Spots in Baguio City by Ethelgarcia
Known as one of the industrialized
cities in the Northern part of the Philippines, Baguio is hailed as the
summer capital of the Philippines. Many people visit this city every summer
because of its cold weather and attractive tourist spots. Based on the
history of the city, it is the Americans, which recognized Baguio as one
of the Philippine cities on June 1, 1903 at Kafagway.
Tourism is one of Baguio's
main industries. During the yearend holidays some people from the lowlands
would prefer spending their vacation in the city. This is for them to experience
the cold temperature they rarely get from their home provinces. Also, during
the summer season specially during the Holy Week, tourists from all over
the country would flock to the city. During this time, the total number
of people in the city would double. To accommodate all these people, there
are more than 80 hotels and inns available for them to check in, vacation
houses and for rent houses in Baguio City. Local festivities such as the
Panagbenga Festival also attracts both local and foreign tourists.
For travellers who want to
have a look at some tourist spots in city, I have listed below some places
that you shouldn't miss when you're in Baguio City.
|Philippine Military Academy
Situated in the southern
part of the city within Fort Del Pilar, Loakan, this military academy was
created to train future officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
As an official residence
of the President of the Philippines, entry to the compound is restricted.
The public can view the Mansion through its gate which is patterned after
that of London's Buckingham Palace. It is located in the eastern part of
the city. The Mansion has also been the site of several international conferences
and a working office of the President of the Philippines during his or
her visits to the City.
Camp John Hay
This former American recreational
facility was converted into as a world class resort. It features a golf
course, a skating rink, picnic area, and a mini golf course at the Scout
Hill area. Several cottages and hotels were also built to accommodate visitors.
A facility currently run
by the Department of Education. It features several function halls, a museum,
cottages, and a race track.
Easter Weaving Room
Located within the campus
of Easter School, this location allows tourists to witness the process
of cloth weaving as practiced by the natives of the mountain provinces
Saint Louis Filigree Shop
This is a handicraft shop
specializing in silver jewelry and other filigree products. This shop is
in the center of the city and was established in 1916.
It is sometimes mistakenly
called "Ride Park" by some tourists that identify this pine tree park reserve
for horse rides. A long stairway leads to the "Pool of the Pines", a 100
meter long pool of water lined on both sides by the famous Baguio towering
Mines View Park
Named for its view of Benguet's
mountain ranges where gold, silver and other ores were once quarried.
Baguio Sunshine Park
The park features flowering
garden and a covered stage with ethnic design, which is often used, for
cultural presentation. The park itself is designed after a shield.
It is also called the Igorot
village, which features native huts typical of the Cordillera architecture.
The garden is also a site of cultural presentations and other tribal meetings.
The oldest of all Baguio
parks, it provides facilities for sporting activities such as biking, skating
and basketball, as well as picnics and concerts.
|Baguio - Mountain Provinces
This museum is located within
the Baguio Tourism Complex along Gov. Pack Road. It has on display a variety
of artifacts and relics showcases the cultural heritage, customs and traditions
of the cordillerans.
SLU (Saint Louis University,
Baguio City) Museum
Located within the premise
of the school, it showcases the different culture heritages of the Cordilleras.
Artifacts and relics including an ancient coffin can be seen on display.
Ifugao Woodcarvers Village
Located along Asin Road,
about 5 kilometers from the city, is an Ifugao wood carving village, which
produces and sells hand-carved curio items.
Asin Hot Springs
These hot springs are located
16 kilometers northwest of Baguio. Several private resorts took advantage
of the natural springs in the area and constructed swimming pools for all
visitors, as well as cottages for lodging.
Mt. Sto. Tomas and Mt.
The highest peak is 7,500
feet high and commands a majestic view of the city. These mountains can
be reached by foot or by vehicle.
This is a religious shrine
housing the image of the Lady of Lourdes. About 252 steps lead to this
shrine where pilgrims brave the steep climb to offer sacrifices, devotion
Our Lady of Atonement
Cathedral, better known as Baguio Cathedral
One of the familiar landmarks
in Baguio, the structure with its twin spires and one hundred steps sits
on top of a hill in the heart of the city, offering church goers and visitors
a chance to get a bird's eye view of the entire commercial hub.
This cluster of temples
is located on the border of Baguio City and Trinidad Valley. It features
oriental architecture, pagodas roof, ornate gateway, dragon ornaments and
Buddha-guarded windows. The Bell Temple priest practices a mixture of Buddhism,
Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity.
Baguio Grand Mosque
The biggest mosque in the
city, located at Campo Filipino. It also houses an Islamic Studies madrasah.
Visits or field trips by non-Muslims may be arranged.
Baguio City Market
Located within the central
business district, this is where local products and goods from nearby towns
and provinces are sold.
It is also exciting and luring
to have a tour at some of the strawberry farms of the city.