The 2016 edition of the Baguio Flower Festival or Panagbenga, was launched Monday with expected innovations that will make the 21st staging more vibrant and a model festival in the country.
SACRED MOUNTAIN -- Mount Pulag, the highest peak in Luzon at 2,922 meters above sea level, remains to be in the bucket list of travelers and hikers at any given time of the year. As the mercury level continues to drop until March next year, the Mount Pulag Park office will require mandatory presentation of health certificates from hikers to ensure their safety and welfare while exploring the beauty and wonder of the mystical mountain. -- Harley Palangchao
The Sangguniang Bayan of Kabayan has passed a resolution opposing the Mt. Pulag Marathon, which is slated on March 19 and 20, 2016.
The Court of Appeals Special 5th Division has sustained its earlier ruling ordering Baguio Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. to cease and desist from improving his claimed property within the Mt. Sto. Tomas Forest Reserve in Tuba, Benguet
Three decorated police officers and a retired military general led this year’s awardees during the 2015 Benguet Awards at Benguet Sports Complex multipurpose gym last Nov. 19.
PROMOTING DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS -- The new officers of the Association of Philippines-China Understanding Baguio chapter led by president Fernando S. Tiong (6th from l-front row) were with Baguio and Benguet officials led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr., and Gov. Nestor Fongwan during their oath-taking. Gracing the event were APCU national president Josefina Baldovino (8th from l) and H.E. Zhao Qiaoliang (9th from l), consul and head of post of the Consulate Office of the Peoples Republic of China in Laoag City. -- Harley Palangchao
CURBING ILLEGAL DRUG MENACE -- PDEA-CAR Dir. Juvenal Azurin; S/Supt. Rolando Miranda, BCPO director; and C/Supt. Ulysses Abellera, PRO-COR director witness the signing of manifesto by members of the various Anti-Drug Abuse Councils in Baguio, who expressed full support in the government’s all-out campaign against illegal drugs. -- Harley Palangchao
BENGUET’S PRIDE OF PLACES -- The beauty and wonder of the 13 towns of Benguet such as the well preserved forest and clean rivers and local products are highlighted in the landscaping section of the agri-tourism trade fair at Wangal, La Trinidad as part of the Adivay festival. The trade fair runs until Nov. 25. -- Ofelia Empian
SAFETY FIRST -- Emergency response teams from various mining companies in Benguet, such as the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company, compete in the mine safety field demonstration and contest at the Melvin Jones football grounds last week. The event is one of the highlights of the 62nd Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference organized by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association. -- Harley Palangchao
TOURISM AND TRAVEL EXPO -- The Northern Philippine Tourism and Travel Expo 2015 open at SM Clark Event Center in Angeles City, Pampanga on Nov. 13 with North Philippines Cluster DOT regional offices as presenters. Cutting the ribbon to formally open the exhibit are DOT regional directors Marie Venus Tan of CAR (2nd from l); Martin Valera of Region 1; Lelia Blancaflor, OIC of Region 2; and Ronaldo Tiotuico of Region 3. Also in photo are Atty. Helen Catalbas, OIC of Region VI (4th from l); Philippine Retirement Authority GM Valentino Cabansag (5th from l); and Marites Castro, chief tourism officer of Region IV-A (7th from l). -- DOT-CAR photo
PHILIPPINE ICON -- Cordillera pride Leonarda “Narda” Olat-Capuyan (5th from l) has been conferred the singular Philippines’ icon honor among the 16 extraordinary women entrepreneurs from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation countries. Capuyan’s highly revered innovative and creative traditional weaving called “ikat” took center stage at the Philippine International Convention Center last week. -- Noli Gabilo
RP RECORD -- University of the Cordilleras Education student Divine Wally, 19, is the first female member of the RP Wushu Team to win gold in sanda (sparring) after outclassing her Vietnamese opponent in the 13th World Wushu Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia on Nov. 18. With her is the Chinese coach of the bemedalled team. -- RP Wushu Team photo