Baguio commemorates 23rd anniversary of 1990 ‘killer quake’


MAYOR Mauricio Domogan on Tuesday led the various commemorative activities that marked the 23rd anniversary of the intensity 7.9 earthquake in the Richter Scale which toppled a dozen tall concrete buildings and killed more than 400 people in this mountain resort in 1990.

The activities, which followed the regular flag-raising ceremony, was a simple program, wreath-laying by civic clubs at various sites of the disaster where most of the victims died, and tree-planting.

The ecumenical mass to be led by Bishop Carlito Cenzon, of the Baguio-Benguet vicariate will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at Juan Luna Drive here. The earthquake happened at 4:28 p.m.

Wreath laying rites were done at the sites of the former Hyatt Terraces Hotel, Baguio Park Hotel, and others where most of the victims died.

Domogan recalled that the unity of the residents and the assistance of the national government helped Baguio to recover from the disaster that left this city in ruins.

To date, the city aside from maintaining its role as destination of international tourism has become an educational center north of Manila since six years ago.

The disaster with wide magnitude also made the residents prepared for any disaster as a way to minimize the loss of lives and properties during natural calamities.

Alongside disaster-preparedness, the residents also gave importance to environmental protection. There are now more developed tree parks and tree-planting sites here like the Busol watershed and the environs of the giant rain basin at Mount Santo Tomas. PNA



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