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Baguio’s Star Café closes on July 8

STAR CAFÉ owner Donna Rufino says the 74-year-old restaurant has been helping fulfill that distinctly Baguio experience. The Rufinos and their restaurant were among the Builders of Baguio awardees in 2009. RICHARD BALONGLONG

After learning about the impending closure of the 74-year-old Star Café on Session Road in Baguio City, longtime customers and residents have been packing the restaurant for the last two weeks.

Posted: July 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Public hospital gardens help make city breathe


Whenever he is stressed from work, Dr. Jimmy Cabfit often takes a few minutes off to relax and meditate at the gardens of Baguio City’s only public hospital.

Posted: June 4th, 2014 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Orchid collecting grows into big business

“BABY” Pascual-Fungladda tends to her orchids in her farm in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija province. PHOTOS BY MAURICE MALANES

Each time she went on a trip to Bangkok in Thailand, she returned home with a few orchids to accent her family’s house in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija province. But every time she had at least a dozen, some neighbors and friends dropping by would beg her to part with some of her orchids, especially if they could not help but notice these abloom with flowers.

Posted: May 28th, 2014 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

For Cordillerans, Mt. Pulag is sacred

AN IBALOY  ritual leader or “manbunong” chants prayers as freshly butchered meat and wine are offered to the spirits and souls of their ancestors during the opening ceremony of the Ibaloy Day in Baguio City in February. RICHARD BALONGLONG

One summer on their way back from Mt. Pulag, the country’s second highest peak in the border of Benguet and Ifugao provinces, members of a mountain climbing team from Metro Manila noted that one of them was missing.

Posted: May 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Reliving ‘peace time,’ healing wounds of war

A 1904 PHOTOGRAPH from the collection of the US National Archives shows Japanese laborers at work on a slope in Camp 3 in Benguet province during the construction of the Benguet Road.

For many, World War II is remembered for its pain, untold suffering and death. Elders would advise their children not to forget these so they can continue to learn from history and not repeat its mistakes.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »