Baguio tourism council answers Enchanting Baguio critics

BAGUIO CITY– The private sector-led Baguio tourism Council (BTC) that was created eleven years ago by virtue of the city’s Revised tourism Code to serve as the local government’s partner in advancing the sustainable growth of the local tourism industry lashed out at critic of the 43-day An Enchanting Baguio Christmas at the Rose Garden, saying that the goal was simple, to make the city’s Christmas celebration enchanting enough to inspire a community of kindred souls aching to the shared roles the best that they can. In a statement, BTC interim chairperson Gladys Vergara stated that ‘the world we live in day-by-day is big enough for the Christmas spirit to immerse all of us, heart and soul, towards a desired noble goal.’ “We believe that Baguio is now on the very threshold to be a better city. This will happen when we’re standing by each other’s back, serving shoulder-to-shoulder, striving, aspiring, and winning as one. Ahead, the task remains to be done. A little appreciation, said from a simple Thank You, is enough comfort for us.,” Vergara stressed. She stated that the An Enchanting Baguio Christmas is a joint effort of the BTC and the local government and she happens to serve as the interim chairperson with Anthony de Leon, general manager of the Baguio Country Club (BCC), as vice chairperson. The BTC official pointed out that the council accepted the responsibility of conceptualizing, planning and executing all Christmas-related programs and events, mindful that the task needs a shared effort between the government and the private sector. According to her, in all aspects, the BTC worked unselfishly, gladly coordinating with local government offices directly concerned, striving hard hand in hand with the public counterparts to ensure the successful staging of the events that had been planned for the said activity. “ We humbly acknowledge the sincerity conveyed thankfulness and the gladsome faces of city folks and tourists who graced the pre-launching program at the Rose Garden, which featured stellar performances by the Bayanihan The National Dance Company on November 23 and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra the next day (courtesy of Mr. Arsenio Lizaso, the Cultural Center of the Philippines President, who gave Baguio this rare but most welcome treat. These concerts drew tremendous public reception framed in jubilation, which we profusely thank for, indeed a rousing start to kick-off the 43-day Christmas festivities,” Vergara added. She disclosed that the BTC people stood ten feet tall with everyone who attended the Christmas program last December 1, right in the heart of the city at the Session Road rotunda and with them, ‘we held our bated breath as city officials switched on the symbolic Christmas Tree put up at the circle, followed immediately by the simultaneous lighting up of Session Road, the center islands, the buildings along it.’ Along with the institutional Lantern Parade staged by the Louisian community, the event was a multi-sensory spectacle of Christmas lights and decors liberally used to give us the Christmassy feel never before done in recent years. This is without doubt public approval. She stipulated that the BTC felt disappointed over what have been reported — undoubtedly fueled by malicious intent — every now and then, disparaging the Christmassy feeling that in two weekends and in days in between has overwhelmed our people and out of nowhere, malevolent bashers have raved and ranted in unbelievable disdain, belittling what has been publicly accepted by people from all walks of life, casting aspersions at every turn, magnifying faults that are simply par for the course for huge projects like a Baguio Christmas festival. “We all realize that putting together An Enchanting Baguio Christmas is hardly a breezy walk, given the usual challenges along the way — the magnitude of the task, the scale of aspirations sought to be achieved, the scarcity of time and resources at our disposal. Hard work, focused determination, and yes, self-sacrifice were invested voluntarily to make it happen, often times by self-abnegation,” Vergara stated. For reasons of public transparency and accountability, she emphasized that the BTC is making public a detailed accounting and auditing report of the funds used to make the Christmas celebration happen and let it be noted though that government funds were shoe-string at the very start and the BTC had to source out added funds through meritorious sponsorships to get the huge project going. By January, the BTC assured that it will come out with an independent audit on the funds that were used to hold the said Christmas festivities right at the heat of the city. Further, the BTC explained that it is our well-considered position that the Christmas Fair now going on at the Rose Garden is not a trade fair, contrary to those who seem to equate the activity with those that have been conducted merrily, with the sunshine spread out cheerfully. First and foremost, any selling done in the premises is merely incidental, meant simply to complement the ambiance of an enchanting Christmas setting sought to be simulated. The principal aim is not to make anyone profiteer from its use, but overall, to make the Rose Garden an enchanting place of fun, fellowship, amusement, and family-oriented activities. The chalets for exhibition and marketing outlets form part of sponsor entitlements aside from media values provided depending on the chosen level of sponsorship package. These chalets are strictly curated and sell carefully selected products that exude the Christmas exuberant atmosphere as depicted in European Christmas Markets. Absolutely no rental charges were imposed. To the last exhibitor (except for one whose undertaking we withdrew due to unshared objective), there is collective fulfillment that something valuable is being shared. By Dexter A. SeeBaguio tourism council answers Enchanting Baguio critics BAGUIO CITY December 06 – The private sector-led Baguio tourism Council (BTC) that was created eleven years ago by virtue of the city’s Revised tourism Code to serve as the local government’s partner in advancing the sustainable growth of the local tourism industry lashed out at critic of the 43-day An Enchanting Baguio Christmas at the Rose Garden, saying that the goal was simple, to make the city’s Christmas celebration enchanting enough to inspire a community of kindred souls aching to the shared roles the best that they can. In a statement, BTC interim chairperson Gladys Vergara stated that ‘the world we live in day-by-day is big enough for the Christmas spirit to immerse all of us, heart and soul, towards a desired noble goal.’ “We believe that Baguio is now on the very threshold to be a better city. This will happen when we’re standing by each other’s back, serving shoulder-to-shoulder, striving, aspiring, and winning as one. Ahead, the task remains to be done. A little appreciation, said from a simple Thank You, is enough comfort for us.,” Vergara stressed. She stated that the An Enchanting Baguio Christmas is a joint effort of the BTC and the local government and she happens to serve as the interim chairperson with Anthony de Leon, general manager of the Baguio Country Club (BCC), as vice chairperson. The BTC official pointed out that the council accepted the responsibility of conceptualizing, planning and executing all Christmas-related programs and events, mindful that the task needs a shared effort between the government and the private sector. According to her, in all aspects, the BTC worked unselfishly, gladly coordinating with local government offices directly concerned, striving hard hand in hand with the public counterparts to ensure the successful staging of the events that had been planned for the said activity. “ We humbly acknowledge the sincerity conveyed thankfulness and the gladsome faces of city folks and tourists who graced the pre-launching program at the Rose Garden, which featured stellar performances by the Bayanihan The National Dance Company on November 23 and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra the next day (courtesy of Mr. Arsenio Lizaso, the Cultural Center of the Philippines President, who gave Baguio this rare but most welcome treat. These concerts drew tremendous public reception framed in jubilation, which we profusely thank for, indeed a rousing start to kick-off the 43-day Christmas festivities,” Vergara added. She disclosed that the BTC people stood ten feet tall with everyone who attended the Christmas program last December 1, right in the heart of the city at the Session Road rotunda and with them, ‘we held our bated breath as city officials switched on the symbolic Christmas Tree put up at the circle, followed immediately by the simultaneous lighting up of Session Road, the center islands, the buildings along it.’ Along with the institutional Lantern Parade staged by the Louisian community, the event was a multi-sensory spectacle of Christmas lights and decors liberally used to give us the Christmassy feel never before done in recent years. This is without doubt public approval. She stipulated that the BTC felt disappointed over what have been reported — undoubtedly fueled by malicious intent — every now and then, disparaging the Christmassy feeling that in two weekends and in days in between has overwhelmed our people and out of nowhere, malevolent bashers have raved and ranted in unbelievable disdain, belittling what has been publicly accepted by people from all walks of life, casting aspersions at every turn, magnifying faults that are simply par for the course for huge projects like a Baguio Christmas festival. “We all realize that putting together An Enchanting Baguio Christmas is hardly a breezy walk, given the usual challenges along the way — the magnitude of the task, the scale of aspirations sought to be achieved, the scarcity of time and resources at our disposal. Hard work, focused determination, and yes, self-sacrifice were invested voluntarily to make it happen, often times by self-abnegation,” Vergara stated. For reasons of public transparency and accountability, she emphasized that the BTC is making public a detailed accounting and auditing report of the funds used to make the Christmas celebration happen and let it be noted though that government funds were shoe-string at the very start and the BTC had to source out added funds through meritorious sponsorships to get the huge project going. By January, the BTC assured that it will come out with an independent audit on the funds that were used to hold the said Christmas festivities right at the heat of the city. Further, the BTC explained that it is our well-considered position that the Christmas Fair now going on at the Rose Garden is not a trade fair, contrary to those who seem to equate the activity with those that have been conducted merrily, with the sunshine spread out cheerfully. First and foremost, any selling done in the premises is merely incidental, meant simply to complement the ambiance of an enchanting Christmas setting sought to be simulated. The principal aim is not to make anyone profiteer from its use, but overall, to make the Rose Garden an enchanting place of fun, fellowship, amusement, and family-oriented activities. The chalets for exhibition and marketing outlets form part of sponsor entitlements aside from media values provided depending on the chosen level of sponsorship package. These chalets are strictly curated and sell carefully selected products that exude the Christmas exuberant atmosphere as depicted in European Christmas Markets. Absolutely no rental charges were imposed. To the last exhibitor (except for one whose undertaking we withdrew due to unshared objective), there is collective fulfillment that something valuable is being shared. By Dexter A. See

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