Marcos Highway is the longer route up and down Baguio but it is more travel friendly in that it doesn't have the more dangerous, sharper, dizzying zigzags of Kennon Road. If you keep an eye out, you may even spot the Marcos Bust on a mountain side. The Bust of the former president of the Philippines was the first lady Imelda's tribute to her famous husband - a lasting testament to his greatness. It attempts to replicate the majesty of Mt.Rushmore but since there are no huge natural rock mountain sides, the bust was constructed of poured cement. The bust was strategically placed as to make it seem Marcos' eyes are overlooking the vastness of the land... signifying Marcos' vigilant watch over the good welfare of the Philippines.
As with most places/monuments associated with the Marcos regime, when the president was deposed and exiled, these were either destroyed or put to neglect. Used to be there is a viewing deck and parking area you can stop at so you can see the bust closer and even have your picture taken but I think now, the path is probably unpassable with the mountain greenery taking over the road.
For a time, it was considered fashionable to have your picture taken with your finger giving the bust the "universal friendly" hand sign. I guess the people were still very angry then and this small act of defiance is an attempt to get rid of all the anger, fear and contempt for a very controlled life they had under his dictatorship.
As with most historically significant sites, I feel a pang of regret that instead of developing these and possibly generating more interest in the area, most of these monuments are neglected and left to ruin. History is not just about the good times..... sometimes dark ages teach us more and we can view them as 'what not to do' instead of trying to bury it... the lesson soon to be forgotten.
MARYKNOLL PARK The Maryknoll Sisters of Baguio has its own nature park and Bio-Center building which is accessible from the Marcos Highway. A small trail leads visitors around the park where there are Igorot huts, flower gardens, and a hanging pedestrian bridge. A scenic panoramic view of Mt. Santo Tomas is visible from the park on a clear fogless day.
BOTANICAL GARDEN The beautiful garden is a favorite among those who enjoy looking at different plant species that have adopted well to the climate of Baguio. There are trails that allow visitors to walk around the garden underneath the shade of tall pine trees. During the Marcos regime it was called Imelda Park but was later renamed as the Baguio Botanical Garden.
TAM-AWAN VILLAGE portrays authentic Igorot huts which are constructed on a hillside somewhere behind Quezon Hill. The visitors hut has a display of some Igorot handicraft, books, and other literature. On a clear day at its highest point, Lingayen Gulf and some towns of the Province of La Union are visible
ust outside the city proper, you can visit the strawberry farm. Be sure, however, that you go there during strawberry season coz if not, you can’t see anything there bUT green strawberry plants.
Been to Baguio for several times but it was my first time to see Tamawan Village. This place is a hidden treasure.
If you visit Baguio don't forget to have a nice picture with those Igorot, you can see them almost on all tourist spot of Baguio
You will amaze how gracefully Igorots tribe wearing there traditional costume dancing with there hand instrument.
Try to climb the 212 steps going to our Lady. But if you feel lazy, you can ride your car midway and climb approximately 50 steps to the Grotto.
Comes the blooming season and youve never been to Baguio if you havent been to the Botanical Garden where flower garden, shrubs and trees abound. Fresh smell of pines abound this Flower Capital.
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