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The Mansion House in Baguio City

One of the places frequently visited when in Baguio City is the Mansion house-the home of the President of the Republic of the Philippines in the Cordillera Administrative Region.

I was given an opportunity to enter this house and see some things inside.

History

Accordingly, the Mansion House was constructed on 1908. It was used to be the Summer Residence of American Governors-General. Destroyed in 1945 during the war for Liberation but immediately restored in 1947.

The Mansion also served as venue of World Leaders meeting such as the Economic Commission of Asia and the Far East (ECAFE) in 1947, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1948, and South East Asia Union (SEAU) in 1950.

The main road view from Inside of the House

Inside

I entered the Mansion House for the first time during the Cordillera RDC meeting. Its ambiance is Classic. The original form is preserved and it has a wide area for meetings. Of course, portraits of the Presidents of the Philippine Republic is displayed all around.

The Mansion House is indeed a historical place to visit. It keeps parts of the History of the Philippines.

LTMEA on Christmas Day 2018

After my task in yesterday’s Provincial Capitol Performances, I was today’s Master of Ceremony with Ms. Claudette Krayle Palayo in the La Trinidad Municipal Employees Association (LTMEA) Year-end Evaluation and Team Building Activity. It’s part of my Job as a Public Relations Officer of the Association.

The program started with a Eucharistic Celebration then followed by the main program of Team Building Activities which includes Group Performances of Talented Employees in the Local Government Unit. This is part of building camaraderie among office mates as everyone was assigned a role to perform in today’s activity.

The Performers:

1. Office of the Sangguniang Bayan

2. Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office

3. Municipal Health Services Office

4. Municipal Planning & Development Office

5. Municipal Treasurer’s Office

6. Municipal Assessor’s Office

7. Municipal Budget Office, Legal Services Office & BAC Combined

8. Mayor’s Office

9. Municipal Accounting Office

10. Municipal Engineering Office (Best Performers)

11. Office of the Municipal Agriculturist (Best Performers)

Raffle Draws

There were also raffle draws. A LED TV as the first price, Two Washing Machines given to two individuals, a cooking set, Gas Stoves, four – Half Cavan Rice, Cellphones, Radios, a table Furniture, and Blankets.

Parlor Games

This has been another LTMEA Activity planned and implemented for all the employees. Thank you very much for the donors and we had another great one this year.

I hope everyone enjoyed the program with me and Claudette there hosting.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christmas at the Benguet Provincial Capitol

I was lucky to be assigned by my Superiors to Attend the Benguet Capitol Employees Christmas Celebration today and serve as a member of the team to determine the Best in various categories of the Performances that was Presented.

Their Celebration was simple but well participated. There were 21 groups who displayed their skills in acting, dancing, and singing that lasted the whole day today. Each of them is assigned with a theme based from a Movie. I was not able to photograph some but here are most of them.

1. Mulan

2. Inside Out

3. Wreck it Ralph

4. The Untold Christmas Story

5. Moana

6. Black Panther

7. Ang Panday

8. Alvin and the Chipmunks

9. Miss Granny

10. The Good Samaritan

11. Iskul Bukol

12. Mama Mia

13. Lampitok

14. Disney Stories

15. Despicable Me

16. Sister Act

17. Snow white and the Seven Dwarfs

18. The Greatest Showman

19. Lapu-Lapu

20. Toy Story

21. (Unknown)

22. Aladin

These groups are composed of employees from different Department Offices in the Benguet Provincial Capitol.

The Verdict

Well, everyone performed well and their Costumes are Superbly made with all efforts! It was amazing. And they were all winners. Awards were given to those who excelled per Category:

  • Best Execution to those whose performances emphasized their theme “Sharing the Love and Happiness”. 
  • Most Innovative to those who performed new style and techniques.
  • Most Spirited to those who were Jolly and Energetic while executing their performances.

There were also special awards given individually to those with remarkable performance that actually carried their Group. (We will be updating this upon uploads of Official Photos of the Event.)

But most of all, It was successful as everyone performed, participated and enjoyed as I did.

So again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the employees of the Provincial Government of Benguet headed by Governor Cresencio Pacalso. Mabuhay Kayo! And Thank you for the Invitation.

Badekbek: A Sulfuric Hot Spot for You

Badekbek Hot Spring

The earth is boiling inside. It is evidenced by the boiling surface as shown in the photo. The Locals call it “Badekbek”. It means Bubbling due to Boiling.

When I was younger, this Badekbek was not alone. I mean, there was not one boiling surface then. There was at least three. One which was ten meters away from the other. And One which was located at the other side of the Mountain.

But the two holes merged and became this huge one. It is still not as steady. Lately, it was observed to be creating a wider opening.

It is Hot at Boiling Point. There were victims who accidentally slipped their foot on the opening and got amputated. And animals like cows drown and vanish. It can even cook eggs in an instant.

