Cold Weather Welcomes Baguio Visitors
VOL. XVIII, NO. 6(Nov. 15-21)
BAGUIO CITY – Cold weather, warm people and pre-Christmas activities boost tourism arrivals here in the Summer Capital this time of the year.
It is barely mid-November but early Christmas chill is already being felt here giving city visitors added threat for their visit.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA – Baguio) Metreologist Danny Galati reports that temperature in Baguio has been registering below 15 degrees Celsius this month with the lowest temperature at 12.4°C last November 6.
Galati said they expect the temperature to further drop to 10 to 11°C by December and may even gobelow 10°C by January.
The lowest temperature recorded in Baguio was 6.3°Cin 1961 and in the recent years, 7.5°C registered in 2009. This he said is a record that can be broken soon due to the effect of climate change.
For early yuletide treat, SM City Baguio recently opened its centrepiece design adopting a magical theme based on the Disney movie, “Frozen” at the mall’s Atrium where mall goers can line-up for photo opts.
Baguio Country Club is set to have a soft opening of its annual “Christmas Village” on Nov. 15 and a full opening on the 22nd. Out of recycled materials, club employees transformed a lot just across BCC’s gate into a tourist attraction.
The Mansion, the official house of the President of the Philippines here in Baguio, has already set up a “Belen” on its grounds where visitors can have their photos taken.
The city government is also finalizing the activities for the annual Christmas in Baguio event.
Meanwhile, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio President and Baguio Country Club General Manager Anthony De Leon, in an interview, affirmed a high occupancy rate among HRAB member establishments as early as this month which he attributed to the colder temperature here in Baguio and the warm hospitality of the people and the tourism events and destination the city has to offer.
The annual Fil-Am Golf is set to be conducted here from November 19 to December 6. Just concluded was the four-day 61st Annual National Mining Safety and Environment Conference of the Philippine Mines Safety and Environment Association./JDP/CCD – PIA CAR