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Baguio Blitz

(A Dream Come True)
by: Alda C. Floria

The Association of Court of Appeals Employees scored a milestone in the Court of Appeals history when for the first time ever it was able to get the Court’s nod to the holding of a two-day teambuilding activity for employees in the Summer Capital of the Philippines – Baguio City.

On board four CA buses, 159 employees, including Clerk of Court Atty. Elisa B. Pilar-Longalong and Division Clerk of Court Atty. Teresita C. Custodio, left CA-Manila at 1:30 p.m. on March 16, 2007 to set off to the CA Compound in Baguio City. The following morning, the PJ arrived just in time to join in the daylong activities starting with the picture takings at the Mansion House and Wright Park. A visit to the Good Shepherd Convent followed so that employees who would want to buy some of its famous delicacies could do so.

The group then proceeded to the Philippine Military Academy to watch the graduation ceremonies of Class 2007 where we were given VIP treatment. PJ Reyes was welcomed by no less than the Superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy, Major General Leopoldo L. Maligalig, while court employees were even escorted to the stage. All were emotional in watching the cadets perform their military drill.

After having lunch in Camp John Hay, we then traveled to La Trinidad, Benguet to see the strawberry farms and to visit the Bell Church.

Our tour of the City was made more orderly by tour guides from the Baguio City Tourism Office and two members of the Baguio Police who served as our escorts.

After dinner, the teambuilding proper started with a cultural show from a group of students from the Baguio City Tourism Office. Clad in their native “bahag” while performing a tribal dance, the employees could not help but dance along with the students. PJ Reyes delivered a pep talk and thereafter, the ball started to roll. A series of activities like group presentations and games were held - all of which were intended to develop group dynamics and promote cooperation and camaraderie among the employees. It was a fun-filled event that ended around midnight. All had a wonderful time including the CA-Baguio employees. The latter were even quoted for saying, “Ngayon lang namin naramdaman na empleyado pala kami ng CA.”

This memorable event would not have been possible if not for the kindness of the Justices, the effort and cooperation of the officials as well as the CA-Baguio staff and the unwavering trust and support of the employees. Our sincerest thanks to all of you. We would also like to thank the Philippine Military Academy, Camp John Hay and the Baguio City Tourism Office for the assistance they extended us.

Special mention goes to Justices Remedios Salazar-Fernando, Normandie Pizarro and Elvi John Asuncion who exerted time and effort in helping the ACAE accomplish this activity. Of course, we give greater praise to our beloved Presiding Justice Ruben T. Reyes, without whose approval and participation, this undertaking would not have turn out to be a fruitful, successful and memorable one.

Most of all, we thank the Almighty for his guidance throughout our whole journey.

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