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When the best way to go to Baguio was by train


It will soon be Holy Week. The heat in Manila has people thinking of an escape to cooler climes. I wonder who will brave the traffic and trek up to Baguio. It is crazy to be on the road on that last week of Lent. Friends of mine tried it last year, and it took almost 10 hours to get to Kennon.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

From Dulaang UP Baguio, a play that celebrates Kankana-ey culture

STUDENTS in Besao,Mt. Province, during an interactive moment in

“Kastoy ti ag-tadek, Banting! (This is how you do the tadek, Banting!),” shouts Kankana-ey Apong Uban (Andrei Domogo). Then, he stomps one foot and raises both hands.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Why Joel Cruz mansion is controversial

JOEL Cruz’s mansion, featuring a sign saying “White House of the Lord of Scents,” rises near the fairway of Camp John Hay’s HoleNo. 7. PHOTO FROM PDI-NL/RICHARD BALONGLONG

Anyone visiting this former US hill station in Baguio City would have difficulty missing the controversial mansion owned by eccentric entrepreneur Joel Cruz aka The Lord of Scents.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

What’s behind the surprise eviction notice of Casa Vallejo?

BAGUIO’S heritage conservationists are fighting tooth and nail for the preservation of Casa Vallejo, the city’s oldest hotel, following a controversial ownership claim made by an indigenous family that said the land where the structure stands belonged to it “since pre-Hispanic times.” Vallejo regulars fear the claimants will demolish the property before selling the land to a condominium developer. PHOTO BY NIDA AVANCEÑA

Thank the exceptionally nippy weather here for cooling down tempers after the women running the century-old Casa Vallejo (or Vallejo Hotel) received an eviction letter telling them to leave on Jan. 14.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Wake up and smell the aroma of top-grade local coffee


There’s a company called Rocky Mountain that is determined to change the Philippine coffee landscape.   Once upon a time, the Philippines was among the top five coffee producers in the world. But this was some 200 years ago. Coffee guru Chit Juan even adds that there was a time when the Philippines was one [...]

Posted: January 9th, 2014 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Is Baguio back on the destination list (with Joel Cruz’s humongous mansion)?


I never experienced a Baguio that cold and that crowded as I did last weekend. It was as if people, suddenly scared of storms and seas, flocked to this mountain resort instead, in the days after Christmas and right before the new year.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Aquino to take post-Christmas holiday break

President Benigno Aquino. INQUIRER file photo

President Benigno Aquino III will get to rest during the holidays.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Home-made bonnets in demand as Baguio temperature drops

NIPPY UP THERE.  Residents in the mining town of Mankayan in Benguet set up a bonfire as the temperature dropped to 14 degrees Celsius on Thursday night. It is, however, cooler in Baguio City and in other upland towns so that the familiar knitted Baguio bonnet, one of the summer capital's cheapest and popular souvenir items, has become in demand.  RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

There’s no better time to use that familiar knitted Baguio bonnet, one of the summer capital’s cheapest and popular souvenir items, than now.

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Mountain dance

THE CAMP John Hay crowd in Baguio boogies the night away while raising funds for ‘Yolanda’ survivors. POCHOLO CONCEPCION

Baguio City’s nippy weather makes it more fun and conducive to party and toast the good life. It’s Christmastime, a peak season for tourism in this mountain resort.

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Baguio City as music hotspot

FUSION relaxing before the gig: Egay Buñing, Teddy Liberato, Ric Maniquis, Ebb Bareng, Pia Santayana Trinidad, Joanie Abubo, Ron Paraan

Our first memorable time in Baguio as a grownup was in the late 1980s, when we caught the rock band Blank, with Grace Nono on vocals, in a small club at La Azotea Building on Session Road.

Posted: October 27th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Spooky places in the Philippines


Feel like ghost-hunting this Halloween? Check out these spooky places around the Philippines.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Headlines,Travel | Read More »

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