Heavy traffic has always been a problem in Baguio City especially during summer and holidays. Due to the high influx of vehicles, there have been one proposal after another to convert open spaces into parking lots. The city is also trying its best not to allow parking in any area to avoid clogging of roads. Just look at these NO PARKING signs!
Is there a solution to this then? Should it be additional parking spaces?
The most practical solution to this is – minimizing the use of our vehicles. Easier said than done right? But we can do it one step at a time. And to start with this, I encourage everyone to start walking and enjoy the city’s embracing breeze.
To help promote our city as THE CITY OF WALKING PEOPLE, here are my top 5 favorite spots where you can start training yourself to get used to walking around the city:
Whew! Now we finally come to the end of this article. Napagod kayo ano? Just a reminder, wherever you jog or walk sa Baguio, paalala lang po…
Let us go back to loving our city once again because there is no other place like Baguio. I may not have experienced the old Baguio that our predecessors first fell in love with but I am of the view that there is so much to preserve than develop.
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Ako po si Elma Quijanio, meron po akong Ukay-Ukay shop dito sa may Baguio City at may dalawa po akong saleslady. Gusto ko lang pong tanungin kung magkano ba ang minimum na bayad sa mga saleslady at kelan po ba sila entitled sa benefits tulad ng SSS?
Isa pa po, ayaw po nilang makaltasan ng SSS. Ano po ang mga pwedeng mangyari kung di ko sila kinakaltasan ng contribution nila sa SSS?
Aking hinimay ang iyong mga katanungan at sinagot sila isa isa sa baba:
1) Magkano ang minimum na bayad sa mga saleslady dito sa Baguio City?
2) Kelan entitled sa SSS benefits ang isang empleyado?
3) Ano ang pwedeng mangyari kung ayaw nilang makaltasan ng SSS?
Magkano ang minimum na bayad sa mga saleslady dito sa Baguio City?
Dito sa Baguio City, ang minimum wage ay:
Basic Minimum Wage
Employing more than 10 workers
Employing 10 workers or less
Dahil may dalawa ka lang na saleslady, klarong base sa chart sa taas, ang minimum wage nila ay P260.00/day. Pwede ka namang mag bigay ng mas mataas kung gusto mo. Ang nakasaad lang diyan ay minimum, ibig sabihin, di pwede bumaba diyan.
Kelan entitled sa SSS benefits ang isang empleyado?
Ayon sa Section 10 ng R.A. 1161 as amended by R.A. 8282, ang effective date ng coverage ng isang empleyado ay sa araw ng kanyang employment. Ibig lang sabihin na kahit isang buwan lang siyang employed ay entitled na siya sa SSS benefits. Siyempre may corresponding contribution ang employer at employee diyan.
Ano ang pwedeng mangyari kung ayaw nilang makaltasan ng SSS?
Hindi po sila pwedeng tumanggi na makaltasan. Ang pwede pong mangyari, pwede kayong habulin ng SSS at pwede kayong makasuhan sa paglabag sa batas dahil obligasyon niyo bilang isang employer ang kaltasan sila at i-remit ang kanilang contribution.
Huwag po kayong padadala kapag sinasabi na huwag nalang silang kaltasan dahil bali-baliktarin man ang mundo ay magiging liable kayo. Lalo pa kung naka-away niyo ang saleslady niyo at binaligtad niya kayo at sinabi sa himpilan ng SSS na hindi kayo nagbabayad ng contributions niya e di kayo ang talo. Hindi po kasi depensa na napagkasunduan niyo na hindi siya kaltasan dahil bawal ang kasunduan na iyan. Kaya maigi pa rin na sumunod sa batas.
Ayon sa R.A. 1161 as amended by R.A. 8282 (SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM) ito ang mga duties at liabilites ng isang employer:
DUTIES OF THE EMPLOYER:
1) To pay employer’s contribution in accordance with the schedule provided in this Act;
2) To deduct and to remit employees’ contributions;
3) To immediately report to the SSS the names, ages, civil status, occupations, salaries and dependents of all his employees who are subject to compulsary coverage;
4) To keep true and accurate work records for such period and containing such information as the Commission may prescribe;
5) To require, as a condition to employment, the presentation of a registration number secured by the prospective employee from the SSS in accordance with such procedure as the SSS may adopt;
6) To notify the SSS of the confinement within five (5) calendar days after receipt of the notification from the employee member; and
7) To advance in two equal monthly installments the maternity leave benefits within thirty (30) days from the filing of the maternity leave application.
