Showing posts from March, 2021

Baguio’s Iron Lady: A Story of Love, Advocacy, and Dismay.

Cecilia Elena Cariño Afable, known to many Baguio folks as “Auntie Cecile”, was born on Nov. 11, 1918 to the humble family of Josefa Cariño and Teruji Okubo, a Japanese carpenter who came to Baguio to help build Kennon Road. Her mother was the daughter of the great Ibaloi chieftain and local hero, Mateo Cariño. Auntie Cecile was the only girl of five children of Josefa. Her two brothers were Policarpio and Bernardo, both deceased, and her half-brothers were Oseo and Sinai Hamada from Josefa’s earlier marriage to the late Reukitse Hamada. A couple of years after the end of WWII, Cecile and her brothers, Sinai and Oseo, established the Baguio Midland Courier which was to become the most widely read and distributed local newspaper in the City and its neighboring municipalities to date.Her passion for writing found its home in her column, “In and Out of Baguio”, which gained popularity for her uncompromising, straightforward, and oftentimes tough commentaries on individuals and institution

Cordillera Autonomy and the “Itunu Mi” Dilemma.

“Otonomi kayo nga otonomi, baka awan tun ti ituno mi”. Some few years ago, this pun has been a common banter among folks in the barrios when the issue on regional autonomy manages to surface in discussions, speeches, and even in roundpost-induced debates. While it seems like a lame attempt at humor, such satire is actually pregnant with meaning if viewed from a different stand point. The most obvious is that Cordillerans are worried about the fate of the local economy and the effects on their traditional way of life if the region will be under an autonomous government. Since its inception in the 1987 constitution, the quest for regional autonomy for the Cordillera has failed twice in two plebiscites and until now, debates still ensue as to whether or not autonomy is truly beneficial to the different localities comprising the region. Sadly in the ongoing exchange of views, participation seems to be limited to leaders, politicians, business entities, and those who are in the upper stra