I know that my blog is supposed to about the Bikol Region, but since Bikol products were brought to the Panagbenga Festival, I’ll use that as an excuse to write about the trip to Baguio City, Philippines.
Baguio is known as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” because it is the coolest place to be (literally, at 15-21degC) during the summer (March-May) where temperatures rise to 33degC and up in the lowlands.
Flower floats were a beautiful sight.
My sister took pictures of colorful flowers, most of the names were never in my memory bank. Will you name them for me?
See? I was only able to identify three.
What we did in Baguio:
Photo-0p at Mine’s View Park (panoramic view of the Benguet gold and copper mines as backdrop for free, horseback riding for P10 per shot, and wear an Igorot costume for P10, unlimited shots; cameras not included)
Burnham Park Boating (it’s not Baguio without the swan boats)
Burnham Park Mini Amusement Park (This is a happy discovery– skating and bump cars)
Strawberry-picking at strawberry farm (I suggest, do this during your last day so you get to bring home your freshly-picked strawberries. P300/kg if you want the picking experience; P120/kg if you just want photos and they pick for you. P120/kg is still cheaper than the ones in the market at P150-180/kg. Souvenirs are also more affordable in the shops here. Keychains at 3pcs for P25. Shirts at 2 for P150/180.
Dropped by at the only non-air conditioned SM mall
Walked down Session Road (Session Road in Bloom is a yearly one-week event that features food and crafts of Baguio and other Philippine provinces; the Bikol booth sold Escaro’s Dried Fish Products, pinangat, Chef Nori’s bottled specialties like sinarapan, sinantol, laing, pili pesto, dinailan, Aronda’s tablea and champorado, coco sugar, pili tarts, and Don Ramon Tropical Wines)
Trekking at Tam-Awan Village Garden in the sky (Entrance Fee is P50, if you love art you’ll definitely enjoy the work of the Filipino artists here)
Attended mass at the pink church on top of the hill, Porta Vaga
What I enjoyed eating in Baguio:
Dragon’s Breath Mallow Blast sundae
Footlong hotdog with veggies
KFC’s mushroom soup
Strawberry Ice Cream
Sinigang na Lechon Kawali at the overlooking resto of strawberry farm
Boiled Sweet Corn
Crispy Crepes by Louis, Pinikpikan, and coffee and cream puffs at Tam-Awan Village Garden in the Sky Cafe
I won’t go to Baguio without these:
Enhancer Skin Conditioning Gel (locks in moisture and keeps my skin supple) and Sunright Sunblock (effective protection from harmful UV rays) both by Nu Skin.
What to do when I go back to Baguio:
Overnight stay in the Ifugao houses at the Tam-Awan Village Garden in the Sky; Visit Good Shepherd Convent; View Arko ni Apo Art Gallery; Bump cars (again); Look for the view of the sea at Garden in the Sky; eat what I enjoyed eating and add a few more based on Krish’s recommendations at EatsinBaguio; discover something great; be able to name at least 10 flowers; buy a barrel man just for fun.
–Please book your tickets for your return trip the moment you arrive, especially during the peak seasons (November – May). We had to wait in line for a chance passenger seat for 3 hours.
-Please please please wear sunblock.
A tiny note of appreciation:
In my trips to Baguio, I always liked taxi drivers. They seldom complain, don’t ask for tips, and give an exact change, which of course make me always say, “Please keep the change”
I hope this will be helpful in planning your trip to the City of Pines.