BAguio City - updates

Rappler's latest stories on BAguio City


'Our last farewell': Baguio's Forest House closes down

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:16 PM

'Unfortunately, an era comes to an end,' the beloved Baguio restaurant writes on Facebook as it announces its closure after 19 years in business

Coca-Cola "Honesty Cart for a Cause" highlights model Baguio citizens

Jun 29, 2020 - 2:48 PM

The Honesty Cart program in Baguio resulted in an overcollection, showcasing the integrity that their citizens are known for

MODEL CITIZENS. Janeth Martin (far right) and Territory Sales Manager Karl Dirige of Coca-Cola Baguio Sales Office, along with a couple of members of the Wilkins Special Action Force (SAF) install an Honesty Cart. Martin established the Wilkins SAF to help provide income for displaced workers in the city.

People vs Pandemic: How these mayors’ priorities protected their communities

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Rappler features local governments that have been ahead in responding to the coronavirus pandemic

Vista Residences: Baguio tree cutting covered by DENR permit

Jun 27, 2020 - 4:57 PM

'In replacement of the 54 pine trees, we are turning over a total of 10,800 seedlings,' says Vista Residences, which is under fire from environmentalists for cutting trees in one of Baguio City's last pine forest stands

VISTA Residences Inc starts cutting old growth pine trees behind the presidential mansion while Baguio City awaits Malacañang action on the LGU’s proposed moratorium on tree cutting. Photo courtesy of Jo An Jaja Marquez

Villar’s realty group begins cutting 53 pine trees in Baguio

Jun 26, 2020 - 7:58 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources gives Vista Residences Inc a special private land timber permit during the pandemic

VISTA Residences Inc starts cutting old growth pine trees behind the presidential mansion while Baguio City awaits Malacañang action on the LGU’s proposed moratorium on tree cutting. Photo courtesy of Jo An Jaja Marquez

Cordillera's active coronavirus cases double in less than a week

Jun 20, 2020 - 6:08 PM

The region's second coronavirus death is a 54-year-old woman who complained of chest pains and was declared dead on arrival at the Baguio General Hospital

BAGUIO CITY. Baguio City on its  first day of modified general community quarantine on June 1, 2020. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Baguio couple who claimed 7-year-old nephew died by suicide face murder charges

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Baguio police chief Colonel Allen Rae Co says the autopsy revealed that the cause of the boy's death was asphyxia due to strangulation

BAGUIO POLICE CHIEF. Baguio City Police Office chief Colonel Allen Rae Co presides a meeting on April 18, 2020. Photo from the BCPO Facebook page

San Juan Mayor Zamora, entourage breach Baguio City's health protocols

Jun 07, 2020 - 7:32 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Francis Zamora tells Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong he was asleep in his car, unaware that his police escort ignored the border control checkpoint as his 6-vehicle convoy proceeded to the Baguio Country Club

BREACH OF PROTOCOL. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong confirms that San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora and his entourage violated Baguio City's health safety measures on their way to the Baguio Country Club. (Benjamin Magalong file photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler; Francis Zamora photo file photo from Rappler Talk)

How Baguio jail got its 1st coronavirus case

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:08 PM

Baguio reports two new coronavirus cases on Monday, June 1 – the start of its modified general community quarantine

Baguio mayor seeks reclassification of city's community quarantine

May 28, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong appeals to the government's coronavirus task force to reclassify the city as under modified general community quarantine

RECLASSIFY. This file photo shows Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong during a Senate hearing on October 3, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Coronavirus lockdown aids in cleanup of filthy Baguio river

May 21, 2020 - 10:46 AM

Nearly a year ago, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said the Balili River in Baguio City was dirtier than Manila Bay

REVIVED RIVER. The Balili River in Baguio City has turned clear after months of lockdown that kept tourists away and shut down some industries and businesses. Photo from the Facebook post of Denson Palada

'Influencer' Francis Leo Marcos arrested for unauthorized distribution of eyeglasses

May 19, 2020 - 6:50 PM

A warrant from a Baguio court is out against the social media personality with a million followers on Facebook

