Baguio Off The Beaten Path

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    journey through the tunnel

    by Graecia Updated Jan 6, 2004

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    passing through a tunnel

    Going to ASIN Hot springs you will pass 2 tunnels and a bridge, This Roadtrip is realy a different experience for a 45 minutes ride. When you ride the public transport or the keep though just stay at the middle coz people usually bring their chickens with them and load them up front or at the back but otherwise. Its really all good.

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    Have a Pencil Portrait at Tam-awan Village

    by bike_packer Updated Jan 18, 2006

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    Sit still

    For about 20 minutes, sit still in the art room of Tam-awan Village and let artists (there were 5 when we had our own) do a portrait of yours which are basically pencil sketches. To add some fun, a caricature could be requested from one of the artists for a twist.

    There is no specific fee for the portraits but only a donation to the foundation operating Tam-awan Village.

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    Cemetery of Negativism

    by bike_packer Written May 17, 2006

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    From outside the fence, it looks like a cemetery for pets, but upon a closer look on the epitaphs by the supposed tombs with monuments, the Cemetery of Negativism is where negative attitude, bad experiences and anything that creates bad vibes are buried.

    Amusing and funny on the play of words on the epitaphs.

    Located inside Camp John Hay.

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    Tam-awan Village

    by JaneCajuguiran Updated Nov 1, 2006

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    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?

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    Botanical Garden

    by namiewa Written Jan 18, 2007

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    baguio people
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    Oh my we go to this place in hurry, we drop by from buying some present like "ube jam, etc." and its already afternoon plus cloudy. Haven't really see the whole place inside coz it start raining. We took some picture with this people but my point is that to take a best shot of the Botanical but this people running so fast to take a picture with us and the funny thing is that we pay even though we dont asked them to take a picture with me. We pay 150 for all of them "funny but i found them cute" so after it we run inside to look and took some pictures.

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    Old Kennon Road

    by whvcebu Written Apr 13, 2004

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    View to Kennon

    Always an occasion to drive to Baguio City which is also called the secret summer capital of the Philippines, when relatives came for a visit from Europe. Many Manileños who can afford to have their second house in the mountains are there every week end during the hot season, but also to enjoy the much cooler climate during Christmas time.

    To access Baguio most people go via Kennon Road. Kennon Road is one of the three major access roads that lead up to Baguio City from Manila and the provinces in the central and western parts of Luzon.

    During the Baguio earthquake in 1990, Kennon Road was severely damaged and is continuously undergoing repairs. It usually takes an experienced driver an average of 45 minutes by car to negotiate the steep and winding climb up to Baguio. Be careful when driving up due to unexpected landslides and slippery roads particularly during rainy weather or quickly incoming fog.

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    Have your portrait drawn ...

    by myspices Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of the things you should do is to have your portrait drawn by the artists at Tam Awan Village. These artists (3 of them), all of whom are lovers of art and natures, just hang out at Tam Awan and are friendly people. We had a great chat with them. All 3 of them will do a portrait of you each - the price?? - up to you to pay .....

    Additional picture on the artists at work..

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    Mr Chit Asignacion, VP of Chanum Foundation

    by myspices Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    with Mr Chit Asignacion on the right...

    When we were about to leave Tam Awan Village, there was a gentleman who came and wish us goodluck and happy journey .... and someone mentioned that he's Chit Asignacion and that he's the one who has provided some great information on the Tam Awan village - history and lodge in the Lonely Planet. I was like kind of amused - thought that someone was pulling my leg (since I was holding a copy of the LP) - I didn't believe it.

    Yes, he's the man - the VP of the Chanum Foundation which was set up to the preservation and teaching of the art and culture of the Cordillera people.

    We were so honoured to have met him. He authographed on my LP and we requested for a picture with him.

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    Short cut to Session Rd is the Cathedral stairway

    by joiwatani Written Sep 6, 2010

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    When you are in the city, it's really difficult to find parking especially down Session Road or finding a parking space at the Maharlika Hall on Magsaysay Avenue.

    If you brought your own vehicle, make sure to go and park at the Cathedral (there's also a bathroom there). Then, take the stairs on the left side of the Cathedral leading to Session Road. For those who have aching ankles or arthritis, this is not a way to go! The stairs are steep!

    Just park your vehicle there if you intend to do shopping or eating out in Session Road. This way, you save the hassle of looking for parking.

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    The back of Magsaysay stores

    by joiwatani Written Sep 13, 2010

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    The best bargains you can get especially on souvenir items are located at the back of Magsaysay Avenue- not at Session Road. Avoid buying whimsically. Just wait until you get to the back of Magsaysay Avenue.

    There are little pathways on the side of Maharlika building and from there you take a right that will lead you to rows and rows of stores selling bags, t-shirts, wood carvings, purses, etc. These are cheaper than those found at the stores at Mines View Park or in front of Magsaysay Avenue.

    Make sure to bargain. It is always best to start fifty percent off the price and start haggling from there.

    Make sure to go from one store to another and ask the item you wanted before you settle to one. This way, you can check the best price!

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    Burnham Park

    by Travel2write Written May 11, 2005

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    located at the center of the city, is named after the city's planner, Daniel Burnham, It features a man-made lagoon where people can hire a banca (rowboat). The park also has a skating rink and bicycle areas. At the northeast portion is a soccer field with a huge a stage at one end where many concerts are performed.

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    Wright Park

    by Travel2write Written May 11, 2005

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    named after the architect who designed the city, features a shallow elongated rectangular body of water known as the "Pool of Pines." At one end, there is a circle where visitors can go horseback-riding.

    Some other frequently-visited spots in the city include the Lourdes Grotto, Teacher's Camp, the Bell Church, Lion's Head, and the public market, a favorite place for tourists looking for souvenirs.

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    Baguio Cathedral

    by Travel2write Written Jun 11, 2005

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    Rising above the city skyline are the pinkish hues of the Baguio Cathedral. The cathedral is but one of a number of religious landmarks which dot the city. There is the Bell Temple, north of the city; the Maryhurst Seminary with its brilliant gardens; and Lourdes Grotto with its 252 steps to heaven.

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    Bagio City! ...

    by Travel2write Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    botaniacal gardens

    Bagio City!
    Beat the heat and head for the Hills! Bagio city is a place I feel few people make it to. Well I should say most travelers make it to. It has be a retreat to city folks from manilla for a long time. Imagine going from the hot choking smog of the city to clean, cool, and I mean cool air of the pines. From horse back riding to nice strolls threw the park, Bagio is a suprising change to the rest of the country. Modern malls, American food and some of the best fruit and vegetables in the county. The open air market is a much visit, along with the botaniacal gardens. Bring a umbrella, and a warm sweater and jacket. Great place to visit, and if going to the Philippines a must see.

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    Tam-Awan Village

    by Beye Written Mar 31, 2008

    Just came back from Baguio. Portraits can still be drawn by the local artists but they now have a minimal fee of 100 pesos for 1 person and 300 for 2 people/couple.

    Not sure if this is how it was before but all the huts have locks. The guard said that they used to be open for people to see, however, some people vandalize the place so the huts now have locks. But they are still renting out the place to those who wish to stay overnight.

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