Baguio City Hall. Image by patrickroque01, via Wikimedia Commons.

Baguio

Baguio is a highly urbanized city in the Cordillera Administrative Region. The city is normally associated with Benguet although it is independent of the province.

Baguio City Hall. Image by patrickroque01, via Wikimedia Commons.
Baguio City Hall facade.
Photo credits: patrickroque01

Places of Interest

The following are places of interest, tourist attractions and/or notable landmarks in Baguio.

  • Burnham Park Complex – the number one landmark of Baguio City. It consists of the following:
    • Man-made lake where boats of various designs and colors are available for rent
    • Children’s playground with grassy area for family picnics
    • Bike rental lane (adult/kiddie, single/with sidecar) with designated area for biking
    • Melvin Jones Grandstand and football grounds
    • Skating rink
    • Rose Garden
    • Wide grassy area with paved paths and concrete seats here and there – residents and sightseers use the area for jogging, relaxing, picnics, aerobic exercises, samba dancing, and the like
    • Baguio Orchidarium – where pots and plants, whether ornamental, medicinal, or exotic plants are for sale
    • Baguio Athletic Bowl – the newly rehabilitated sports area which includes a swimming pool, stadium, track oval, and tennis court
  • Baguio Public Market – along Magsaysay Avenue. It is an extensive market area where sections are provided for wet (fish and meat) and dry goods such as souvenir items (food/nonfood), shoes, clothing, fresh fruits and vegetables, rice, coffee, imported goods, foreign currency exchange shops, and more.
  • Lion’s Head – a 40-foot tall head of a snarling lion and its front paws made of limestone and concrete along Kennon Road.
  • Wright Park – The lower section consists of a circular dirt track where people can ride horses assisted by pony boys. A stairway leads to the elevated section which is forested area joined by a charming rectangular pool with flowering plants forming a hedge around it.
  • Mansion House – the official residence of the Philippine president in Baguio City
  • Mines View Park – the spot for which the old mining town of Itogon can be seen. It consist of a fenced metal gazebo atop a massive rock.
  • Good Shepherd Convent – it has become a popular destination among tourists because of their tasty ube jam, pastries, and other food products meant to be brought home or given away as pasalubong or gifts/presents to friends and family.
  • Camp John Hay – used to be the rest and recreation (R and R) camp of US servicemen. It is now open to people in holiday or vacation with the following features offered for their enjoyment:
    • Cemetery of Negativism
    • Butterfly Sanctuary
    • Tree Top Adventure consisting of Canopy ride, Superman ride or zipline, Tree drop or harnessed free fall
  • Botanical Garden – a park that has colorful landscapes of trees and ornamental bridges and benches/seat, and abandoned Japanese tunnels used during World War II.
  • Laperal White House – one of the haunted houses often featured on television shows during Halloween. It is a 2-storey white house located across the waiting shed at the intersection of the Upper Session Road Extension, Brent/Pink Sisters Road, General Luna Extension Road, and the Leonard Wood Road.
  • Session Road – another principal landmark of Baguio City. It is the most visited, most photographed, and most popular road in the city because of its central location, the presence of restaurants, shopping malls, and hotels lining its entire length, its uniquely sloping character, and its sheer beauty.
  • Lourdes Grotto – a pilgrimage site and Catholic shrine located in Dominican Hill. It consists of 252 steps with a grotto at the top and the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • Diplomat Hotel – another popular haunted building found in Dominican Hill. It is a n old abandoned building that used to be a seminary in 1911.
  • Ifugao Woodcarving Village – a place along Asin Road where sculptures and woodcraft are made, displayed, and for sale.
  • BenCab Museum – also situated in Asin Road. It is a museum that showcases the works of Benedicto Reyes or BenCab, a National Artist, and of other artists as well.
  • Tam-awan Village – located in Pinsao Proper. It is a “living museum” of the Cordillera traditional way of life. This living museum also displays and markets art products made by local artists. From time to time, the public is invited to art exhibits of well-known artists like Jordan Mang-osan and Tara Lalaine Natividad.
  • Arko ni Apo (Ark of the Lord) – a gallery of the works of Ben-Hur Villanueva, another renowned artist. His collection of sculptures and painting are housed near Tam-awan Village.
  • Baguio Museum – located within Baguio Tourism Complex on Governor Pack Road. The museum is the repository of artifacts, documents, and dioramas showing Cordillera culture and history.
  • Baguio Teachers camp – situated along Leonard Wood Road. It was established in 1908 by then-Benguet Governor William Pack under the American Colonial Government to become the official vacation camp for teachers coming from all over the Philippines. The next years saw the construction of more buildings which now includes a mess/dining hall, social center, cottages for camp officials, and an athletic field, and more assembly areas. In April 2008, Teachers Camp was declared a National Heritage Site.
  • Philippine Military Academy (PMA) – its site is the Fort Gregorio del Pilar at Loakan Road. This military training institution was formally created under Commonwealth Act No. 1 or the National Defense Act on 21 December 1936. The original curriculum of this military school was designed following the West Point Academy but later was modified to make it more responsive to the needs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Visitors to PMA can watch the cadets during their drills/parades, view the exhibits at the PMA Museum, enjoy the well-kept grounds of the institution, examine the old tanks and military weapons on public display, and watch the graduation ceremonies.
  • University of the Philippines-Baguio (UP Baguio) – is an autonomous unit of the premier state university system and is located at Governor Pack Road. It has academic programs leading to bachelor’s as well as master’s degree. It also offers short courses and certifications. Incoming freshmen are required to pass the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT).
  • Baguio Night Market – 9 PM to 2 AM open market at Harrison Road where used and brand new clothing/apparel/decors are for sale. Also available are inexpensive street foods for night shoppers.
  • Bell Church – located at the border between Baguio City and La Trinidad. This tourist spot consists of a Taoist temple and several structures that are distinctively Chinese architectural style. These include the pagodas, dragons, lions, arches, ponds filled with flowering waterlilies, walls with Chinese writings, and landscape gardens.
  • Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center – the regional public hospital in the Cordilleras located at Governor Pack Road where the ends of Marcos Highway and Kennon Road meet.
  • Cathedral of the Resurrection – an imposing Anglican church along Magsaysay Avenue
  • Iglesia Ni Cristo – the main church located along Magsaysay Avenue
  • Grand Mosque – located at Roman Ayson Road, Barangay Campo Filipino
  • Our Lady of the Atonement Parish Church – more popularly known as the Baguio Cathedral
  • Other Catholic churches:
    • Holy Family Parish Church – located at Bakakeng
    • Immaculate Conception Parish Church – located at Aurora Hill
    • Saint John Bosco Parish Church – located at Trancoville
    • Saint Joseph the Worker Parish Church – located at Pacdal
    • Saint Vincent Ferrer Parish Church – located at Campo Filipino
    • Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church – located at Kisad Road
    • Saint Joseph the Husband of Mary Parish Church – located at Irisan
    • San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish Church – located at Loakan
    • Our Lady of Grace Parish Church – located at Lower Q.M.

Festivals

  • Panagbenga – is the yearly flower festival of Baguio City which takes place during the whole month of February. It was first celebrated in 1996 to demonstrate the city’s resolve to overcome the destruction caused by the intensity 7.8 earthquake 6 years earlier. Likewise, it was meant to celebrate the blooming of colorful flowers in the city. The festival showcases the highland culture such as the native culture, dances, food, music, and arts. It also celebrates the life in the mountain city through street dancing, landscape competitions, trade fairs, and the float parade, among others.

Map of Baguio


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