May 20, 2024

As homage once more to Baguio’s status as a Unesco Creative City, this near-sighted Ibaloy writer shares this poem by my poetic twin, Gabriel Baban Keith, titled, “New Baguio.”
Here goes: “Maybe Baguio should not be/ called Baguio anymore./ How can a beloved land/ no longer possessed by its/ original people still be called/ a name that’s no longer fitting?/ Should it be Kafagway?/ How about Bag-iw? What about New Baguio (not the former cinema those old and horny enough will remember)/ but like New York that spat out its/ own proud native people/ into reservations?/ Maybe it should have no name at all/ and just be that tiny patch of congested/ and professionally-squatted land/ in the mighty Cordillera where/ its diminishing pines trees/ and vanishing sidewalks/ are missed and lamented more/ than its disappearing/ original people./ Maybe Baguio should not be/ called Baguio anymore.”
In line with the celebration of this year’s National Human Rights Consciousness Week with the theme, “Youth standing up for human rights,” the Commission of Human Rights-Cordillera spearheaded the conduct of several activities on Dec. 10 to culminate the event.
CHR-Cordillera Director Rommel Daguimol said the activities were held in partnership with the Baguio City Human Rights Action Team and the Young Women Initiatives and Kilusan Para sa Pambansang Demokrasya.

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