ARRESTED. Viral social media personality Francis Leo Marcos arrives at the NBI-Cybercrime division on May 19, 2020, following his arrest for alleged violation of the Optometry Law or R. A. 8050 filed against him in Baguio. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Baguio to implement one-way scheme for Session Road pedestrians

May 17, 2020 - 11:30 PM

The Baguio City Police Office says this scheme would help prevent the transmission of the coronavirus

May 17, 2020 Baguio City Police Office Traffic Enforcement Unit Personnel voluntary paints the Session Road sidewalks with green and white arrows to guide pedestrians along central Business District of baguio city going down and going up. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Baguio clears coronavirus tests backlog in record time

May 16, 2020 - 8:39 AM

The Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, which houses the coronavirus disease sub-national testing laboratory, reports that it processed 600 to 700 tests a day in one week

BAGUIO General Hospital and Medical Center. File photo by Raani Paranas/CC BY-SA 4.0

PNP probes how infected Manila cop traveled to Baguio during lockdown

May 13, 2020 - 4:58 PM

Police Major Rafael Baldado Roxas, the first police officer in the Cordillera region to test positive for coronavirus, is currently one of two remaining active cases in Baguio City

STRICT PROTOCOLS. Personnel of Baguio City Police and Baguio 911 Rescue partner with the Art Lovers Baguio Chapter to make signs and markings to encourage the public to exercise physical distancing. File Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

8 Baguio City medical frontliners recover from coronavirus

May 12, 2020 - 5:34 PM

The good news comes as Malacañang announced that the city will lift its enhanced community quarantine on May 15

RECOVERED. Doctor Manuel Kelly is all smiles as he leaves Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center on April 14, 2020. Mau Victa/Rappler

Two Cordillera mothers in the battle against the coronavirus

May 10, 2020 - 1:18 PM

(UPDATED) Both frontliners with an indomitable spirit, one tests negative for the virus, the other learns she has COVID-19

After focusing on her family and their business, nurse Emma Hamada returns to the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19 in Baguio City. Photos by Mauricio Victa/Rappler

PH's youngest COVID-19 patient joins 3 other recoveries from Baguio

May 09, 2020 - 10:38 PM

Now 23 days old, caregivers only realize on the day of discharge from the Pines General Hospital that the young patient whom they took for a girl is a baby boy

The youngest COVID-19 patient in the country, who was only eight days old when tested positive on April 23, was finally discharged last Friday afternoon at the Pines General Hospital. Photo courtesy of BGH

Baguio becomes bike city during lockdown

May 09, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The city council passes a resolution that encourages residents to use bicycles as a mode of transportation during the community quarantine period

ESSENTIAL. The city has included bike shops among the essential business establishments allowed to be open during the enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Baguio and Benguet crimes drop during lockdown

May 09, 2020 - 7:45 AM

In the summer capital, the number of crimes during the enhanced community quarantine is three-fourths less than what was reported in the same period in 2019

EMPTY STREETS. The Baguio City government imposes total a lockdown every Sunday, which means the public market and all establishments are closed. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Kidlat Tahimik's 7th Monday in lockdown: 499th 'Hapi LapuLapu Day!'

May 04, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The National Artist for Film makes a case for Lapu-Lapu and offers a way for anew generation to grop up with homegrown superheroes in film

Ending alma mater’s 32-year drought, Bar topnotcher wants to give back to Baguio

May 02, 2020 - 5:06 PM

'I saw how a lawyer can help a person no other profession can,' says Saint Louis University's Anton Luis Avila

TOP 8. Saint Louis University graduate Anton Luis Avila bags the 8th spot of the 2019 Bar examinations. Photo from Anton Luis Avila

Baguio jeepneys use plastic sheets for physical distancing

Apr 30, 2020 - 12:29 PM

Jeepney drivers like James Alias are adjusting to the 'new normal', but he says they'll end up having fewer passengers

A jeepney driver of Trancoville, Baguio City put a donation box inside his jeep, according to Trancoville Punong Barangay William Regacho, its up to the passenger to donate how much they will give. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

View Azor Pazcoguin's '' online via the BenCab museum

Apr 30, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The exhibition can be viewed online through the Bencab museum Facebook page

Baguio General Hospital may soon run out of test kits

Apr 29, 2020 - 11:40 PM

The Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center has some 1,000 testing kits left after it conducted a risk-based mass testing

4 more Baguio City medical frontliners test positive for coronavirus

Apr 26, 2020 - 10:59 PM

'If you ask me if it is true that we only have 18 cases, I don't think so,' says Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong

Photo courtesy of Bagui PIO

IN PHOTOS: A month of Sundays in Baguio City

Apr 26, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Since the coronavirus pandemic, Sundays have become the summer capital's rest day. Its empty streets made the city central hauntingly charming and beautiful.

