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Looking beyond Panagbenga

BANGAOET: 1940-2014  photo by VINCENT CABREZA

The Inquirer sat down with lawyer Damaso Bangaoet Jr. in February to solicit his views on the future of Panagbenga, the festival he helped create to draw tourists back to the summer capital.

Posted: September 17th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Conservation bid in Baguio draws support of architects

THE BAGUIO Cathedral is one of 36 structures in the summer capital which Baguio folks have asked to be declared as heritage sites.  RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Acknowledging the need to make amends for their role in the “overdevelopment” of the summer capital, a group of architects has started a movement to popularize structures built by American colonial engineers and Filipinos to support a renewed Baguio conservation drive.

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

Girdling, bulldozing trees to be penalized in new Baguio tree protection measure

VARIOUS agencies, from the environment department to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority, have complained of this section of the Baguio Circumferential Road, which penetrates the Camp John Hay forest, and have occasionally displaced trees. The Department of Public Works and Highways has made changes recently so the road would not damage more trees. RICHARD BALONGLONG/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON FILE PHOTO

Taking its cue from the girdling of trees along Manila North Road (MNR) in Pangasinan province, Baguio City officials are strengthening the summer capital’s tree protection law to penalize this practice as the city council deliberates on an environment code.

Posted: September 9th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Green energy urged, shown doable in 2 provinces

GREEN energy advocates wish there were more plants like this one in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija province, that  is capable of generating electricity from machines that use rice husk as fuel. ANSELMO ROQUE/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Ifugao and Isabela provinces are hosting new and bigger green energy projects to address a growing demand for electricity after the term of President Aquino in 2016.

Posted: September 4th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Groups map trails to link Cordi communities

FOR AGES, villagers in Ifugao province have traded or visited neighboring communities by walking through trails, some of which cross through Ifugao’s rice terraces. A group has started mapping the Cordillera trail system that links all provinces in the mountain region. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Instead of building more roads that may damage forests, a group of environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts has started mapping the natural and indigenous trail system that connects the provinces of the Cordillera region.

Posted: September 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions,Regions | Read More »