Since our trip to Bangkok was cancelled, my aunt and I had 5 days in Manila. We can’t be spending all those days in malls and traffic so we decided beforehand to go to Baguio. I have never been to Baguio. My aunt had visited Baguio several times in past but was still interested in going.
Traveling to Baguio was convenient. Right after we landed in NAIA 3, we took our lunch at the airport and took a taxi to Victory Liner in Pasay. Victory Liner travels to Baguio every hour. We were hoping to catch their First Class bus but there was only one seat left so we settled for the regular air-conditioned bus. It was an 8-hour trip. Quite long but we were comfortable. My aunt loved that vendors are allowed to go inside the bus. She remembered going to Baguio with my aunts more than ten years ago and they were in a hired van. They were very hungry but when they told the driver to stop for food they were always told, “Malapit na.” (It’s near.) She remembered how they devoured their meals when they arrived in Tarlac for a stopover. With our trip, she was never hungry. We bought this huge sweet corn (the biggest corn on cob I have eaten in my life) and chicharon from vendors. The food made us forget the 8 hours of travel.
We arrived in Baguio at around 8PM. I loved the twinkling lights of Baguio as we approached the city from the mountains. Too bad I was not able to capture it on my camera. We headed straight to the hotel to rest.
We woke up early the following day. It was a Sunday (March 2) and the last day of Panagbenga. The first order of the day was to find a church. My aunt who was with me had spent the whole summer in Baguio in her 30’s for teacher’s training. So I asked her:
Me: Tita, what is the name of their cathedral here?
Tita: St. Peter
When we reached the cathedral, it was called “Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral”. Ang layo! I realized that I should not rely on her for directions around Baguio. Hehe!
We had breakfast after the mass and walked along Session Road. There were bazaars in the street.
We saw gorgeous flowers. How we wished we can bring them to Butuan!
How cool is this? They can grow strawberries in a planter!
We really do not have an itinerary for the day. We walked where the road led us and found this busy intersection.
My aunt said that she had been here before and that Burnham Park was somewhere near. When we were nearing what looked liked a park, I approached a law enforcer and asked where Burnham Park is. He amusingly replied with arms wide open, “Ito na po, Ma’am.” Ah ok. It really showed how clueless I was.
There were exhibits of the landscaping contest. We bought some shirts for pasalubong since there was a bazaar.
The park was teeming with people. I initially planned to try boating but the sun was already up and I was wearing a sweater! I thought it was going to be cold during the day. Pass muna ang boating!
We found a neat opportunity to remember our Baguio trip: a photo in a costume! Our best Baguio pic ever! LOL!
When I posted this on Facebook, one cousin asked how I was able to convince my aunt to wear the costume. The answer: only ten pesos per picture with your own camera!
After we were done with the pictorial, we went Mines View Park. I dunno how this looked before but there weren’t so much to see. Sorry, Baguio! Do not ban me for saying this. I love everything else.
The only consolation was that it was near the Good Shepherd where I bought strawberry jam, ube jam, peanut brittle and lengua de gato. We made a pitstop at the Botanical Garden and had lunch in the city proper. The bottles of jams were heavy to lug around so we went back to the hotel.
There were three things I wanted to do while in Baguio. Two of which did not happen: strawberry picking in La Trinidad and visit the Tam-awan Village. The third one I pushed to be there in the afternoon. I was glad we did. We visited the Bencab Museum!
Ben Cabrera is a National Artist for Visual Arts. He owns a museum in Tuba, Benguet, which is less than 20 minutes away from the city. The museum houses his works from paintings to sculpture.
There were works from other artists as well. This photography exhibit by Emmanuel Tolentino looks interesting.
I had to take a photo of this one.
This is a digitally reprinted hand-colored lithograph by another artist. When I went to the museum shop, there is a similar digitally reprinted watercolor painting of a bird with BenCab’s signature. I asked how much it was thinking I might get one as a souvenir. The staff replied, “P 20,000”. I have to pick my jaw up from the floor. I should have taken up fine arts in college. Hehe!
The museum had several floors. I forgot to count them. This is the view from one of the balconies. I read somewhere that he bought the mountain across this to prevent anyone from ruining the view.
I took this photo on our way out. No, this is not a painting. These are real orchids in the lobby. I love how it turned out in my photo.
I really recommend visiting the place.
We had time to spare. I got a message from my other aunt asking if we have visited Camp John Hay. Not yet. So, off the Camp John Hay! We rode the jeep to go there so we were dropped at the entrance. I never anticipated that the road up is on an incline. My aunt was panting while going up. The goal was to go to The Manor. We only walked up to Le Monet Hotel. My aunt already refused to walk further. Ha! Good thing they had a Panagbenga float on display.
As expected, the flowers near the Le Monet entrance were gorgeous.
We went back to Session Road where I bought strawberries sold on the sidewalk. From there, we called it a day.
