Tuesday, November 02, 2004

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.


Blogger Cerridwen said...

wow! that was the way then??? goodness... im sorry but I ca't imagine trying to get a mesage across and either waiting that long for the recipient to receive it or going through so much trouble to send a message or make a call.... at least nowadays it is much much better ...thanks for stopping by my blog would you mind if I link you? I have always gone toyour "food blog" (as I call it) to watch out for good recipes and advise or tricks to pick up. you have helped me couple of times and i have used 2 of your recipes too. thanks a lot

6:02 PM  
Blogger ting-aling said...

'sure can Cerridwen. I did get your turkey recipe. 'will try it this easter..it looked interesting.

8:27 PM  
Blogger watson said...

When I was in college (early to mid 90s), Baguio Midland Courier was still very much alive. My fried used to deliver this newspaper to street vendors, and I used to help him in his deliveries.

That's one newspaper to search when I go there sometime.

4:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even I used to read that old newspaper when I was in Baguio. I wish somebody take it to the www so I can still read it online.

10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope baguio midland courier goes online so that i can read it out too eventhough i am away from home. Any takers?

6:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm looking for the Baguio Midland Courier's email address. I hope you can help me.

My email is paul.farol@gmail.com

11:45 PM  
Anonymous czy said...

i was just wondering if anybody here knows when will the Cordillera Day 2007 be held and where.. thank!!

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baguio Midland Courier is going online at it marks its 60th anniversary this month (April 2007).

Harley Palangchao
Baguio Midland Courier

5:38 AM  
Blogger Kaili-an said...

Dear Sir,
Am a fan of your weekly news and daily airings.
I would like to inform you sir that we have a water problem in our place(This is my email address name). this was not an issue before but with the Jamie omping foundation and Mr. Bencio they created this problem, please sir kindly write this down on your weekly paper so that they can read it since they are not doing any adjustments in their part.we the legitimate residence that are all suffering.
AAAHHH and also sir, the BECKEL Drivers association is not doing their part when it comes to public service. ALL the time we have PILA just after 6pm this is due to lack of responsibility of almost all the drivers,they "Garahe" there jeep s soo early and with there counterpart the taxi driver who will impose a P20 fare,can you believe that, how a bout the students who have just enough money for their allowance.And also they do not having early express trips going to baguio city soo again almost all the time we are late in class and at work.
Hope for your fair and equal understanding. We are waiting for the best service and best chages in our barangay, i personally believe in the media specially to sir's.
Thanks you.

4:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the staff... thank you!!!!

kindly published my name Jessie Laongan as a male coz its true. my birth certificate from the civil registrar is listed in a female when i was registered in 1988.i said this coz i have no money to published and no money to pay an attorney.

thank you

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:40 AM  
Blogger PinoyNoir said...

Do you remember a certain Lucien Pan who wrote for 'Graphics' (sp). Not sure if that magazine is still around. I think he resided in Baguio and he usually wrote funny articles about life in Baguio or the 'Pinas in general.

2:38 PM  
Anonymous maaonb said...

greeting from afar.... every sunday morning we are eager to read the midland courier online, thats keep us in touch with our beloved cordillera. thou, please do include the classified ads..... thank

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kaili-an don't fret..beckel drivers are our problems too b4..nuon beyond 7PM,wla na byahe..eh may classes pa kami till 8PM,so what we did was to gather at the pacdal police outpost after classes hanggan 9PM.madami kami estudyante,d lang naman sa beckel pupunta mga yun eh..sa lamot,kawat,basta madaan dun sa ambuklao road na yun.the police will assist us,ipalugan dakami iti jeep,xyempre ah aggugudwa ti plete..try nyo once lakarin from pacdal circle to beckel.ako many tym i tried,nakainom pa ako.when arrive home wala na ang tama ng alak..rain or shine yan,,no kidding..lol

3:32 PM  
Blogger jah said...

hi.. i wonder if you could help melocate the website of dzwt or magic 99.9, for me to be able to listen to them online?... we dont have a radio kc but we need to listen to some local news... just email me... hazeljuis@yahoo.com... tenx tenx...

6:51 AM  
Anonymous Orcah said...

I remember in the 70's Luccien Pan wrote some books about his experience in the Philippines as a foreigner. They were so funny. I am looking to buy some of them for my husband.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just wan't to ask sir if 'it is normal' if a barangay was a member of a family who work a barangay kagawad and her husband a barangay tanod.a daughter in law who is a health member i don't know what position is that but they are all recieving a monthly honorarium.is that normal or bawal sa gobyerno and all of them have a regular private job.

3:56 AM  
Blogger Lucpan said...

Yes PinoyNoir,
Great that you still remember Lucien Pan's book - can't beat that for Baguio nostagia in the 60's.

You can get that book free here:

9:41 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home