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Baguio Convention Center to be closed for one year for rehab
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

Baguio’s premier convention facility will be closed for one year to give way to its rehabilitation.

Members of the technical working group who designed the rehabilitation of the Baguio Convention Center assured that the iconic roof of the building patterned after the huts in Ifugao will be retained. 

Councilor Elmer Datuin, chair of the city council committee on tourism, announced on Monday that notices to vacate have already been given to the present occupants of the building. He said construction will commence anytime this month.

The building will follow the standard design of convention centers, said Councilor Mylen Yaranon, chair of the city council committee on public works.

During the construction, a portion of the parking area will be used to accommodate materials and equipment of the contractor. Initially, the building’s perimeter will be excavated for the installation of glass panels and a ventilation system that would allow for natural light and air into the building.

At the basement of the BCC are several rooms that were originally designed as venue for exhibits, but lack of ventilation has resulted in moisture seeping in, making the area damp and musty.

For the centerstage and backstage, Yaranon said these will be widened to accommodate big props and a larger number of performers. Like the CAP Convention Center in Camp John Hay, a balcony will be constructed, which will increase the BCC’s seating capacity to 700 more.

Yaranon also said the TWG decided to repair the leaking portions, instead of replacing the roof. She said the roof is made out of aluminum and replacing it with ordinary galvanized iron sheets will only downgrade the present material used for the roof. 

The carpet will also be removed. Yaranon said it is not practical to be maintaining a carpet in a venue that frequented by many people.

Other amenities that will be installed or improved are elevators and escalators, additional toilets, fire exits, and outdoor dining area.

The facelift of the BCC building is only the first phase of the plan to transform the structure, as well as the BCC compound as a world class events venue. “We are hoping for Baguio to be able to host big concerts,” Yaranon said.

Yaranon said the second phase would be for the construction of a multi-level parking building and phase 3 would be for the improvement of the buildings acoustics, plus the construction of buildings that could host smaller events or functions.

The Department of Public Works and Highways has allotted P180 million for the BCC’s repair and rehabilitation.


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