Baguio

Baguio is a mountain town and a pine-clad retreat from the heat and dust of the lowlands.
Aside from its cold temperature, its festivities, and sights, Baguio City has its own charms that captivate many local and international travellers.

Highlights

  • Get ready for the "Fiesta" enjoy the celebration of the Flower Festival
  • Experience picking strawberry and flowers at Baguio Strawberry Farm
  • Go night shopping at Harrison Road
  • Explore Baguio’s numerous parks

Baguio City is a highly urbanized city in the northern Luzon of the Philippines. It is the center of business, commerce, and education in the region and has a population of 318, 676. In the past, it served as a hill station established and utilized by the Americans in 1900. It is also the site of an Ibaloi village; the name of the city as derived from the Ibaloi word bagiw which means moss.

Baguio City is hailed by the Philippine Commission as the “Summer Capital of Philippines” due to its cold weather which is preferable for Filipinos during the summer since it tends to get too hot during that time of the year.

Tourism is one of the city’s main industries due to its weather and history. During year-end holidays, and long weekends, some people who live in the lowlands prefer spending their vacation in Baguio to experience the cold temperature of the area which is rarely experienced in most provinces in the Philippines.

During the summer season, especially in the Holy Week, tourists from all over the country as well as from all over the world flock to the city.

Aside from its temperature, its festivities, and sights serve as charms that captivate tourists, may it be local or foreign, to come to Baguio City.

Burnham Park

Burnham Park is considered as the heart of the City of Baguio and is dubbed s the “mother of all parks” in the Summer Capital of the Philippines. It was named after American architect and urban planner Daniel Hudson Burnham who also designed the park. It has a total of twelve clusters with promising sceneries and activities you would definitely love; namely: the man-made lake with rowboats for hire which is referred to by the locals as the Burnham Lagoon; the Children’s Playground; the Skating Rink; the Rose Garden; the Orchidarium; Igorot Garden; Melvin Jones Grandstand; the Athletic Bowl; Panic Grove; the Japanese Peace Tower; Pine Trees of the World; and, Sunshine Park.

Burnham Park was originally intended to serve as a green park which may provide a peaceful environment which has wide green spaces for the busy city of Baguio. At present, it is more of an amusement park which offers activities such as boating, bicycle and skating areas, sports and gaming areas, and of course, few eateries here and there.

The park has retained much of the original design and layout of Daniel Burnham to the park a century ago, along with the current innovations of the administration which shows true Filipino fashion. Until this day, still remains as one of the Philippines’ most famous and most-loved parks.

 

Baguio Cathedral

The Baguio Cathedral which is also known as “Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral” is a beautiful church located on top of a hill in the heart of the City of Baguio. It is one of the most visited icons and most famous landmarks in Baguio. It has a beautiful rose-colored structure which may be distinguished from other churches in the Philippines with its spires that appear to be twins.

It is one of the Philippines’ most beautiful architectural structuresand Baguio’s most magnificent structure which has beautiful designs and decorations in its interior. It is located at the top of the enchanting Mount Mary Hill which gives visitors a great bird’s-eye view of the Session Road and the landscape of the city.

It may be reached either by a hundred steps from the Session Road or by a car which may pass through access roads.

 

Mines View Park

The Mines View Park is a destination in Baguio which started out as an American mining town in the early 20th Century. This park which is located at the far northeast side of the city boasts of a wonderful view of Benguet’s gold and copper mines along with the Cordillera mountains.

Its main attractions these days would most definitely be its commercial activities like souvenir and silverworks stores found at the park. Rimando’s which is found on its Gibraltar side offers the best-carved arts will also be very interesting!

Tourists who might want to experience a part of the culture of the locals in Cordillera have the chance to get fully dressed of the Cordillera regalia – which comes with a bahag, a shield and spear for the men, tapis for the ladies, and vests and headdresses for both.

A visit to Mines View Park will be unsatisfying without stopping by the Good Shepherd Convent where guests can buy strawberry and ube jams, peanut and cashew brittle, and many more goods that may also serve as your souvenir.

 

Session Road

The Session Road serves as the main passageway of Baguio City to its commercial center which has a wide variety of shops, stores, bazaars, boutiques, old movie theaters, hotels, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores, banks, drugstores, bookstores, different offices, and news stands lining on each of its sides. Its name was derived from a history highlight in the Philippines which was the very first session of the Philippine Commission.

 

Teachers Camp

Teachers Camp is a famous accommodation establishment in Baguio City which is a hit to many visitors. This place and its facilities may be an awesome deal since it is very functional and has a very accommodating ambiance, however, this is not why tourists pick this place – well, not all of them.

Techers Camp is famous for its ghost stories that are extremely nerve wrecking and would definitely leave you goosebumps. Various stories of ghost sightings and paranormal-related things surround the hotel which either made guests more interested with the place or scared of it.

Business-wise, Teachers Camp is having a really great business, thanks to all those ghost stories, I guess. But one thing’s for sure, Teachers Camp is one place you shouldn’t miss!

 

Tam-awan Village

Tam-awan Village is one of Baguio’s latest attractions which was founded by the Chanum Foundation in 1998. The village is found t the outskirts of Baguio city, and serves as an artists colony that is set amid a collection of Ifugao and Kalinga huts.

To get inside the compound, visitors will have to pay a small amount for the entrance fee. This fee, however, is definitely “worth it” considering the scenery that awaits you inside. One may find an art gallery and a coffee shop, there are also various huts which are used for workshops and exhibits. If you’re an art enthusiast then this might just be a great place for you. You may buy paintings and drawings of great artists who exhibit their art in the area.

HOW TO GET THERE

To get to Baguio from outside of Luzon, one would still need to pass through Manila or Clark airport and from there get to Baguio. It takes at average 4-6 hr to get to Baguio by car or bus.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

Baguio is a year round destination. The climate here is perfect for grooving vegetable and other agricultural products. If you are planning to visit Baguio in February, you should not miss the spectacular Panagbenga Festival also known as the Flower Festival. During the festival, the streets of Baguio are filled with music, dance and colourful parades.

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