Aquino enjoys time as Baguio tourist

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BAGUIO CITY—Next time you see President Aquino and he looks more relaxed than usual, maybe you should credit the horses for it.

At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, a day after arriving here and without any announcement, Aquino stepped out of the gates of the Mansion, the presidential summer residence, mingled with tourists and then walked toward nearby Wright Park, a popular spot for horseback riding.

One of his top aides, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, and some female television news reporters rode the horses for some picture taking while the President looked on.

Aquino himself paid horse owner Melchor Baraquio P500 for one of the horses—double the amount Baraquio normally gets. Baraquio said the horses were usually rented out for P200 each for a 30-minute ride.

Reducing the stress

“I think we managed to reduce the stress level of the Cabinet during my stay here,” the President told reporters. He said he would be back in Malacañang on Saturday.

Aquino said his vacation had reenergized him, although it had not kept him away from the country’s problems. Specifically, he directed the Cabinet to monitor the New Year revelry and the impact of Tropical Storm “Quinta,” ensuring that the number of casualties was kept low.

“You cannot really leave the nation’s troubles behind, even here in Baguio,” Aquino said.

Referring to his sister Kris Aquino’s latest movie, “Sisterakas,” he said: “When we watched the movie … I was glad to see the warnings against injuries attributed to firecracker use. I hope citizens heed these warnings.”

The President, also accompanied by Almendras and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, spent 30 minutes at the park, looking at souvenir items on display at curio shops and allowing tourists to have their pictures taken with him.

Japanese dinner

On Wednesday, after resting at the Mansion House, Aquino was seen in public having dinner in a Japanese restaurant at the Baguio Country Club. Almendras and Voltaire Gazmin were also with him.

Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong, Cordillera police director, said top police officials had been deployed to keep the President secure. So far, the job had been fairly easy because Aquino had kept a very low profile—until Thursday.

Magalong said Aquino had no fixed schedule so policemen should always be on their toes.

Even Mayor Mauricio Domogan has yet to meet with the President, according to the mayor’s aides. Baguio Bishop Carlito Cenzon also has not had a meeting with Aquino.

Visitors’ safety

Meanwhile, local policemen are busy ensuring the safety of holiday visitors.

Tourism officials have yet to provide figures, but tourists flocked to the summer capital during the Christmas break, crowding sites like Burnham Park, Camp John Hay, Mines View Park and Wright Park.

Many of the visitors stayed longer, drawn to the nippy weather with Baguio’s temperature plunging to 11 degrees Celsius on Christmas Eve. On Thursday, the temperature warmed a bit, going up to 13.6 degrees Celsius.

Letty Dispo, a weather specialist at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, said Baguio temperatures started climbing steadily since Christmas Day, when the mercury registered 12.5 degrees Celsius.

US envoy

 

Among the visitors was American Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. On Thursday, Thomas had lunch with his family at Casa Vallejo’s Hill Station.

Thomas also hosted last week a Christmas thanksgiving at the US ambassador’s residence in Camp John Hay.

While visiting the Philippine Military Academy, Thomas described 2012 as a year of cooperation between the Philippines and the United States, which helped each other cope with calamities.

Typhoon “Pablo” struck parts of Mindanao and the Visayas on Dec. 4, killing more than 1,000 people. On Oct. 29, Hurricane “Sandy” struck the US East Coast, causing 149 deaths and leaving neighborhoods without power, food or fuel for days.

“We have been able to show our oneness,” Thomas said. “The Philippines gave assistance to victims of Hurricane Sandy and for that we are deeply grateful.”

“Right now, our USAID (United States Agency for International Development) and the US military are providing assistance to victims of Typhoon Pablo, working shoulder to shoulder and hand in hand with the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and the NGOs (nongovernment organizations).”—Reports from Vincent Cabreza, Gobleth Moulic, Desiree Caluza and Frank Cimatu, Inquirer Northern Luzon

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Habang naka bakasyon ka, si Binay ba ang acting?
    Joke only!

    • zeroko

      Never na gawing acting President si Binay because PNoy is a Chinese and Binay is a true Filipino. He never trust Binay.  Governance through tex lang ang gagawin ni PNoy.

      • EOJ

         Napakatanga mo! hindi kelangan mag acting president ang VP nasa baguio lang ang presidente.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

        tama….

      • muddygoose

        Pure Filipino dahil maitim? Makabayan dahil maitim?

  • boybakal

    Aquino enjoys time as Baguio Tourist….

    Who would better promote our Tourism except the President being a Tourist Himself.
    Tourists spend as revenue for Baguio.
    Whereas this no.1 tourist and entourage are expenses free…as they say Lugi.

    Pnoy really needs a break…he will be up against the grueling days of 2013.
    So far so good for 2012, as they say Mission Accomplished and Mission Impossible for 2013 as we don’t know what lays ahead.
    Merry New Year.

  • arao_liwanag

    Vacation was spent playing GAME AND WATCH WHILE TYPHOON VICTIMS ARE HUNGRY AND DYING.

    • EOJ

      That’s why you have the VP, cabinet secretaries, undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, regional directors, congressmen, governors, board members, mayors, council members, barangay chairmen and kagawads, etc…… The president can not feed all the victims by himself. he can just order. he already visited the typhoon victims and personally handed goods. but more is actually being done by the DSWD, DOH, DPWH, LGUs, etc.

