Baguio City, the summer Capital of the PHILIPPINES is one of the favourite retreat for Filipinos before Boracay had been exposed to travellers. Elevated at 4,900 feet, Baguio reaches at about 8˚C starting the seasons of December to February. And as far as I’m aware of, Baguio is the only place in the Philippines where strawberry grows healthy and plenty. That is why strawberry farm is a must place to stop over if you happen to visit Baguio.
Strawberry farm is a place where you can pick your own strawberry and they will do the job in computing them by the kilos so you could enjoy them fresh from the garden itself.
They’re also expert in producing Strawberry Ice Cream, Strawberry wine and Strawberry Jam. Generally, people would agree that the best brand of Strawberry Jam is this product called “Good Shepherd”, where it was acclaimed to be made by the Nuns of Good Shepherd in Gibraltar Road. Baguio. They also produce Ube Jam. Coconut Jam and other fresh sweets you can think of.
If this luscious treat is not enough for you to come across Baguio, try to visit the place during the feast of “Panagbenga” throughout the month of February. Panagbenga means “season of blooming” and during these season they exhibit several array of fresh flowers in forms of huge variety of floats and parade them all over the City.
Another attraction this City could offer are the Parks where you could enjoy the overlooking view of the city and the mountains while at the same time feel the cold weather and warm atmosphere the locals are giving. These people are well known as the “Igorots” . Igorot means “Mountain People”. They are the original inhabitants of Northern Luzon. You can take pictures with the Igorots, wear their native outfits, carry their “katutubo” weapons or play their musical instruments and even dance with these locals for an ample amount of cash. Just don’t let them swarm you or else you’ll end up paying each one of them which happened to us once.
Aside from Mines View Park, there are several parks your family could enjoy in Baguio such as Burnham Park, Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, Japanese Garden, Sunshine Park, Botanical Garden, Wright Park, Panagbenga Park, People’s Park , Igorot Garden, Rizal Park and Bell Amphitheatre. You may also want to visit Camp John Hay where you could play golf, rappel and experience eco-trail hike.
In addition to all these remarkable journey, you can also visit and take pictures with the War Tanks and Cannons at the Philippine Military Academy, learn more about the history and the heritage displayed at PMA Museum. PMA is considered to be the première training school for Philippine Military Leaders, so expect some rules and regulations while inside the premises.
Awesome and cool spots in Baguio is way too much to express in one page, there’s SM City Baguio where you can enjoy great foods and cool wind breeze by the porch, you can also ride boats at the park. Baguio is also a home of the creative silver works, the Ibay’s Silver Shop and famous wood carvings such as the Barrel-man.
There are loads of different attractions you can get on this small City but one of the best things that captured my attention is the Market Place. Guess what… at the City Market, you can’t just buy sweet stuff such as Strawberry, Coconut Jam, Ube Jam, Peanut Brittle or Broas, there’s a place in the City where they offer a much sweeter stuff for the big boys… see the pictures below:
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Baguio, a small City with a huge variety of cool stuff and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. It’s a commendable tour considering that it will take you at least 4 to 5 hours bus trip from Manila, but it’s worth the travel.
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