The Amazing Baguio

June 23, 2015

The hot season in full swing and we are all looking for a cool and pleasant place we can escape to. Instead hang out at the mall again, we offer you our services – rent one of our cars: SEDAN, SUV or VAN- and take a memorable vacation in a cool and charming destination ->

 BAGUIO- the Summer Capital of the country for the past 99 years

What do in Baguio? 10 recommendations on amazing places we personally tried and really enjoyed:

 

  • Tam-Awan Village

Address: Long Long Benguet Rd, Baguio, Benguet, Philippines

Phone:+63 74 446 2949

Tam Awan is about 2km of the town and it is a replica of an Igorot Village. It gives you a brief history about Kalinga and Ifugao tribes with sole purpose of preserving the cultures of the Cordillera people. You can see a traditional tribal dance performed by young Igorots, sit in the coffee shop and try their native hot chocolate (good!), you can visit the village's souvenir shop to buy local art and crafts, and you can hike to a strategic point on an elevated ground where you can see South China Sea, during a clear day.

 

 

 

  • BenCab Museum                                                                                                  

Address: Km 6 Asin Road | Tadiangan, Tuba, Baguio, Luzon, PhilippinesPhone Number: (+63 74) 442 7165

This is a must-see place when you visit Baguio!. Benedicto Reyes Cabrera — or BenCab, as he is more popularly known is a master of contemporary Philippine art. At this beautiful museum you will sure appreciate the art and the greatness of Ben Cab, along with the breathtaking view of the museum garden, farm, mini-forest, the surrounding mountains, and the South China sea in the distant west. After having a tour of the musuem, you should try Cafe Sabel at the garden level –don’t miss the cafe’s signature coffee blend, BenCab’s Brew, from coffee trees on the farm.

 

 

  • Burnham Park

Address: Kisad road | Corner Jose Abad Santos Drive, Baguio

Burnham Park is an urban park located at the heart of the Baguio City; It was named after the American architect and urban planner, Daniel Hudson Burnham who laid the plans for the city. You can never miss this place whenever you're going to Baguio. It is easily accessible and there are many things to do there: relax by just sitting in the park, having a nice back and shoulder massage, boating on the swan boats with your kids, stroll the place while biking and more.

 

 

  • Baguio Cathedral

Address: Gen. Luna Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet (Adjacent to the famous Baguio Session Road)

The most photographed and most visited landmark of Baguio is Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral or known to many simply as Baguio Cathedral. More than its distinctive interior and impressive exterior design, it’s a Catholic Church with a significant historical and cultural value. I was very impressed by the beauty and special atmosphere there.

 

 

  • Lions Head

The lion's head along Kennon Road is the undisputed landmark that is synonymous to Baguio City. It is commonly said that a trip to Baguio City would not be complete without taking home a souvenir photograph with the famous lion head which serves as the backdrop on Kennon Road.

Local and foreign tourists make it a point to stop in Camp 6 and have their photographs taken at the base of the lion head. The 40-foot high lion head, located a few kilometers from the Kennon Road view deck, was carved by a Cordillera artist from a limestone boulder. Lions Club members of Baguio City thought of creating a symbol that would proclaim the presence of the group in this mountain resort city.

 

 

  • Baguio Public Market

It always seems to be a must for visitors from the lowland areas to visit the Baguio Public Market before leaving the city. The market is located right at the lower end of Session Road and behind the Maharlika Center. It is here where they buy different souvenirs typical of Baguio. There are numerous other products and handicrafts sold at the Baguio public market which are brought in from other nearby provinces.

A wide variety of items are available such as fresh vegetables, strawberry jam, peanut brittle, dried tobacco, an assortment of fresh flowers, meat, Baguio sausages, fish, poultry, fruits, clothes and clothing material. You will also find native products and handicraft such as baskets, brooms, bags, brass, blankets & sweaters, woodcarving, and locally made jewelry. Fresh and sweet strawberries from nearby La Trinidad are sold at the market but these are available only on certain months of the year. From the province of Pangasinan, "bucayo" (coconut candy) and "bagoong" (salted fish or shrimp) may also be purchased.

 

 

  • Strawberry Farm

One activity that is highly recommended is strawberry picking at the Strawberry Farm in the nearby La Trinidad, Benguet. A unique experience for the whole family, you get to pick fresh strawberries -- right alongside the Ibaloi farmers -- to bring home or consume while on vacation in the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Must say that for my children it was an amazing experience and definitely one of the most enjoyable things we did in Baguio.

 

 

  • Horse Riding at Wright Park

Our Kids will definitely enjoyed horseback riding at Wright Park-Horseback group riding, in a pine forest, surrounded by scenery so beautiful and the air is so fresh, it's definitely a thing we do not do every day. The handler can take you riding outside the park and along the streets of Baguio for additional charge.

 

 

 

  • Cafe By The Ruins

Address: 25 Shuntug Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet, Philippines

One of the more popular restaurants in Baguio is Cafe by the Ruins. The place is called Cafe By the Ruins because it is built on the remaining structure of the old governor’s house.

The place is absolutely beautiful- It looks very unique and the ambiance is calm and peaceful.

The food was also a big success. Can’t recommend anything specific because all that we ordered was delicious, but if you insist – don’t miss the kesong puti salad, camote bread and dulong spread.

 

 

 

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