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Panagbenga opening moved to late March as precaution vs coronavirus

Feb 12, 2020 - 6:04 PM

All towns in the Cordillera region have scrapped their festivals to avoid crowds, where the virus can easily spread

NEW SCHEDULE. The tourist-drawer Baguio Flower Festival or ‘Panagbenga’ will open with a grand parade on March 28, from its original February 1 schedule. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

No lockdown in Baguio City, but PMA homecoming may still be postponed

Feb 05, 2020 - 2:43 PM

A statement by defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong ordered a citywide lockdown. Magalong, however, denies it.

More than 6000 alumni from the PMA attended the less political reunion at the Borromeo Field after the PMAAI banned adopted members from joining. Senator JV Ejercito, however, managed to join together with alumni Rogelio Dela Rosa (Class 86) and Gary Alejano (Class 95). Guest speaker Roy Cimatu (Class 1970) reminisced about the pine trees along the way and said they were more numerous and verdant then. He also called for the regreening of Baguio. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Baguio cancels Panagbenga opening, other big events due to coronavirus threat

Jan 31, 2020 - 1:54 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Sunday openings of Session Road are also suspended for now

PANAGBENGA. While Mayor Benjamin Magalong has cancelled the opening of the Baguio flower festival on February 1, he's yet to do the same for the street parade from February 29 to March 1, 2020. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Baguio local gov't orders demolition of structures in Loakan airport buffer zone

Jan 26, 2020 - 4:51 PM

The 150-meter buffer zone declared by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) must be clear of obstructions in preparation for Loakan airport's commercial operations

BUFFER ZONE: The Baguio City government has issued demolition notices to some 200 structures identified within the buffer zone of the Loakan airport to pave the way for its opening for commercial operations. Photo from the Public Information Office- City of Baguio

Unlike Boracay, Baguio won’t be closed to tourists during rehab period

Jan 11, 2020 - 7:56 AM

The rehabilitation of Baguio will start with the 3 T's: trees, traffic, and tourism

SUMMER CAPITAL. Baguio City. Photos by Mau Victa

Blast of chilly amihan greets third wave of Yuletide tourists in Baguio

Jan 04, 2020 - 8:16 PM

Tourists catching the tail end of the holidays are not discouraged by online horror stories of paralyzing carmaggedon

ANDAP. Frost covers vegetables in Benguet. Photo by Divine P. Dulnuan-Philip

TPLEX extension opened for the holidays

Dec 15, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The 4-kilometer Sison-Rosario section, which runs parallel to the existing highway, can shave another 30 minutes of travel from Metro Manila to Baguio City

After successful dry run, Baguio-bound Kennon Road will be open on weekends

Nov 26, 2019 - 8:28 PM

The window time – Friday 6 am until Monday 6 pm – is open only at one-way upward direction and for light vehicles weighing 5 tons and below, says the Inter-agency Task Group Kennon

Photo from Google Maps

Kennon Road temporarily opens to light vehicles

Nov 22, 2019 - 9:45 PM

From 6 pm on Friday, November 22, until 6 pm on Monday, November 25, Kennon Road will be open to traffic heading into Baguio for light vehicles weighing 5 tons or less.

Basilan sends Abu Sayyaf surrenderers to various cities to learn livelihood

Nov 13, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Hundreds of former Abu Sayyaf Group members will undergo an exposure tour in Quezon City, Bulacan, Baguio City, La Trinidad, Benguet, and Los Baños, Laguna

EXPOSURE TOUR. Hundreds of former Abu Sayyaf Group members will undergo an exposure tour in Quezon City, Bulacan, Baguio City, La Trinidad, Benguet, and Los Baños, Laguna. Photo from Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Baguio students challenge CHED-backed army 'info campaign' in schools

Nov 09, 2019 - 2:50 PM

A Commission on Higher Education regional memorandum endorses security forces' Sulat-Kamay information campaign inside universities in the Cordillera Administrative Region

PETITION. Student leaders of Cordillera appeal the CHED's regional office to revoke a memorandum that endorses an information drive by the police and army to be held inside schools. Photo courtesy of the NUSP-Cordillera

'A listening government': Baguio's Magalong recruiting advisers for 10 priority areas

Oct 12, 2019 - 9:18 AM

We also gauge his first 100 days as mayor, according to how he has delivered on these 10 identified priorities

Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong. Photo courtesy of Baguio City PIO

Designer Spotlight: Baguio's Eros Goze

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Eros Goze has designed weaves worn by Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Daniel Padilla

Baguio fashion designer Eros Goze

Malacañang OKs ‘in principle’ Baguio’s tree cutting moratorium

Oct 04, 2019 - 8:09 PM

A moratorium on new commercial buildings is also approved, says Mayor Benjamin Magalong, and only a formal communication is being awaited

BAGUIO. Earlier, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has said the pine trees in Baguio are dying. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Prayer rally for Magalong's safety to be held after ninja cops exposé