LOOK : With the spike of positive covid-19 cases in this tourist city confirming 8 in one day yesterday, residents stay home and comply with the *baguio city government's mandatory lockdown every sunday, which means no market day and closed establishments, except for medical emergencies. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Medical frontliners, 8-day-old baby among new coronavirus cases in Baguio City

Apr 25, 2020 - 2:59 PM

The 8 new coronavirus patients also include 2 overseas Filipino workers who came from the US

BAGUIO HOSPITAL. The facade of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center. Photo by Raani Paranas/CC BY-SA 4.0

Is Baguio covered in Benguet’s extended lockdown? DILG says yes

Apr 25, 2020 - 9:02 AM

Residents are initially confused, thinking Baguio's administrative independence from the province also applies in a quarantine situation

CITY OF PINES ON LOCKDOWN. Baguio City police regulate the entry of people at the Baguio City Market as part of its physical distancing policy. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Kidlat Tahimik in lockdown: The Baguio Holy Week madness I didn't miss

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The National Artist for Film writes about a Baguio on lockdown and an unusually serene Holy Week

Photo courtesy of Kidlat Tahimik

A COVID kind of love: Baguio mayor officiates 'masked wedding'

Apr 18, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Rhenan Diwas and Dr. Stephanie Buliyat say they planned for a #perfectvision2020 wedding, but the coronavirus got in the way and turned it into #ourmaskwedding

Baguio man who never left home, but received visitors, gets coronavirus

Apr 15, 2020 - 12:57 PM

(UPDATED) The 77-year-old male stroke victim receives visitors in his residence, however, including a nephew who is in the city for a short vacation from Thailand

NEW CASES. Baguio City reports new cases after a 13-day respite. File Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Baguio doctor recovers from coronavirus

Apr 14, 2020 - 2:47 PM

Doctor Manuel Kelly is sent off with applause from Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center after he recovers from coronavirus

DISCHARGED. Hospital staff gives Dr. Manuel Kelly a send off. Mau Victa/Rappler

Couple reunited after recovering separately in Baguio City

Apr 13, 2020 - 9:20 PM

Enrico and Jaysay Bactad are together again after being confined for almost 3 weeks in two different hospitals, fighting COVID-19

The emotional reunion brought joy and cheers to SLU Hospital personnel led by Dr. Paul Quitiquit with Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong witnessing the event. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Baguio City breaks 13-day streak of no new coronavirus cases

Apr 10, 2020 - 5:40 PM

The latest patient is a 46-year-old street sweeper working for a barangay in Baguio City

QUARANTINE. The number of tourists in Baguio City dwindle due to quarantine. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Baguio City gov't extends suspension of classes until May 31

Apr 10, 2020 - 12:45 AM

'There is an agreement that to maintain the stringent measures to protect our city and our citizenry, the suspension of classes... must be extended further,' states Executive Order No. 78 signed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong

The number of tourists distination in Baguio City dwindled due to baguio city community quarantine. The announcement also left tourist spots in Bagiuo parks and public roads empty today sunday. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Coronavirus empties Holy Week destination Baguio City

Apr 09, 2020 - 6:03 PM

The local tourism industry's losses amount to around P375 million for the month of April, an estimate based only on the economy above ground. A big chunk of tourism revenue is an underground economy.

