Baguio's fortune is in its cool climate and high elevation. The American military was the first to recognize the area's appeal, setting aside a 535-acre military reservation amidst the pine trees in 1903 as a retreat for soldiers in need of some R&R. Today the city is a busy urban center, having risen from the rubble of the devastating earthquake of 1991. A popular retreat for city-folk looking to escape the heat.
It's cool up there
If you fly up there the baggage limit is 10kg (for check in) and hand held is 3kg Warm clothes as Baguio is up in the mountains and it does get chilly up there.
Also take wet weather gear with you or at least an umbrella - don't think you will beat the rain because you won't...
A good pair of walking shoes is a must too... Take the minimum as you can get everything there and fairly cheaply. Definately take a camera, digital prefered but film is ok and there are plenty of places to get that film developed... Forget it
Tourists who want to have a unique experience living in a tribe should definitely go to Tam-awan village. It has huts where an individual or group can sleep in with authentic ifugao/igorot atmosphere but not without facilities such as a coffee shop, an art gallery, guided tours, etc. They even have artists who can make sketches/portraits/paintings for you. It would be nice to have a romantic date or even a wedding there (although I am not sure if they have had one before).
Getting there is not so difficult. You can take a jeep from bokawkan (below the flyover that leads to la trinidad) marked tam-awan. Ask the driver to get you off at the village. Or, ask a taxi driver to bring you there. They're likely to know where it is.
Rates are not so expensive. Lodging costs 500 pesos per person for an individual but a group of 12 are given a special rate of 900 per person inclusive of all meals. not bad huh?
What's great is that you can actually live like an Ifugao and get to cook your meals there. You can go up the mountain and take the not-for-the-weak trail and marvel at the beauty of nature. Now doesn't that spell adventure?
I bought a cane in Baguio for my mom!
Maharlika has a lot of souvenir items that you can find- from knitted sweaters, hats, sweets, baskets, wood carvings, purses, belts, backpacks made of rattan, the Last Supper wood carving, etc. If you are looking for anything that is made of wood, then the best place to search is Maharlika.
I went to the shopping arcade at Maharlika just to find a cane for my mother. And, I found a really good one, made of mahogany so it is very sturdy and well-made! This is an unusual buy for me but I bought a cane. My aunts and cousins bought souvenir items like little purses, key chains, knitted sweaters, etc. bI paid P350 ($7.00)
Beware hiden extras on bill!
I'm sure a lot of people are unaware until they get the bill that bottles of water and face cloth charges are added extras.
Although the charges are quite reasonable, I still think this practice is wrong.