By Elizabeth Lolarga, VERA Files
Baguio has become a tourist cliché, even a disappointment for those with memories of how the highland city looked and smelled like in decades past.
Those who fell slowly in love with the place and decided to resettle there, Therese Jison among them, are sensitive about media attacks against their adopted city.
These attacks have some bases: rampant pollution, poor garbage disposal, mushrooming billboards that block panoramic views, and the deterioration of popular tourist spots like Mines View Park which has turned into a giant tiangge (flea market).
Jison says it reached a point "where we had nothing much to show" with the charisma of Camp John Hay waning when it decided to "grow buildings." So she tried to put "a little of the old Baguio" onto a 2,000-square-meter property on Upper Fairview Road in Quezon Hill. She has turned a sloping area once peopled by informal settlers into "a pocket oasis that puts art, culture, nature and cuisine in oneRead More »from Mother’s Garden recreates the old Baguio