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Why No One Talks About Burnham Lake Anymore

Friday, July 14, 2017

Burnham Lake Defunct Fountain Days


Where I live, an American architect and urban planner named Daniel Hudson Burnham laid the plans for Baguio City and built a man-made lake called Burnham Lake located at Burnham Park.

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Sunrise at Burnham Lake Baguio City Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Lots of fun-filled memories remind me of Burnham Lake as it served as my childhood playground. Burnham Lake started out in the early 50's-60's with just sailboats and there were only two boat rentals operators then.

Burnham Lake One Foggy Morning
When I started learning photography, Burnham Lake is a frequent destination especially during days when it gets foggy. The mix of the fog banks and light creates a mysterious ambiance. One of my favorite photography themes. 

Another Foggy Burnham Lake Cluster of Boats Baguio City Philippines

Moody Sunrise Morning Burnham Lake Baguio City Philippines
Burnham Lake is a perfect place for meditation as calm as the placid lake during early hours of the morning. 

Yellow Boats Burnham Lake Morning

Yellow Boat Burnham Lake Mornings

Burnham Lake Baguio City Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

As I recall my parents related to me that my late uncle started his pioneering ride-a-boat business way back in the early 50-60's. It was his love for sailboats and throughout the years evolved into a showcase row boat rental line called the "Yellow Kingfisher Burnham Lake boats" as branded by my cousins. I quickly learned the skill of boat rowing as my cousins were my direct mentors. 

Boat Guide Fetches the Boat Burnham Lake Baguio City Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
During my high school days when it was vacation time before the start of the school year, I remember helping out in my uncle's boat rental business. One has to report early around 6:00 a.m. and fetch the boats anchored in the middle of the lake. Pull all the boats at the dock, clean them by removing candy wrappers, peanut shells, using a small broom and a dust pan. Wipe the boat seats dry. The first prerequisite is my uncle/cousins require is that you have to be an intermediate-expert in rowing skills and punctuality and attendance at work is a must. The value for work is imbued to those who work at the dock.

Boat Guide Pulls  a Yellow Boat Burnham Lake Baguio City Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Boat Guide Burnham Lake Baguio City Philippines

Yellow Boats Burnham Lake One Morning
At present, the ride a boat rental business continuously provides livelihood of the people who work at the lake. The boat operators started only with just two however throughout the years it grew to around five boat operators. The thriving business in one way or another gives fun/happiness to local people/tourists of who find time to experience riding the different boats of Burnham Lake.
Burnham Lake Boating Maintenance Livelihood

Boat operators offer different forms of local livelihood:

  • Boat guides/rowers; and
  • Boat cashier.
Boat maintenance like painting, boat repairs are done by the boat operators/owners themselves or have it subcontracted.
The Dredging of Burnham Lake 2013 Baguio City Cordillera Administrative Region PhilippinesI took this photo 05 January 2013, the lake was totally drained and dredging work started.

The lake was heavily silted and the City Government of Baguio implemented a large-scale project to rehabilitate the lake which involved: 

  • Total lake water drainage and replacement;
  • Soil dredging/excavation; 
  • Repair and cementing of retaining walls;
  • Repair the boat docks; 
  • Etc.
Muddy Bottom The Dredging of Burnham Lake 2013 Baguio City Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

How about the Muddy Lake Bottom The Walling Infra Burnham Lake 2013 Baguio City Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
This was the status of work completed on 24 January 2013 as repair of the docks is being undertaken.

Fresh Water Filling Up Burnham Lake Baguio City Philippines
On 27 January 2013, Burnham Lake was being filled up with fresh water via motorized pumps. 

First Yellow Boat Ride Clients Burnham Lake Being Filled with Fresh Water Baguio City Philippines
As Burnham Lake receives an infusion of fresh clear water, tourists take their first boat ride experience.    

Yellow Boats First to Service Boat Rides Burnham Lake Fresh Water Refill Baguio City Philippines
It was the Yellow "Kingfisher" Burnham Lake boats who were able to provide boat ride service during the fresh water refill of Burnham Lake.
Swan Lake Burnham Lake morning

Burnham Lake went back to operation on  27 January 2013 However, after a few months, something happened with the lake water as it turned from clear to a dark cocoa/chocolate color.
Burnham Lake Dusk Baguio City Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
A typical end of the day scene at Burnham Lake. Boat rentals cease when it gets dark in the evening. Boating at night is prohibited.

Swan Boats Foggy Burnham Lake Baguio City Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

One Foggy Burnham Lake Baguio City Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Burnham Lake Defunct Fountain Days

I do hope to see the good old days when Burnham Lake Park Management operated its massive fountain spout which when lighted at night changes colors. 

