Aquino tripping on ‘stay-cation’ at Palace



President Benigno Aquino III. FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III would rather stay at his official residence by the Pasig River this Holy Week watching “Jesus Christ Superstar” than smell the flowers and pine trees of Baguio City, which he no longer finds cool, perhaps, literally and otherwise.

Mr. Aquino will be comfortably ensconced in Bahay Pangarap while many Metro Manilans will be hieing off to the provinces starting Wednesday.

In an ambush interview on Tuesday, he said he would not be spending the Lenten break at the presidential summer residence, The Mansion, the favorite holiday getaway of his predecessor.

 ‘Riverside resort’

He amusingly christened Bahay Pangarap, which is strategically located right at the heart of the Presidential Security Group Compound, as the “Pangarap Riverside Resort.”

Asked how he would be spending the next few days, he said he was “trying to look for … my copy of the film, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’” so he could watch the musical, probably, on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday.

In remembering the life and passion of the Christ, Mr. Aquino wanted it to be light but heartfelt.

“(The musical’s way of conveying Christ’s message) is not … really heavy the way it reminds (us) of what the Christian—our Christian faith—is supposed to be,” said the President.

But the musical—which was first staged on Broadway in 1971 based on a loose interpretation of the last week of the Son of God here on earth—expresses “what Christ had to undergo to save all of us” by dying on the Cross, he said.

There was no word yet from the Palace if he would be spending time in Tarlac, his home province.

Mr. Aquino last visited Baguio City on March 17 to speak at the graduation of the Philippine Military Academy’s Pudang Kalis Class of 2013 and led the Baguio leg of the Team PNoy campaign at Melvin Jones Grandstand in Burnham Park.

But unlike former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who would come to Baguio any chance she got, the sitting President doesn’t fancy the summer capital anymore.

“Each time I visit Baguio, I gaze at the fireplace. I don’t want to look at the mountains surrounding Baguio,” he said, telling city residents that the city was once a dominion of flowers and greenery.

“[A traveler] would know you are near [Baguio] when you smell the pine trees. The mountains were full of flowers and they were green. Now, they are full of houses,” he said.

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  • Guest

    Without his playmate Josh, PNoy is home alone (the degenerate edition).

    • Jose Laxa

      Be careful with what you are saying now! Abraham Lincoln, one of great President of USA has a major depressive episode (clinical depression) in 1835. This Abnoy could become one of Philippines great president – check by Google (Lincoln depression)

      • Rogers Nelson Uy

        tama sana ma abraham lincoln din sya at sumakabilang buhay habang nasa termino pa

  • charlie_oscar

    Tagaytay beats Baguio now…

    • EmmanuelGomez

      wait until SM towers destroys the view ..

      • kismaytami

        There are already two ugly towers in Tagaytay and no need for towers blocking the view of the majestic Taal Volcano and Taal Lake. The once grassy cliff from the highway is already blocked by money hungry establishments. Soon, you’ll be paying a fee to peek.

  • maypakialamtayo

    mawalang galang na po mahal na pangulo, kinokontra nyo po ang gustong mangyari ng mga bata nyo sa dept. of tourism, hindi po kayo nanghihikayat ng turista bagkus tinataboy nyo pa po sila sa statement nyong yan.

    • Loggnat

      The truth hurts. They should work better in conserving what makes the place/city agreeable, delightful and famous. Development is not bad as long as it conserve and maintains the the things that makes the area attractive to the tourists and everybody.

  • Hey_Dudes

    You are absolutely right on the money Mr. President. In the 50’s anyone who’ve been to Baguio was considered ‘bigatin na’. Why? In those days Baguio was the symbol of cleanliness, cool weather, green mountains. A walk along Session road in the good old days was enough to be excited about. Today, the squatters successfully duplicated what they have done in metro Manila. It is a shame indeed how the local government allowed Baguio to deteriorate this way.

