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Baguio's Many Names

Before, Baguio City was known for its nicknames "Summer Capital of The Philippines", "Little America" and "City of Pines". Today, more names are given to it:
"Educational Center of the North", "Regional Administrative Center of the Cordilleras", "The President's Home North of Manila", "Vegetable Salad Capital of the Philippines", "Floral Paradise", " Home of Biggest Strawberry Shortcake" and many more.

Recently, Baguio is being sought by local and foreign tourists more for its
"Panagbenga Festival", a 3-week long celebration that includes street dancing parade, floral float parade, market encounter, Session Rd. in bloom, fluvial parade at Burnham Park, and various competitions. Thus, Baguio has another nickname, "Home of Panagbenga".

Educational Center of the North

When we were still living in Baguio City, there were only a few schools like St. Louis University (then only a College), St. Theresa's and Baguio Colleges. Then, after state-owned University of the Philippines was set up, other big educational institutions like Philippine Women's University, National University, Systems Technology Institute and other Information Technology schools followed, Nursing Review Schools were set up, and many Korean English Academies mushroomed.

The past decade has seen a phenomenal increase in the student population of Baguio. This massive number of transient residents has led to an overpopulation of Baguio (said to be designed originally for just 30,000 residents), as well as the rapid depletion of its natural resources. This situation adversely affected tourism because of the congestion of the city center where most schools are located.

Save The City of Pines

My fondest childhood memories of Baguio included the cool climate and fresh pine scent that prevailed in the air. Today, the pine trees still stand, and are meticulously tagged by the Department of Environment & Natural Resources; cutting of pine trees is strictly prohibited.

While the trees help in maintaining the cool climate, the fresh, pine scent is no longer there. I cannot even walk on the streets without covering my nose because of pollution coming from smoke-belching vehicles plying the streets and garbage/dried leeaves being burned; otherwise, I will always have a bad bout of allergic rhinitis if I don't cover my nose.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Cool City, Respite From Hot Lowlands
  • Cons:Overpopulation Has Led To Pollution & Degeneration of Natural Resources
  • In a nutshell:Must the price of development be the degeneration of natural resources?
  • Last visit to Baguio City: Mar 2009
  • Intro Updated Mar 4, 2009
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  • vinc_bilb's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2009 at 7:43 AM

    Salamat for sharing these interesting tips + pages with us. Mabuhay!

  • felidel's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2009 at 7:03 AM

    I didn't realize Igorots in costumes are now so "commercialized". Thanks for the warning. Btw, you have great Panagbenga pictures.

  • Apr 30, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Wow, ang ganda naman nitong front picture mo! Superrrr!

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:27 AM

    Ube jam I really miss...you did not mention the strawberry jam by that convent - that's good too! Your grandson is already big but you are still young...Norman :)

  • joiwatani's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2009 at 8:42 AM

    This is news to me. In early 80s, the city was flocked by Iranian students, now Koreans? It must be the water of the city! (he!he!he!

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