At kung sakaling pumalya ka sa mga duties na yan, eto ang mga liabilities para magising ka ng konti at maging strikto sa pag-kaltas ng SSS contributions ng mga saleslady mo:
LIABILITIES OF THE EMPLOYER:
1) The employer shall pay to the SSS damages equivalent to the benefits, which said employee member would otherwise have been entitled to, for his failure to remit the required contributions;
2) To pay, besides the contribution, a penalty thereon of 3% per month from the date the contribution falls due until paid, for his failure to deduct and remit contributions;
3) To pay to the SSS damages equivalent to the benefits, which said employee member would have been entitled to had his name been reported on time by the employer to the SSS, for his failure to report matters required upon him; and
4) To pay to the SSS damages equivalent to the difference between the amount of benefits, to which the employee member or his beneficiary would have been entitled to had the proper contributions been remitted to the SSS, and the amount payable on the basis of contributions actually remitted, for his misrepresentation of the true date of employment of the employee member or for remittance to the SSS contributions less than those required in this Act or for failure to remit any contributions due prior to the date of contingency.
Para maiwasan ang pagdagsa ng mga kaso, maari lamang po na sundin ang nakasaad sa batas patungkol sa sweldo ng mga empleyado. Huwag din pong mag-give in kung ayaw nilang pakaltas ng SSS contribution dahil kayo po ang babalikan ng batas. Naiintindihan ko po na maaring kulang sa pang-araw araw nila kaya ayaw nilang pakaltas pero paki-explain nalang na for their own good din kapag updated ang contributions nila.
Kung malakas naman ang benta, hindi rin masama na itaas ang sweldo nila para maging masaya din sila. 🙂 Share the blessings ika nga.
Sana ay nasagot ko ang iyong mga katanungan Madam Elma. Paalala lang po na ang aking mga payo ay base lang sa katanungan niyo at maaaring mabago kung may karagdagang detalye.
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“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”– Proverbs 22:6.
Inspired with the verse above, Bright Hope Kinder School, one of the newest Kinder School in Baguio City successfully had its Moving Up Ceremony last May 16, 2015. There were 13 BRIGHTONS who graced the stage to receive their symbolic Moving Up Key. Some will be moving up to Kinder 1 and Kinder 2 respectively.
Here are a few photos of the event:
It was one brief school year filled with laughter, fun and learning. These children gave us overflowing inspiration and strength to fulfill our mission and reach our vision for Bright Hope Kinder School, Bright Hope Room for Growth, Inc. We thank the parents and guardians for partnering with us as we continue to journey with your children in their learning process.
We encourage you dear parents and guardians to visit our center at 2nd Floor, Luke Foundation Building, #90 Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City. We offer Nursery, Kinder 1 and Kinder 2 classes in small groups. Classes will start on August 3, 2015. Reservations ongoing. For inquiries please call or text 09178120753.
ALL ABOUT BRIGHT HOPE KINDER SCHOOL:
OUR PHILOSOPHY:“We believe that each child is a unique gift from God and that they have an innate desire to learn about the wonders of this world that God created. Therefore, we should encourage, promote, refine and preserve this natural curiosity.
We believe that a child’s early school experience is important because it lays the foundation for all future educational experiences. We must strike a balance between fanning the flames of learning in the children we teach and the need to help the learn self-discipline and self-control.
We believe that each child has their own learning style and we recognize that each develops at his or her own pace. Thereby, we strive to provide rich opportunities for learning and growth that are age-appropriate, multi-sensory and experiential.
OUR MISSION“is to provide children with the experience of learning in a loving environment particularly through…
BUILDING the confidence of a child in learning;
RESPONDING to a child’s academic, personal, and social needs;
IGNITING a child’s curious and inquisitive mind;
GUIDING a child in developing life skills;
HIGHLIGHTING a child’s strengths;
TREATING a child with patience and as a unique individual;
OUR VISION “To be a trusted entity in the field of Pre-School and Kindergarten education and learning support services, molding and inspiring children to reach their God-given potential.”
