Claim: Sagada oranges are really orange in hue and come from a province in China
In a Facebook post by Baguio’s Public Information Office, a Sagada local and former city veterinarian Brigit Piok tells her anecdote in the Baguio Public market wherein a fruit Vendor claimed to her that Sagada oranges are vibrant orange in color and are imported from “Sagada province of China”. Some of those “Sagada” oranges from China are even labeled as “Sagada” with stickers.
This is false and has been debunked by several Sagada locals who describe the Sagada orange having tighter skin, a thin reed, less bright orange to green color, and are actually more expensive.
Sagada Mayor Felicito Dula visited Baguio on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, to show the oranges that were cultivated in Sagada. These oranges are indeed orange and were different from the ones sold in the Market.
Why we fact-checked this? Following a scam complaint against a vendor selling “Sagada Oranges” that deceives customers, mainly tourists, the Baguio City Permits and Licensing Office pledged to continue its enforcement against merchants using misleading marketing strategies for profit.