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Media club to choose ‘14 LSVs
BCBC Release
Life, 4-13-2014

This year’s edition of the Lucky Summer Visitors annually undertaken by the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club will give priority to first-time visitors coming from Typhoon Haiyan-stricken areas of Leyte, Samar, and Iloilo and those from the earthquake-stricken areas of Bohol.

BCBC president Franklin Cimatu said this is BCBC’s way of assuaging the pain of survivors from that area. Chosen visitors will be given a red carpet treatment in Baguio and Benguet for four days.

On the morning of April 17, Holy Thursday, BCBC officers and members of the selection committee led by Larry Fabian and Jordan Tablac with representatives from the Department of Transportation and Communication Cordillera and BB-PICAG will motor down to Rosario, La Union for the selection of the LSV from passengers of buses coming from different parts of the lowlands who want to spend their Holy Week in Baguio and in nearby province of Benguet.

Once lucky visitors are selected, a courtesy call will be held at Twin Peaks, Tuba and a quick stop to the Lions Head will follow. The LSVs will then be brought to the Baguio City Hall for another courtesy call.

LSVs will then be presented to BCBC members at the Media Camp or Camp Pepot Ilagan in Burnham Park. Lucky visitors will stay for free at the Azalea residences while meals will be sponsored by the local government of La Trinidad, GoshenLand, Bowls@Knights’keep, Rumours Bar, and Philippine Military Academy.

Tours will follow to prime tourist destinations in Baguio and Benguet that will include Mines View, PMA, Baguio Cathedral, Burnham Park, and Balatoc Mines and even experience the ukay-ukay at Harrison Road night market. The visitors will also be treated to the strawberry farms in La Trinidad.

The LSVs will also experience adventures in Pugo, La Union and be back to the city for a cultural escapade in Tam-awan. The new addition would be the Dinosaur Island which just opened at Tuba.

Apart from the free guided tours, the lucky visitors will also be treated to nightly shows by the various local performers in order to make their stay in the city unforgettable, one that will keep them coming back and help promote the city as the ecotourism destination of the country.

BCBC officers will also handle other activities for the week in partnership with the Philippine Mining Safety and Environmental Association (PMSEA) which will be co-sponsoring a journalism workshop on traditional and social media on April 14 and 15.

PMSEA, being a major sponsor of the LSV, will also be hosting a grand welcome party on Thursday. There will also be an in-house art workshop by EV Espiritu from Wednesday to Saturday plus a safety training for journalists by Vladimir Cayabas of the National Institute of Information and Technology.

Baguio Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. will be inducting new members on Wednesday while on Saturday, a Black Sabbath Night will be held for all BCBC rockers led by March Fianza and friends.

A special kapihan will be held on Wednesday with Department of Tourism Cordillera Director Purificacion Molintas and The North Face together with Mayor Domogan and Aliping. Bishop Carlito Cenzon will be holding a special mass before the kapihan.

Major partners for the event are PMSEA, Smart, and Baguio City local government under the Summer Vacation program. Other sponsors are: Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano, Benguet Rep. Ronald Cosalan, John Hay Management Corporation, DOT-CAR, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, SM Bingo, Lepanto Mines, Benguet Corp., Caltex, SNAP Aboitiz, Hedcor, SM Baguio, Le Monet Hotel, Sky Cable, Twin Peaks barangay, Coca-cola Philippines, TigerAir, Tanduay, Philex Mines Corp., Benguet PNP, BAMAPCOM, Baguio Country Club, The Manor, Benguet Electric Cooperative, and Baguio Water District.

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