DOT Chief hails Panagbenga as "most orderly" festival

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan revealed that Tourism Sec. Wanda Teo and members of the national media were all praises for the just concluded Baguio Flower Festival or Panagbenga and called it as the "most orderly, disciplined and peaceful" festival in the country.

In Monday's flag-raising rites at City Hall, the Mayor said it was Sec. Teo's first time to witness the Panagbenga's street dancing and float parades and was "very impressed".

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Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan presides over the joint Regional Peace and Order Council and the Regional Development Council (RPOC-RDC)


Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan presides over the joint Regional Peace and Order Council and the Regional Development Council (RPOC-RDC) where he is the Chairman of both council. The meeting was held at the Cap John Hay Convention Center on February 23 and was attended by Political Leaders from the six provinces of the Cordillera, Military and Police Officials, Regional Directors and Private Sector Representatives. ****


Lubuagan Guest


This boy and his wooden cart with a carabao horn stole the limelight as it lead street dancers from Lubuagan Kalinga during the Panagbenga Grand Street Dancing last February 24, 2018. ****


Use of Dairy Farm property for waste transfer station okayed

BAGUIO CITY February 28 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan announced that Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol approved the use of a 1-hectare portion of the Baguio Dairy Farm as the city's temporary transfer station for the residual waste being hauled out of the city by a private hauler.

The local chief executive said that the local government is grateful to Secretary Piñol for increasing the land area from the previous 5,000 square meters to 1 hectare because it will allow the city's garbage trucks and the trucks of the hauler to have more space to maneuver pursuant to the no touch ground policy being implemented in the hauling of the city's residual waste.

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Litigants urged to pursue alternative way to resolve conflicts

BAGUIO CITY – Disputing individuals or entities here should opt for alternative dispute resolution (ADL) instead of pursuing court trials as it is more advantageous.

Municipal Trial Court in Cities Judge Maria ClaritaTabin said ADL is advantageous as it entails less time to resolve the dispute and is less costly.

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Grand Street Dancing is never complete without the different choreographic arrangements that dancers perform to the delight of the tens of thousands that occupied every space of the parade route.


Panagbenga 2018 evaluation

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan in a press conference last week expressed gratitude and lauded the efforts put in by Baguio officials and residents, the police force and affiliates, volunteers and medical personnel from the academe and socio-civic groups.

Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo was impressed with the festival's management of events, including the use of cutflowers for the floats, Mayor Domogan intimated.

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Favis building demolished

BAGUIO CITY – The City Government on Wednesday demolished the old Favis Building located at a City-owned lot at the City Market Subd.

The move came on the heels of a Court of Appeals decision upholding the Regional Trial Court's ruling denying the petition of the heirs of Antonio Favis for injunction and issuance of a temporary restraining order to stop the city from dismantling the structure.

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The pride of CAR


"Team Lakay called the impregnable Igorot fortress" led by its head Coach Mark Sagyao with the One Championship Flyweight Interim Champion Geje Eustaquio and Brave Fight Federation Bantamweight Champion Estephen Loman join the Panangbenga Grand Street Dancing Parade on February 24, 2018.***


Innovations to Panagbenga twin parades sought

BAGUIO CITY March 01 – The local government and organizers of the annual conduct of the Panagbenga or the Baguio flower festival want the public to individually and collectively contribute in efforts to introduce the timely and appropriate innovations to the two major highlights of the city's premier crowd drawing event, the grand street dancing parade and the grand float parade, to ensure the sustained influx of residents and visitors to witness the festival events.

Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc. (BFFFI) has always been open to suggestions and recommendations on how to further improve the festival highlights through the years and some of the proposed improvements were considered in the past.

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DOT chief cites Panagbenga gains

BAGUIO CITY February 27 – Tourism Secretary Wanda T. Teo commended the local government and the private sector for the sustained gains of the annual staging of the Panagbenga or the Baguio flower festival that have contributed in the achievement of the increase in foreign tourist arrivals of the Duterte administration.

Teo, who was the city's guest of honor and speaker during the grand float parade, one of the major highlights of the 23rd edition of the Panagbenga, said that Baguio has become one of the favorite destination of foreign tourists arriving in the country annually because of their desire to witness the major highlights of the Panagbenga which was conceptualized to sustain the influx of visitors to the city during the lean tourism months.

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The Grand Street Dancing


Characterized by colorful and ethnically inspired costumes, participants try to better each other during Panagbenga 2018 Grand Street Dancing on February 24, 2018***


Besao folk told to preserve identity

BESAO, Mountain Province March 01 – Baguio City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan challenge every resident to individually and collectively contribute in overall efforts by the local government to preserve their own identity during the fast changing times in the global village to help them move on to greater heights.

Speaking before thousands of residents and visitors that gathered oat the Besao Central School gymnasium for the opening program of the town's 114 founding anniversary and 10th Ubaya festival, Domogan, who traces his roots from barangays Agawa, Laylaya and Catengan here, underscored that everyone must impose upon himself or herself the duty to do the right things in life to be able to achieve the theme of this year's festivities.

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City closes eight bars for violating curfew time

BAGUIO CITY – The City Government Thursday closed eight nightspots in various locations in the city for violating the curfew time for night establishments.

Padlocked based on the closure orders signed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan were the Red Lion Pub and Inn along Leonard Wood Road at M. Roxas Brgy.; The Amper Sand (The Camp) also at M. Roxas Brgy.; Susan's bar, Igorota's bar and Golden Kalaleng Bar all along Bokawkan Road; Supersonic KTV Bar along Abanao St.; the Likuor Store at Upper Gen. Luna Road; and Concoctions at Salud Mitra Brgy.

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Cultural dance


In keeping with the promotion of the Cordillera Culture, native dances such as this Banga dance distinguishes Panagbenga from that of the other festivals from the lowlands. ***


City gears up for full implementation of plastic-free baguio ordinance in may

BAGUIO CITY – The City Government is gearing up for the full implementation of Ordinance No. 35 series of 2017 or the "Plastic and Styrofoam-Free Baguio Ordinance" this May after a year-long grade period.

City Environment and Parks Management Officer Cordelia Lacsamana who serves as action officer of the monitoring and oversight committee said the various sectors have been responding positively to the timetable set by the City Government on the ordinance.

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