baguiocollageAny good old reason for me to visit Baguio City is a refreshing diversion.  Last June 21, I took off to be on time for the NORTH LIGHT exhibit at BENCAB’s museum which featured works of artists friends POPO SAN PASCUAL, LING QUISUMBING RAMILO, PARDO DE LEON, ALETH OCAMPO, TOSHA ALBOR and JUN JUN STA. ANA.  Wet , somber and cold ; Baguio is now as busy as Cubao with a river of faces flowing endlessly along Session Road.  It was a very short stay though but we managed to huddle up for some eats at Kidlat Tahimik‘s OH MY GULAY! ; Cozy PNKY’s and Mitos Yniquez’ HILLSTATION .  I also had the chance to meet up with good old friend Frances LosBaños-Picart at RoseBowl Chinese Resto.  Fran is originally from Daraga, Albay but is now settled beautifully in the pine city.  We stayed at a friend’s cottage at the Teacher’s Camp and I had a slight encounter with some good spirits I’d rather keep as a sweet afterthought.  Victory Liner‘s rather expensive First Class coach service took me there and back.  Personally, I wish to commend the bus company for such a luxurious journey [a five-hour nonstop comfy ride] which had a portalet on board; some snacks and free use of a tablet [of course it had wifi!].  Somehow I feel I’m climbing up sometime soon if only to sit by some fireplace and celebrate the chill and how lovely life can be up there!

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