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Baguio City Hall also puts in place stricter security measures

EXECUTIVE SESSION. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, former police officer assigned to the CIDG, testifies during the panel before he requested for an executive session with the senators. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Have heart and soul,' new PMA chief tells cadets

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Rear Admiral Allan Cusi formally takes his post two weeks after the gruesome death of a cadet exposed the horrors of hazing within the Philippines' premier military school

HEART AND SOUL. Rear Admiral Allan Cusi addresses cadets as he takes over as superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City on October 1, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Magalong wants 'aggressive' regreening of Baguio

Sep 21, 2019 - 8:47 AM

The plan includes converting forested land identified as protected zones into eco-parks to provide green areas for residents and at the same time keep land speculators at bay

BAGUIO. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Chief Roy Cimatu says the pine trees in Baguio are dying. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Magalong prioritizes preservation of Baguio ‘heirlooms’

Sep 20, 2019 - 10:48 AM

Here are the first-term mayor's plans for the Asin mini-hydropower plants, Burnham Park, Baguio City Market

MAYOR IN ACTION. First-term Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong shuts down a bar at Upper Session in his first week week in office in July 2019. Sourced photo

Baguio City eyes complaint vs Cebu Pacific over delayed judo team flight

Sep 07, 2019 - 9:46 PM

Baguio City Administrator Bonifacio dela Peña is set to meet with judo athletes and their coaches to discuss the plan to file a protest against Cebu Pacific

File photo from AFP

Baguio Muslims and Catholics stand together against terrorism

Aug 11, 2019 - 12:53 PM

(UPDATED) The Muslim community in Baguio says terrorism has no religion and no place in the city

STANDING TOGETHER. Baguio Muslims and Catholics stand together against terrorism on Sunday, August 11. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Baguio plans to require microchip implants in pet dogs

Aug 10, 2019 - 3:27 PM

This should decrease the number of 'asbags' (asong Baguio) or stray dogs, says the city veterinarian

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Baguio's Balili River has 'far worse' fecal coliform level than Manila Bay

Jun 30, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the Balili River in Baguio City 'has severely deteriorated'

File photo from the Philippine Information Agency-Cordillera Administrative Region

DENR orders temporary closure of Baguio dumpsite

Jun 29, 2019 - 3:46 PM

There have been plans to turn the Irisan dumpsite into an eco-park as early as 2012

LOOK: Marian fashion event in Baguio City

Jun 01, 2019 - 9:13 AM

Baguio-based designers show off their Marian-inspired creations at 'Santa Maria, Sabsabong ti Mayo'

MARIAN FASHION. Models show off the Marian-inspired pieces of Baguio based designers on May 31, 2019. Photo by Mauricio Victa

General who led SAF 44 probe is next Baguio City mayor

May 14, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Former CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong promises Baguio City a clean environment, improved traffic, and safe neighborhoods

NEXT BAGUIO MAYOR. Benjamin Magalong has a decorated career in the Philippine National Police. Photo from Magalong's Facebook page

Weak to no signal causes delay in transmission of votes

May 14, 2019 - 7:57 AM

Parts of Leyte, Baguio, and Sarangani struggle to transmit votes for canvassing because of internet connection problems

Because of the weak connection in village schools in Sabang, Tinabilan, San Joaquin and Taberna, the transmission of results is done in front of Palompon, Leyte town hall. Photos by Marthy John Lubiano


6 campaigners killed in Baguio road crash

Apr 24, 2019 - 8:27 AM

(UPDATED) The jeepney is reportedly transporting the campaigners of a Baguio politician

CRASH. A jeepney with 18 persons onboard loses its break, hits a riprap, and turns on its side in Suello Village, Baguio City, on April 23, 2019. Photo courtesy of Paeng Valencia/911 Baguio

Thieves strike at Baguio Cathedral during Easter mass

Apr 23, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The church’s CCTV recorded two men stealing a 55-inch flat screen TV from the Bishop’s house

Baguio driver to sue Facebook accuser who wrongly identified him

Apr 11, 2019 - 6:48 PM

A Baguio man says he will file a libel case against an FB user who falsely pinpointed him as a crime suspect

Supreme Court stops SM Baguio from cutting more trees

Apr 10, 2019 - 3:36 PM

(UPDATED) The mall giant cannot proceed with the earth-balling of trees in Baguio City until it secures a new Environmental Compliance Certificate

EXPANSION. SM Baguio is stopped by the Supreme Court from cutting more trees to give way to its expansion. File photo from December 2017 by Lian Buan/Rappler

Kennon Road temporarily reopened for test run this weekend

Mar 17, 2019 - 8:56 AM

The simulation aims to check if it is viable to permanently open Kennon Road to two-way vehicular traffic on weekends

TEMPORARY REOPENING. Kennon Road is temporarily reopened this weekend until 6 am on Monday, March 18, 2019, for a test run. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Baguio journalists urge youth to help fight disinformation

