I am an Igorot, a Filipino, an earthling. My ethnicity may have made me different, but so does yours and the others out there. Our disparities may be glaring at times, however, if we look through our heart, we will notice our commonality as human beings.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Baguio City Products

I've just posted earlier today (see the article here) that strawberries and flowers which are known to have come from the City of Baguio are actually from La Trinidad, the capital of Benguet and that most of the vegetables are from all over Benguet. Few hours later, Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (KMJS) at GMA Network aired that even the peanut brittle and brooms sold in Baguio are from other provinces. The peanut products are mostly from Pangasinan while the brooms are from La Union. Indeed, almost all of the so called "Baguio Products" are from adjacent towns and provinces.

Well, Baguio is not claiming that it is producing the products being sold in its market. In fact, the makers of the Baguio Centennial Logo explained that the red wing of the butterfly has strawberry in it to recognize the contribution of the neighboring towns that help make the commerce in the city alive ( click here to read more or here to see and download the logo). But for sure, the neighboring towns are also happy that tourism in the city has opened doors for their products as expressed by one of the interviewed peanut product supplier in KMJS.

So, next time you visit Baguio, grab as many souvenir items as you can and don't forget to ask where the products came from. Because in Baguio, you don't only explore beautiful tourist destinations but you can also have various products from Northern Luzon and other countries as well. (I have not forgotten to mention the ukay-ukay, have I?. )