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During stressful weeks, I always look for a place where I can dine and relax and just forget about my busy city life. You may say that there are a lot of places with that kind of description here in Baguio and I will agree to that. But I have a new discovery: LA PARILLA CAFE AND GRILL, located at #68 Kisad Road, Baguio City – this cafe is so near the central business district yet the ambiance gives you a feel of being in a hidden and secluded mountain resort. You will not miss this if you are traversing Kisad Road because it is exactly where INN ROCIO & Restaurant is located.
Well, I didn’t have to wait for me to be stressed but I decided to visit La Parilla Cafe and Grill because Bright Hope Room for Growth, Inc., a school that my wife and I founded, just concluded its school year 2014-2015 so that gave us a reason to celebrate.
As a treat to ourselves and our dedicated teachers, we chose La Parilla Cafe and Grill as part of our year-end luncheon. The place is so inviting and you will surely give in to selfie temptations while waiting for your order. Here are some captured memories at La Parilla Grill and Cafe during our Bright Hope Room for Growth, Inc., Admin and Teachers’ Year-End Luncheon:
WHAT WE HAD:
The launching of La Parilla Cafe and Grill is a gift to the City of Baguio. It gives me another reason to say that I have made the right decision of staying here and building a career in this fast growing city.
Others make concrete jungles out of their properties but congratulations to the owners of La Parilla Cafe and Grill, I’m glad that you decided to embrace nature.
Again, food is great and I will surely keep coming back but not only because of the food but because of the calmness that the place brings to my soul. (Kasi if the price is right, kalma lang talaga ako. Dito magugulat ka na quality na ang food at affordable pa ang price kaya – it is really calming to ones soul.)
If you plan to visit the place, just tell them you read about it from my blog and you’ll surely get…a smile from their friendly wait staff.
(Pic: Cassy started in our Jolly Baby Class Program and is now enrolled in Bright Hope's full year Toddler Class Program)
My wife and I started BRIGHT HOPE ROOM FOR GROWTH INC., six (6) years ago. A venture that we started our of passion and purpose. It was a tutorial center then in Barangay San Vicente, Baguio City. We had grade school to high school tutees and even had the opportunity to teach non-readers from the nearby public school out of the goodness of our friends who shouldered their tutorial fees.
Since tutorial centers are mostly only full in the afternoon, we had to look for ways to fill the hours that our center was not being used. One day, when I was walking along the street in our barangay, I saw a lot of mothers holding babies from ages 1 to 2 years old, so I started to have an idea. I did my own research as to how early a child can go to school and came to a conclusion that “the earlier, the better”.
So in the first quarter of 2012, I gathered my neighbors and some of my school batch mates and convinced them to enroll their 2-year old babies in our toddler program. Most of them were hesitant and said that it was too early for a child of that age to be in school but they registered anyway and from then on, we all saw wonders every single day.
On October 24, 2013, an article from the Philippine Daily Inquirer further confirmed the relevance of starting early and I quote:
“The average 18-month-old can say about 10 to 30 words, but some normal 18-month-olds can say only five words. Sometimes I see a toddler of the same age who can say more than 70 words and can put these words in combination to form phrases or sentences. Kate, Trevor, Ryan and Cameron, all my patients, were already talking like a three-year-old when they were 18 months old. Trevor, at 15 months, was able to say more than 40 words when most of his peers could say only three to five words. Our son Len, at 24 months, was able to read the words “Toyota” and “Subaru.”
What do all of these children have in common? They were lucky to have parents and grandparents who started talking with them from the first day of life. They read to them early on and continued reading every night as part of their bedtime routine. These toddlers were fortunate to have parents who challenged and stimulated their brain cells during the first 12 months of their life by frequently talking, reading, counting, adding, singing, and playing in a happy way.
Unfortunately, most parents have the wrong idea that education starts at Grade K. To have happier and smarter children, education must begin during the first 36 months. This is the “golden window” of opportunity for parents, grandparents, daycare workers, babysitters, and nannies to make a huge difference. And for a dramatic educational outcome, educators and policymakers should look into this “golden window” of learning and apply recent cognitive research on how to boost babies’ language and brain development in their curriculum.”
