“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” ~ Miriam Beard
T’was a very joyful and memorable journey to remember experiencing the cold and peaceful city of Baguio.
Baguio, The City of Pines, or much nice to say, “Summer Capital of the Philippines” really proved to us how fun it is to visit the city. Each tourist destinations here comes with genuine beauty that every Filipino will be proud of.
So, our adventure to the said City comes with a rush plan. It was on February that we, my friends/office mates (Ms. Angie, Rozette and Ms. Jena) decided to find some cool place to visit and luckily, we found one after searching through the internet. It comes with two days and One night accommodation in Baguio, with La Presa Sidetrip for only P2500 each (4 pax). It was a blessing, of course! 🙂
Our getaway was booked on March 21 and 22 and alas! It was really cool.
We assembled in McDonalds Mindanao Avenue (in front of Trinoma) and departed at 2:00 in the morning.
Apparently, we’re too sleepy to enjoy the road. By 4:00 a.m., Mang Adonis (our handsome driver), decided to have a stopover in Pangasinan and there we took our breakfast.
So, our journey starts just as the beautiful sun rose in Baguio City. 🙂
DAY 1 (Saturday)
- La Presa Sidetrip (Sitio Pungayan)
It was really cold in Sitio Pungayan. We took pictures of the beautiful landscape of the said place. We’ve also enjoyed taking pictures in front of Agnes’ house (Forevermore fanatics will surely know this) and every corner of it. The entrance fee is P20.
We also rent an Igorot costume for P20.
After which, we tried the famous Strawberry Taho (P20) plus we decided to buy pasalubong consisting of chocolate crinkles, peanut brittle, lengua de gato and others (8 pieces for P100).
- Burnham Park
There are a lot of people in the park as we set our feet here. The park is really beautiful with different activities you can enjoy. Here we became instant flower photographer because you can see different flowers around.
What I really enjoyed here is renting a pedicab (P50). For one hour, you can enjoy exploring the park here and there (though we only used it for 30 minutes because of our limited time).
- La Trinidad Strawberry Farm
Here, we were able to see the strawberry farm and different vegetables planted by the hardworking people of Baguio. You can picked strawberry yourself but you have to pay P450 for every one kilo of it.
We bought here strawberries (3 baskets for P100) and variety of vegetables for P100 (3 kilos).
What I enjoyed here is the Strawberry Ice Cream for P20. It is really delicious! 🙂
- Bell Church
You can find here designed arches and buildings with dragons, bells and flags. It also has lovely gardens around.
- Lourdes Grotto
One of the famous Catholic Shrines which tourists love to visit. It is a 252-step to the top where you can find the image of Our Lady of Lourdes. And I am really recommending that you visit the said place because it is really peaceful here.
After our day 1 adventure, Mang Adonis sent us to Sandoval Residences, a transient house, for us to rest and enjoy our free time. At 6:00 in the evening, we decided to take our dinner outside. 🙂
So rode a jeepney to Burnham Park and we took a walk towards the famous Session Road. We enjoy the cold breeze that’s why even if we walked so long (we really don’t know where we are heading), still we don’t break a sweat. Lol! 😀
Luckily, we found a fine Filipino restaurant, Solibao, along the road. I ordered Inihaw na Liempo for P105 and we added Salmon sa Miso for P199. The food is really delicious and affordable. And our tummy can attest to that.
After eating, we again decide to walk around the city and waited until 9:00 p.m. for the Night Market.
Night Market is Baguio’s version of Divisoria. Though here, people sell more of ukay-ukay products at affordable prices. We have bought long sleeves (3 for P20) and souvenir shirts (2 for P150).
We took a taxi after which and we really don’t expect that it only costs us P57. 😀
Our day 1 tour is superb! 🙂
DAY 2 (Sunday)
- Baguio Cathedral
One of the most visited landmarks in Baguio. It is really applicable that our first stop is the said church for us to hear the Sunday mass. Best way to start your day: Pray. 🙂
- The Mansion
With its beautiful garden, The Mansion is also one of the most visited place in the city. You can enjoy picture taking in the facade of it.
- Botanical Garden
This is where you can find the famous Igorot tribe. Unfortunately, we were not able to take pictures with them because of our limited time. But, here you can find different plants and variety of flowers around.
- Mines View Park
If you want to see a breathtaking view of Benguet’s gold and copper mines, you should not missed visiting Mines View Park. Here you can find spectacular mountains though you need to be extra careful because the place is narrow. You can also find different pasalubong area here.
- Good Shepherd Convent
After our visit to Mines View Park, we were told to just walked to Good Shepherd Convent. This place is popularly known for the different products made by the Good Shepherd nuns. Among the items sold here are fruit preserves, strawberry and ube jams, cashew and peanut brittle, and coco jam. I bought Ube Jam which costs P200.
- Camp John Hay
We were able to see part of Camp John Hay historical core inside this 690-hectare property. It took us P60, entrance fee. Here we were able to visit a restored house, cemetery of negativism and others. Though we weren’t able to finish the tour around the place, we enjoyed our adventure here.
- Lion’s head
Our last stop. Located along the Kennon road, you should never missed taking your picture in the famous Lion’s head. 🙂 Your visit to Baguio City will never be completed without it. 😀
I surely enjoyed Baguio City. With its beautiful landmarks, I learn how to appreciate our country more. Philippines is really full of lovely place to visit. With this, I added another goal in my life. This is to travel more. Because through traveling, I became free. I’ve got the chance to explore beautiful scenery and appreciate God’s creation.
My Baguio Adventure is truly one of a kind. And I swear, I will surely return to this wonderful city sooner than later. 🙂
It was a blast, indeed! 🙂