The trip to Banaue is AWESOME!! The road there has to one of the most scenic in the world!! I can be a hair raising ride too! There are'nt alot of guard rails and the bus I was on didn't seem to be in tip-top shape but I had a great time on my 9½ hour trip of bouncing all over the place. There are Air-con buses available too. Those may be a little more comfortable than what I was on. I don't like to ride in style! The road passes Rice Terraces , Small villages , some towns and a couple of pretty interesting bus stops! None of my pictures do the trip justice! And Banaue is just AWESOME too! hiking though the rice terraces is very rewarding! Tiring Too!
I have had several visits already to Baguio but only in my latest visit did I come to know of the Balatoc Mines Tour in Itogon, Benguet. Prior to entering the mine, you will be equipped with a pair of boots and a hard hat. (Make sure you bring a pair of socks with you). While waiting for the previous goup to finish the tour, your guide will already be giving a brief history of the mine. You will also be given a "chapa", a round metallic object that is being used by the miners as the ID.
The guided tour offers the visitor a chance to be come a miner for an hour or so. Upon entering the mine, the "chapa" is collected and at the end of the day, it is retrieved by the miner upon leaving the mine. Any uncollected "chapa" therefore would mean that a miner is still unaccounted for.
The tour also includes a ride using a mine train (if it is not being charged) and a live dynamite detonation inside the mine (of course you are situated a safe distance away from the blast area). You are also given a chance to try the drill that they use for mining.
Fee is 250 PHP for adult and 150 PHP for students/children as of October 2011.
This is a nice little piece of heaven in Baguio. Outside is the chaos of Marcos Highway. But one becomes oblivious to all the noise and pollution as one takes a stroll--which, at some points on the trail, can become a trek--at the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary.
It's an easy trail, even kids will be able to finish it. I'm more than sure that the kids will love it! There are secret nooks and caves to explore as you weave through the garden.
In a nutshell, the stroll is the story of evolution, man and religion. It's an interesting place to be. It's peaceful and quiet, conducive to meditation. It's also a nice place to be with the family. Great for taking lovely pictures, too. Lots of greenery, reminiscent of the Baguio of yesteryears.
This isn't very popular, at least not yet. I've suggested this to many of my friends already. I heard about this from a forum I subscribe to. I've been going to Baguio for 4 consecutive years now, but I have only discovered this recently.
The Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary is located at 25 North Santo Tomas Road, Campo Sioco, Baguio City. To go to the sanctuary you can take the BGH-Campo Sioco bound jeepneys which are parked beside the Harrison Road overpass stairway, take a taxi, or drive your own vehicle. From the downtown area, proceed to the rotunda across the Baguio General Hospital then take the road to the right towards the direction of Marcos Highway. After passing Lina's Mart look out for the Amway and Agua Vida signages where you turn right and follow the road until you reach the Maryknoll gate.
This is one of the best places to experience the old Baguio--the unpolluted, pine-scented Baguio. It's open to the public, so make sure you drop by.
My best memories are of running around the Borromeo Field and having my picture taken ala UP Oblacion statue. Little did I know that civilians were off limits this marching field!
But don't leave too late in the afternoon. It can get very chilly. Plus, you'll have to pass by the haunted Loakan Road!
The Flower Festival commonly called Panagbengan held every February of the month, I am lucky to witness this event you will amaze the different flower float parade at the end of the day there will declare the winner actually it is a whole week events.
The famous zigzag road leading to Baguio City. However, this road usually experiences landslide that is why buses and trucks were no longer allowed to pass by Kennon Road. Either they use the Marcos Highway or the Naguilian Road.
From Baguio, take a bus up to Sagada. It's LOONG (7 to 9
hours) and ... er ... not exactly the most comfortable ride
in the world (part of the Sagada adventure is the journey
there). There are several lodging houses where you can
stay for around 2 to 3 US dollars a night. In the town
proper, you might want to visit the cemetery and echo
valley ... or buy Sagada-woven clothes.
Set aside AT LEAST an entire day for the REAL Sagada
adventure--spelunking and mountain hiking. You can catch a
GORGEOUS view of the rice terraces, less than an hour's
walk away from the town proper. After that, a must-see is
the hanging coffins in the ancient burial caves (just ask
for a guide to take you there--you can inquire about guides
at most restaurants)--be sure you have a flashlight with
you, and some snacks. If you really enjoy spelunking, a
single day won't be enough, because there are around 20
GORGEOUS caves to choose from ....
After a day or two in Sagada, you can take a jeepney ride
to Bontoc. Have your camera with you in the jeepney--the
view is breathtaking! From there, you can visit more rice
terraces, or visit the hot springs.
Got any questions about love, life, money? Get some help from up above! Visit the Bell Church Temple and know the answer.
First offer incense sticks at the temple. Then throw the stones, ask help from temple staff to get the number of your fortune.
They will read a number and pull out a piece of paper from the corresponding box and you will find the answer to your question.
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.
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.
If your into walking/hiking go out Magsaysay Avenue and keep walking you eventually leave the city limits and then you will be in beautiful country side! There are many smaller side roads you can take and just enjoy the scenery!
A friend and I went there a few weeks back. Asin hot springs is further down the road. We went to this place called Riverside resort, I think. It has several pool areas, but not hot spring.
There's jeep you can take to Asin. Travel is about 30 to 45 minutes. Fare is 20 pesos. The jeeps are parked at a market near the Municipal office. If you know where Cafe by the ruins is, you can ask where the police substation is and the jeepneys are just near that area.
Where we went (Riverside?) is a nice place. Entrance is 100 each and they have a place where you can stay overnight. I think the hot springs is about 5 to 10 minutes away from Riverside.
The road to Asin is ok. Nice scenery when you get to the place. Only thing I didn't like is that the jeeps only travel once they are full. So if you do decide to leave the place earlier, you might have to wait inside the jeepney. Waiting time could take anywhere from 15 minutes (if you happen to have a big group to join you) or 2 hours. There are other jeeps passing by the area, pero they dont pick up passengers off the street. You have to go where the jeepney stand is.
Hope this helps.
I've seen this place in the internet and when we were in Baguio, we visit the place. Maganda talaga at very educational. There are 2 trails - the eco-trail and the cultural/historical trail. It's a little bit rainy kaya di na kami nakapag-eco trail. According to our tour guide, madami pa din daw from Baguio locals who doesn't know that the place exist. From people that I've met that went up to baguio, no one has ever reached this place. Maganda at very educational. Exciting also, especially when we cross the hanging bamboo bridge. When you reach the highest part, makikitamo ang South China sea, unfortunately, during our visit, its foggy kaya medyo blurred ang view. During weekend tehy have cultural show. There are in-house artist wherein you can ask for a pencil sketch of your portrait for a little amount. Magpap-portrait sana kami, kaya lang may dumating na group of student on a field trip kaya dumami tao. We bought din ethnic cds and mountain tea leaves. I really recommend this place.
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.
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