Bright ideas for a brighter Baguio-A A +A
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
FINALLY!!! Glittering lights are expected to sparkle and bring life into the "sleeping shadows" at the CBD.
For quite some time now, many anonymous locals have been urging the city to do something about the "night lights" at Burnham Park.
Yes, local officials finally decided to put an end to the "realm of darkness" which shrouded the main promenading center of the city for what seemed to have been ages.
As a "true-blue" Baguio Boy, I join countless others in appreciating the move to restore the "old glamour" of the park as a wholesome, safe and bright center for family, friends, and tourists.
With the brightened park, I do believe that gone are the days... or nights...when the area is utilized as an "open-air" motel for lovers, a temporary den for drug peddlers and users, and a "hunting ground" for other criminal elements who divest evening park goers of their cash, cell phones, and jewelry.
With the upgrading of the park back on track, I for one am looking forward to cool evening strolls with the kids, boating in lake under the moonlight, coffee and sandwiches while chatting with loved-ones in the well-illuminated attraction right in the heart of downtown Baguio.
In addition, I do believe ending the "dark ages" in the area is a clear manifestation of returning the park back to its rightful patrons; local citizens and visitors in search for a clean, safe, and secure center to wholesomely pass the time away.
Oh and before I forget, the "glittering bulbs" along the main thoroughfares of the business district have been getting positive feedback as they add up to the "city of lights" image of Baguio.
Yes, restoring the "brilliance" of the park is one of the bright ideas geared towards a brighter Baguio.
Come to think of it, December this year may actually prove to be another "tourism jumpstart" for the locality. Another idea worth taking note of is the "snow-flake" or so-called "Snow-in-Baguio" gimmick.
If this innovative Yuletide-treat pushes through as planned, early evening strollers along Session Road would be treated to a "new" experience for the duration of the season. The scheduled hour-and-a-half nightly snowfall from 6:00 to 7:30 pm is expected to be more than just a surprise for the young and old alike. The "snowfall gimmick" is set to commence on December 4th and go on till New Year's Eve.
This new "Snow-in Baguio experience" is actually also anticipated to boost the local tourism industry and serve as an additional come-on in terms of attracting more visitors to trek to the city.
The combination of the chilly December climate in the city coupled with "snowflakes" may surely make evenings in Baguio more memorable and romantic. It would surely be more than just a "talk of the town."
Yes, this much anticipated "snowfall scheme" is emerging to be an innovation geared towards making Christmas more memorable, as well as a bright idea geared towards a brighter and more tourist attractive Baguio.
Naturally, the moves mentioned are just a couple of the numerous activities and implementations lined-up for the season.
I for one do hope that bright ideas for a brighter Baguio would endlessly flow from all sectors throughout the year.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 02, 2010.