Deserted this Holy Week. The COVID pandemic has completely transformed the country's summer capital of the Philippines from a usually bustling tourist center into a ghost town, particularly at the Burnham Park Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Tarlac, Cebu, other areas see coronavirus cases spike to double digits

Apr 02, 2020 - 7:10 PM

(UPDATED) Tarlac, Cebu, Pampanga, La Union, Davao City and Baguio City are among provinces and cities seeing cases rise in their areas

DISINFECTION. Personnel of Tarlac provincial government disinfect a hospital in Tarlac. Photo from Tarlac's Facebook page

In Baguio, coronavirus cases name themselves to warn others

Apr 02, 2020 - 5:10 PM

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, a retired police general, gains praise for his unconventional and pioneering approach to fighting coronavirus

TRANSPARENCY. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, a retired police general, gains praise for his unconventional and pioneering approach to fighting coronavirus. Photo from the Public Information Office - City of Baguio Facebook page

Unused private hospital becomes medical facility for Baguio City's coronavirus patients

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Mayor Benjamin Magalong says a review of the best practices in managing the coronavirus pandemic includes having a hospital exclusive to patients with the viral infection

The Sto. Nino Jesus Medical Center, an unused private hospital, will be converted into a hospital exclusive to COVID-19 patients in Baguio City. Photo from the Facebook page of Baguio City Public Information Office

Baguio General Hospital to use AI technology for coronavirus detection

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:34 AM

The Artificial Intelligence Scan Analyzer’s results are 'not conclusive and confirmatory but will give the city a heads-up on whether or not a patient is a probable COVID-19 case,' Mayor Benjamin Magalong says

From Public Information Office - City of Baguio Facebook page

Baguio City records first coronavirus case

Mar 23, 2020 - 4:10 PM

The 61-year-old Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) left Italy in early March, just as the coronavirus exploded in the European country

BAGUIO CITY – Baguio Police setup more check point inside the city and cirfew time.adjust today ...The city government here will enforce a more stringent community quarantine to align with the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) that President Rodrigo Duterte enforced. Photo by Mauricio Victa

Coronavirus patient visited public places in Baguio City

Mar 16, 2020 - 10:11 PM

(UPDATED) Despite being a person under investigation, the patient still attends a conference at Camp John Hay

CAP BUILDING. File photo of the CAP-John Hay Building in Baguio City.

Baguio City under community quarantine, curfew

Mar 16, 2020 - 10:00 PM

The local government's order effectively seals off the country’s 'Summer Capital' from tourists as summer approaches

The number of tourists distination in Baguio City dwindled due to baguio city community quarantine. The announcement also left tourist spots in Bagiuo parks and public roads empty today sunday. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Alleged NPA leader, 2 others killed in arrest raid

Mar 13, 2020 - 9:35 PM

The military says the loss of Julius Soriano Giron will 'rattle' the communist rebels' 'dwindling forces'

Manam opens in SM City Baguio, its first shop outside the Greater Manila Area

Mar 13, 2020 - 6:53 PM

The Moment Group introduces its beloved classics and twists to the Baguio dining scene as it brings its home- grown Comfort Filipino restaurant to the Summer Capital of the Philippines

This time, Mocha Uson 'transfers' a Benguet town to Baguio City

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:44 AM

Netizens are quick to catch the OWWA deputy administrator's gaffe

BAGUIO CITY in BENGUET. OWWA Deputy administrator Mocha Uson "transfers" Baguio City to Benguet town in an interview via Facebook live. Screengrab from Mocha Uson Blog

Baguio cancels Panagbenga, CARAA games amid coronavirus threat

Mar 09, 2020 - 5:53 PM

Mayor Benjamin Magalong also suspends the night market along Harrison Road for 14 days starting Tuesday, March 10

CANCELED. After initially considering just a postponement of the event, Mayor Benjamin Magalong cancels the famous Baguio flower festival on March 9, 2020. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Forest fires hit parts of Baguio and Benguet

Feb 22, 2020 - 10:52 PM

Lack of rains and easterly winds fan these fires, which hit mostly uninhabited areas

Fire in Tublay. Photo courtesy if BFP Tublay

Robinsons, SM Prime present plans to redevelop Baguio market

Feb 22, 2020 - 11:23 AM

The Baguio City government is expecting more proposals from big companies. Vendors' groups and concerned citizens are opposed to the participation of big business in the public-private partnership project.

NEW BAGUIO MARKET. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong and other city officials at the presentation of Robinsons Land Corporation and SM Prime Holdings on their respective proposals for the redevelopment of the Baguio market. Photo from Baguio City PIO Facebook page