Baguio City, northern Luzon, Philippines

The summer capital of the Philippines

Baguio City is a highly urbanized city and is actually located within Benguet province. In the early 1900’s, it was the provincial capital. However, since then, the administration has been independent.

Baguio is situated at an altitude of approximately 1,540 meters (5,050 feet). Located in the Luzon tropical pine forests ecoregion, it has become a very popular tourist destination at summer time. Due to its altitude, many people flock there to escape the heat in the lowland areas. As such, it has become known as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines”.

Baguio has also become a thriving center of business, commerce, and education in northern Luzon. It is also the seat of government for the Cordillera Administrative Region (C.A.R.). It is, without a doubt, one of the most important cities in the whole C.A.R.

Baguio festivals and points of interest

One thing worth checking out is the Panagbenga Festival, which is a month-long annual flower festival held every February. The festival includes a variety of activities including street dancing, and a large display of flowers from all over the region, and is well worth a look.

Other points of interest include Burnham Park Lake, Camp John Hay, Façade of Laperal House, The Mansion, Mines View Park, Roman Catholic Diocese of Baguio, Baguio Cathedral, Diplomat Hotel and Teachers Camp.

Baguio is the lone Philippine destination in the 2011 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Destinations Awards, Asia category, with the city being among the top 25 destinations in Asia (source: Wikipedia).

Baguio City, northern Luzon, Philippines

Baguio is a very unique city. Being at such a high altitude and one of the most important locations in the Cordillera Administrative Region (C.A.R.).

Baguio City, northern Luzon, Philippines

Some of the housing in Baguio is death-defying, but I guess the people have to live somewhere!

The manor Baguio City, northern Luzon, Philippines

The Manor at Camp John Hay is really an amazing place to stay. It has its own 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus’ Golden Bear International Group. This really is a unique part of the Philippines.

Baguio City, northern Luzon, Philippines

Burnham Park Lake, a man-made lake, is the feature of this popular park right in the heart of the city. The park hosts other attractions such as a rose garden, skating rink, Orchidarium and Children’s playground.

How to get there

From Makati, Baguio is located about 260kms north of Manila via the NLEX and SCTEX going via Tuba. Depending on traffic, the drive can take up to 5 hours.

There are a number of bus companies servicing this popular route. The trip to Baguio can take several hours, and should cost less than P1,000.

Dezza´s Tip

Unless you enjoy massive crowds, its best to avoid Baguio during Holy Week (Easter). This is basically at the height of summer and with the cooler temperatures of Baguio, it has been said the population of Baguio doubles, with people flocking from all over the country.