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Baguio’s Finest

Baguio in the Philippines is a popular destination for tourists and fresh produce buyers. The city’s six to seven hours north of Manila. And it was my first time to visit the city a month ago. I was lucky to catch the last week of its Panagbenga (Flower) Festival. The parades were over, but a friend told me it was just fine to miss them since I might not be able to handle the crowd anyway. It was still pretty crowded because of bazaars, exhibits, and shows and because of the fact that it’s a touristy area. I, together with my co-worker, checked out most of the common spots through commute and a lot of asking. Many have been written and shown about Baguio, but since it was my first visit there, all that the place allowed me to experience in two days were definitely unique. The cold, the houses by the cliffs, the pine trees, the touch and smell of the wind, and the way it calmed my system make me want to come back there soon.

There are a lot more to showcase, but below are some of the things that delighted my sight.

PARKS, PLACES, & PINE TREES

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Burnham Park. stroll, bicycle, boat your way to a stress-free afternoon as the lovely trees and calming breeze embrace you.

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People are waiting from morning for a show of the stars of a hit pre-afternoon TV series. The stars came out in the evening.

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Lourdes Grotto. The place, which also serves as a retreat center, is Jesuit-owned.

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The sights at the Mines View Park.

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Mansions as stunning as the question of how they were built just along the edges and cliffs, and the fear for earthquakes.

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The Baguio Cathedral.

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The Botanical Garden.

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Wright Park. If you want to enjoy some horse-back riding. We witnessed somebody falling hard, though, when we passed by it on our way back from the Mansion.

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I gave myself a thumb-up, too, as it was my first time to ride a horse without falling, although I did it with a guide. Nevertheless, a thumb-up. (but no same smile as the kid’s)

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The path leading to the Mansion. Who’s mansion? The president’s, when he or she is having some time off.

COLORFUL BUYS

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A mix of delightful, delicious, religious, random, and sometimes obscene stuff for sale. Most are from Session Road.

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Baguio Night Market, Harrison Road.

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BLOOMS, BEES, & ALL THAT’S BEAUTY

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We’ve also visited other sites like the PMA camp, Tam-awan Village, and the markets. Unfortunately, my camera’s battery ran out. The first two were also interesting places despite their distance from the city proper. And if you want to try fresh, affordable vegetables, fruit, daing na bangus, longganisa, and others, then don’t miss out Baguio’s big market.

Summer has kicked off, and I think the sunny smile of the flower above should convince you enough that Baguio is one of the destinations that should be in your list.

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3 responses

  1. Very beautiful, wish Ting and I were there, have to wait till I win the lottery lol

    March 25, 2014 at 2:17 am

  2. how lovely brings back terrific memories… 🙂

    March 25, 2014 at 2:20 am

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