Heed the cali and get away from it all
Baguio has long been considered the top summer destination in the country. Be it a family excursión a road trip with friends, or a romantic getaway with your special someone, the City of Pines offers a variety of activities and sights to keep everyone happy.
So if the hustle and bustle of the metro has been getting to you. pack your bags and head on over to Baguio for
that much needed escape.
What to see and do in Baguio City
Bumham Park is one of the most renowned landmarks in Baguio City. Named after the American architect Daniel Hudson Burnham. the park is a blueprint of fun and activities for the entire family.
The tykes can scurry over and play at the Children’s Park or the Orchidarium while the more adventurous can rent bikes and ride around.
For the lovers, boat rentáis are available at the trademark man-made lake at the heart of the park.
To get a dose of picturesque views the City of Pines is known for, a trip to Mines View Park should not be missed. On a dear day, tourists are afforded a breathtaking view of the mountains in the distance. Before leaving, don’t forget to make a quick detour at the many souvenir shops. You’ll be amazed at the many ¡nteresting trinkets you may find.
Another point of ¡nterest is the grand Mansión House.built in 1908.
Originally used as the summer residence for governor-generals. ¡t now houses the president of the country during his or her trips to Baguio City. Day tours are available for people who want to take a look around its museum.
To get a taste of how the locals once lived in the highlands, Tam-awan Village showcases huts and even rents them out to overnight guests.
How’s that for a unique experience? With its distinct rose-colored interior, the Baguio Cathedral is one of the most-photographed buildings in Baguio City. Constructed on top of a hill, the history-rich cathedral has withstood the test of time and the ravages of war.
Are the kids in your party starting to get restless and “tantrum-ish?” Then take them to Wright Park for an afternoon of horseback-riding.
Camp John Hay is the microcosm of what Baguio has to offer: pretty much everything. A magnificent golf course is laid out for people who want to go “clubbing”.
Outlet stores teeming with merchandise can also be found. making the shopaholics weak at the knees.
Just outside Camp John Hay, is a group of bars, collectively known as Nevada Square. This is one of the many nightlife spots the chic and happening people of Baguio go to.
Where to dinner in Baguio City
Baguio City is also a foodie’s paradise,with restaurants offering a wide array of gastronomic delights ranging from native delicacies to continental fare. Vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike must try the samplings at Oh My Gulay, a restaurant and art gallery rolled into one,Situated at the top floor of the La Azotea Building.
Oh My Gulay cooks food using only the freshest ingredients. For the heartier eaters, the Roast Beef, Salad Bar. and Pasta Buffet at Atenara House should not be missed.
For a more native flair, head on over to Café by the Ruins and enjoy the crowd pleasers such as pinikpikan with mountain rice. as well as kamote bread served with homemade jam, and its unique civet coffee blend.
Still not satisfied?
Then visit O Mai Khan and take a pick at the fresh ingredients for your Mongol ian Rice Bowl.
It’s okay to let go and pig out. You are. after all, on a vacation. Just go easy on the fresh chili, ifs really hot!
How to get there
Baguio is easily accessible from Metro Manila. If you’re renting a car. the average travel time from Metro Manila to Baguio is five hours, depending on the traffic. You can pass through Kennon Road or Marcos Highway. Bus companies such as Victory Liner and Philippine Rabbit have daily trips to and from Baguio.