Friday, January 20, 2006

Growing Up In Baguio

Someone (must be Girls High) from the Baguio Web International, an egroup of the Baguio-hearted, posted this nostalgia list. You grew up in Baguio City if ...
OK, but as Baguio boy Juan Flavier said, I can not say I grew up in Baguio because I didn't grow...
Here goes. Do a Wikipedia and correct what can be corrected.
1. you bought your school supplies from CID Educational Supplies
2. you bought your fabrics from Tiong San Bazaar (before there was the Old, the New and Harrison aside from Valiram's, Bheromull's, Bombay and Fil-Indian)
3. you bought your imported ingredients from D & S Fine Foods
4. you went to Tea House for all its delicacies like the pancit,the cakes, etc.
5. you went to see movies at Pines or Session Theatre either in the orchestra, loge or the balcony section (without airconditioning)
6. you went to Gold Mine Disco at Hyatt Terraces for night outs(sometime later Spirits became the "in" place)
7. you thought that the best Chinese restaurants in town were Rosebowl and Star café (Mt. Peak where Abanao Mall now is was also good)

8. the only grocery store you remember is Sunshine Grocery (the small one)
9. you had your photos developed at Pines or Mountain Studio
10. you remember where the politicians met for coffee * Dainty! (It is Luisa's café right now I think)
11. you know where to buy the best Sans Rival * Sizzling Plate
12. you bought chiffon birthday cakes at Tesoro's
13. you know what cooking oil looked like if not in bottles
14. you remember there was a real tree in the rotunda fronting whatis now SM Baguio and the post office (which was cut down to give wayto the fountain of tiyanaks and eventually to the concrete pine tree)
15. you remember that there was a Session Café!
16. you ate toasted siopao from Handaan when it was the craze.
17. you enjoyed eating pizza at the old Shakey's located at the basement of Skyworld (now the haven of ukay ukay) 18. you had your milk supplied in bottles from the Baguio dairy farm
19. you had eaten good food at the slaughterhouse (like papaitan)
20. you speak straight and clear english without an annoying colegiala accent
21. you listened to DWHB when it was not yet corny (or in fact it wasthe only cool FM station playing the latest hits)
22. you ate lunch at Benedict's
23. you spent your free time hanging out at FRB
24. you ate the best fried chicken at Mother's
25. you roller skated at John Hay
26. you remember that Sharon Cuneta's half brother had a restaurantin Maharlika
27. you bought imported goods either at John Hay commissary (for those who had the privilege), the PX goods stores in the market or at GP arcade (for the rubber shoes)
28. you studied music at Musar or at the Girls' High music department
29. you remember that there was no Berlin Wall between Center and Lab
30. you were once hospitalized in Notre Dame, the hospital run by sisters
31. your mom studied at St. Theresa's boarding school
32. you had friends studying in Marishan or UP High School
33. you felt sad at Pines Hotel burning down (it was always featured in the movies of the 70s and 80s)
34. you rode the jeep at the paradahan where the Baguio Center Mall is now located
35. if you are Chinese, you were enrolled in Chinese lessons at Patriotic
36. you could hear the voice of Baby de Guzman, a local announcer,emanating from your lolo's AM radio in the early hours of the morning
37. you used oil lamps back home
38. you are/were not awestruck at the sight of an artista or celebrity
39. you did not wear the Baguio City bonnet
40. your idea of a good weekend was a picnic at Burnham or Camp JohnHay or swimming at Asin or Klondike hot springs
41. you ate imported ice cream on cones with square ends in John Hay or the best American food in Halfway House or 19 th tee
42. you somehow attended a classy party in the Main Club when it was still just one wing (which eventually became two wings and which weredemolished to give way to the Manor)

43. you played at the bowling lanes lining Mabini St. * Olympia andAurora (Mile Hi was in John Hay)
44. you regarded Hilltop hotel as a monstrosity looming over themarket (a predecessor of SM Baguio!)
45. you traveled to La Trinidad without encountering traffic
46. you managed to sample fried ice cream at Greenwich (back when itwas not yet owned by Jollibee)
47. you at one time or another wore "civilian" clothes in school instead of the usual blue and white uniforms because the laundrydidn't dry up in time during the rainy season.
48. you visited the Orchidarium which was located where the skating rink is now which used to be the original site of the original skating rink(?)
49. if you studied in Girls High, you remember the Kundirana (Animo La Salle!) visiting every year

50. you paraded on the street because it was Baguio Day (not because of Panagbenga)
51. you somehow graduated from playing with spiders to pigeons to aquarium fish to fighting cocks
52. you could actually leave home and be at the plaza in 5 minutes(which is totally impossible now)
53. you had a sayotehan in the backyard
54. you knew the lion head in kennon had a different color (what is it now anyway? From black to red to yellow to ???)
55. you ate the raisin bread from Country Club
56. you remember the PMA graduating class always giving a dress parade
57. you recalled that the Baguio Botanical Garden was formerly known as Imelda park (and you knew of the urban legend that it was the old zoo and that a giant snake escaped from its cage)