Mar 13, 2019 - 1:25 PM

'In the battle for truth, truth is your only weapon,' says Kimberlie Quitasol, Editor-in-Chief of the 'Northern Dispatch'

AGAINST DISINFORMATION. Rappler reporter Ralf Rivas, along with Baguio journalists Kimberlie Quitasol, Diwa Donato, and Frank Cimatu are the panelists at #MoveBaguio: Social Good in the Digital Age forum on March 8, 2019 at Saint Louis University. Screenshot from Rappler video

Former Baguio mayor, 16 execs liable for P63M in illegal perks – COA

Mar 10, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Ex-Baguio City mayor Reinaldo Bautista and 16 others are found liable for the unauthorized release of funds classified as cost of living allowance

CONCESSION ROAD. Tourists and residents flock Baguio City's Session Road to appreciate local crafts and products being sold during a trade fair on March 8, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Panagbenga festival 2019's colorful floats

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Stars participate in Baguio's annual flower festival

MovePH heads to Saint Louis University for #MoveBaguio

Feb 24, 2019 - 12:49 AM

MovePH will be at Saint Louis University on March 8! Tickets for the public forum are free, but seats are limited. Register now!

Photo from Saint Louis University website

Baguio council proposes no-romance zone at children's park

Feb 22, 2019 - 7:14 PM

'These inappropriate acts are inimical to the welfare and moral of the children visiting the park, hence, it must be regulated,' says Councilor Joel Alangsab

Burnham file photo by Rappler

DENR chief Cimatu fears Baguio 'may lose pine trees'

Feb 16, 2019 - 12:54 PM

'I will be making really a study for what is best for Baguio City as far as the environment is concerned,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

BAGUIO. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Chief Roy Cimatu says the pine trees in Baguio are dying. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

DOH records 508% increase in measles cases in Cordillera

Feb 08, 2019 - 9:45 PM

(UPDATED) The regional health office has monitored 79 measles cases in the region from January 1 to February 2 – more than 5 times what it recorded in the same period last year

Housemaid who killed Baguio teen captured

Feb 08, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Marites Judan has used 5 aliases, say police

Byaheng andap: Do’s and don’ts

Feb 04, 2019 - 6:30 AM

Here's a guide to protecting yourself during the freezing weather in the north

IN PHOTOS: Baguio's 24th Panagbenga Festival

Feb 02, 2019 - 4:28 PM

The City of Pines' annual flower festival is in full bloom this year

PMA now closed to tourists on weekdays

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:01 PM

The military school holding educational tours inside the academy to herd the tourists instead of letting them loiter at the academy

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Blood moon ushers in coldest day in Baguio so far

Jan 22, 2019 - 9:30 AM

As a blood moon rises above Baguio City, PAGASA records Baguio's coldest temperature so far this year

BLOOD MOON. A shot of Baguio City's blood moon. Photo by Mau Victa

Baguio seeks geotechnical probe into Mines View Park cracks

Jan 21, 2019 - 11:10 PM

'The conduct of a thorough study on the soil condition of Mines View Park is highly required at the soonest possible time,' a city council resolution reads

MINES VIEW PARK. The Baguio City council has asked concerned local government agencies to look into Mines View Park cracks. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Baguio council backs NUJP bid to exempt journalists as drug case witnesses

Jan 18, 2019 - 4:03 PM

Baguio City Vice Mayor Edison Bilog says the council wants 'to protect the integrity and welfare of media practitioners'

PCOO officer, wife mauled in Baguio

Jan 16, 2019 - 9:52 PM

Ramon Songayab reports to Baguio City police that he and his wife were attacked by several men last December 22

Drinking sprees more hazardous than fireworks in Baguio

Jan 02, 2019 - 6:33 PM

No one was hurt by firecrackers in Baguio City during the New Year's Eve revelry, but two died and two were stabbed in drinking sprees greeting 2019

Baguio police forms task force to solve imam’s killing

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:29 PM

The police say there might be at least 3 men directly involved in the killing of Bejedim Abdullah, a Muslim cleric at the Philippine Military Academy

SUSPECTS. Baguio City Police Director Eliseo Tanding on December 7, 2018, shows photos of the suspects in the killing of Philippine Military Academy imam Bejedim Abdullah. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

In Baguio, bonfires and Christmas trees sometimes go together

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Past Christmas trees at the Upper Session Road rotunda were hits and misses. This year's batch have been likened to the iconic Royal Pine car freshener.

COOKIE-CUTTER CHRISTMAS TREE. Workers from the City Buildings and Architecture Office install the Christmas trees on top ofSession Road. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Dead young man found in Baguio finally identified

Oct 02, 2018 - 5:41 PM

The PNP-SOCO Cordillera says the victim was Arthur Loberiano of Tarlac

Dead young man found in Baguio finally identified. Photo from Roi Reyes in Facebook