Last summer, my mother and I went to Baguio City, the Summer Capital of the Philippines. It is considered as one of the first class highly urbanized city in Northern Luzon. In this place, you will experience the chilly weather everyone’s looking for. It is no secret that Baguio is my favorite city here in our country. There are a lot of tourist attractions you can visit here and surprisingly, this place is a budget-friendly! I hope this blog helps your upcoming trips. Let’s begin our journey! The places I’ll cover here are the ones we actually visited through the course of our vacation.
- Baguio Cathedral
Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral (also known as Baguio Cathedral) has been a living heritage and a foundation of faith for many people. This great Catholic church dedicated to our Lady of the Atonement had been the second in the world and has been a tourist destination for many foreigners and tourist from all over the Country. It is located on top of a hill in the heart of the city. Its beautiful rose-colored structure is distinguished from other churches in the Philippines by its twin spires.
2. Burnham Park
Burnham Park is the oldest and most famous of all Baguio parks. This park is centered around a man-made lake located at the heart of the city. It was named after the city’s architect, Daniel Burnham. The park is a favorite place of local residents and tourist. There are different facilities for recreation and relaxation that are available in the park. You can row a boat, have a picnic, attend an outdoor concert, watch a football game, go biking, or just take a leisurely stroll around the park.
3. Wright Park
Wright Park is located in front of the gate of “The Mansion”. The main features of the park are the shallow elongated rectangular body of water known as the “Pool of Pines” and the park circle which is on one end of the park. This is the perfect place for children and adults who love to ride a horse. Around the park are more vendors and souvenir stalls.
4. The Mansion
The imposing and majestic Baguio Mansion House has housed a long list of Filipino presidents and American governor-generals. It is the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. The Mansion is older than the city itself, and easily one of the most visited and photographed landmarks of the City of Pines. The gate of the Mansion is said to be a replica of that at Buckingham Palace in London, England.
5. Mines View Park
Mines View Park is one colorful destination in Baguio City. It’s located in a cliff where we’ll see a nice view of Baguio City’s mountainous slope and abandoned mines. We’ll also find several souvenir shops in this park so expect this place to be very crowded.
6. Good Shepherd Convent
Good Shepherd Convent is located in the Mines View Barangay. It is a walking distance from the souvenir shops at Mines View Park. The store is popularly known for the different products made by the Good Shepherd nuns. Items you can buy are fruit preserves, strawberry and ube jams, cashew and peanut brittle, and coco jam. The money generated from the sale of their products will be used for the different charities sponsored by the Good Shepherd nuns as well as for the maintenance of the convent.
7. The Manor at Camp John Hay
It is one of Baguio’s most prestigious hotel. It could definitely satisfy the ultra-discriminating taste of James Bond when it comes to luxury.
8. Botanical Garden
The Baguio Botanical Garden is also known as the Igorot Village. It features native huts typical of the type of Igorot dwellings found in the Cordilleras. When visiting the Botanical Garden, you will usually find a group of Igorots at the main entrance who are dressed in their authentic native attire and regalia. They will be more than happy to pose with visitors for a souvenir picture for a minimal fee.
Our trip to Baguio was so enjoying. We definitely need to go back there as soon as possible.
Have you been recently in Baguio? Would you mind share your most favorite or unforgettable moments there? Share your insights now!