I also hope that our City Government will look into an operationalization of a comprehensive modern lake fountain cum automated lighting system and also get experts involved in the management of the lake bed and make immediate interventions to restore the acceptable water quality of the lake to harbor healthy aquatic plant and freshwater fish life and make the lake more attractive/enjoyable for tourists/visitors/locals aside from the existing rent a boat rides.


Baguio City of Pines Philippines Travel Destination

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Baguio City Camp John Hay Forest Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Four years ago I took the image above and I wrote in my journal, "This morning I went on a solitary journey into the forest here in our city. Mother Nature confirmed that her house is in order with the presence of forest wild musk smell, tall lush and green pine trees, flying butterflies, green luscious mountain ferns, wild red berries, clear water creek and other abundant wild flora. From time to time, we have to get out from the steel and concrete jungle and get our lungs rejuvenated by the cool and clean forest air. Let me commune back with Nature." 

Let me make an attempt to write Where I Live .. a blog series... here's part I

WHO Global Ambient Air Pollution Baguio City Philippines

Wherever possible, estimates have been computed using standardized categories and methods in order to enhance cross-national comparability. This approach may result in some cases in differences between the estimates presented here and the official national statistics prepared and endorsed by the individual WHO Member States. These differences between WHO and national statistics may be larger for countries with small cities and settlements which may not be fully represented by the resolution of the WHO model. This may be compounded for isolated regions where air pollution is primarily from local sources and is experienced at very local levels. It is important to stress that these estimates are also subject to considerable uncertainty, especially for countries with weak statistical information systems.
The boundaries and names were shown and the designations used on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the World Health Organization concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Dotted and dashed lines on maps represent approximate border lines for which there may not yet be full agreement. Data source: World Health Organization WHO 2016. All rights reserved.
Personally, I DGAF about what the World Health Organization (WHO) 2016 pollution report regarding Baguio City as the numbers don't really sync with reality here in our city. I would probably be wearing an oxygen mask right now and breathing through a canister of clean air as I write this blog. 

Fallen Pine Needles Baguio City Forest Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Here's an image of fallen pine needles during a foggy morning. It's part of my Fallen photo album.

City of Pines Green Pine Trees Baguio City Cordillera Administraitve Region Philippines
Here's a view of a Baguio City forest just right after the airport runway expires. 

Equine City of Pines Baguio City Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Where I live is equine fauna is  a local livelihood, a photographer's past time, etc.,  

Here's a link (below) to my blog on Baguio City horses:

The Simplest Ways to Make the Best of Baguio City Horses

BAGUIO CITY (Where I Live)

Baguio City Runner's Heaven Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Baguio City is a runner's haven. 

I remember in my college days how I trained like crazy to compete for long distance marathon. Baguio City is a plateau which is 1500 meters high from the sea, with around 5000 feet average elevation. Massive mountain ranges of the Cordilleras protects the surroundings of Baguio. Baguio geography is characterized by its sloping and rough terrain of which approximately 49 square kilometers is Highly Urbanized City (HUC). Low altitude is approximately 4,000 feet above sea level or lower. As elite athletes acclimate to high altitude we refer to “high altitude” in sports medicine, we generally mean 7,000 to 8,000 feet above sea level or higher. So training in Baguio in a middling level altitude wherein runners acquire more red blood cells which allow their blood to carry more oxygen. When one compete at lower altitudes, the runner gets a natural boost to the muscles when additional oxygen is available.

Baguio City Century Totem Along Mines View Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Where I live... you will also find the  
Baguio Century Totem

Morning Dews Baguio City Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

I love taking photos of dews ... Where I live ... morning dew is a natural thing. One thing is for sure ... the dews ain't black liquid (polluted)... 

Caterpillar Baguio City Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
We call caterpillars "budoh-budoh" in Ilocano dialect which are endemic species and these critters are present during the start of the rainy/wet season (June- October). A caterpillar doesn't just grow into a butterfly but must undergo metamorphosis, and a cocoon is where a caterpillar risks it all from the stage of dormancy to potency and its final transformation of beauty.

Caterpillar Baguio City Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
From time to time I get into taking pictures of butterflies.

American Rose Baguio City Flora Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Where I live Mother Nature's FLORA is queen supreme.

Sunflowers grow along the major travel routes here especially along the highways of Halsema, Quirino/Naguilian Highway, Marcos Highway and Kennon Road.

