Crossing Corners

Street Photography

Crossing Corners. Baguio City (02/22/2018; 6:00pm)

One of the busiest roads in the city where people cross from all corners of this intersection, and scurrying vehicles meet head to tail.

The Bayanihan Lodge in Baguio – an old architectural styled building found across Burnham Park along Shanum Street in Baguio.

This treasured architecture faces property concerns with the local government’s aim to develop the city. The old lodge houses the city’s famous’ Ukay-Ukay (bargain market for clothes).



“Sustainable Tourism” (Photo Story)

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Sustainable Tourism: An Invitation to Participate

“Alay sa Kalikasan”. (A Service to Nature). These volunteers stayed at the end of the parade. No trace of mess and trash were left on the streets after everyone has gone.

The Street Dance Parade and the Flower Float Parade mark the height of the celebration during Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City inviting tourists or visitors to keep coming back in this town.

Tourism treats local social and economic entrepreneurs with guests from different places to patronize products and services offered by the local people. Sustaining the flow of trade and other activities which help promote home-based potentials and opportunities.

One of the threats of tourism however is pollution to the environment because of neglectful practice of keeping the surroundings clean during festivities.

“Alay sa Kalikasan” (A Service to Nature). Holding broomsticks and dustpans, and a banner not to adorn their own group, and joining the parade not to perform but to serve nature by keeping the tail of the performers and street dancers out of trash and mess from the paraders; these are local volunteers from the community committed to give service.

Reminding everyone who participate in the parades- that each one can do their own simple share of awareness in keeping the environment clean. One may not have to bring her own broomstick; it is enough just to carry a selfie-stick and then not leaving any trash behind but properly practice throwing them in the right place.

So everybody may always receive this warm invitation as they go, “Thank you for visiting! Please come again!”


Connecting Fragments *

Grassroots’ Advocate is celebrating their first post.

“Fragmented. Diverse. Co-existing. These are three words I would describe my country. Despite fragments which need to connect, we persist to co-exist and break these barriers.”


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Grassroots' Advocate

This is how I remember my first lesson about the Philippines when I was a first grader. The first lesson is to describe a picture of small fragments of islands and islets being grouped under what are called Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Coming to know of the country, which I have to be proud of, is home for a more than a thousand of species many of which are endemic to the country’s abounding wealth and beauty of various forms of natural resources.
These descriptions show how vast are the forms of life living in the Philippines, not only those we can find in nature but most especially are the people in-charge of these possessions as a nation.

Baguio, Benguet has been my home since I started college. I am not a native of Benguet or in any part of the Cordillera, but I had a chance to…

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Shahi Qila Restaurant at the City of Pines: where you can find authentic kabab and biryani

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What’s in Session:Grassroots Features-Day 1

A woodcrafters’ advocate: Michael’s Concept

Michael’s Concept makes  pro-environment, pro-people, pro-fair trade products. Local wood-crafters from Cebu personally hand-carved these novelty items out from rosewood and other locally grown and sustained wood trees.

These cute, chic, and trendy wooden bookmarks are hand-carved out from Philippine Rosewood. Unlike other wood crafts sold in the mainstream commerce, Philippine Rosewood are indigenous species of wood trees grown and managed in the country.

This bookmark can be purchased at 25php. You can also ask for personalized designs of these items. The items are designed with animals and shades of colors that would imbibe the context of Filipino culture.

Michael’s Concept wood crafts and furniture project is a livelihood initiative of a local entrepreneurs based in San Fernando, Cebu. They use scraps of wood found in their local community and do not need to cut trees for lumber to be used in their products.

“Our products are environment friendly, because we do not use trees which need to be cut down from forests, rosewood are found abundantly in Cebu,” said miss “Etchel”, the lady in-charge of the booth set-up at the “Sessions in Bloom” in Baguio city.

Michael’s Concept started in 1988 as a small livelihood of a family based in San Fernando Cebu. Today they had grown into branches around the country.

Producers of Michael’s Concept supports pro-environment products. They produce novelty items like bookmarks, key chains and letter openers ( an originally designed craft of Michael’s Concept and a unique item found in today’s Session in bloom). The designs they use are original creations by their employees.

Rosewood is an indigenous specie of trees in the Philippines which are self-sustaining, growing in the Philippine forests. They are one of the major type of tees excellent for making word class woodcraft and furniture.


Michael’s Concept’s  project is supported by PREDA Foundation who helps them in marketing and innovating their wood crafts by training their people on how to create unique designs and introducing them to a healthy work environment. This is owned and managed by a family who practices the principles of “Fair Trade” by giving fair and honest labor to their employees.

This make them a pro-people company. To give a fair and honest wage to their people, they have to keep confidentiality of the designs and concepts of their products to avoid imitating the practices of big companies who seal designs of products and make use of machines for production.

Locate and contact Michael’s Concept @’s+Concept/@10.161527,123.706897,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x94748fbb6d7df5c6!8m2!3d10.161527!4d123.706897