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    Baguio Cathedral

    by machomikemd Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In 1907, a Catholic mission was established in the site by Belgian missionaries from the Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae, who named the site Mount Mary. Baguio Cathedral was consecrated in 1936 and is dedicated to Our Lady of Atonement. It was originally referred to as "Kampo" by the native Ibalois. The Baguio Cathedral is the biggest Roman Catholic Church in Baguio and is the center of religious activities. During the Holy Week, thousands of devotees from Manila and the adjoining provinces come up to visit the church. During Sundays and other special holidays of the catholic church, you will find vendors sitting along the stairway and in the church's patio selling flowers, balloons, candles, sweepstake tickets, rosary beads, and various other religious articles. The pedestrians can reach Baguio Cathedral from the Session Road by ascending the long concrete hundred stairways.

    Christmas my mom and brother friends
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    The Penagbenga festival

    by kemisteryoso Written Mar 15, 2011

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    Also know as the flower festival. Floats made of different kinds of flowers will be seen on the streets. It's very beautiful and artistic.
    Usually it happens last week of February. Just check their schedule.
    Be aware that plenty of people wanted to see the festival so be sure to book ahead of time for your transportation and accommodation.

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    Maharlika Market

    by kemisteryoso Written Sep 27, 2010

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    It is where you can buy your "Pasalubong" (treats). You can find products from other places in Cordillera. Products ranges from vegetables, sweets, Jams, pastries, cookies, silver accessories, handicrafts form nearby lowland provinces, native cakes, Baguio souvenir shirts, fruits like sagada oranges and strawberries etc. It is where I bought 3 pieces of "Halayang ube" for P100.00.
    Visitors from foreign countries usually shop for silver craft, shell products, wood carvings, and other kinds of native handicraft.
    It is a very busy place but the cool temperature reduces the stress.

    vegetables local elicacies busy maharlika market silver crafts
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    Baguio cathedral

    by kemisteryoso Updated Sep 26, 2010

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    This is also known as the Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral. This church was built by Belgian Missionaries and finished in 1936. You will have a view of the session road and part of Downtown Baguio. This rose-colored cathedral with twin square bell towers with pyramidal roofs, located on top of a hill is one of the most visited landmarks of Baguio. The interior is modern adorned with gold colored miniature replicas especially in the altar. The Cathedral has a good Choir and I like their Version of "Our Father" in Ilocano dialect, very solemn.
    It is also being said that probably its is the only Cathedral in the world that owns and manage its own shopping center, called Porta Vaga also in Session road.

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    Mines View Park

    by kemisteryoso Written Sep 26, 2010

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    One of my favorite. I love the view from the deck. I always visit this place every time I am in Baguio. It is about 4 kms from downtown Baguio. There's a small observation deck where one can see the spectacular view of the nearby valley and mountains. But sometimes fog will obscure the view so better go on a clear day and not after a strong rain.

    You can also have your photo with a St. Bernard, wear igorot clothes or ride a horse.
    I just don't like the numerous souvenir shops outside they make the place so crowded for visitors.

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    Baguio Cathedral

    by enail Written Jul 15, 2009

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    Located at the heart of Session Road, Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral, most commonly known as Baguio Cathedral, is one of the most magnificent architectural buildings in the city. It was established by Belgian missionaries in 1907. The building has a unique pink façade with twin bell towers.

    Baguio Cathedral Baguio Cathedral at the background photo op at the Baguio Cathedral

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    Camp John Hay

    by enail Written Jul 14, 2009

    Outside the city proper, Camp John Hay is where you can relax and enjoy the cool breeze of Baguio. You can lay on your back on the cool green grass in the golf course; sip a cup of coffee at Starbucks; or buy some stuffs at Nike Factory Outlet.

    Camp John Hay shops at Camp John Hay a cup of coffee @ Starbucks enjoying the cool green grass playing seek and seek

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    Burnham park

    by enail Written Jul 14, 2009

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    Probably the most popular destination in Baguio is the Burnham Park, right at the heart of the city. The name of the park was derived from the city’s planner, Daniel Burnham. One’s visit in Baguio cannot be complete with visiting this place. Although it’s not as attracting as before due to the trashes that are unnecessarily thrown anywhere, it’s still one of the favorite places for family picnics. You ride a boat the lagoon, ride a bike, visit the orchidarium and rose garden or just stroll around the park.

