Baguio Midland Courier, DZWT and Other Means of Communication
Midland Courier was our local newspaper then. I am not sure if it still is. Everything you wanted to know about Baguio was there. If you want to know who passed away that week, it will be there complete with the information about the dead’s immediate relatives, where his body is lying, when the burial is, etc. If the dead had a few children from somewhere, everyone would be looking at the obit to find out if all his children were included.
It was a synopsis of what happened during the week because this newspaper was published only once a week on a Sunday. Because it was such a small community, all the locals knew who was who, everyone knew who excelled in what. Everyone who deserved special attention got it. Baguio Midland courier was owned and ran by the Hamada family headed by the Late Oseo Hamada.During typhoon season, Baguio became isolated from other provinces or maybe the other way around. Baguio’s telephone system was not yet that developed when I was still there and so the only way to convey your messages to your relatives and friends in the outerskirts is to go to this radio station, DZWT that had a high frequency, it could reach as far away as Kalinga. The program was called “Panawagan” and announcements are usually said at 7:00 am, 12:00 PM and at 6:00 pm. If you missed the announcement, you need not worry because chances are your neighbor might have heard it and it will be relayed to you if it concerned you. News spread like fire, I tell you.
Mang Tenorio was a legendary radio announcer. From the richest to the poorest of Baguio City, they all knew him in one way or another. He had this "O kaliwan-liwa at kakanan-kanan" program and in this program, he would express his wackiest literaries. 'wonder if he is still alive? Some found this program as corny or baduy but still it was part of Baguio's history.
Telegram would be another thing if your message went to somewhere other than Mt. Provinces, Pangasinan or the Ilocos Region. It took about 7 days to reach the recipient. We had P T & T and RCPI. If you want to make a long distance call to Manila or any part of the Philippines or the world, you had to go to PLDT near the Post Office loop. At PLDT, you had to give the various info like the telephone number of the party you want to call and the person you want to talk to and wait for about 30 minutes for your call to be connected.
Oh, memories. More.