As the article stated, babies are blessed to have people around them who can challenge and stimulate their brain cells while they are developing. Let us not neglect this stage and take this once in a lifetime opportunity to raise geniuses out of our babies. So parents, your babies can go to school too! It is just a matter of carefully looking for the best program that would suit their needs and their personality. Happy parenting everyone!
A foodie is a person who has a particular interest in food, someone who has a discerning palate. A friend once asked me if I am a foodie and in a heartbeat, I said “NO”. I don’t think my palate is sophisticated and discriminating enough to be considered one. Don’t get me wrong. I love food and I will eat anything you serve me for as long as it is edible and especially when I am famished. Most of the time, my goal is just to fill my stomach and that makes me happy and good to go.
When asked to rate food I will only say things like – “too salty”, “can we add salt on this?”, “I believe the chef’s family has no history of diabetes, too sweet”, “the food is like my skin, flawless but with a twist”. Judging food should be as simple as that, right?
But don’t under estimate my self-proclaimed un-sophisticated palate, because the same mouth where my palate can be found is convincing enough to draw the eating public to your restaurant. (with narrowing look and a slight giggle) So instead of a foodie, just call me a food PR.
For me, reviewing food should include not only the taste but the presentation and ambiance. Imagine mo nalang na ngumunguya ka ng spaghetti na lasang sinigang habang katabi ng table mo ang pintuan ng CR at habang painum ka ng iced tea ay maririnig mo pa na may nag flush ng toilet bowl kasabay ng iyong paglunok. How would you feel?
Going back sa being foodie and making a food review. Sa akin, dapat yung itsura ng food bagay sa taste. If you ordered adobo, dapat lasa at itsurang adobo ito. Hindi yung:
Kuya D: “Excuse me. Kuya, I think I ordered adobo, not dinuguan”.
Waiter: “Sir, sorry but that is adobo.”
Kuya D: (tumbling 5x, sabay split).
On a serious note, here in Baguio City, there is this hidden food paradise that only food hunters will discover. Along Ambuklao Road, a huge glass house warmly welcomes people with adventurous palates. This food paradise is called “Mama’s Table” by Chef Vicky Tinio-Clemente.
Reservation starts by texting Chef Vicky and receiving the message below:
Without traffic, the paradise is only a 10 minute-drive from the city. Upon arriving, you will be ushered by Chef Vicky to this wide sala: Where you can entertain your guests:
Toast to a colleague’s success:
Fight over who’s going to foot the bill:
Plain soshalan lang:
It is also in this part of the house where you’ll get the warmest food welcome through Chef Vicky’s special appetizer:
While waiting for your food, you will be tempted to take pictures of the beauty that is before you. A huge glass house, wide garden, sophisticated furnitures, paintings that only altas can identify and appreciate (Wala akong na-identify kaya na bad trip ako. But I was able to appreciate naman kahit papano, I said “hmmmm nice painting” and I immediately went outside to count how many pine cones fell). Here are some dramatic pictures from the place: By the fire place and the living room.
Mga maaring eksena sa garden habang hinihintay ang pagkain:
After taking pictures inside and out, ito na ang pinakahihintay ninyo – DEGUSTATION:
The very first time that I’ve been to this place, there is only one thing that I captured and that is – PASSION. Only a person who loves what he/she does can come up with something like this and I salute Chef Vicky for being an inspiration.
After every visit, you will never “not want” to have a picture taken with the lady who, like an orchestra conductor, played melody for our stomach.
We enjoyed the food and the place and I hope that you enjoyed the read. Visit Chef Vicky one of these days and be inspired.
I intentionally did not edit her digits above so you can contact her and have this once in a lifetime experience. Again, this is DEGUSTATION at its finest.
NOTE: (Night pictures courtesy of Atty. Yzanne Merced (Except the group pic in the garden); Day and Food pictures courtesy of Atty. Louella Navarro)
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April 15, 2015 – It was supposed to be an ordinary busy day at the Baguio City Justice Hall and as part of my routine, I have to go up and down the stairways of the “bulwagan”, greet colleagues, attend to clients, shake hands, throw a quick smile and wave here and there.
