An Escape from the City Heat

Let me share some photos taken from my travel to Baguio early this June. Baguio is one of the cool places here in the Philippines where tourists really bombard all year round. People enjoy the cold weather and a breathe of fresh air even in the heart of the city. And so do I. It’s not just the weather and the sceneries but also the rich culture that Baguio has to offer. There are museums, villages, farms, and parks where you can really see the beauty of nature embroidered in the place. And just few months ago, some remote places in Baguio were featured in a prime time show in a television network. Thus, introducing the place to a bunch of tourists. There was even a movie called ‘That Thing Called Tadhana‘ (That Thing Called Destiny) which featured Baguio and various places in Mountain Province as well such as Sagada. And the ever famous phrase was rendered because of that movie. People would say that they want to look for their Destiny in Baguio (Pupunta ako sa Baguio at hahanapin ko ang tadhana ko). But of course, I didn’t go there to look for my destiny because I already have my own Destiny, and it’s not just someone, it’s a family! ๐Ÿ™‚

Well anyway, here are some photos I’ve taken during my Baguio trip:

Boat in Burnham Park

Boat ride in Burnham Park

I tried this one because I’m scared riding on any water vehicle. And, I was able to overcome that fear and at the same time, I enjoyed a lot. Though it’s really hard to paddle. ๐Ÿ˜› (Checklist #3 on my 21 Things to do done)


Oh yes, this is Doglas. He is a really huge dog but he seemed so tired because a lot of people are taking pictures with him (including me). I wish I could take him home. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ And oh by the way, I also tried biking for an hour. I thought I don’t know how to ride a bike anymore, it’s been 4345688709 years since I last rode a bike. ๐Ÿ˜€

Map of the Philippines - Lego Version

Map of the Philippines – Lego Version

I’ve been to SM City Baguio as well and was amused by this huge map of the Philippines made with Lego pieces. And every place has it’s most famous scenery on it, also made with lego. How creative was that?


After some sort of a city tour, we went to Tam-awan Village where you can experience a unique Cordilleran culture and craftmanship. There are a lot of hand crafts available to travelers.


BenCab orย Benedicto Reyes Cabrera is a renowned National Artist in Baguio and his masterpieces are featured in this museum. For the art lovers, this museum is one of the must-see. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Mines View Park is one of the most visited park in Baguio City. From the observation deck of the park a breathtaking panoramic view of Benguet’s gold and copper mines and the surrounding mountains unfolds before you.


It was quite late when we got to The Mansion, it is the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. And as far as I know, it has been part of important events in our country’s rich history. I wouldn’t miss the chance to be here.


After some quite of a tour, we grabbed some dinner in the 50s Diner. Yes, the ambiance is 50s, the interior is 50s and the music revolves from the 50s to I think 70s.


Though the season for strawberries was over, we still able to see some strawberries planted in the Strawberry farm but we cannot go strawberry picking anymore. I was able to see how the farmers do some tending of their crops and was amazed how they really took care of their harvests.


Before going home, we passed by Camp John Hay and went inside The Manor, one of the finest hotels in Baguio City and also known as ‘Hotel Grande’ due to the prime time series ‘Forevermore‘. There are variants of flowers inside The Manor and hotel guests would definitely love the view.


Lastly, we went to the Cemetery of Negativism just right beside The Manor and part of the City’s historical core. There are gravestones inside where you can see negative thoughts buried. Yes, travel for me is a therapy and seeing a cemetery with ‘dead’ negative things could probably add up to it. You will find peace of mind, clarity and fun in this place!

And there you go. These are just some places in Baguio City where I’ve been. There are some more but I won’t be including it. It’s for you to discover and explore yourself. It is indeed more fun in the Philippines and worth seeing. Baguio City is just one of those places. This is just the beginning. I’ll be traveling more and share about it as well. Have fun! ๐Ÿ˜‰

One destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things – Henry Miller