I will be back, Baguio!
food trip in Baguio! Buti ka na, na experience ang Panagbenga. Yan ang iniiwasan ko na time to go to Baguio. Next time, mag PNKY kayo.
Di mahilig mag-food trip kasama ko. Di nga ako nakapag-strawberry taho. Next time na lang. Uy, yung Binondo natin!
Wow the flower arrangement is superb, I’m dying to visit there someday somehow when I get back home.
Oo. I hope you do!
Wow. I want to go to Baguio too. Last time I went there is that I spent just 2 hours roaming around then we go back home. We just went there since my granny needs to talk to one of my aunts living there. Hopefully, next time we went there, I will spend more time.
Go! You get to save on lodging because you have relatives there! hehe
It’s good to know you enjoyed your visit to Baguio. =) I love the weather and food in Baguio 🙂 we might go there in June. 🙂
I want to go back at mag-foodtrip!
I haven’t been to Baguio so hopefully in the future I can experience Baguio and meet up with sis Marie 🙂 Hehe. Anyway, you are so good in taking photos talaga. Nakaka-engganyo mga pictures mo sis. Thanks for sharing.
Oo. I thought about Marie but I did not have time to plan the meetup. Sama ako sa inyo!. hehe
That seems like a nice trip although parang nakakapagod nga. The last time I was there I was 6 years old. Need to visit Baguio with my kids one time.
Hehe Plan activities while on the road para di mabato ang mga kiddos. 😀
i have not been to Bagiuo in a long time, maybe even a decade. really.
I dread the day I go back. I will always remember my aunt who passed away because she lived in Baguio for a time. I still remember her telling me about the twinkling lights and how when she was a teenager travelling with her girlfriends it was a welcoming sign for them – welcome home!
But I really want to go back and enjoy Baguio once again. It is after all a very special place for a very special person in my life who has already passed away. It’s just that every time I think of both or either one, I have a longing… (my aunt passed away in 2004, and I didn’t get to say goodbye)…
Aww. I hope you find a way to enjoy Baguio as a way to remember her with fondness rather than sadness.
I’d love to go back to Baguio minus the maddening crowd! The temperature now in Manila is disturbingly humid!
I hope you do. When we went, it was crowded because of Panagbenga. The place might be a little less crowded now.
Wow Kat! Napanganga naman ako sa mga photos mo, hehe. Really, how can I describe it – excellent, very good, superb! This post just entices me to go there. Save and visit Baguio! For now, I am just really happy to view Baguio through this post.
Naks! I am flattered. Thanks, Kristine! I hope you visit Baguio one day!
What beautiful photos, sis! They’re really excellently taken. Both this post and Marie’s post about Baguio makes me want to cool down in Baguio ASAP!
You can go when Yuri is a bit older but I think he will still appreciate the place if you go tomorrow. 😀
Beautiful Baguio! I’m really praying that if God will give us a chance, I would definitely wnat him to see Baguio. I have relatives back there that are all waiting for us to visit. But the thing with my husband, he’s not a fan of cold weather – he’d rather enjoy the beach hahaha!
I hope he gives it a try. You can spend a day there like we did and go to the beach after. La Union is near.
I know I am being pessimist but this faculty trip we have in Baguio next week is just giving me a huge problem. Coworkers are divided if they will leave for Baguio or will just settle around the town since they have their children and families to attend to. That’s why I don’t wanna go if it’s like that.
How about you? What do you want?
Oh, how I miss Baguio. I was born and raised in Pangasinan, which is just an FX away to Baguio. Dati, pag nagkaayaan, we would board one in the morning and enjoy the beautiful city. Then go back home in the afternoon. Haha! Hay, those were teh days. Now, I am too far away. One day, I will bring my own family there so they would experience its beauty, too.
You had a great adventure in Baguio with your Tita, sis. I hope the next time you visit the place, you can do the other things that you want to do na, like strawberry picking. 🙂
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I live in Baguio, but I missed the Panagbenga lol (was in Subic. ). You should have walked around Camp John Hay hiking trails and end up in the US (lol). Check out this photo from Carlos Celdran https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152282246301131&set=pb.329069471130.-2207520000.1397221530.&type=3&theater
Oh, we went to Subic after Baguio. I would have welcomed hiking there but my aunt could not walk far. Next time.
You traveled a lot so far and enjoyed life.
Baguio is very memorable to me coz this my first vacation place with my daughter last 2012 before she turn 2years old. bad thing hindi season ng strawberry that time kasi it was Sept but still has strawberry pero hindi lang sya ganun kadami. We tried the Taho. We go boating etc..it was fun! pero hindi ako nakapunta sa pink caTHEDRAL. hhee…kasi INC yung friend ko na kasama namin. Would surely want to go there again.
We’ve only been to Baguio twice, but my son likes it there, so we’re hoping to visit the Summer Capital of the Philippines again soon!
I’ve been to Baguio twice but it’s been years since it happened. I”d like to bring my kids and husband there.
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