baguio city

The City of Baguio is a highly urbanized city in northern Luzon in the Philippines. Baguio City was established by Americans in 1900 at the site of an Ibaloi village known as Kafagway. Baguio is the seat of government of the Cordillera Administrative Region. The name of the city is derived from the word bagiw in Ibaloi, the indigenous language of the Benguet Region, meaning 'moss'. The city is at an altitude of approximately 1500 meters (5100 ft) in theLuzon tropical pine forests ecoregion conducive to the growth of mossy plants & orchids. Baguio City has become the center of business & commerce as well as the center of education in the entire Northern Luzon.

The region around Baguio was first settled primarily by the the Ibalois & later the kankanaey's. In the nearby town of La Trinidad, Benguet, Spaniards established acommandante or military garrison, although Kafagway, as Baguio was once known, was barely touched. In 1901 Japanese & Filipino workers hired by the Americans built Kennon Road, the first road directly connecting Kafagway with the lowlands of Pangasinan. Before this, the only road to Kafagway was Naguilian Road. On September 1, 1909 Baguio was declared a chartered city. The famous American architect Daniel Burnham, one of the earliest successful modern city planners, laid a meticulous plan for the city in 1904. His plan was, nevertheless, realized only to a small extent, primarily due to growth of the city well beyond its initial planned population of 25,000 people. The Americans earlier declared Baguio the Summer Capital of the Philippines on July 1, 1903 & The American Residences the residence of the American governor-general to escape Manila's summer heat. They further developed Baguio, building parks & public structures such as Wright Park in honor of Governor General Luke E. Wright, Burnham Park in honor of Baguio city planner Daniel Burnham, Governor Pack Road, & Session Road.




Last December 08, 2013 a Christmas Party filled with fun games and excitement andsumptuous food was held at Dontogan Elementary School to express Abanao Square’s greetings to  kids during the Christmas Season. The said party was intended to show to them that the true meaning of Christmas is giving.

 It was a day filled with fun games and sumptuous food and beverages as provided by our generous partners; Greenwich, JCM Exhibits Depot, Patdew Shawarma, LBC, MJ Gas and Zagu. Santa Claus was also present during the event to hand out gifts to the kids. 

Santa Claus who is a fictional character which symbolizes giving, loving and forgiving was also present during the event to give gifts to the kids.