Busy Bee Baguio City Flora Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Check out my blog on Baguio City Flowers with the link below:


Baguio City ... during the months covering November to February (we call it - BRRR months). Baguio features a subtropical highland climate that closely borders a tropical monsoon climate. The city is known for its mild climate owing to its high elevation. The temperature in the city is usually about 7-8 degrees Celsius lower than the temperature in the lowland area. Average temperature ranges from 15 to 23 °C (59 to 73 °F) with the lowest temperatures between November and February. The lowest recorded temperature was 6.3 °C (43.3 °F) on January 18, 1961 and in contrast, the all-time high of 30.4 °C (86.7 °F) was recorded on March 15, 1988 during the 1988 El Niño season. The temperature seldom exceeds 26 °C (79 °F) even during the warmest part of the year.

Here's a weather forecast of what it's like where I live.

North Luzon weather outlook and Weather outlook for July 3-10, 2017 by PAG-ASA

Baguio City Weather Forecast by Dark Sky app

Golf During Foggy Day Baguio City Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
It's usually foggy in the early morning and also in the afternoon and is accompanied by heavy rain. Lover's of the sport of golf continue with their game whilst it's foggy/raining. I live near golf club areas.

Foggy Day Flora Baguio City Camp John Hay Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

One Morning Baguio City Private Golf Course Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
There are also equally good days where the weather is just bright, warm and sunny.

Airport Loakan Road Baguio City Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Loakan Airport is Baguio City's only airport which started its operations in 1937 however, in July 2011, after  74 years of active commercial/private/military, etc., all aviation flights came to a close. As of writing, the landing strip is being used by locals for bicycle riding, calisthenics/exercises, jogging, etc.,

Shoe Mart (SM) Baguio City Mall Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Where I live the biggest mall was formally opened to the public on November 21, 2003. The infrastructure is aesthetically pleasing but was not designed as typhoon proof and does not offer a centralized mall air-conditioning system. Only selected mall areas have their own air-conditioning units like the movie houses. 


The most sparsely populated region in 2015 is the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), with 87 persons per square kilometer where Apayao is the most sparsely populated province with a population density of 26 persons per square kilometer. Next is Abra with 57 residents per square kilometer of land, Mountain Province and Kalinga, each with 65 persons per square kilometer. However, where I live (Baguio City) is pegged with 6,005 persons per square kilometer which classified as one most densely populated Highly Urbanized City (HUC) outside the National Capital Region (NCR).

Baguio City Population Growth Rate is Pegged at 1.54 Percent based on 2010-2015 Censuses
Baguio City posted a Population Growth Rate (PGR) of 1.54 percent (based on 2,000, 2010, and 2015 Censuses) and Baguio City, the only highly urbanized city in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) which posted a population of 345 thousand.

Til next blog ... Part II ... Thanks much for droppin' by 😎

Hunger Games Guide To One Million Views

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hunger Games Guide To One Million Views avianquests.com

People are hungry for information. In reality, the realm we presently live in is where the real "hunger games" takes place on a daily basis. The existing playing field of the earth has given us the equal chances to access various technology-based tools/resources at our disposal to help our fellow human-beings.

I just opened my email today and saw this subject matter:
Your photos reached a new record on Google Maps!

Actually, it was nothing new. I announced hitting the half million photo/image views last 4/20/2017 02:14:00 PM and I said on the same date that I accumulated a total of 612 photos out which generated 763,231 views and that a  million views were forthcoming. I have no psychic abilities or abilities to read a crystal ball (laughs). 

So, if you haven't read that 500K Hunger Games, here's the link to my blog post. 

In a nutshell. Google Maps acts as the virtual playing field or a physical world drama stage and together with Google Local Guides (actors) of which both work hand in hand following a script (Google Local guidelines) and together made all these things possible.

Simply put, (which is not by accident), mass group effort occurred which might probably be predestined and that all who use Google Maps have created a sort of virtual photo gallery and sharing all of these to the entire world to help others makes physical borders now boundless. If I were a full-time commercial photographer, then perhaps I would have become rich and made a lot of fortunes but my blood of intent is not to seek the perishable avenues but to accumulate good actions (karma) which are imperishable in an artistic and scientific manner. I don't have intentions of competing with anybody and I focus on a daily basis in making my photography better to serve a common good, a higher purpose.  
It's all achievable to become a Google Local Guides and you don't need to be a rocket scientist to attain this voluntary pursuit. It all starts with you posting a single photo using Google Maps about your place, or a place you have visited and you'll never know that seconds, minutes, hours, days, months that people who use their mobile phones, laptops, personal computers, tablets, etc., will be accessing a photo/image as a guide or better yet, a cure to personal homesickness since one's memories of his/her love and remembrances to a certain place as depicted in an image/photo brings immediate joy and happiness. Just repeat the process of randomly posting photos using Google maps and you're good to go.

