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Baguio cops on alert for ways to skirt ’cracker ban

FIREWORKS during  a lantern parade by students of  St. Louis University brighten up downtown Baguio City on Dec. 1 after the city government switched on this year’s Baguio Christmas tree. The city continues, however, to enforce a ban on firecracker use by individuals not taking part in any community event. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

The city government has not been issuing permits to vendors of firecrackers and pyrotechnic products in the summer capital, in support of the health community’s “Iwas Paputok” campaign.

Posted: December 12th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

‘Silahis ng Pasko’ opens Baguio holiday program

NATIVITY CHARACTERS Schoolchildren dressed as shepherds from the biblical Nativity story take part in the 41st staging of “Silahis ng Pasko” at Burnham Park in Baguio City. The event opened this year’s Christmas program in the summer capital. VINCENT CABREZA/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Public school pupils and children as young as 4 years old marched on Session Road toward Burnham Park on Monday, dressed as characters, animals and objects described in the Nativity story.

Posted: December 2nd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

The saga of Aringay rail line

RAIL TO NOWHERE  Nestor Ninnuan (left) says the abandoned tunnel of the railway track that would have run from his hometown of Aringay in La Union to Baguio City has fallen prey to treasure hunters and vandals.  PHOTOS BY RAY ZAMBRANO

On top of the entrance to a concrete tunnel in Barangay Poblacion in Aringay town, La Union province, are the Roman numerals MCMXIII.

Posted: November 26th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

NCIP voids Baguio ancestral land titles

An Ibaloi family puts up signboards around Wright Park (which is popular to horseback-riding tourists) and near lands controlled by the presidential mansion after the Court of Appeals validated in April 2013 an ancestral land title awarded by the government.  EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has nullified ancestral land titles that cover two Baguio parks, the city’s oldest hotel and a part of the reservation of the presidential mansion, an NCIP official said on Sunday.

Posted: November 24th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Co-ops see power rate manipulation

AMBUKLAO Dam, one of the oldest hydropower facilities in the country, continues to serve the country, after it was rehabilitated. 

Before the government pursues new power deals to prevent blackouts, it should first resolve the unexplained 2013 increase in power rates that had been attributed to the country’s electricity trading mechanism, a group of electric cooperatives said here last week.

Posted: October 24th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »