As the sun goes down and the last embers of its wake fade to blue, tiny lights flicker on one after another from the houses that sits on the city’s hills. Evening arrives and everything starts to glow. The hills become totally illuminated by houses twinkling like Christmas lights on December nights.
Fanciful as these seems, these light display has a not so good side to it. It is an indicator how urbanized the city has now become. The hills that were once lush with pines are now replaced by rows upon rows of houses. And their destructive growth seemed unstoppable.
Come morning, what was magical just a few hours ago reveals its true colors. Houses upon houses, towering buildings, stacked one after another, totally overpowering the greens of Baguio. The city had indeed paid the price of development, I just hope that it is not too late and the government’s doing something about it. Proper zoning, green architecture (albeit unconventional and expensive), and development moderation are all part of the solution for this crisis, but rehabilitation would take generations before the city is brought back to its old green-covered state.
Like a Mecca of sorts, Baguio City is almost always spoken with reverence among the Filipinos; let’s hope measures are taken for it to stay that way.
PART OF A 4-DAY BAGUIO SERIES
Trip Itinerary-Summary | People Watching at Burnham Park | Burnham Park’s Orchidarium| Ukay Ukay Stores Revisited | Zola Resto Café
50’s Diner | Veniz Grill Breakfast Buffet | Walking Around Tam-Awan Village | The Art of Tam-Awan | Tam-Awan Café
The Architecture of BenCab Museum | The Art Inside BenCab Museum | Café Sabel | Café by the Ruins | Night Market
The Haunting of the Laperal White House | PNKY Travel Café | The Funky PNKY Travel Café Menu | Camp John Hay’s Eco Trail
Lost Inside Camp John Hay’s Golf Course | Starbucks at Camp John Hay Revisited | Starbucks Global Icon City Mug | Mt Cloud Bookshop
Oh My Gulay! Redux! | The Lights Across Baguio’s Hills | Hotel Veniz | Public Market Pasalubongs