Guess where I bought mine? When I went to the Mansion House, I got mine for P300.00. The guards there are selling pins and t-shirts!!!
Since I didn't have time to shop around, I just bought my own Filipino shirt from the guards! When I compared prices at the Duty Free Shop and at the stores, their prices are even better!
Are you looking for a handcrafted silver jewelry?
The silver shop at St. Louis University was very famous for their jewelries for almost half a century, but now, it is already closed!!! The best place to buy silver jewelries now are located at the Maharlika building down the Session Road. If you take a right at the end of Session Road and get up at the overpass fronting Tiongsan Bazaar, the Maharlika building is unto your left.
I was told that the jewelry shop at St. Louis University Laboratory was already closed as it was bancrupt!!! Honestly, this was the best place to buy handcrafted jewelries before. But when I checked other stores, some stores carries nice sterling jewelries, too!
Make sure to scout around first before you put your heart in buying one that you like. The prices usually vary but having a discount is better!
The roasted corn at Mines View Park were so good! My relatives and I ate fried and barbecued planteen and roasted corn. These are very inexpensive and for me as a traveller, eating fried planteen was good for my stomach as I have problems eating other food. This kept me out of the bathroom (ha! ha! ha!)
Early in the morning is the best time to go to Mines View Park because you don't have to deal with a lot of tourists and local visitors (Filipinos). Also, most of the vendors would like to give you the best deals of their items and souvenirs!
I always wanted to wear the Igorot costume and have my pictures taken. This time that I went back to Baguio, I finally did!
Here's my tip:
Make sure to bargain for the costume. Also, bargain for unlimited pictures so you don't have to pay per every shot taken. I only paid $1.50 for me since I went there early morning.
I have been going to Baguio for many years but this is the first time that I have visited the Balitoc Mines tour. You get to tour the Balitoc mines and you learn how the miners do their work as well as a history of the mine. The highlight of the tour was when we entered an actual mine and was able to operate some of the machines they used for mining. They also had a blasting procedure where they exploded some dynamite. It's a nice change to usual attractions in Baguio.
It is refreshing drive and get out from of the city. Drive to Mines View Park.
There is a view deck over there overlooking the mountains and hills of Baguio City. There are also array of stall where local residents sell their products. There are handmade backpacks made of rattan, tiger grass broom, woven place mats, handcarved spoon and forks, handcarved key chains, etc.
You can also try different Igorot costumes at Mines View Park for a certain fee. There are also local Igorots in their costumes ready for you to take pictures with them for remembrance. Remember to give the a tip.
In the old days, the Igorot people used to wear their costume even in the city. The men's costume was called the G-string and they wear a headdress adorned with beautiful and colorful feather of birds. The women, on the other hand, wore a skirt woven in beautiful colors - red, blue, and white. They wore necklaces made of snake bones and beautiful expensive beads.
There was this old story that when the richest man in Baguio City went to Manila to buy buses, he was wearing a G-string. He was one proud Igorot. He didn't care what people would say. Most of the salesmen looked at him and totally ignored him. How can this "Igorot man" afford a bus when he can't even afford to buy clothes on!
The Igorot man went to another bus sales company. To everybody's surprise this Igorot man bought several buses and paid in cash! The guy who ignored him didn't realize that this Igorot man was Dangwa! He was once the richest Igorot! (Dangwa is the owner of the Dangwa Transportation in the Mountain Province).
Buy a map then walk from your hotel to your desired destination. This is a bit challenging and fun. But if you have a heart condition or not fit for long walks, I suggest you take the taxi instead. :)
As part of the Buddhist tradition, the Bell Church is set on a hill with a beautiful landscape. It looks more like a garden with a temple and not the other way around. I've not been there for ages and it is really good to know that they have managed to keep the church clean and clutter free. The Pagoda and other structures look like they have just had a fresh spray of paint. A refreshing treat for those tired souls that have wandered Baguio including myself of course.
Witness the making of the woven materials for which baguio is noted for. The school has introduced an avenue for local women to generate income for themselves and their families. It is also a shop to get your souveneirs.
Drive 16 km to Asin hot springs and take a dip jacusi style or swim in the pools of several resorts in the area one of which is the Palm Grove Resort. Its similar to the nice resorts of Los Banos.
Check out several wood carver shops along the roadside. Their prices are lower than in the city.
The Baguio Branch of the Department of Natural Resources has a garden. When we went there, it was not yet open to the public but I managed to befriend the staff so they let us in. There you'll find plants and trees that are either indigenous to the mountain province (where baguio is located) and others that have been imported from other places. It is scheduled to be open by early this year (2006).
It's delicious. Every stand along every path on the mountain sells baked corn on a stick. Taste it, it's worth a try. You can request butter, but warning: they take a whole bar of butter and slather it on!
Twenty pesos for corn or a couple pesos more for the sweet-baked bananas are a diet-worth-breaking indulgence.
Born in 1947, a now older and wiser man stood on top of the smoke covered and traffic polluted mountain.
When he was twenty-five, he stood on this same location and sent prayers to God from his heart. The uninhabited place, unrecorded paths to the scenic view, and untouched natural landscape were burned into his mind and he promised himself that after he had explored the world, he would return to the quiet solitude so close to his home and heart.
I watched him peer through the crowds, silence the noise emitting cars, and eagerly search for the image he had recalled in the long slow ride up the mountain.
I didn't feel the solitude nor could envision a beautiful natural lanscape, but I smiled anyways and spoke sincerely,
"You're right, dad, this place is indescribable."
He smiled through his eyes, nostalgic of more than I could know.....
You can start your tour any part of this place but dont forget to go to Mines View where you see mountains and some cute flowers, you can also go shopping some stuff or flowers just in the corner to plant it in your house when you get home. The place is amazing im kinda scared though the stone stairs/way i feels like its slippery but its not anyway, just watch your step plus there are lots of people who wants to take a picture with a best background hahaha. .
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