What Happened to Baguio (1)
Pres. Arroyo gave Baguio media a happy new year by leaving earlier than expected. The inauguration of the BSU Vegetable Noodle Center was canceled because of this. Many people in LT however were saying that last summer's strawberry shortsell incident was the cause. Remember when the presidential entourage picked strawberries in the Holy Week and Benguet forgot to pay the poor farmer who then told his story to Bombo Radyo? PGMA met up with Midland and a local cable in an exclusive interview (questions screened) and among the news were the rushing of Halsema Highway MP section up to this year; granting Burnham and Rizal Park and Maharlika back to the city. Mansion House is 100. Because of the PGMA vacation, the garbage deal with Tarlac was extended till January 5. After that is the issue of the rest of the year. Moises Cating, the great Baguio Political survivor, is back in the Baguio Water District board. Last Jan 2, temperature dipped to 9.6 degrees because of amihan; the lowest this year so far of course since it was only the 2nd day of the year. There were 30 percent more tourists in the Holidays compared to last year. The DOT thought that the cold is the reason and they now have a new buzzword: frost tourism. Watch the wilting lettuces live! Watch the shivering natives! A young DH from Bauko was strangled dead inside a motel along Kalantiao St. Because they don't want to give credit to Gov Baguilat, the Ifugao provl board urged Asian Devt Bank to cancel a P100 M fund for a hospital. The Fisheries Bureau gave tuyo and daing to Mt. Province people for Xmas, apparently to prevent goiter. Fifty mountaineers gave a new meaning to High Mass when they held a mass last Dec 28 on the summit of Mt Pulag. Lilibeth Ratcliffe won the womens division of the Ilusorio Cup in country club but it was her 8-yr old Mark who was more impressive, winning 2 years in a row in the junior division. A mock IED was found after SM Baguio closed Sunday. It opened at 12:30 pm the next day.