Baguio International Arts Festival Weekend (Part 2)

Day 2: February 20, 2011
View from a connecting bridge inside the hotel.
It was almost eight in the morning and after just almost five hours of sleep I already felt energized, the cold weather and the good mattress gave me quality sleep.

I went out to buy some food at the grocery store beside the hotel for breakfast and after everybody had finished eating they started preparing for their appointments around the city.

We were on our way to their first appointment at Loakan road but they were kind enough to think that I would enjoy more if I explore the city. So they dropped me off at the Rose Garden of Burnham Park and introduced me to Bien. I was told that Bien was a professional basketball player who, together with his wife had fell in love with the city and found their home here.
si pooh ba yun? nasa burnham park?

There were a lot of things going on at Burnharm Park, people from different fields of arts including culinary were there sharing their talents to the public.
A chef preparing Pinikpikan

Pigs for sacrificial rites
Part of a Totem Pole entry for the wood carving entry

A contestant working on his entry
An art installation using scrap rubber materials

Wood carving entry
Bien showed me around the park and introduced me to his friends who were mostly are also from  Manila who, like him have decided to settle and retire in Baguio.

Covered skating rink

landscape contest entry

Bien with his friends and debate mates

one of Bien's friend who they call apo.
But there are two people that was really memorable for me. One of them is Ms. Susan Henson. Susan was an actress during the 1980's who's of with the same manager as Rio Locsin. An article that I read online said that Susan and Rio were treated differently from their co-actors by their manager. It was said that they were allowed to act on very few and selected movies. But unlike Rio Locsin, Susan's career wasn't that fortunate. Now on her Fifties Susan still is as beautiful and vibrant as she could be.
Bien with Ms. Susan Henson
Probably the next person that I met during my stay in Baguio would be classified as a master, well he is indeed a master. Let me introduce you to Apo Kidlat Tahimik.

I have high regards for apo, I have been reading and watching documentaries about him ever since I fell in love with multimedia arts.
the master at work
I admire his passion to arts and preserving the Cordilleran culture. He makes videos to document his culture and shares them to the world. As I entered the dome that they made out of pieces of cloths, I saw him, I stood in awe thinking, Finally I have seen him! Someday I hope to get to talk to him some more about his art and lifestyle.

I left Bien for a while to look for a wash room and on my way back I chanced upon a group of youth who performed traditional cordillera dances. It feels good that there are Filipinos who are so proud of their heritage. I my self once said that I envy the Cordillera people because of the richness of their culture.

an Igorotte youth dancing a traditional ritual

It was lunch time already when I met up with my mom near the park to eat lunch. We ordered the usual food fried chicken and some vegtables at an eatery in the park. I was surprised that their regular prices are quite expensive compared to fast food.

Right after eating lunch, it was my turn already to show her around the park. I brought her to the cordilleran youth that were dancing and went ahead to the stage where they were officially lunching the Arts Festival Month.
A nose flute player on stage, joe lad santos at the back and apo Kidlat tahimik recording.

the sacrificial offerings

judging of the Tapuy Wine Making contest

They performed the thousand drums ritual and judged the best Tapuy wine in front of the stage, We weren't really interested on who's going to win Afterwards we headed to the botanical garden where they were selling plants and took pictures of a nice colonial house adjacent to it.
My mom posing in front of a landscaped garden.

mom wandering around the botanical garden

mom's headshot

mom in front of a turn of the century house

Even the pathway to the wash rooms are landscaped.
After enjoying the beautiful flowers at the botanical gardens we visited the Baguio Cathedral. I was frustrated with what they have done with the cathedral. It used to look so clean as you can see the architecture of the structure in its entirety, but now they have attached pvc roofs that block the view. I remember my mom saying that they that she could see the cathedral standing majestically from afar before but now there are a lot of obstructions in front of the cathedral and the sad thing is that these structures were done by the cathedral management them selves.

mom in front of the baguio cathedral
It was nice experiencing Baguio with my mom as we never had done it before but it would be great if we experience it again without the time pressure since it was actually a business trip for them.

By afternoon we decided to go ahead of the guys and went back to the hotel we rested and slept for a couple of hours. Choi and his wife got back already when I woke up and it was dark already. My mom on the other  hand had to go back to Manila for a meeting but I decided to stay.

I was chatting with my sister who mentioned online that she was also heading for Baguio the following day for a business meeting as well, so I asked if I could hitch a ride going back to Manila so I could spend a couple more days in Baguio.

Choi enjoying a traditional Fiipino massage and ventosa therapy while I was chatting with my sister online.

The night was still young and I was still full of energy but everybody else were tired from working the whole day. So I just decided to sit in the lobby for a while and watch TV. After a few minutes, the receptionist went back to her post and I tried to start a conversation. I asked about their rates and the history of their hotel. I found out that it was formerly an american missionary home which up to this day is being used by a religious group for their assembly once a week.

It was our last night at the hotel and I really enjoyed my stay there. Though I didn't pay a single cent for the accommodation, I find their rates very affordable even for backpackers as they have dorm type rooms. And how can I forget the warm service that their staff gave us, it really felt like home.

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Marky said...

an lakas maka ZZ Top ni lolo may balbas. I like the installation art parang transformers robot.

lakwatsera de primera said...

Buti my time pa rin mamasyal yung mom mo, matagal ng gustong pumunta ng Baguio ng mom ko din, never pa sya nakapunta dito kaya gusto ko ako talaga mag-ikot sa kanya. Hopefully kapag may apo na sya babalik kami lahat :)

ian dela pena said...

ay mam! mas gala pa sa akin yan.... partida naka-saklay pa yan pero umaakyat ng mga bundok yan.... nakarating na kung saan saan na di ko pa napuntahan.... ang tanong ko nalang nga sa kanya one time "ma... kung dalawa paa san ka na kaya nakarating eh masgala ka pa sa akin eh!?" hehehe

ian dela pena said...

tuhmah bossing.... ganda pa nyan sa mga nilagay nila pwede mo hawakan =) bugbog nga yung installation na yan sa mga bata eh... hehehe... ano nga pala yung ZZ Top?

Nelieta said...

This looks so interesting but I feel so sorry for the poor piggies!!! Why don´t they sacrifice chickens?

sheril said...

sacrifice pigs !! oh poor one

ian dela pena said...

the pigs are actually much more lucky than the chickens..... the chickens were cooked as pinikpikan.... here's a link on how they cook "pinikpikan" >>> =) kinda brutal but tastes really good!

tinathefrustratedtraveler said...

kawawa nman ung pigs... and i would love that traditional massage, parang super relaxing :D

AJ said...

Galing talaga ng shots mo! At kulang ka pa sa tulog nyan ha. Pero na-shocking Asia naman ako dun sa pigs for sacrifice. I remembered Babe all of a sudden. :(


BIEN THANK YOU FOR THE KIND WORDS, I PRAY THAT YOU AND THE APO<S WOULD CHANT THAT NATURE MY WORLD AND I TAKE TO BE FINANCE AS BIG AS THE HEART OF BAGUIO CITY, AMEN i want a clean clear passages of my life. no envies. just very very rich and healthy and very very happy. not after this life nor that life after death but for all you who left that bitterness. must be better and sweeter. amen. ms. susan henson

Chesstrends said...

Ate Susan si Angelo to sa la nakasama tayo pati si mama ng. Musta ka na.. Email me chesstrends@