    • boymanok

      …next thing you know boracay will suffer the same fate

      • buttones

        I understand it is already sliding that way- Boracay used to be the number one beach in the world years ago- before the ‘developers’ came, now I think it’s slipped to number nine. Odd how developers always destroy? Palawan is next on the list believe me, it’s all to do with pennies…

      • Loggnat

        I guess I better go to Palawan before it gets too touristy and crowded. :)))

    • buttones

      Long time since I was in Baguio as a kid, and I remember it as you describe, is the President right, has it become that bad? How can governments allow this to happen, it can never be reclaimed- these irresponsible licensed environmental vandals. The President is going to watch an old movie this weekend- about the same time there was a song going around by Joni Mitchell that might depress him..

      Don’t it always seem to go
      That you don’t know what you’ve got
      ‘Til it’s gone
      They paved paradise
      And put up a parking lot

      • ARIKUTIK

        A creature that woks hard on birthday and stay’s at home when everyone goes somewhere for the holiday change of heart IS > a guess is right = ABNORMAL beyond reasonable doubt.

        What more proof do we have to look. The thoughts and ways say’s it all.

  • $20926843

    This inutile and autistic president is according to him/her will try to remember or perhaps relive the life and passion of Christ by viewing the film of Jesus Christ Superstar What the public wants is for this inutile president to act on this aforesaid passion and not just talk and he/she can do this by participating in the much viewed nailing to the cross being held annually in Pampanga to show to the general public and the world that he/she is atoning for his/her sin in the ineptness and curse he/she had administered to the country. And by the way, if she/he can not find his/her copy of the film, he/she can can always call her political adviser Ronaldo Llamas for a pirated copy!

    • jack_bagbaga2011

      magpapako ba siya sa krus sa biyernes santo?

      • aristeosj

        hindi daw.ang ipapako sa krus ay si gloria arroyo,hehehe!!!ang dimas at barrabas ay ang mag-amang arroyo!

    • boymanok

      im pretty sure Pnoy will watch again his favorite movie of all time, “brokeback mountain” together with rico puno during his stay-cation…that would be very relaxing for the president


      he/she can be written in style > S/hes Infertile Inutile.

  • jack_bagbaga2011

    galit siya sa mga taga Mountain Province dahil nilangaw ang campaign sortie ng Pnoy Team sa Baguio

    • boymanok

      matampuhin talaga si tita noy

  • billy gunner

    aquino is always trippin. what’s new about that?

    • boymanok

      his favorite is GMA trippin

  • riccisan

    yep, its time to reflect for now.

  • Jaime O. de Vera

    Let him stay in Malacanang Palace to focus in solving the power crisis in Mindanao.
    Like his mother Cory, power crisis na naman dito sa Mindanao not to mention the

    Sabah crisis.

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    wala kasing dota sa mamimiss niya ang playmate niya si joshua

  • Albert Einstien

    time for spiritual spa…and PSP of course ….one minute spiritual spa & PSP ALL the REST…he can also have a dive at river for a change…so that RIVER CHANGE will be NOTICED ..and turn it to what it used to be… that yearly or anytime of the day he can go swimming in river resort…

  • $14334231

    ang mabaho, gusto ang paligid ay mabaho rin….sana maisipan mong magbabad sa ilog pasig…..oink…oink….btw, balita ko, ang mga bahay na tinutukoy mo, ang mga nakatira ay halos bomoto sa’yo…..sabagay, di mo na sila kailangan ngayon dahil walang pangalawang turno ang presidente, maliban na lang kung baguhin mo ang “law” sa pamamagitan ng kongreso mo….

  • Maldi2

    May pagka utak talangka din pala ito si Abnoy ano? Instead of him leading to invigorate Baguio, sour graping lang ang pinagsasabi against Baguio. Palibhasa kasi pikon at nilangaw ang sortie nya! WTF!

    • poltergeist_fuhrer

      correct…negative thinker…panlalait lang ang alam…paninira…lalo na kay gma…BAKLA KASI!!!

      • boymanok

        …puede rin beki or jokla

      • WindTalker


      • marionics

        naku yang kausap mong yan ang numero unong badengash. mamaya lang sasabihin niyan e TOINK hahaha

      • ARIKUTIK

        Ayaw niyang mag bakasyon somewhere in Shangrila kasi lahat ay nag bakasyon. Naiiba raw pag Abnormamao na holier than thou ….. Mamaw talaga…….. TOINK …TOINK ….

