the provincial Capitol.