by RONALYN BANAKEN
The city of Baguio and the city of Vallejo in California have been sister cities for 25 years. Marking the sisterhood, a friendship match was held between athletes from the sister cities at the University of Baguio (UB) Gym last July 23.
UB athletes participated in the match – which included taekwondo and basketball exhibitions – exchanging stunts with the Vallejo athletes.
The Vallejo delegation – led by Pelton Stewart, chair of the Vallejo Sister City Commission; Emma Del Rosario, Vallejo Sister City commissioner; Rozzana Aliga, Vallejo City Council member; and Thelma Brown, board member at Vallejo City, among others – was welcomed with a performance by the UB cultural group UBBUK.
UB president Engr. Javier Herminio Bautista shared the Baguio–Vallejo sisterhood was conceived after the 1990 Luzon earthquake that left Baguio severely devastated. “Talks started in 1990, and it took three years into formalizing it. The two cities share some similar culture, and many Vallejo residents are originally from Baguio,” he said.
In his remark, Stewart expressed delight for the occasion. “The ceremony today was out of this world. There has never been anything like it,” he said. “This is a dream come true for us. We thank you for this opportunity,” he added.
The delegation has earlier visited Japan and South Korea, two other Asian countries which Vallejo maintains ties with.
Scroll down for photos from the event. All photos by the UB Media Affairs & Publications Office.
In his remark, Vallejo Sister City Commission Chair Pelton Stewart has expressed his delight for the occasion.
UB president Engr. Javier Herminio Bautista noted the Baguio–Vallejo sisterhood was conceived after the 1990 Luzon earthquake.
UBBUK, UB's student cultural group, performs at the event.
Taekwondo exhibitions were held as part of the goodwill games. Here, UB Taekwondo Team coach Arnold Oglayon referees a match.
Athletes from the elementary level participated in the games.
A basketball match was played between UB Cardinals and athletes from a high school in Vallejo.
The Vallejo delegation with UB Athletics director Alan Elegado (extreme left).