Thursday, October 28, 2010

Things you can do in Baguio City

Baguio City was named the Summer Capital of the Philippines for nothing. The average temperature is 15-26˚C, and it can drop down to 8˚C from December to early February. The Cordillera mountains is 8˚ cooler than any place in Philippine lowlands. So if you want to avoid the heat in Manila, just visit the mountainous city of Baguio and explore!

Join the celebration of its month-long flower festivities every February. Tourists usually comes during the Panagbenga Festival which showcases a lot of activities like the flower parade, landscaping competitions, concerts, etc.

If you're not tight with your budget, you can stay at The Manor Hotel in Camp John Hay, one of the best hotels in the city.
Then walk around the camp's wooded hills with lots of pine trees or try to befriend one of the guards and borrow their gears. =D

You can also try the coffee or hot choco in Choco-late de Batirol cafe.
Visit Tam-awan Village which was located at the outskirts of the city. It has a charming collection of Ifugao and Kalinga huts and it also has realistic paintings like the one below.

Personally hand-pick some fresh and sweet strawberries at the Strawberry farm in La Trinidad.

and of course don't forget the Mine's View Park. You can try the Igorot's outfit or have your photo taken with the friendly St Bernard Dogs.
Along the way to Mine's View, you can drop by at the Botanical Garden(you can take a pose with the katutubos) and The Mansion (which also serves as the bahay-bakasyunan of the President)

Before you dine in SM Baguio, pay a visit to The Cathedral.
For dessert, buy strawberry taho and stroll along in Burnham Park. You can also try paddling at the park's boating area.
Watch the cadets do their morning routine at the Philippine Military Academy
You can also drop by at the Chinese Temple...
or the Asin falls just beside an old bridge (a two hour drive from the city)
or simply have a picnic in one of the view decks.

Have a chilly vacation!

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