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Reeling from pandemic, baguio starts crawling out of economic crisis / Valerie Damian.

By: Damian, Valerie [author].
Contributor(s): Cabreza, Vincent.
Material type: materialTypeLabelContinuing resourceAnalytics: Show analyticsPublisher: Makati City : Philippine Daily Inquirer, 2020Subject(s): Baguio City | Crawling economy | Pandemic | Economic crisis | Covid-19 | LGU | Tourism industryOnline resources: View the Article Abstract: BAGUIO CITY, Benguet, Philippines — Twenty horses were rented by the Baguio City police for a small parade on Aug. 24 when it staged a flag-raising ceremony at Wright Park here. That was the first time Baguio’s “pony boys” got paid since the coronavirus pandemic forced the Luzon lockdown in March, said Simber Serong, 50, who had made a living renting out his horses to riding enthusiasts and tourists for two decades. The pony boys’ business is how Serong’s trade has been called. It is an informal enterprise began by Ibaloy clans, which has grown into 10 associations of riders that take care of about 200 horses. Like the rest of the country, Baguio was unprepared for the losses and stress brought on by the lockdown that shut businesses, kept families indoors, and prevented tourism and leisure enterprises from operating. But Baguio folk also displayed the Filipino tenacity to skirt the crisis and dig out opportunities from this year’s bad breaks. Willpower That willpower is being honored today, Sept. 1, when Baguio celebrates its 111th Foundation Day—not with pomp and pageantry that no longer have a place in a pandemic—but with the easing of restrictions on the road to reviving its economy. The city government hopes to get in 2021 half of the taxes and revenue it generated last year because of the economic slowdown. Read more: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1329499/reeling-from-pandemic-baguio-starts-crawling-out-of-economic-crisis#ixzz6WzUj01cp Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook
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BAGUIO CITY, Benguet, Philippines — Twenty horses were rented by the Baguio City police for a small parade on Aug. 24 when it staged a flag-raising ceremony at Wright Park here.

That was the first time Baguio’s “pony boys” got paid since the coronavirus pandemic forced the Luzon lockdown in March, said Simber Serong, 50, who had made a living renting out his horses to riding enthusiasts and tourists for two decades.

The pony boys’ business is how Serong’s trade has been called. It is an informal enterprise began by Ibaloy clans, which has grown into 10 associations of riders that take care of about 200 horses.

Like the rest of the country, Baguio was unprepared for the losses and stress brought on by the lockdown that shut businesses, kept families indoors, and prevented tourism and leisure enterprises from operating.

But Baguio folk also displayed the Filipino tenacity to skirt the crisis and dig out opportunities from this year’s bad breaks.

Willpower
That willpower is being honored today, Sept. 1, when Baguio celebrates its 111th Foundation Day—not with pomp and pageantry that no longer have a place in a pandemic—but with the easing of restrictions on the road to reviving its economy.

The city government hopes to get in 2021 half of the taxes and revenue it generated last year because of the economic slowdown.



Read more: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1329499/reeling-from-pandemic-baguio-starts-crawling-out-of-economic-crisis#ixzz6WzUj01cp
Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

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