    Burnham Lagoon boat riding at Burnham

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    Mines View

    by enail Written Jul 14, 2009

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    Mines View is one of the most frequented sites in Baguio. There you are on top of a mountain overlooking a scenic view of the mountainside, breathing in fresh air. Many other stuffs can be done in Mines view: have a picture taken with Doglas, Jr., the “Gentle Giant Saint Bernard,” you wearing native Igorot costumes, horseback-riding, shopping in the nearby shops and buying pasalubongs.

    awesome background jaime, me, rhoan and jk in igorot costumes batchmates at mines view with Doglas, Jr. view from mines view

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    Ride a pony/horse at Wright Park

    by jumpingnorman Updated Mar 26, 2009

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    When I was a small boy, I was always excited to go to Baguio because I would get to ride on a pony/horse at Wright Park. Parks in Baguio are named after famous Americans because the Americans literally carved this valley in the Cordillera region.

    It is amazing that this tradition has continued on to the present day. The horses now would be the great great grandkids of the horses I rode before, hehehe...

    Men would have their horses ready for the tourists in Wright Park where there is a small circular course for the kids and for extra pesos, you will be able to trot around Wright Park with your horse with or without your guide! Truly a fun experience.

    Wife on a pony in Wright Park, Baguio
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    See Burnham Park, best-loved park in Baguio City

    by jumpingnorman Written Mar 26, 2009

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    Baguio has a lot of parks with wonderful pine trees due to its high elevation compared to the city of Manila. And my favourite is Burnham Park which is considered the "mother of all parks" in this Summer Capital of the Philippines. Whenever I see it, I feel relaxed because I have associated it with my personal school vacations and holidays.

    You will see a lake where families and lovers go boating, and just walking around the park is a wonderful activity in itself - looking at how everyday people move about in this enchanted place.

    The park was designed by American architect Daniel Hudson Burnham, who also designed the original plan for Baguio City. It has 12 cluster areas: "the man-made lake with rowboats for hire, a childrens playground, the skating rink, the Rose Garden, the Orchidarium, Igorot Garden, Melvin Jones Grandstand, the Athletic Bowl, a Picnic Grove, the Japanese Peace Tower, Pine Trees of the World and Sunshine Park".

    Wife with Pine Trees in Baguio City, Philippines
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    Sight Seeing

    by Lensky Updated Mar 25, 2009

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    This is a must do in Baguio. Go to the SM City Baguio (mall), sit on the view deck and drink coffe while watching the fog comedown on the whole city or watch the whole city turn on its lights. Cozy up at night with your honey is also a good thing to do in this summer capital or just enjoy the scenes. This is the place to go if you are like me who do not like a lot of people or noisy places. If walking aimlessly is your thing, no sweat--Literally coz the city registers a 9degrees temp on some days. At night, chance upon the local flea market called Wag-Wagan where second hand stuff are sold as well as other good things...Oh, don't forget to go boating in Burnham... it's a rite of passage for every one who visits Baguio.

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    Strawberry Picking and Shopping at La Trinidad

    by tidzy Written Mar 14, 2009

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    La Trinidad is most commonly known for the vast fields of strawberry plants, also called the Strawberry Farm. Stalls along the road opposite the farms offer your own unique experience of strawberry picking(prices may vary). While you're there, you may want to pick up a few souvenirs since it is in this area that prices for goods are pretty cheap. Scarves, shawls, ponchos, sweaters, jackets, t-shirts, trinkets, caps and the like. Mostly knitted.

    Hold off on the strawberry jams though, you could get better ones at the Good Shepherd at minesview park even though they may be a bit expensive.

    the Strawberry farm fresh strawberries at La Trinidad
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    Drop By The Mansion House

    by cyndymc Written Mar 4, 2009

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    The Mansion House is the President's summer house and working office north of Manila. Although heavily guarded, tourists are allowed to take pictures infront of the gate (design of which is patterned after that of London's Buckingham Palace) and in the lawn and gardens...Sometimes, you can get lucky if the President and her family decide to go out for souvenir photos with tourists.

    My daughter w/ friends infront of Mansion House
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    Burn Calories at Burnham Park

    by cyndymc Written Mar 4, 2009

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    Vacation time is usually "pigging out" time. Try to burn calories from your food trip by going to the Burnham Park. You can do any of the following to burn those unwanted calories: brisk walking or jogging early in the morning or late in the afternoon; joining the aerobics or tai chi groups at the park; biking; or rowing the boat at the manmade lagoon... I assure you, exercising at the park will prevent GERD and/or bigger tummies.

    Row,row,row your boat! Biking is best early morning.
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    May 5, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Hi guys! I just like to ask, what time of the year are pine cones abundant in Baguio? i'm planning to collect about 100 pieces of it for my wedding.. Or do you know somewhere I could buy? Thanks for the help!


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