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Baguio City

The Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio is a first class highly urbanized city in Benguet Province, situated in Cordillera mountain range which is 1,400 meters above sea level, which gives a panoramic view and year round cool climate. With its numerous attractions, scenic sites and invigorating pine scented fresh air, the city making its mark as a premiere tourist destination in the northern part of Luzon. A romantic hideaway, a place for relaxation and nature reveler. 

What to See 

A bustling city in the highlands offers its local and foreign visitors with the following attractions 

The Baguio Cathedral.
 The famous landmark situated on top of a small hill in the heart of the city that has a twin spires structure and hundred step concrete stairs offering visitors a bird’s eye view of the entire downtown area.

Mine's View Park.
A breathtaking view deck of the mountain ranges which used to be a mining quarry of minerals such as gold, silver and other ores. Sprawling souvenir shops are all over the area.

The Mansion.
An elegant structured building and guesthouse with a gate that replicates London’s Buckingham Palace’s gate which housed several numbers of Filipino Presidents and American governors and generals.

Burnham Park. The oldest and famous park in the city where one can unwind through biking, skating, paddling or just even sitting and watching around.

Wright Park. Where one can take a horseback riding around the park, with its long concrete stairway that headed to the ‘The Pool of Pines’ where towering pine trees surrounded on both sides of the 100 meter pool of water.

Botanical Garden. Also known as Igorot Village, where different lovely plants and colorful flowers can be seen, one can even interact with the friendly Igorots for pictorials.

Kennon Road. The most scenic road connecting Baguio to the lowlands which was named after its builder Col. Leyman Walter Kennon.

Camp John Hay. Used to be a rest and recreation area of the American soldiers was now converted into a privately run resort with golf clubhouse. 

Philippine Military’s Academy
. A premiere military institution which is the training ground for the future officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. 

Lourdes Grotto. A Catholic shrine for meditation which is nestled in high hill western part of the city with 252 steps which makes it a favorite pilgrimage site among the locals. 

Bell’s Church.
Located in the north part of the city lies a compound with a beautiful pagoda surrounded with an artistically landscaped garden, exquisitely designed arches and Buddhism artifacts.

Session Road.
The center of the city’s commercial establishments where you will find department stores, boutiques, cafes, banks, bookstores, bazaar and more.

Tam-awan Village. A venue for art exhibits and workshops envisioned to foster a deeper understanding, respect and pride in the cultural heritage of the Cordillera people. 

Lion’s Head.
A formidable piece of architecture which is about 40 feet tall and casts an imposing glance over Kennon Road.(Please insert image IMG_1917) 

What to Do 

Have a pencil portrait of yours in the art room by budding artists for a few peso donations to the foundation operating the Tam-awan village. 

Horseback Riding with complete saddles and riding gears around Wright Park or Camp John Hay 
Play golf in Camp John Hay Clubhouse 

Go biking, skating or simply strolling in Burnham Park. Have fun rowing the boat in the man made lake in the park. 

Have souvenir hunting in the city market full of stalls filled with all kinds of ethnic products and bottled delicacies. Visit the St Louis selling genuine silver filigree jewelries for an affordable price. 

Strawberry picking in la Trinidad, Benguet just 30 minutes away from downtown. 

How To Reach 

For travelers from another country, take an international flight to Manila then a connecting flight to Baguio via Asian Spirit or for those who prefer land travel, from Manila one may take a 6 hours bus ride on Marcos Highway through the following liners 

Victory Liner
Dagupan Liner 

Getting Around 

Like any other cities jeepney is the most common local public transportation in Baguio. There are numerous routes within the city and even the most visited attractions are accessible through jeepney ride. But for those who want a hassle free ride, metered taxi cabs are almost everywhere. 

What To Buy 

Wood carvings of all types from Igorots woodcrafts in the city market. Never miss to buy silver jewelries on a bargain price at St Louis or Ibay’s. Try the irresistible ube jam and strawberry jam  in Good Shepherd Convent. Knitted clothes, lady fingers, peanut brittle are among the products in a souvenir shop. Have fun bargaining for ‘ukay ukay’ (second hand shop) in the night market. 

Where To Stay 

Hotel Veniz -  Abanao Street
Microtel Inn – Upper Session Road
Camp John Hay Manor – Loakan Road
Baden Powell Inn – Gov. Pack Road
Baguio Harrison Inn – Harrison Street
Bloomfield Hotel – Upper Session Road
Golden Pine Hotel – Legarda Road
La Brea Inn – Session Road
Baguio Vista Inn – M.H Del Pilar Street
Pines View Hotel – Legarda Road 
Nice To Know 
Due to the cool climate, it will even get cooleron night time, bring jacket to avoid chilling.

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