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BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Fourteen people, including two foreign tourists and a famous comedian, were killed after a passenger bus from Manila fell into a 120-meter ravine along the Banaue-Bontoc Road in sitio Paggang, Barangay Talubin in Bontoc town on Friday morning.

Among the fatalities was Arvin Jimenez, also known as “Tado” in the entertainment industry. The two foreign victims were identified as Canadian national Alex Acres Loring and Dutch Anne Van de Van from The Netherlands.

The other identified fatalities were Marcial Bernard Jr., Andrew David Sicam, Natividad Ngawa, Gerald Baja and Ana Alaba. Six others were still unidentified as of this posting.

Police reported that a Florida (TXT 872) passenger bus, carrying more than 40 people, was negotiating a difficult part of the road in Bontoc town, near the boundary of Ifugao and Mountain Province when it plunged into the ravine.

The bus came from its terminal in Sampaloc, Manila. The accident happened at around 7:20 a.m.

Another foreigner Dutch Annenwik Verwegen was rushed to the Bontoc General Hospital.

The other injured victims were identified as Alexander Longadey, 42; Aloy Atin, 24; James Papsao, 38; Carina Javier, 38; Basilan Miluardo Baranhuat, 43; Abegail Sicam; Edgar Ramon, 30; Robert Conrado, 45; Natty Bang-I, 57; Kristina de Leon; Christian Cavardo, 34; Bernard Burnhard, 25; Camille Osorio, 28; Melchor Suagen, 22; a certain Cudiamat, 27; Teresita Sawad, 51; Silvestre Dawey,22; Agung Sicam, 7; Jerymiah Agnapan, 34; Winslaw Carino, 30; Michelle Legrito, 27; don Chavez, 30; Jason Melchor, 38; Charlie Sta Maria, 32; Peng Cordove, 32; Olivia Aglipay, 27; a certain Ammik, 32; Estrella Embede; Demetria Danilo; and Christian Sebrevilla.

Supt. Ramir Saculles, Mt. Province deputy police director for Operations, said that most of the recovered bodies were mutilated due to the impact of the crash.

Saculles said that there is a possibility that the driver of the bus dosed off. He also mentioned that mechanical trouble could have also caused the accident.

Mt. Province Gov. Leonard Mayaen assured that the local government will do its best to be able to provide the needs of the victims.

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Inspiring the Community for a Greener Tomorrow

Calendar of Traditional Events

February 01 Opening Ceremonies
Grand Opening Parade – Drum and
Lyre Band Competion

February 01 Baguio Blooms – Landscaping
– March 02 Comptetion and Exposition

February 14 Philippines Military Academy
-15 Alumni Homecoming

February 16 Handog ng Panagbenga sa
Pamilya Baguio
Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom

February 22 Street Dancing Parade

February 23 Grand Flower Float Parade

February 24 Session Road in Bloom
– March 02

March 01 Pony Boys’ Day

March 02 Closing Ceremonies and Grand
Fireworks Display

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February 1 at 7.00 am Opening Ceremonies – Panagbenga Park (corner of South Drive and Loakan Road)

February 1 at 8.00 am Grand Opening Parade: Drum and Lyre Band Competition (elementary division) – Panagbenga Park to Athletic Bowl, Burnham Park

February 1 to March 2 Market Encounter: Landscaping Exhibition and Exposition at Lake Drive, Burnham Park

February 1 to March 2 Ifugao Bamboo Art Exhibit by the Philippine Bamboo Foundation at White House, Leonard Wood Road

February 3 Chinese Spring Festival Parade at Session Road

February 3 to 9 IPMS Baguio 10th Invitationals and Open Cosplay Competition at SM City Baguio Atrium

February 5 at 10.00 am Inauguration of Department of Tourism Adopted Garden at BGHMC (Baguio General Hospital Medical Center) Garden’s Park

February 7 at 6 pm Baguio’s Ultimate Model Search by Viva La Events Prod. at Baguio Convention Center

February 8 at 5 pm Ginuman Fest 2014 Concert and Game Show at Melvin Jones Grandstand, Burnham Park;

More events each week throughout the month of February and into early March, following on from which will be the month long Strawberry Festival in nearby La Trinidad, Benguet.