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Baguio Day’s country fair receives positive feedback
by Jessa Mardy P. Samidan / PIO

COWBOY CITY -- Old and young folks joined the first ever Country line dance competition as part of the 110th Charter Day celebrations organized by the Mountain Province Broadcasting Co., Diocese of Baguio, Mangaywan Corp., and Port Vaga in partnership with the city government. Session Road was lined up with the city’s own cowboy culture dubbed as the Baguio County Fair on Sept. 1 during the one-day closure of the road. -- Ofelia Empian

Session Road turned into a memory lane of country-funky themed town on Sept. 1 as the community gathered to celebrate the 110th Baguio Day anniversary.

Garbed in cowboy attire, the young and the elderly gathered for the signature line dance with country songs as background.

It was the first time that Baguio Day included a community activity in its celebration dubbed as “Baguio Country Fair” upon the initiative of the Mountain Province Broadcasting Corporation, the media arm of the Diocese of Baguio and Mangaywan Corporation, among other private sponsors.

Eight groups participated in the Country Line Dance competition while several local singers joined the Country Music Concert contest held at the city’s major thoroughfare after the Baguio Day civic parade and program rites.

Engr. Aloysius Mapalo, supervising administrative officer of the City Tourism Office, said the community’s positive feedback to the first Baguio Country Fair demonstrates the influence of western culture to the city’s residents.

The western cowboy identity dates back a century ago when American colonizers declared Baguio as a Summer Capital, instilling the use of leather boots and jackets, cowboy hat, horse riding, country music, and line dance as a sub-culture now known as the “Igorot cowboy.”

Even the celebration of the annual Flower Festival of Baguio had an institutionalized Pony Boy’s Day to give residents, the old Baguio feel, especially the younger generation and visitors.

With the positive feedback, Mapalo said he will propose to city officials that the Baguio Country Fair should become a regular activity during Baguio Day celebrations.

“The city has embraced cowboy culture being a distinct and unique identity. We are celebrating who we are while not forgetting our very own indigenous culture and traditions,” Mapalo said.


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