The last time I went to Baguio, there are only two things I remembered the best about it – it’s cool weather and pine trees. I won’t forget the cool breeze of air that surrounds every sight of the city. Every minute of stay in Baguio, I breathe fresh air from the mountains. While, majority of the city’s landscape is covered with layers of layers of pine trees making every corner of it, a scenic sight with beautiful mountain or hill backdrops. I was only 12 year-old then and it was one of my fondest memories of my first time trip to Baguio way back in Summer 1997.
|Undoubtedly, the most popular sight in Baguio - Mines View Park.|
Baguio is a haven of chill spots, greenery parks and cool mountain weather that makes it as the "Summer Capital of the Philippines." Summer might be the best time to visit it because its cooler climate and mountain fresh air serves as a Shangri-La for those vacationers who are dire heat of summer temperature from the metro. But whether it is summer or rainy season, Baguio is still an ideal place to chill and relax. It has always been popular because of its weather. Baguio’s cool weather climate is its main draw that keeps vacationers coming and keeps on returning to it. I think the sights and places of interests are just secondary but nonetheless worth a visit too. So while having a long stopover in Baguio while en route to Mountain Province, I tried to explore some of its popular and traditional place of interests that some I did not explore yet during my first time visit.
|Pine Trees everywhere. A sign we are in Baguio!|
|Good morning Baguio!|
|Welcome to the city of pines - Baguio City!|
|Baguio Sunrise in a scenic road...|
|The Mansion - official summer residence of Philippine presidents.|
|Mansion House's historical marker.|
|The verdant grounds of The Mansion.|
|Wright Park marker.|
|Wright Park just in front of The Mansion.|
Since its early morning, there were only few people roaming around. While I still enjoying my Strawberry Taho, one of the local park vendors asks me and my friend to try an Igorot costume photoshoot for a perfect Baguio souvenir. At first, I’m really hesitant to try it because I find it silly but my friend insists that it is a fun idea so I gave in. It was my first time to try wearing an Igorot costume complete with accessories of traditional wooden javelin and shield for a photo shoot. We pose and pose of all sorts like fighting, calm and wacky. In the end, it was all fun after all.
|Strawberry Taho in the morning!|
|Going wacky the Igorot way!|
|The scenic view deck of Mines View Park.|
|Mines View Park's scenic viewing deck.|
|City of Pines!|
|More and more souvenirs at the park.|
|Mines View Park marker.|
What I also like in Good Shepherd Convent is its surrounding garden. The garden is named after Ste. Marie Euphrasie Pelletier, the foundress of the Good Shepherd Sisters. This garden has a very relaxing view of the trees and flowering plants that were carefully planted and trimmed together to delight visitors who are looking for quietness and reflective thought. There are also secluded benches and nooks where you can sit, relax and admire the beauty of the garden flowers and trees – just ideal for reflective thought and pondering.
|Products sold at Good Shepherd Convent.|
|Morning threats sold at Good Shepherd Convent.|
|The garden's marker.|
|Right at the entrance of the garden.|
|The garden of Ste. Marie Euphrasie Pelletier.|
Camp John Hay is a major attraction in Baguio City. The camp covers almost 250 acres. It is complete with sporting activities like golf course and treetop climbing, shops, restaurants, hotel (Camp John Hay Manor) and eco-tourists trail for visitors to try and enjoy the camp.
|Starbucks Camp John Hay branch.|
|More coffee please!|
|Nice ambiance of Starbucks outdoor facade.|
|Mount Pulag - Luzon's highest peak.|
|Highest Point of Philippine Highway System marker.|
|Gorgeous mountain and valley scenery at the view deck of Highest Point of Philippine Highway System marker.|
|The beauty of Benguet.|
*Kafagway is Baguio's ancient name that means "a large open space".
Cool Escape to Baguio is part of my Cordillera Region Tour blog series where I join a road trip to visit the regions’ three main places of tourist destination - Baguio-Sagada-Banaue last October 5-8, 2012. The main destination of the tour is exploring Sagada, Mountain Province where I stayed the longest. Baguio and Banaue, Ifugao is part of the side trip of this Cordillera Region Tour.
My Cordillera Region Tour is courtesy of Hannah Julianne Travel and Tours – 111 Fiesta Homes, San Jose, City of Dasmarinas, Cavite. For travel tour inquiries, contact 0916.6853413.
*This is not a paid article.