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Baguio Garden Wedding at Mama’s Table by Chef Vicky Tinio

A few months back, my sister got married in a Baguio garden wedding at Mama’s Table along Ambuklao Road. It was one of the most beautiful and intimate weddings I have ever been to.

At the helm of Mama’s Table is Chef Vicky Tinio, who lovingly and expertly handled the fine details of catering for my sister’s wedding.

The wedding ceremony was held at the garden of Chef Vicky’s home, under the pine trees, and overlooking the serene mountains of the Cordilleras.

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Baguio Ketchup Food Community

Dining and hanging out with family and friends under the pine trees of Baguio is such a wonderful experience. And one of the new places I get to do just that is the Ketchup Food Community.

Ketchup Food Community Baguio City

I immediately liked Ketchup the first time my sister brought me there, so I have been going back each time I went home to Baguio. There are five restaurants inside Ketchup that serve different cuisines. My favorites are Happy Tummy and Canto. Continue reading Baguio Ketchup Food Community

Help save the Luneta Hill pine trees

 

I feel strongly about the issue of SM Baguio cutting/earth-balling the Luneta Hill pine trees. Baguio blood runs in my veins. Baguio is my home. My Lolo was a forester and I guess he passed on to me his love for nature.

Lolo’s Legacy

Lolo, Dad’s dad, was an agriculturist and forester. After World War 2, Lolo worked for the regional office of the Bureau of Forestry and was responsible for reforesting parts of Northern Luzon. I remember, though vaguely, stories he told me of his adventures, mostly about planting thousands of trees all over the mountains – the stretch of the Mountain Trail (now Halsema Highway), the hillsides of Baguio. He brought with him a number of people whose primary job was to plant trees. They travelled in caravans across Benguet, and the Mountain Province.

Lolo also created a beautiful forest haven in his home in Baguio. It was near downtown but it looked like nothing you would expect in a home just 10 minutes from Session Road. We had bamboo groves, coffee trees, guava trees, a langka tree, a couple of avocado trees, many other smaller trees and shrubs, more bamboo, and more coffee trees! (We had so much coffee trees that we made our own coffee.) I have a lot of fond memories growing up in our mini-forest. My sisters, cousins and I – we were children of the earth. Literal earth. 😀

Sadly, it isn’t how it used to be anymore – there and most everywhere else in Baguio. The bamboo groves and all the trees are gone.

SM cuts it all for you

Now SM wants to cut/earth-ball/transfer  182 – scratch that, 133 – there are just 133 trees now (49 trees were cut/earth-balled/left for dead during SM’s defiance of the TEPO, according to this open letter from the lead attorney of Project Save 182.)

SM wants to earth-ball/transfer (read: kill) the Luneta Hill pine trees so that it can build an expansion that will house a parking/shopping complex.

Of course they justify this with green-washing – such as a “lushly landscaped Roof Garden with delightful water features”, and that the building is supposedly needed to prevent soil erosion. (I was taught in elementary school that trees, not concrete buildings and most definitely not cutting the trees, prevent soil erosion.)

The protests began late last year, but have recently escalated due to SM’s defiance of a Temporary Environmental Protection Order (TEPO) issued by the court. The anger, not only among Baguio locals but of others in Metro Manila as well, grew even more when SM went ahead and cut/earth-balled the trees anyway.

(View photos of the earth-balled trees on Luneta Hill here -taken during the site inspection by media and Baguio environmentalists.)

(View video of a tree falling to its death in the middle of the night of April 10. How come DENR and SM deny that any trees were cut? This video does not lie.)

The surviving trees are safe for now, under an extended TEPO that was issued by a Baguio court. But who knows what SM can do, especially with government defending it?

The trees are Baguio’s heritage

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San Juan Beach La Union on a sunny December day

During the Christmas break in Baguio, my family went on a trip to San Juan Beach La Union, which is just about an hour and a half from the mountains.

San Juan Beach La Union is the surfing capital of the North, and now I know why. The waves are huuuuuge! As in throw-you-around huge!

During the summer season, San Juan beach gets pretty crowded. But we were lucky that day because there were very few beach-goers and it was very quiet. Our family practically had the whole beach to ourselves. The beach was also very clean. This place gets two thumbs up from my family.

San Juan was so serenely beautiful that I made up my mind – I’m going to retire there. How can anyone be not peaceful and peace-loving when he/she is surrounded with so much beauty?

San Juan Beach La Union surfing capital

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My kids love horseback riding in Baguio

Horseback riding is THE one thing that they definitely would not miss doing in all our trips to Baguio.

Horseback riding in Baguio Camp John Hay

They love horseback riding so much that they even have favorite horses at the riding trail in John Hay. V’s fave is a horse named Rainbow, while Pat’s is Tanduay (yeah, yeah, it’s named after one of Baguio folks’ favorite beverages).

They love horseback riding so much that hub, at one point, considered buying a horse! Eh. Not gonna happen. Where are we gonna park it? Out in front of the house, tied to the gate? 😀

Camp John Hay horseback riding

Update, 29 December 2015: Our favorite horseback riding spot is Shalan di Kabadjo at Camp John Hay, because there’s a trail through a wooded area that leads to a riding circle on a flat area. Last year (2014), an hour of horseback riding cost P370.00. We realize the prices go up almost every year. The horseback ride area is near The Filling Station; it’s on the right if you’re coming from the main gate on from Loakan Road.

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