      • poltergeist_fuhrer


  • JosephNess

    what a reclusive personality and a reckless talker…he should have just told told us that he has no plan spending the holy week in Baguio without the discouraging remarks…

    • aristeosj

      …but it is the truth!!!how do you want it to be stated?

      • JosephNess

        not at all…

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    instead of promoting baguio, he is shouting to people that “DONT GO THERE!!!” mag DOTA nalang kayo…

    and the destruction of baguio should be blame to GMA…hahaha

    • buttones

      But people do go there in their thousands, the squatters think it’s a brilliant place…GMA? Very funny but in a way right, and her predecessors as well, this place should have been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty, with zero development allowed years ago- too late now…..

  • EmmanuelGomez

    dont forget your play station sir.

    • boymanok

      …and his blue ray copy of “brokeback mountain”

  • Jarred Pulido

    What is happening to Baguio is true whether we like it or not. Not the same Baguio that I remember in the 80’s and 90’s. Truth hurts? Call it as I see it.

    • poltergeist_fuhrer

      then tell your boss to do something instead of complaining…puros ngawa, walang gawa

  • Meow Ming

    alone forever with meme.

  • tadasolo

    I think what is happening in Bagiuo is beyond what the president can do. Local zoning and building codes are the jurisdiction of local officials and the only protected areas are those own by the national government. If you look at google earth the only remaining greenery are the PMA compound and a little bit of Camp John Hay. Other than that it is all housing and decimation of forest cover due to overcrowding. Think about the last heavy rains and some sections of Bagiuo are flooded which is not supposed to happened. The fact that this president is not happy is sending a message to local officials to do something and hopefully they will respond. If the president would have kept quiet more pines trees will die and nobody cares including his critics here. The problem in Bagiuo is locally made not national and the local officials are given notice of their responsibilities and we should thank the president of highlighting the need to protect Bagiuo and its Pine Trees.

  • disqusted0fu

    Pnoy should ask his buddy Ronald Llamas of a pirated copy of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, he probably has one.

    Pnoy has practically been vacationing all this time, it’s just a regular week in the office for him, minus the campaigning for his team.

  • Guest

    games kamo.. psp..o shooting

  • JasonBieber

    It’s always amazing how PNoy likes to change things to fit his weird sense of reality. He even wants to change and make what Easter is all about…he wants to make it all fun and lighthearted when in reality is was not.

    That’s probably why nothing is improving for the poor in the Philippines because their situation has been made lightly by PNoy. Pnoy has probably made himself believe that people are starving for fun and are living in poor conditions because it’s cooler and comfier.

  • ApoLapullapu

    Better watch a movie than see how lamentable is the stark reality in the country.

  • Jaime O. de Vera

    Dapat lang Abnoy should stay in Malacanang to solve the power crisis in Mindanao.
    Like her mother Cory there was power crisis. Now, Abnoy’s time there is also power
    crisis. Puro palpak when it comes to power crisis. Abnoy is like “an apple which does not fall too far from the tree.”

  • wawa2172

    I understand Noy don’t want to go to the summer capital. He suffered trauma in the pine city when only a few joined the Team PNoy rally in an open park whom Pork Drilon promised to fill up. They were clobbered by UNA which filled up the gymnasium. So sino pa ang gustong pumunta sa Baguio, not PNoy na napuna na panot na pala ang bundok doon tulad nang rally niya. Well Noy should reinvent himself, tourist spot ang Baguio, he should be an advertiser of the city, it is more fun in Baguio than in Pasig River.

  • ruiznelli

    Di pa nman siguro ‘huli ang lahat para ma-save ang Baguio, sana matauhan na ang mga tao duon na kelangan baguhin ang Urban planning nila!

  • nakatutok

    naks ha?? Jesus Christ Superstar my ass…..PS3 lang lalaruin niyan……mapanira pa ang comment…kontra sa thrust ng Dept of Tourism…

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