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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

LOOK: 'Largest wedding cake' in Baguio City

Sep 22, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Around 43 couples at a government-sponsored mass wedding are among the first to sample the 24-foot wedding cake

GIANT WEDDING CAKE. Newly-weds who were part of a mass wedding surround a giant wedding cake in Baguio City on September 22, 2018. All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

LIST: Deadly landslides in the Philippines

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Almost all of these major disasters in the last two decades happened in the midst of heavy rain that loosened the soil in landslide-prone areas

LANDSLIDES. There have been many deadly landslides in the Philippines in recent years. Photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler and Querl Panilag

LOOK: 5 dead in Baguio City due to Typhoon Ompong flood

Sep 15, 2018 - 7:34 PM

At least 5 people have died and 5 are missing due to the typhoon, says Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan

FLOODS. Baguio Flood caused strong winds and heavy downpour are being experienced in Baguio City due to #OmpongPH. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Batang Pinoy postponed due to Typhoon Mangkhut

Sep 12, 2018 - 2:38 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission and host Baguio have moved the 2018 Batang Pinoy opening to September 17

FULL TEXT: Kidlat Tahimik’s open letter to Baguio and BACCI

Sep 04, 2018 - 8:49 PM

On the 109th Baguio day, the indie film icon calls for more support for the city's art and artists

KIDLAT TAHIMIK. The film icon pens a letter to his hometown and its artists. Rappler screenshot

3 laborers rescued after storm pipe falls on them

Aug 30, 2018 - 8:44 PM

While two of the laborers were immediately rescued, a third laborer's foot was caught underneath the pipe that fell

RESCUED. Three laborers were rescued Thursday noon along Salud Mitra Barangay in Baguio City after the huge storm pipe they were installing fell on them. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Baguio taho vendors made to pay fire safety fee

Aug 22, 2018 - 8:44 PM

The taho vendor says all 200 of them – taho sellers and other ambulant vendors – were issued such a permit

PERMIT. A Baguio vendors' Fire Safety Inspection Certficate. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Baguio pawnshop worker killed in robbery

Aug 18, 2018 - 10:39 AM

The body of 22-year-old Lindsay Vallejos Valdez was found inside the vault room of 202 Cellphone Pawnshop, in a pool of her own blood

2 in barangay narco list in northern Luzon arrested

Aug 17, 2018 - 10:57 PM

They are bothin the list of barangay officials tagged as drug personalities

COA: PEZA, 3 other economic zones must pay back P664 million in illegal perks

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:41 PM

COA says only the Department of Budget and Management 'has the mandate to classify positions, determine the appropriate salaries for specific positions, and review the compensation benefits or programs of agencies'

Two bodies found dumped in Baguio City

Aug 13, 2018 - 10:57 PM

(UPDATED) Two bodies – one inside Burnham skating rink and another at the Baguio City Market dump – are found this weekend in Baguio City

2 drug suspects killed in Benguet

Aug 10, 2018 - 2:33 PM

Police say Proseso Arevalo Jr was found with a belt tied around his neck, his feet and head duct-taped

2 killed in mudslide at Baguio condominium construction site

Jun 13, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Patrick Lachica and Hanna Hurago are human resources personnel of the construction firm laying down the foundation for the Mega Pines condominium project

RETRIEVAL. Baguio 911 responders, fire personnel, and volunteers retrieve the victims’ bodies from under mudslide at Sandico Street, Baguio City, on June 13, 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Citizen Baguio, or why 'Citizen Jake' is a love letter to the city

May 30, 2018 - 3:00 AM

Journalist and poet Frank Cimatu, a Baguio native, shares his thoughts on Mike de Leon's latest film

LOVE LETTER TO BAGUIO. Atom Araullo stars in Mike de Leon's 'Citizen Jake.' Screenshot from Citizen Jake

13 barangay candidates on Baguio Tokhang list

May 11, 2018 - 7:52 PM

Not content with the two barangay candidates in the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s list, Baguio decided to look at its own list and found 11 more

Mount Pulag reopens to hikers, trekkers

Apr 25, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Foresters urge hikers who plan to climb Luzon's highest peak to be extra careful because the ecosystem remains fragile

STILL FRAGILE

Arnis prodigies propel Soccsksargen to early lead in Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 17, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Arnis players Princess Sheryl Valdez and Andrei Alcarioto from Tacurong City shine on the second day of this year's Palarong Pambansa

CHAMPION. Princess Sheryl Valdez takes home 4 gold medals after shining the brightest in her arnis tournaments. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Baguio's Bea Mendoza claims 2 chess golds in Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 17, 2018 - 9:49 AM

Mendoza, a Grade 11 student, snatches golds in the individual and team in chess blitz for high school girls

DOUBLE GOLD. File photo of Bea Mendoza, a senior high school student of University of Baguio, who has won two gold medals so far in Day 2 of Palarong Pambansa. Photo from Rene Pascua/ubaguio.edu

Residents oppose planned parking building at Burnham Park

Apr 10, 2018 - 11:37 PM

Environmental and civil society groups are expected to storm the city council’s consultation, and have launched an online petition

LAGOON. Baguio City's iconic Burnham Park.

Groups to hold vigil for Sereno as SC starts summer session in Baguio

Apr 02, 2018 - 10:06 PM

The organizations urge the Supreme Court not to entertain the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, and to instead let the impeachment trial in the Senate proceed

PROTEST. Members of the civil society groups holding vigils for Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno announce on Monday, April 2, 2018, they will wear purple or pink sashes throughout their stay in Baguio, where the Supreme Court will hold its sessions during the summer. Photo  by Mau Victa/Rappler

PMA Alab Tala Class of 2018 has most women graduates

Mar 14, 2018 - 4:00 PM

When they form the long grey line this Sunday, there will be 75 women among the 282 graduates of the Philippine Military Academy, the most since females were accepted

 (left to right)Cadet Leonore Andrea Cariño Japitan - Butuan City Cadet Jezaira Laquinon Buenaventura - Negros Oriental Cadet Micah Quiambao Reynaldo - Tarlac Cadet Jasm Marie M. Alcoriza- Athetic Saber Award- Negros Occidental  Photo by Mauricio Victa

Baguio bars required to send home drunk customers under proposed ordinance

Mar 10, 2018 - 10:30 AM

The proposed ordinance seeks to protect both inebriated people and the general public

SHUTTERED. One of the establishments that the city government closed for operating during curfew time. Photo courtesy of Baguio PIO

Batangas City high school students excel in robotics competition

Mar 09, 2018 - 6:59 PM

Batangas National High School robotics coach Ronald Calderon says local government support is critical in ensuring the success of their robotics program

ROBOTICS. Members of the Batangas City delegation to the 15th National Science Quest present their winning entries to Batangas City Mayor Beverley Dimacuha. Photo by Batangas City PIO

Baguio City penalizes late night karaoke singers, noisemakers

Mar 09, 2018 - 4:43 PM

Under the new ordinance, any resident can now report to their barangay officials 'excessive, unnecessary, or unusual loud sounds from audio devices' that can be heard from 10 pm to 5 am within residential areas and public streets

KARAOKE. The city of Baguio has approved an ordinance that penalizes obnoxious karaoke singers and other noisemakers in the city. Photo courtesy of Faith Erasmo