58. you tried ghost hunting (or as they now call it spirit questing)at Diplomat Hotel
59. you crossed the streets and not the overpasses
60. you knew the Hangar was where you could buy the cheapest veggies
61. you bought medicine from the Parungao pharmacy (the onlycompetitor of mercury)
62. you ate merienda and bought hopia from Master Hopia!63. you could buy the yellow cinnamon roll (in the form a round cake) anywhere
64. You ate cheap long johns stuffed with cheese
65. you had shoes bought and fixed along General Luna road (if youdidn't buy from Greggs in Session road)
66. you marveled at the fact that you could see your breathe out in the cold! (which meant it was still that cold then!)
67. you wore those colorful plastic boots (in red, blue or black) toschool when the rains got so heavy
68. you could recall that there were indeed mines in Mines View Park (and not the roofs of houses)
69. you rode on cabs that were 4 door sedans and not FXs.
70. you knew what Chaparral signified
71. you wore socks to bed to keep warm
72. you had a 4 digit telephone number courtesy of PILTEL
73. you were able to venture into the Crystal Caves when it was still pristine
74. you knew Boys' High as being only for boys and Girls' High andHoly Fam as two separate high schools for females (with different uniforms)
75. you can enter the SLU campus without having to show any ID (itwas that open)
76. you read the Midland Courier or the Gold Ore due to your lola's proddings
77. you saw elderly men wearing their best suits and hats while walking along Session Road
78. you had leather shoes shined by a shoeshine boy7
79. you witnessed a dog show at the soccer field in Burnham
80. you knew of the Golden Buddha story
81. you once enjoyed camping as a boy or girl scout at the site near the John Hay fire station (where a convention center is now located)
82. you had a school-sponsored recollection in one of the manyconvents and seminaries in the city

83. you saw the Marcos mansions while they were still not ruins
84. you passed by Kennon while there were still the Twin Peaks (dueto numerous landslides the other peak has disappeared) and the BridalVeil falls
85. you once planted a pine tree sapling for the a regreening movement effort
86. you had a dried up garland of everlasting around the Infant Jesus statue at home
87. you ate the best bananas from Sablan (not anymore!)
88. you somehow ate at any of these Cating owned restos * Solibao, Ganza, Cañao and Tom Sawyer's
89. you were able to travel to Manila using the oldnon-airconditioned buses (there was even a train from Manila toDamortis)
90. you had FEN courtesy of those special antennas and therefore enjoyed to the max all the hit Western TV shows (that's why you were so angry when the bases were pulled out!)
91. you ate at Café by the Ruins and O-Mai-Khan
92. you rode on the Philippine Rabbit back when its terminal was at Magsaysay avenue
93. you traveled to Manila using Dangwa or to Ilocos using BAL or Times
94. you drank Benguet coffee
95. your family may have owned a Volkswagen beetle (Baguio has one of the highest ownership of Volks per capita since the Tabandas of La Trinidad had a dealership)
96. you always were afraid of that pine tree in the middle of theroad on the way to the Loakan airport (it has been cut down)
97. you attempted to explore Mt. Sto. Tomas and remembered to remove your watch (they said it was going to be damaged if you didn't)
98. you used your fireplace during Christmases of yore
99. you knew Europa as the one and only condominium
100. you bought your vinyl albums and eventually cassette tapes and the posters at Plakabar
101. you distinctly remember that there was a small public library near the Athletic Bowl and the tennis courts in Burnham
102. you enjoyed the bump car rides at the basement of Maharlika (back when it was not yet a food court)
103. you never went malling and instead enjoyed the numerous parks and outdoor amusements that Baguio offered


Blogger SLULBHSBatch 1981 said...

Mang Frank Cimatu, I visited and read your blog article today about 'pine for pine'. I was born and raised up in Baguio City. We would like to inform you and your readers that Saint Louis University Laboratory BOYS High School Batch 1981 is announcing a reunion to all its batchmates for this year - 2006. Kindly post our website for enquiries, Although we have lived overseas for a decade and a half, we still remember and cherish the city up in the mountains where we can touch the heavenly clouds and savour the smell of pine trees especially during the nippy early mornings of December season. A place where we used to walk freely in the grounds of Camp John Hay, jogging, running and cycling in Burnham and Wright Parks. ...I guess that is not thesame as these days. Kind Regards. Mel P

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


the one who started this was a graduate of UBSHS..

here's the link:

2:41 PM  

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