Our Baguio Trip 2016

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Last April 29, we (hubby, Justin and I) went to Baguio with my niece and nephew, Justin’s older cousins. This was actually hubby and me’s third time to visit the City of Pines, our son’s second time, and my niece and nephew’s first time. To make the most of our Baguio trip, I searched for a Baguio itinerary online that we meant to follow to the letter but failed to do so because of the uncooperative weather. It rained mostly in the afternoons on the days that we were there. Sigh! We stayed in a Quadruple Room at Manhattan Suites for 4 days and 3 nights. Here are the highlights of our trip.

Day 1
We arrived early (around 5:00 a.m.) in Baguio on April 29, so we had to pay Manhattan Suites an extra Php1,000 for our early check-in. We slept for a few hours, transferred to our reserved room near noon time and went out of the hotel to wander about.

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Our first stop after having lunch at a fastfood nearby was Burnham Park where the cousins spent an hour biking…

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…eating strawberry ice cream…

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…boat riding…

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…and having our pictures taken wearing the traditional Igorot costume.

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Then, we went to Baguio Cathedral before calling it a day.

Day 2
After having breakfast at the hotel, we were ready to explore Baguio once again.

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We first went to Mines View Park.

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Then, we headed to Good Shepherd Baguio to buy a few bottles of their well-loved ube jam.

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Justin and Kuya Ron then went horseback riding at Wright Park.

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Then, we dropped by The Mansion, had lunch at Camp John Hay

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…and braved the road less travelled, the Eco Trail.

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It was tough, but we all made it out alive before heavy rains fell.

Day 3
On our 3rd day, we already commissioned a taxi driver we met the day before to tour us around Baguio. It’s hard to get a cab in Baguio these days, and this was our best option to see more of the beauty of this place.

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First, we climbed the 252 steps leading to the Lourdes Grotto.

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Then we went to Asin Tunnels in Abra, Benguet. These tunnels were constructed by the prisoners of war during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. They were supposed to form part of the railroad system that was to connect the existing railroad in Damortis, La Union and Baguio City.

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We also got to cross the hanging bridge of Asin River.

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Then we headed to BenCab Museum. The BenCab Museum displays the art collection of our national artist Ben Cabrera.

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There is a lovely garden in front of the museum that was perfect for souvenir shots.

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We also passed by Tam-Awan Village and Arko ni Apo Art Gallery.

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And of course, our Baguio trip wouldn’t be complete without strawberry picking at La Trinidad, Benguet. Our shoes were all muddy because it rained the night before we went to Strawberry Farm, but nobody seemed to mind.

Day 4
Our last day in Baguio was spent packing our stuff and getting ready for our 1:00 p.m. trip back to Manila.

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Overall, our 2016 trip to Baguio was tiring but fun, especially for the cousins who got to spend quality time together before school starts again this month.

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24 Responses

  1. visited Baguio with the kids in 2012. from your post, we missed two — asin tunnel and the grotto. we will visit both when we come back 🙂

  2. I’ve visited Baguio several times but I haven’t experienced strawberry picking, laging wrong timing ang punta namin. 🙁 I do hope on our next visit, pwede na. First time to read about Asin Tunnels.

  3. It’s my first time to read about Asin Tunnels, and I definitely have to put it in my itenerary the next time I come back up there.. :3 Did you get your portraits drawn at Tam Awan? 🙂 There’s also this awesome foodie/art area around session road, Ililik-Art Artist Village.. They only serve organic food there, and the whole place is one big art! You should visit that too sometime… I have it written in my blog- http://nicolepaler.wordpress.com 🙂

  4. I see a wonderful family trip in a colder place. Nice to see those pictures and hopefully to see them myself in sometime.

  5. We visit Baguio about 2-3x a year except that we haven’t gone North this year (yet). Hopefully soon since I heard from my friends there that the weather is really cooler as compared during the summer months. Not to mention less traffic.

  6. So much activities! You’ve managed to maximize your time there, without a doubt. I’m sure it was one of the best birthdays your son has ever had, it’s awesome.

  7. I’ve been to Baguio twice and yet there are still other places to visit. I would love to go to Asin Tunnel and Ben Cab Museum. I need to have it on my list for our next Baguio trip. Thanks for sharing Mommy Tetcha.

  8. My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Baguio last Jan 2013. Tapos our next visit was with our son in 2015. Who knows, baka next visit namin, 2 na anak namin. haha.

  9. What’s not to love about Baguio! My favourite “tourist spot” is the strawberry fields. Were you able to try the strawberry ice cream sold just outside the farm? Sarap!

    1. Hi Maan. I’m from Baguio and the strawberry fields is actually not part of Baguio. 🙂 This is located in the municipality of La Trinidad, Benguet. 🙂

  10. Good to hear you enjoyed your Baguio trip 🙂

    I am from Baguio (now working in Manila) and I go home every now and then. If you have longer time the next time you go there, you might want to try the Asin hot springs, too. 🙂 Or climb Mt. Cabuyao (where the two big radars, often joked as Baguio’s “two large electric fans” when I was a kid) for a great view. 🙂

    By the way, the Asin Tunnels is not in Abra, Benguet. It’s in Tuba, Benguet. Abra is another province of Cordillera which is located up north 🙂

  11. I want to go to Bencab museum! Bagiuo is one of the places we want to take the kids to. It’s been a long time since I’ve visited these spots, it’s great to read them here. I’ve not even gone to some of them like the Asin bridge and Tam Awan.

  12. Been to Baguio several times and still I want to go back. Aside from the cold weather, its the food that I like best when in Baguio. Seems youve enjoyed your stay. Still yet to try Manhattan Suites.

  13. I’ve been to Baguio a couple of times but haven’t been to a lot of those places. It’s so nice to be wearing Igorot costumes! They’re so native and truly worth posing in. I hope to be able to go back there with the kids. I just don’t like the long and windy trip.

  14. We have never been to Baguio but we do plan to visit this year or early next year. Super helpful your post to help me plan out our itinerary!

  15. I only visited Baguio ONCE in my life! That’s a sad story I know. I can’t really relate when people starts talking to me about the before and after of Baguio. But I enjoyed the place last time I visited, mainly because of the weather and the food. 🙂

  16. We’d love to visit Baguio again. There’s so much more to see this time around and this time we’ll have our youngest with us.

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