Baquio, also known as the summer capital of this island nation, is known as the city of Pines. It remains a prime tourist destination area in North Luzon because of its cool climate, fresh, green and peaceful environment unlike other tourist destinations in the Philippines. Baguio lies on a plateau 1,400 miles above sea level with mountains on all sides.
Just a 10-hour drive north from Manila, this summer resort was a popular spot for those wanting to escape the intense summer heat.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) remains positive on achieving its year-end target, as the country welcomed a total of 2,143,506 million foreign visitors for the first semester. Visitor arrivals rose 11.68% compared to last year’s 1,919,400 visitors. A large portion of these visitors traveled to Baguio either by a 10-hour car ride or a 30-minute plane trip.
1. Camp Hay
What used to be the rest-and-recreation base of the U.S. military personnel, Camp Hay is transforming into a world-class resort, capitalizing on Baguio’s biggest pine tree conservation area. Its newly-refurbished, 18-hole golf course rivals that of the country club, which showcases garden-patched cottages surrounding its fairways.
2. Philippines Military Academy
Located an an elevated, pine-forested ground is the Philippines Military Academy, the country’s leading military learning institutions. The grounds displays weapons and artillery used during World War II. Every Saturday morning, a parade is organized by cadets in full regalia.
3. Lourdes Grotto
Climbing the steps represent penance and prayer for those devoted to the Catholic faith. This historic grotto provides a space to reflect on daily life and the life left behind during vacation as devotees walk to the top of the hill. Climbing the 252 steps is preferred rather than driving through a winding road to reach this historic shrine.
4. Baguio City Market
If you want more than the usual strawberry jam preserve or a barrel man as a souvenir, head over to this place, located right in the middle of the city. The market is a combination of wet and dry goods site. Tourists can purchase locally-woven blankets from the Ilocos region.
5. Summer White House
Not everyone knew that the gate of this historical mansion was built in 1908 as a replica of London’s Buckingham Palace. A mini museum, inside the summer white house, contains memorabilia and works or art collected by former presidents of the Philippines.
6. Saint Louis University
Regarded as one of the Philippines’ respected and leading educational institutions, Saint Louis University has played a pivotal role in the transformation of a center for learning in the North. It is the largest university north of Manila.
Tip 1: Watch your cameras and purses closely, lots of pickpockets walk through Baguio City Market.
Tip 2: Light a candle at the top of the Lourdes grotto.
Tip 3: This city is filled with hills so don’t forget your comfortable, walking shoes.
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