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Quirino Hill approves DOT’s Project Puraw, now in pastel
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

Pastels and white.

Houses at Quirino Hill, which the Department of Tourism earlier planned to paint white will now be painted with pastel colors.

In the initial consultation, residents disapproved the DOT’s proposed design, saying painting their houses white would make them look like tombs when viewed from afar. 

The DOT came up with a new design in the second round of consultation last week this time the houses will have green walls and white roofs.

Similar to the “flower design” of the Stobosa hillside homes in La Trinidad, Benguet, the DOT also proposed that the Qurino Hill painting project follow a pattern. Among the suggested patterns were a sun and mountain symbol, a white carabao – for Carabao Mountain the first name of Qurino Hill, and the lingling-o, a Cordilleran amulet symbolizing fertility.  

DOT Regional Director Marie Venus Tan said the new design would blend with the environment. Many residents however were still uncomfortable with the white and green design preferring that colors of their choice should be used.

As a compromise, the DOT agreed to the proposal of the residents but the roof should remain white and the proposed patterns will not be implemented in the meantime. 

Citing a number of studies, Tan said white helps address global warming because it has a cooling effect.

Three houses have been chosen for the inaugural painting tentatively set on Feb. 25, right after the Panagbenga street dancing parade.

The inaugural painting will be attended by officials of the DOT led by Sec. Wanda Teo.

The official painting of houses will begin in March. Tan said residents will have to undergo a seminar first before they begin painting. The seminar will dwell on safety and the proper way of painting.

Boysen Paints will supervise the painting and will provide eight color palettes to choose from, Rep. Mark Go will lend the scaffolding, the DOT will provide paint rollers and paint trays, and the community will shoulder the labor. The Office of the Congressman and the DOT will also be tapping volunteers to help residents who might not have housemates who can help them in painting.

Project Puraw is part of the DOT’s Rev-Bloom Project an urban rehabilitation tourism campaign that encompasses immediate, practical and long-term responses to the growing tourism “unpleasantness” of Baguio City.

Rev-Bloom connotes Rev Up, Revive, Revisit, and Revitalize.


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