Sharing reader’s reactions (II)

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By Roberto A. Capili

Real Estate Updates

Sunday, December 30, 2012


WE continue sharing reader’s reactions to our previous articles/contributions published in this paper.

Tourism in Baguio
by Mina Pearson

I am so glad I came across this article, since I feel the same way about tourism in Baguio. Reviving the vacation regatta, as you said in your article, is something that our local officials should be thinking about since we’ve lost our appeal to other places like Tagaytay, Batangas and Subic – just to name a few places here in Luzon. It’s hard to believe that we were so quickly overtaken by these places when, once upon a time, we were the only “summer capital” where people would want to go to for any kind of vacation.

I know your article speaks of the Philippines in general, but I just feel so bad about how Baguio is left behind in all this. Yes, the whole country is rich in many natural resources, and we attract visitors from countries all over the world because of what we have to offer. But we still lack the knowledge of true advertising, and this is the job of our national government. They need to be able to market the Philippines to the world in a much better way – we’re way behind when it comes to that. You have Malaysia, truly Asia. They have had that commercial for many years now, and we’re just starting with our own, “It’s more fun in the Philippines” campaign slogan. We need to learn how to market our beautiful country! I’ve been to Malaysia, and their beaches are nothing compared to ours. They just sell their ware much better than we do.

My children have never been out of the country yet. I want them to see their own country first, before they venture out in the world. I did it the other way around – saw Europe, Canada and the US before I went around the Philippines, and I enjoyed the island-hopping here so much! So much so that I eventually took up scuba diving (after my 3rd and last child)! Now, my two other older children are certified divers, too. They are truly taking advantage of the opportunity given them. But they are still in school, so their schedule dictates when they can go for a vacation . . . and their mother decides for them, too!

Being a working mom, I find it hard to plan these vacations for the family. But I try to make the time, so my children can see more of their country while they’re still with me. I would like to take them up to Sagada, Banaue and other scenic spots in our own Cordillera backyard, soon.

Yes, love of country is very important. We seem to lose who we are because we have the tendency to look outside of our own heritage. Everybody seems to want to go abroad, without ever thinking of seeing other places in the country like Visayas and Mindanao. They don’t know what they’re missing, really! My children fell in love with Davao, Camiguin Island and Coron (Palawan). There are still so many places I wish to take them to, places which I’m positive we will all love! I wish they would stop growing up for awhile, so we can have more time to discover these places together. But, life is way too short, so I must learn to make the most of the time… (A reaction to our article entitled “Vacation Frolics” published in Sun Star Baguio dated November 2, 2010)

FLASH NEWS!!! The scheduled Real Estate Brokers Exams in March 2013 could be the last licensure exams to be conducted before the Real Estate Course requirement could be in effect! SCORE EXPONENT TRAINING CENTER in partnership with PHILRES –Baguio City Chapter is conducting a JOINT COMPREHENSIVE REAL ESTATE BROKERS SEMINAR AND TRAINING (CREBSAT). Registration is still going on and a special “Catch-Up Program” is offered for late enrollees. For more details get in touch with us at: Unit 306 3/F Antipolo Bldg, Session Road, B.C. (atop Tea House)/ Tel No. (074) 427-1971 / CP Nos. 09109302753 / 09384474133 / 09188198168 / 09175072275 / 09178088049.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 31, 2012.

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