Issue of August 3, 2014
     
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NHCP asked to declare B’ham Park as heritage site
RONALDO A. PARAAN, M.D., Chair, Baguio Heritage Foundation, Inc.; MARIA ISABEL G. ONGPIN, Chair, Pine Cone Movement; KARLO MARKO ALTOMONTE, Save 182 Trees Movement Open Space Projects; MICHAEL BENGWAYAN, Director, Cordillera Ecological Center; DIVINA A. BAUTISTA, President, National Delphic Council Philippines; LING-LING MARANAN CLAVER, Baguio Citizens No Waste Initiative; CHRISTOPHER DONAAL, Cordillera Global Network; and OLIVE GREGORIO, Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary

This is to formally inform that on June 2, concerned citizens and residents of Baguio City have filed a petition with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to declare Burnham Park and its 12 cluster areas (Melvin Jones Grandstand, Burnham Lagoon, Children’s Playground, Skating Rink, Rose Garden, Orchidarium, Igorot Garden, Athletic Bowl, Picnic Grove, Japanese Peace Tower, Pine Trees of the World, and Sunshine Park), as heritage/historical sites pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act 10066 or The National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009.

As you very well know, Burnham Park was part of Daniel Burnham’s original plan for Baguio as a hill station. Since its creation, it has become so identified with Baguio City that people always say “do not go to Baguio without visiting Burnham Park” or “you haven’t been to Baguio if you did not go to Burnham Park.”

It is without a doubt an important component of the cultural heritage of the people of Baguio.

With the recent developments, we are very much concerned about the planned underground and above-level parking structures at Melvin Jones.

Melvin Jones is the only open area available for sports and other gatherings and is important to Baguio City and its people to know that its destruction, in whole or in part, will bring about adverse consequences on their culture, health, social wellbeing, and commerce.

In this regard, we respectfully request that the city government refrain from destroying, degrading, defacing and/or introducing changes to Burnham Park and its 12 clusters and specifically Melvin Jones football fields, pending resolution of our petition by the NHCP.

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MORE ON WEEK'S MAIL
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:: Parking building in football grounds
I do not understand why mayor Domogan would like to build a parking structure at the Melvin Jones football grounds in Burnham Park.
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:: Comparing the boss and the employee
The La Trinidad Water District is managed by a good friend who is concerned in developing the institution so it can cope with the demands of a growing clientele.
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:: Save the trees from beetle infestation
The Camp John Hay watershed supplies the water needs of several barangays in Baguio.
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:: Respect what Cordillerans want
The outcome of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao is the Bangsamoro political entity.
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:: Open letter to Aliping, DENR, Benguet Prosecutor’s Office
This letter is addressed to Baguio Rep. Nicasio M. Aliping Jr., Regional Executive Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Benguet Prosecutorís Office.
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:: A character city that does not follow rules
Not so long ago I have read Peter Perez’s letter in the Baguio Midland Courier regarding the plight of people crossing pedestrian lanes.
 

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