A popular golfing destination, the city takes pride in its Baguio Country Club and Camp John Hay. What used to be the rest-and-recreation base of American military personnel, the Camp is being transformed into a world-class resort and is also Baguio's biggest pine tree conservation area. Its newly refurbished 18-hole golf course rivals that of the Country Club which has pretty garden-patched cottages surrounding its fairways
The Lourdes Grotto is a Catholic shrine and place of meditation in Baguio. It is located on a high hill in the western part of Baguio City, Devotees climb this multi-stepped stairway to express devotion, gaze at the view or just for the exhilarating experience of climbing all those steps. It is a favorite pilgrimage site during Holy Week most especially during Holy Thursday and Good Friday. you can also get to the top by taxi or jeepney via a winding road.
The Cordillera architectural design of native hut and the dap-ayan area designed for meetings or gatherings. The call it Botanical garden because you can see lots of flower and flower seeds as well, in the gate you can see an Igorots (Baguio native) in there costume dancing a native dance.
This religious place is awesome, meditation, hearing mass and write your petitions to the pink sister (female monks) is among the things you can do here. They call them selves pink sister because the female monk wearing pink. if you write them they will pray your petitions.
Located at the heart of the city, it is named after the city's planner Daniel H. Burnham. It has a man-made lake with rowing boats for hire, bicycle areas, a children's park, and a skating rink. The Grandstand (Melvin Jones) is at the centre of an open field where many live shows are performed.
When i was there it suddenly went very foggy and within a matter of seconds you could hardly see.
The Botanical Garden is tasked with growing pine seedlings and other flora and fauna for the constant "greening" of Baguio and the surrounding areas it is also known as Igorot Village and showcases the native houses of the different Cordillera tribes.
Tourists can usually have their picture taken pictures with the Igorot tribesmen dressed in their
Dont forget to visit this Mansion it is made to be the site for international conventions and working office of the president of the Philippines during their visit to Baguio city. We also call it summer residence of the Philippines presidents
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".
Burnham Park is a vast stretch of man-made plain within Baguio City. It features a man-made lagoon where sailboats abound and provides a playground for children the skating rink, bicycle, sports and gaming areas, plus a few eateries.
Baguio has changed a lot. If you want to get authoritative answer to your questions about Baguio, go to the Local Tourism Council. The staff there will be more than happy to assist you with road directions to tourist spots, accommodations, etc. You can also ask for a free brochure with map of the city. EZ Map of Baguio City is sold in hotels for P100. (Wouldn't you want to buy fresh strawberries with that amount instead?)
The office of the Local Tourism Council is located inside the Baguio Convention Center.
Tam-awan used to be considered an off- the-beaten path tourist destination...not anymore. With people becoming more and more interested in arts and culture, Tam-awan has become a must-see place in Baguio. It offers eco-tourism and cultural immersion to Ifugao life, made even popular with the presence and endorsement of National Artist Bencab who has made Tam-awan his enclave.
One has to go up the village and cross the hanging bridge to go to the other side of the cliff to view the various types of authentic Ifugao houses. Tourists can make arrangements to stay overnight at the Bi-ayon, a traditional octagonal house for Ifugao upper class, or the Dukligan or fertility hut.
One can also explore the gallery of local artists where their precious works of art are for sale like the rare sun-burning painting (Painted while using a magnifying glass so the sun's rays will burn the canvass).
After a tiring tour of the Village, you can have light snacks together with brewed native coffee or herbal tea at their coffe shop.
Club John Hay, in the south-east suburbs of town, was formerly called Camp John Hay and was a recreation base for the US Army. Open to the public are a golf course, swimming pools and tennis courts, as well as the restaurants the Half Way House, the 19th Tea Patio and the Lone Star Steak House. The Americans also left behind the unique 'Cemetery of Negativism', where bad habits are buried under humorous gravestones. This glimpse into the American philosophy of life is well worth seeing.
Baguio City houses the training ground for the future officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The Philippine Military Academy home base is Fort Del Pilar, named after the youngest Filipino general who was killed in Tirad Pass, Gen. Gregorio del Pilar.
Definitely worth a visit, you can find war relics, a museum and view the disciplined cadets as they train in the field or march and partake their meals at the mess hall. During Saturdays, they do a regular parade and review. We were fortunate enough to watch a silent drill when we were there since it was the annual PMA homecoming (during February). During the PMA homecoming, you would even be able to see them do a dance drill on the field after a silent drill.
Literally, you do horse around in Wright Park. The Wright Park riding circle makes it a perfect place to learn how to ride a horse or a pony. A few of the reasons to visit Wright Park:
1. Horseback riding
2. Shopping of native Baguio souvenirs
3. Wonderful scenery for photo ops
The fact that it's near the Mansion House makes it a must see in Baguio. It's Wright across the mansion. :) Talk about hitting two birds with one stone...
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