At this juncture, it's been a great ride and I will continue to share my photos/images in Google Maps. Humbly, I've just started my personal journey, just the tip of an iceberg, a lifetime full of adventures awaits. Let's keep exploring and always bring a camera and use it (click) wisely.

"Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away." ~ Elvis Presley
Hunger Games Guide To One Million Views

The first row of photos/images starting from left to right as follows:
  • Plaza Salcedo, Vigan City;
  • Teacher's Camp. Baguio City;
  • Harrison Night Market, Baguio City;
  • Calle Crisologo, Vigan City; and
  • Malcolm Square, Baguio City
The second row of photos/images from left to right as follows:
  • Mercury Drug, Session Road, Baguio City;
  • St. William the Hermit Cathedral Parish, San Fernando, La Union;
  • Partas Bus Terminal, MacArthur Highway, San Fernando, La Union;
  • Ayala Avenue, Makati, Metro Manila; and
  • Saint Louis University, Maryheights Campus
    Bakakeng, Baguio City

Vigan City,
Ilocos Sur, Region I
blog post : Vigan City's Plaza Salcedo Dancing Fountains

Leonard Wood Road
Baguio City
Cordillera Administrative Region
blog post:  Teachers' Camp

Harrison Road
Baguio City
Cordillera Administrative Region
blog post: Baguio Night Market

Baguio City
Cordillera Administrative Region

Vigan City,
Ilocos Sur, Region I
blog post : Calle Crisologo Moonlight Serenade

St. William the Hermit Cathedral Parish
San Fernando, La Union

MacArthur Highway, San Fernando
La Union

Makati, Metro Manila

Saint Louis University, Maryheights Campus
Bakakeng, Baguio City


The Hunger Games Guide to Half A Million Views

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hunger games, not! 

It's definitely not about the Hunger Games. I realized that the synergy derived from using the combination of primarily, my passion for photography with my being a Google Local Guide and using Google Maps linked further to my personal commitment to help others, results in the unbound benefit of anyone connected to the world wide web, bar none. Humbly, I share my experience.
Cordillera Mural at Burnham Park Baguio City Philippines

It all started with just one picture dubbed  "Cordillera Mural"  I uploaded in Google Maps way back 2015. Then sometime December last year when I did Google search on Burnham park photos that I saw my photo. To my surprise, it generated around nine thousand views. I took things lightly and I never realized that time the impact of my single act of posting just one photo and its relationship with the 9 thousand views. Moving forward ...

Google Local Guides

Welcome to Google Local Guides

And on December 14, 2016, I signed up with the Google Local Guide Program. My fun meter is starting to rise... Being a Local Guide is providing visual and updated information intelligence guidance to visitors who would want to view the place on their mobile, desktop PC, etc., and get information/directions anytime, anywhere.
Google Local Guides Add A Photo
Adding photos in Google Local Guides is one of my favorite activities. I rarely use a smartphone and I heavily use a DSLR camera to take photos and do a file transfer using a camera USB connected with my desktop PC straight to the world wide web. I do admit that I am predisposed to my old school ways of doing things.  
With Google Maps, I also learned to add new places like tourist attractions in my city/country. From time to time, there are new tourist attractions that get created in a location/place and by updating the information helps lots of people.

Google Local Guide Level Two
Dec. 16, 2016-  In just two days since I started,  I immediately reached Google Local Guides Level 2. 
Google Local Guides Level 3
By repeating my Local Guides activity mainly-  Adding a Photo many times over ... the next day, Dec. 17, 2016, I reached Google Local Guides Level 3. As I've mentioned earlier, I have lots of personal images photographed that's filed in my digital repositories. For me, it was quite easy to accumulate the points. The busy Christmas holiday season then was fast catching up, however, that did not slow me down.
Google Local Guide Edit A Place

Whilst you get to know how to a Add a Place, it's also easy to Edit a Place. Some information on places get outdated I encounter this information and do the appropriate updates, for example, complete address, changes of the name of tourist spots, etc.,
Google Local Guides Level 4
Last January 14, 2I17, i reached Level 4 Google Local Guide. 

March 21, 2017, I received an email message from Google Maps, that my photos reached the half million views mark since I started last Dec 14, 2016. 

At the onset of the first month of second quarter, I'm currently at Google Guides Level 4 with 245 more points to hurdle to move up to the last Google Guides level 5.

I've currently churned 612 photos out generating 763,231 views. A million views are forthcoming. I know you can also do this too. 😊

Sign-up as a Google Local Guide now and share your world on Google Maps.


Local Guide RulesOops, do want to see a sample of million views ...
here goes ... Attainable and not impossible. 

Cheers !