Baguio-Benguet Lucky Summer Visitor 2015 to be selected on Maundy Thursday

April 1, 2015 5:55 am 

BAGUIO CITY, March 30 -– The choosing of the Baguio and Benguet 2015 Lucky Summer Visitor (LSV) will be done for the 50th time on Maundy Thursday, April 2 since the first was chosen in 1965.

The Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club, Inc (BCBC), the umbrella media organization in the Cordillera Region, is preparing for the annual search for the LSV for first timers in the Summer Capital of the Philippines.

The annual BLSV is now a 50-year-old project of the BCBC in partnership with the Baguio City Government, the province of Benguet, the municipalities of La Trinidad and Tuba and the different government line agencies and other companies and private partners.

The annual search of the BCBC LSV commenced with the opening of Camp Peppot (named after Jose Nicolas ‘Peppot’ Ilagan, one of pillars of journalism in Baguio City) at the Burnham Park on Monday, March 30 with the traditional rituals by a “Mambunong” (High Priest).

A two-day journalism seminar for students and information officers of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) – Cordillera and the Synchronized Information, Communication, Education (SICE) Team from the various mining company in the region, began on Monday.

A mass to be officiated by Baguio-Benguet Vicar Bishop Carlito Cenzon will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 1 at Camp Peppot followed by the Kapihan sa Baguio media forum with the different officials of Baguio City, Benguet, government line agencies and private partners as panelists.

For the first time, Rosario, La Union Mayor Belarmin Red Flores III will join the Kapihan.

The BCBC tapped the local government of Rosario, La Union as partners and will be assisting on Maundy Thursday in the selection of the LSV from passengers of buses coming from different parts of the lowland provinces.

The LSV will have the opportunities to meet local government officials of Tuba, Benguet at Barangay Twin Peaks along the scenic Kennon Road, a quick stop at the famous Lions Head, then to the Baguio City Hall for a courtesy call with Mayor Mauricio Domogan.

The "red carpet, all expenses paid", summer escapade of the LSV begins.

The LSV will be billeted at the Forest Lodge courtesy of the Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevCo) and will be presented to members of BCBC at the Media Camp later that night with the grand welcome party hosted by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA).

The lucky visitor or visitors (if the chosen vacationer has companions) will tour the different landmarks of Baguio and Benguet like the Balatoc Mines in Itogon, Benguet, the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), Tam Awan Village and Sitio Pungayan in Mount Cabuyao where the phenomenal "Sitio La Presa" of the television soap opera "Forevermore", is located.

The LSV will also have an "all expenses paid" trip and adventure at Pugo Adventure (PUGAD) in Pugo, La Union along Jose D. Aspiras Highway (Marcos Highway).

The LSV will have a chance to be a part of the Strawberry Festival of La Trinidad, Benguet and experience the strawberry picking at the valley’s famous Strawberry Fields.

Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan and La Trinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda will welcome the visitors in the vegetable and flower capital of the Philippines.

Apart from the free guided tours, the LSV will also be treated to the nightly shows by the various local performers in Camp Peppot.

Easter Sunday, April 5, is the annual media family day where families and children of broadcasters and journalists have fun and games and partake of the culminating lunch followed by a send-off program for the LSV.

The LSV will take home different souvenirs, vegetables, fruits, bottled produce and goodies courtesy of the Baguio Market Vendors Association and Cooperative (BAMARVACO).

The LSV will travel back to their province of origin for free, courtesy of the bus company of his or her choice. (PNA)

LAP/JOJO LAMARIA

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