What Else Can Baguio City Confirm About Its People?
Baguio City does not just own up the hunky rescuer who was featured on ABS-CBN’s Rated K this week. The city has so much good things to confirm.
James Rojas, the 21 year old rescuer who became an instant celebrity for being good-looking and notably alert during their rescue operations in Bohol after the recent earthquake, is now one of the flag bearers of the city.
Aside from having locals who have got the x- factor, there are other more exciting words that could be associated with people from Baguio.
Honest Taxi Drivers
Whether the traffic is very slow, the flag down rate in cabs remains P35. Taxi drivers of Baguio are honest people who do not demand for additional charges. They give the exact change to their passengers even if it is a matter of a single peso. They go down and help their passengers when there are lots of cargoes to carry into the vehicle. They are not just honest; they are also reliable.
Country Music Lovers
While it is true that Nevada Square bars play techno and pop music, homes in Baguio city are always tuned in to country music. Americans who occupied the city introduced country music to locals, and the music genre is still well-loved until these days. One FM station called 99.9 Country plays the hits of Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Faith Hill and other artists from the country genre.
They Also Wear Modern Clothes
Contrary to misinformed notions, people in Baguio City also wear the same clothes with people from Manila, Cebu and Davao. The native g-string and tapis are worn by locals during ceremonies and special events. However on a regular day, a person in Baguio wears pants and t-shirt- the same with anyone. People in Baguio also love winter boots, Russian caps, leather jackets, Levis pants, knitted toppers, and other favorites of a modern man.
Bilingual and Good English Speakers
Because of the strong American influence, people in Baguio City speak good English. They greet each other and order their food in restaurants in English. Filipino or Tagalog is a lowlander’s language and Baguio people may speak it but the sound a distinct regionalized Filipino. Aside from English, Ilocano is also widely spoken in the city. Because of the people’s English skills, Koreans, Japanese and Chinese nationals arrive in the city to learn English. Thus, English as a Second Language (ESL) centers have mushroomed in the past years giving employment to locals while placing Baguio as one of the most prominent provider of English education to non-English speaking countries.
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