    • bugoyparin

      nabasa mo ba ang buong article o title lang? kaya nga may appointed secretaries at elected local officials… 

    • bugoyparin

      Aquino said his vacation had reenergized him, although it had not kept him away from the country’s problems. Specifically, he directed the Cabinet to monitor the New Year revelry and the impact of Tropical Storm “Quinta,” ensuring that the number of casualties was kept low.
      “You cannot really leave the nation’s troubles behind, even here in Baguio,” Aquino said.

  • felix1959

    Pnoy is also human that needs rest, pls wag nang bigyan ng negatibong kumento

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

      never mind the nega comment, posters are just having fun…merry christmas….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/774GDBSB7VKLWOSCFNUWDASE24 Roby

    daming oras para magyosi at psp

  • maximus_meridius

    I don’t really care what Abnoy does.

    • 1voxPopuli

      really? you read the article, wasted your time to posted a comment and you say you dont care? lol troll.

      • maximus_meridius

        How sure are you that I read the whole article?  Isa ka pang edeot tulad ni Abnoy.  Kaya nag kakagulo ang pilipinas ngayon at dumarami ang mga tulad nyong edeot.

      • gagokayonglahat

        Wow “edeot”!

  • regd

    Ok, sino yung mga female television news reporters? Who rode the horses(plural nakalagay), they did or PNoy? Or did they rode the horses with PNoy on it? Maybe PNoy rode them (reporters)?

    Wala lang, gusto ko lang malaman.

    • http://twitter.com/akongednamzug akongednamzug

      Ipaaalam ko sa iyo ang gusto mong malaman pag tama na ang grammar mo.

  • Fulpol

    horse riding?

    i love to see him, horse riding…

    • disqusted0fu

       i dont think he will ride a horse. perhaps a donkey

  • kilabot

    nothing new. 
    noykapon has been a tourist since becoming president; 
    while hundreds of typhoon victims are still scrounging for food and shelter; 
    while unemployment is rising; 
    while poverty is going up; 
    his solution, condoms will be given free via an automated dispenser; it’s called freedom; 
    the new normal. 

    No to perversion.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WJDIATXWOE4RHL24ELQA6F6ZVI Dennis

    The president is only human. Lets put ourselves in our president’s shoes and have 90 million boss, i guess 365 days is not enough. So lets give him a break even just for a day. Mr. President pamper youself, you deserve it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UEHZP52OVNUUPVT3VJNWPUGVLU Peter L

    The President needs rest? And how about rest of the millions of Filipinos who are suffering from malnutrition, loss of houses, victims of floods and typhoons, hunger, need of shelters. You think  he should rest while our fellow Filipinos are in pain and destitute. He better resign if he cannot fulfill his mandate. A president is a president for 24 hours. He should rest from smoking, womanizing and playing video games!   

    • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

      Stupid!…leave him alone in his private time.

      Man’s suffering is mostly of one’s own making….and the fathers and grandfathers before him. You think poor souls like you will earn a fortune if he does not take time to rest? Only you can lift yourself, nobody else.

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      “A president is a president for 24 hours.”

      Yes, but not consecutively. Lol.

      Everyone deserves a rest every now and then. Including the president. The president does have his personal time.

  • josefe38

    Talagang sigurado kayong enjoy? Parang hindi kayo sigurado, Itanong nyo sa mga bishops, esep, esep esep…

  • disqusted0fu

    Give the president a break! it took a lot forcing the Congress to pass the RH bill! besides, he has his gadgets. he can use sms, twitter and facebook to run the country! come to think of it, it doesnt make much difference with or without him.

  • dikoy321

    GO FOR IT President Noy !

    RELAX po konti, dahil the job is indeed taxing !

    Pamper yourself a little … for the Nation !

    Forward Philippines !!!

  • Your_King

    Good he looks relaxed. I suppose doing no work and making excuses ever since he got into office was causing him stress. Finding who to blame for his Administrations under-achieving performance must be taking a toll on him. Aquino needed the time off to rejuvenate and refresh his talking speech skills coz that’s what he does best is talk and make speeches. Rest up President Aquino so when 2013 rolls around you can continue your power hungry ways and pointing fingers at others style.

    • maximus_meridius

      Ang tawag dyan sa style ni Abnoy ay “Langgam Style”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T42Q37DX5BRWJ5NRYTBC2DXUAU Jols – batman Robin

    buti pa c pangulo noynoy enjoy n enjoy ung pasko nya….ung mga sundalo nagpakahirap dun sa rescue ng bagyong pablo….. 5 tau lng ung binigay nya…..sardinas lng ung noche buena….

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T4UWEQIDXLS7RQXY2DDQTV6MNE carol

      Tama ka, sardinas ang noche buena yoon lang ang kaya, at marami pa tayong kababayan ang nagugutom, pero teka muna, sabi ni bs aquino, napaka ganda ng economy natin, huwag na sanang mag brainwashed ng mga utak ng mga tao, let us be realistic, lalong dumadami ang mga mahihirap kesa sa mayayaman. aminin natin.

  • santosboi

    go relax your self Sir. don’t mind bitter people.. actually all they could do is talking…

  • nakatutok

    ke nagtatrabaho siya o hindi wala namang kaibahan e..hindi naman siya hands-on na presidente..tanungin nyo mga Presidential escorts kung ano oras nagigising yan??…pabayaan nyo na siya mag relax..nakakapagod din mag noynoying kung alam nyo lang!!!

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