As a model (in its showbiz sense) Public Attorney, I see to it that I play the part very very well. From my court hearing, I was about to get some records from the office when suddenly, yes, it was very abrupt, I saw someone familiar. It was my good friend (disclaimer: he knows that he is good, but he doesn’t know that I am his friend)Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen – in the flesh. Thus, my normal schedule went haywire! (To our valued taxpayers, I assure you that no Public Attorney duties were neglected during this time)
People in Baguio love “Justice Marvic”, as I fondly call him (as if), because just like me, he grew up here in the City of Pines. In fact, he graduated valedictorian from Saint Louis University – Boy’s High School. What makes me prouder is that he is the youngest to hold the Associate Justice position since Manuel V. Moran in 1938. I think I already said enough about my friend. Let me just share to you some of the pictures taken during Justice Marvic’s surprise visit to me (I was surprised, really surprised) at Baguio City Justice Hall. To prove that we really are friends and that I am rubbing elbows with Justice Mavic, Here is a pic. Justice Mavic, however noticed that there was a space between us so he requested for another shot. He asked if we could also do jump shot but I reminded him that we are in the justice hall. Here is the second pic:
After our pictures were taken, the who’s who of the Baguio City Justice Hall gathered around us:
If you observe the pic above, parang may balak si Atty. Linda na i-crop ang kanyang picture at kakaiba ang posing niya. Si Ms. Marnelli naman, kahit hindi mo ipagsiksikan ang sarili mo diyan e hagip ka parin ng camera so okay din kung nagrelax ka, tignan mo kami, mukhang alta. After the picture taking, I sensed that I achieved an instant celebrity status. People from different walks of life started to request a photo with me and forgot about Justice Marvic. Here are the photos:
Finally, I arrived after a few minutes for the photo shoot:
I could not post all the photos but believe you me, there is more! After my Justice Hall appearances, I decided to just retreat to my office and take a photo with myself, just me. Alone, no crowd, away from the limelight and no media. I needed some time to internalize what just happened.
Have a blessed day people! Remember to always have fun: LIFE NEED NOT BE COMPLICATED! But wait, ikakasal ka ba? Debut? I think you need to click SOULSCENT below:
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Anyways, until my next article. Who knows, it might be the Chief Justice visiting next time! 🙂
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Everyone is becoming health conscious these days. Maririnig mo ang iyong mga ka-opisina planning to work out after work or turn on that speaker for an in-office zumba session.
Zumba sessions will cost you around more than a hundred per session if you hit the gym, but that is no longer the case.
Here in Baguio City, you can just plan an early walk at Burnham Park and do things like jogging, walking or joining zumba groups. Yes, para silang mga union ng mga trabahante, may mga grupo sila.
Join me for a Zumba tour:
Pagdating ko sa Burnham Park, nagulat ako sa dami ng grupong nagzuzumba!
I asked around and guess what! Zumba sessions start @ P20.00! Saan ka pa?! Kung wala ka namang P20.00, pwede kang magtago sa likod ng gumamela bush para di ka makita ng zumba instructor dahil malamang ay bilang niya kung ilan ang naki-ki-indak sa kanya to the tune of Michael Jackson’s Thriller song.
Sa dami ng nagzuzumba, I decided to take some memorable shots of my ZUMBA TOUR. Here are my favorite ZUMBA SESSION PICS: (I’m not a photographer so forgive the quality, taga caption lang ako. hehe)
Akala ko sila lang ang nagzuzumba but when I continued to walk to the other side of the park, I was amazed to see more of their kind. (More of their kind talaga, hehe)
Nagulat naman ako dito sa kabila, dahil iba ang kanilang trip, may variety…
Pauwi na ako ng mapansin ko na nandito pa din ang grupong ito…
Pero di lang mga nagzuzumba ang napansin ko, namangha ako sa pagmamahalan ng dalawang ito:
…dahil breakfast beside the lake ang kanilang trip…para lang silang nasa isang floating restaurant with their gourmet coffee and malunggay pandesal.
Whew, paalala lang, if you join the zumba groups, don’t forget to
para mapanatili ang kalinisan sa Baguio City. So ayan, alam niyo na kung saan makiki-zumba ng pasok sa budget!
Mag-ukay na ng zumba clothes and join them. Thanks for reading and joining me in my random morning adventure. Until next time!
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