Badekbek sidelines with Visitors

 Wonder

It is a wonder! You cannot see such just anywhere. That wide earth opening with boiling mud in it is found only in Badekbek. And it cures skin disease too. When the mud cools down, you can use it as an ointment for your skin. It is a natural Sulfur.

But Expect it to have that smell too. Accordingly, some visitors describe it as if it is a rotten egg.

Location

Badekbek is located at the Mountains of the Cordillera Administrative Region in the Philippines. The Barangay is Called Daklan, which is a part of Bokod Municipality,  Benguet Province.

Most tourists gets to pass by it after a trip to Mount Pulag because it is near Ambangeg – (the gateway to Mt Pulag). No fees are collected when you want to see this wonder. You may also want to pass by the  Ambuklao Dam after.

It is also a good spot for photo shoots. I was able to profile candidates of a Local Pageant here with the Badekbek as a background.

Kalasag is at La Trinidad after 20 years

On December 04, 2018, the Gawad Kalasag is finally delivered to its new home La Trinidad, 20 years after it was initiated in 1998.

Kalasag is a local term for the warrior’s shield as a protection from some attackers. Today, it is a prestigious award, It signifies the idea: ‘KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan’.


Gawad Kalasag is given to recognize those who are committed to implementing significant Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Projects and Activities including the provision of Humanitarian Response and assistance to affected communities.


La Trinidad’s first attempt of gaining such recognition was on the 16th Gawad Kalasag in 2014. It was a first time to be validated by the National Validating Team and it was not easy as documents are quite unfamiliar that time. We were roasted and awarded the Third Placer.

Realizing the lesson of the past Gawad Kalasag, we thought we need to do a lot better for the next years. And while doing so, Our 17th Gawad Kalasag in 2015 did not make it in the Nationals.


In 2016, we redeemed the lost after implementing programs in-line with the Gawad Kalasag Checklist. The La Trinidad MDRRMC was once again visited by the National Validation Team. It was never easy, they placed us Second to the Municipality of Hinatuan during the 18th Gawad Kalasag Awarding.

While improving even more, we saw the loopholes and fixed them. So that in the 19th Gawad Kalasag, we expected to be the First Placer. However, the result was the otherwise. We are still Second. We know, there’s a lot more to do.

And today, it is ours. The 20th Gawad Kalasag is now in the Books, awarded to the people of the Municipality of La Trinidad. And it would have not been possible without everyone’s participation and help. Thank you very much.


Let this serve as an inspiration for us to do more for our goal of making La Trinidad a Disaster Resilient Municipality.


Award tayo amin daytuy akas maysa nga ili. Salamat kenyayu amin.

Mister and Miss Bokod Pageant 2018 candidates

On December 07, 2018, Mr and Miss Bokod Pageant will once more showcase their beautiful and handsome candidates to represent Bokod in 2019.

Here are the candidates:

(photoshoot conducted at Daklan Sulfur Hot Spring)

1. Mister and Miss Bobok-Bisal 2018

Mr. Bobok-Bisal is Karl Lennin D. Pablo, 20 years old.
Miss Bobok-Bisal is Jasmin B. Omaking, 18 years old.

2. Mister and Miss Ekip 2018

Mister Ekip is Dimerson L. Bangsao, 17 years old
Miss Ekip is Kimberly C. Dang-ay, 20 years old

3. Mister and Miss Bila 2018

Mister Bila is Mark G. Suidta, 20 years old
Miss Bila is Jabel S. Kinisan, 19 years old.

4. Mister and Miss Ambuklao 2018

Mister Ambuklao 2018 is Dondie D. Galasgas, 20 years old
Miss Ambuklao is Leah Angelica S. Jularabal, 18 years old

5. Mister and Miss Karao 2018

Mister Karao is Jade B. Sangao, 20 years old.
Miss Karao is Keisha Mae B. Nateng, 21 years old

6. Mister and Miss Pito 2018

Mr Pito is  Juniel Cangsan, 20 years old
Miss Pito is Lovimee Marie S. Dio-al, 17 years old

7. Mister and Miss Poblacion 2018

Mister Poblacion is Reinhard Dencio, 17 years old
Miss Poblacion is Lea Jade B. Galasgas, 21 years old.

8. Mister and Miss Tikey 2018

Mister Tikey is Joshua Harold E. Aroco, 20 years old
Miss Tikey is Cara Luis, 20 years old

9. Mister and Miss Daklan 2018

Mister Daklan is Jomar T. Sison, 17 years old
Miss Daklan is Cherry Amour G. Cuilan, 18 years old

10. Mister and Miss Nawal 2018

Mister Nawal is Dominick Aclinen, 22 years old
Miss Nawal is  Lenie S. Montes, 21 years old.

Photos were shot using a borrowed Canon 700D and Kit lens. Please forgive the errors.

Anyway, Winners on this pageant will definitely go  a long way, especially that the recent Miss Benguet Crown is Under Bokod’s Throne.

And hey, the Town Fiesta’s Theme is about Resiliency. Always keep in mind that you can do something about it.