BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – The summer capital of the Philippines and the rest of the Cordillera Region have taken the lead in isolating members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and all groups that are perceived to be anti-government and anti-Filipino, including the very liberal Liberal Party.
Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong announced a new policy that declares the NPA and the Liberal Party to be “Persona Non Grata.” As such, members of these two groups are off limits to the City of Pines.
The new policy comes just weeks before Baguio launches its popular month-long Panagbenga Festival which easily attracts one million people.
Magalong said anyone associated with NPA and LP seen roaming the streets of Baguio will be immediately arrested and detained in newly-constructed jail cells next to the city’s dumpsite in Irisan.
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – Local officials in the summer capital of the Philippines are not content with banning cussing in public. They want to ban PDA – that’s public display of affection – in the city’s parks.
While the cussing prohibition is already law, the PDA ban is still in the works, thanks to a new ordinance that was passed on first reading prohibiting kissing, petting, necking, and lying down together within the premises of the children’s park at Burnham . It was authored by Councilor Joel Alangsab, who says his proposal is aimed at protecting children from seeing lewd acts at the park.
So, if the proposal becomes law, we advise Baguio residents and tourists alike that when they feel like engaging in PDA while visiting Burnham and other public parks, they should bring a blanket, shawl or umbrella to cover up their lewd acts. That would make Baguio city officials really happy.
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – The Chicago River in Illinois, U.S.A. literally froze this week as temperatures dipped below zero degrees.
This gave the ever-efficient city officials of Baguio City led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan a brilliant idea: to convert the murky Burnham Lake in this Philippine summer capital into an ice skating rink.
Baguio’s own temperature dipped to 9 degrees this week, sending chills to both residents and visitors who are in town for the opening of the month-long Panagbenga Festival.
The conversion plan involves dredging the man-made lake, refilling it with salt water and installing an underground ice maker.
Many ice skating enthusiasts were elated over the plan, but others, including operators of rental paddle boats in the lake were not happy.
Domogan said the conversion is part of the city government’s overall plan to rehabilitate the city which could eventually lose its tourism industry because of overcrowding, traffic and deterioration of natural parks.
We may soon see the next Filipino Olympic skating champion among our Baguio youth!