Issue of December 31, 2017
Mt. Province

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Let’s say goodbye to 2017 with happy memories and lots of positive vibes. Forget negative people and bad experiences. As the poem Desiderata states, “They are vexations to the spirit.” Let’s welcome 2018 with joy, happiness, and a positive spirit. Wishing everybody good health, prosperity, and happiness in the year to come! Thank you for being faithful to Baguio Midland Courier and thank you too for your feedback.

Praise God and put our burdens in the Almighty as He solves the problems that beset us.

One very happy memory that will linger with us, is meeting honest taxi driver Roger Balantin who lives in La Trinidad, Benguet but hails from Tadian, Mountain Province. This jolly man is husband to teacher-nurse Delia and father to three sons Rogerdel, Zimran Kyle, and Shadrock Jonathan and a relative of Ryan Dale Mangusan who happens to know the de Guias and saw Kidlat’s interview at TV Patrol. As Kidlat Tahimik would say, “Wow na wow ang Rizal Day (Christmas) celebration ni Katrin (his wife) with the return of her laptop containing her very valuable book manuscript, which she had been working on for the last six months. You see, this was the only copy she had. So, we give a bow to Roger for this very gracious act. In fact, this is the second time Roger is returning something to his passenger; the other was returning a bag with cash to a foreign passenger from Manila. Yes, Baguio people, our taxi drivers remain the best of the best and Roger is the example. The next time you ride AYL 986 Balantin taxi, please say thank you and hello to the guy who makes Baguio a true tourist destination. Kudos!

The “Serenade to Mothers” of the Tenefrancias last Dec. 23 at the Benguet Electric Cooperative Hall was inspiring and remarkable. Grandson tenor Ramon Gabriel Tenefrancia who was accompanied by pianist Luci Magalit was an event to remember. Ramon serenaded his grandma Aurora Pe Benito-Tenefrancia, manang Aurora to many. But this was also a tribute serenade to all mothers who came to the program. Manang Aurora, Sir Tene’s better half was the former chief nurse of the Baguio General Hospital Medical Center. The couple has six children, three boys and three girls. Understandably, four of the children are lawyers. One works with ABS-CBN and another child formerly worked with Camp John Hay. They have 18 grandchildren and one of them is Ramon.

Now on its second year, the “Share-a-Joy 2017” by the Baguio General Hospital Advisory Board (BGHAB) was in partnership with the Baguio General Hospital Medical Center, the Baguio Midland Courier, the Baguio-Benguet Travel Management Association, Inc, (BBTMA) the Fernando & Rosa Bautista (FRB) Foundation, Chandru Budhrani, McDonald’s, Esther Fernandez, Ram Sharma, Tiongsan Harrison, and the Baguio Museum Inc. Assorted canned goods, rice, blankets, slippers, towels, toiletries, fruits, juices, and noodles donated by BGHAB partners were given to more than 400 charity ward patients from the psychiatric, pediatric, OB-Gyne, surgery, ENT, orthopedic, medicinal, cancer, hemodialysis, and PICU and MICU units.

In the gift distribution, the BBTMA, headed by Arnel Fetalino, divided work into purchasing, packing, and distribution. Present during the “Share-a-Joy” gift distribution were: Jane and Cassandra Oyan of Crossroads Holidays Travel & Tours, Janice Buenaventura and Karen Puguon of Global Tech, Lovely Guisdan of Mile Connections and Calvin Wakat of Travista Travel. Other members of the BGHAB present were Parveen Budhrani for Chadru; Antoinette “Toni” Hamada (events member) of the Baguio Midland Courier, Nonnette Bennett (member of the events committee), who got the sandwiches donated by McDonalds from Mike del Rosario); Jeannerose Nardo of the FRB Foundation; Gemma Estolas; Marvin Castil; and yours truly (events member) of the Baguio Museum. The BGHMC staff was represented by Administrative Officer Precilla Galiste, Wanda Dawowong, and Bel Pena. The other officers, emeritus and events committee members of the BGHAB also present were Ram Sharma, chairperson; Joseph Rulla, vice chairperson; Philippine Information Agency Director Helen Tibaldo (events member); Generosa Carbonell; and Gloria Jasa; and the grandsons of Nonnette.

Sunlag Ensemble, Pampanga-based artists gave a captivating performance last Thursday. Founder and Director Conrado “Titus” del Rosario heads the group. The ensemble performed using self-made instruments based on native instruments of the Philippines and Southeast Asia. It is the first contemporary art music ensemble of its kind in the north.

Titus, who was born in Angeles City, won several scholarships, accolades, and awards from the Philippines and all over the world. Notable is the “2017 Most Outstanding Kapangpangan Award” in the field of arts. He is a professional musician, composer, and arranger and a very good friend of Tinatik artist Maela Liwanag Jose. Hence, this Sunlag performance tribute to Maela’s Tinatik Art Exhibit entitled “Makulay na Buhay” at the Baguio Museum was to commemorate her 25 years as a tinatik artist.

You are invited to the talk of Dr. Mary Anne Alabanza-Akers, a Baguio girl and Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning of the Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland on Jan. 4, 2018, 10 a.m. at the Baguio Museum. The talk is entitled “Urban Planning Strategies to Enhance Creative Cities.” Alabanza is the daughter of Baguio’s first city architect Joseph “Jody” Alabanza. This is her way of giving back to her beloved Baguio and her contribution to Baguio’s being hailed a Unesco creative city. For more information, contact Gemma Estolas, Museum Assistant Curator at 444-7541 or 0915-655-0668.

Happy New Year to all! Have a very prosperous 2018!

GIFT GIVERS -- The officers and partners of the Baguio General Hospital Advisory Board distributed assorted gift items to more than 400 charity ward patients at BGH on Dec. 27. Now on its second year, the gift-giving event dubbed"Share-a-Joy" has brought joy and hopes to people in need. The partners are BGHMC, Baguio Midland Courier, the Baguio-Benguet Travel Management Association, INc., Fernando & Rosa Bautista Foundation, Chandru Budhrani, McDonald's, Esther Fernandez, Ram Sharma, Tiongsan Harrison, and the Baguio Museum, Inc. -- Harley Palangchao

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