Opposite Connection – Baguio Midland Courier


Souvenirs from Baguio ATBP

(Editor’s note: The Courier reprints the chronicles of the late prosecutor Benedicto T. Carantes as a tribute to one of his longtime columnists. This article was published on September 1, 2019)

Enjoy your stroll along the heritage landmark Session Road, just as our friends and high school classmates often did in the old days, when Baguio was peaceful and quiet, not the dirty, bustling metropolis it is today.

Hopping up and down from sidewalk to sidewalk, making pit stops at Plaza, Pines and Session Theatres, checking what movie was playing.

The Plaza Cinema was owned by the De la Rosa family and showed mainly Tagalog or Filipino films, i.e. “Badjao” which starred Rosa Rosal as a sexy siren, wanted by leader Tony Santos and other 15s like me, reminiscent of the desirable Paraluman swimming in the chamois in a movie called “Elephant Girl”.

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The Pines Theater was owned by the descendants of Pampanga, the Mutuc family, run by the Ramos couple, but actually run by Art Avila – yes, Edgar Avila’s father.

The Santa Marias were the original owners of the Session Theater, where I saw my first ‘James Bond’ movie, ‘Dr No’, but my memories of Sean Connery weren’t as memorable as the images of Ursula Andres, theoretically. sexy, running through my puberty mind. .

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Session Road was also where the Sky View was located, a famous beer joint that was rivaled only by Mrs. Navarette’s La Cosita tavern – yes, the mother of the late University of Baguio Dean Badong Navarette, lola by artist Karen Anton and her daughter-in-law of husband restaurateur Mike and writer Edna Anton, and whose grandson Iñigo, is currently the toast of the motor racing world.

Like father, like son. Edna, by the way, is a cancer survivor, but will be survived by the family business Sizzling Plate, although the old sizzle will always be there for Edna and her steakhouse.

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But it’s the crackle of Edna’s prayers that keeps her and her humor alive.

Closed or open, the Sizzling Plate Session Road welcomes young and old alike who enjoy the sizzle of SP steak like no other.

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In the meantime, let everyone else suffer from the resulting horrendous traffic, taking alternate routes to get where they need to go.

Can you imagine a family making curses on their way to church.

It’s just experimental, awkwardly explain the officials of the town hall.

Make it permanent then, a once-a-week dismay from circulation problems is good for the soul.

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And oh, speaking of the Almighty, tennis is His game – back and forth, back and forth the ball goes, just like us – at some point the devil got you and me by the balls, at another time in the comfort of God’s bosom.

Tennis is also the only sport where it is often mentioned – 40 all, Diyos (devil).

With the US Open in full swing, I marvel at how Coco Gauff has so far managed to advance to the third round, where she and fellow tennis sensation Naomi Osaka will face off.

In tennis, young stars, unlike many of our teenage girls today, do not get pregnant.

Only 36-year-olds do, like Serena Williams who went on a gap year while pregnant.

When I was still a city attorney, a mother came to me asking if she could file a complaint against a boy who had impregnated his 13-year-old daughter.

How old is the boy I’m asking? A 12-year-old sixth grader was her response.


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My father and my younger brother passed into the afterlife at about the same age – 67 and 64, respectively.

And it scares me, both breathed their last in August.

All month I found myself in a depressed state – unable to think or do anything good, even doing mindless activities. I keep looking for the rosary in my pocket.

I hope that with the arrival of September, I will feel much better – and useful. I have to make up for all the mistakes and faults of my life over the past month.

I guess it comes from age, with the fear of dying staring you in the face.

The weed, aside from prayers, is my only hope for more years of life.


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