BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – The famed Burnham Park is now a free WiFi zone. Visitors can access the Internet through their laptop computers and mobile phones for free.The Mimo Corp. and the Baguio Tourism Council spent P300,000 to provide the WiFi network supplied by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company. The WiFi connection is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The network is password-protected, but one can get the password, which is changed daily, from the tourism office near the park’s skating rink.
Burnham is the first public park in the country with a WiFi connection, said David Sanchez, Mico president.
Mayor Reinaldo Bautista said the move would not only attract tourists but also residents who want to surf the Internet.
“At least now, computer buffs and even those who have been staying in their favorite boroughs, where the sun doesn’t shine, can finally have the chance to tinker with their laptops while receiving Vitamin D,” he said.
Bautista assured computer users that security at the park would be beefed up to avoid laptop-snatching. Police will also monitor people who will surf for pornography.
Burnham Park was designed by noted Architect Daniel Burnham who also designed the cities of Chicago and Washington and Rizal Park in Manila. He was asked by his friend, former US President Howard Taft, in 1907 to design Baguio City and he came up with the Axis Plan with the park, later named as Burnham Park in his honor, as the centerpiece. The old trees lining the lake were planted during the time of Burnham.