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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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 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.
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.
Baguio Cathedral is actually named Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral. It is visited not only by Catholics who offer thanksgiving prayers for a safe trip, but by non-Catholic tourists as well who admire its architecture. Personally, I visit Baguio Cathedral not only to pray, but also to reminisce my fond memories when I was a child - my First Communion, our regular visits and Sunday masses, and our packed lunch eaten at the cathedral courtyard.
Built on top of a hill, Baguio Cathedral is visible from many parts of the city, and is considered one of the popular landmarks of Baguio remembered for its distinct pink facade with a rose window and twin square bell towers with pyramidal roofs. It has a large courtyard with view deck overlooking Session Road and the downtown commercial district of Baguio City. It is accessible to pedestrians from Session Road through a 100-step stone staircase, or through the adjacent campus of Saint Louis University. However, an easier option is to drive up through an access road.
Arko ni Apo Art Gallery & Kape Diperensiya is an intriguing, almost mystical place which is actually the residence, workshop, gallery and cafe' of artist Benhur Villanueva and his family. Often branded as a "quirky" brood, the Villanuevas churn out unique art pieces of sculpture and paintings. Unfortunately, as in most galleries, taking pictures of their works is not allowed.
Popular to tourists is Benhur's son, Bumbo who personally attends to guests at their cafe. He smilingly dons an apron as he prepares and serves your creamy soya coffee.
The Baguio City Orchidarium is always a delight to visit. The wide variety and colorful orchids, bromeliads and other exotic plants provide a real visual and olfactory treat. Tourists can buy flowers and plants, and get free gardening tips from the vendors.
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