Baguio

Photoblog: Baguio (January 2017)

Took me so many months before I was able to post this entry. 

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Season For Blooming

Early this year, or more appropriately, at the first month of the year, me and my family decided to visit Baguio City. Baguio City was once a place where my mom studied while she was on primary school. Since then, she has never again set foot in Baguio until this trip happened.

Mom’s First Time Back In Baguio

Flower Power

Reason I Love Baguio

It was a special trip for the family as it was the first time my mom returned to Baguio after a few decades and we were there to celebrate my birthday.

2nd Time To Visit BenCab Museum

Hello, Flowers!

Outfit # 1: All White

Outfit # 2: Almost All Gray

Outfit # 3: All Black

We did the usual touristy route and visited places swarmed by tourists. We drived around Baguio, enjoyed food (some not so good experience and some are excellent) and took lot of photos.

Stroll in High Noon

Everlasting

Mountain View

In Love With This 🖤

Baguio Brewery

I Was Not Able To Finish This Flavoured Beer. Ask Me 5 Years Back and I Can Finish This In A Few Minutes.

When Pink Hair Was Me, Back to Normal Brown Hair

‘Til the next pose & post!

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Baguio (Part 4): Blooms and Temple

For our last day in Baguio, we have three places we want to visit. We started the day early as we originally planned to arrive in Manila at around 08:00 or 09:00 PM.

We started with the famed Strawberry Farm. Though we visited Baguio when strawberries are not on their prime “harvest” time, we still pushed through with visiting Strawberry Farm.




Ironically, I wasn’t able to buy strawberries instead I find the other products they are selling outside the farm more amusing. The Strawberry Farm was getting a lot of attention at that time as one of the most popular primetime show was filmed in Baguio and the vendors are even referring to the TV series to sell their stuff. Like I’ve heard heart shaped or is is twin strawberry, etc. Even though I wasn’t really that updated with local TV series, I commend the TV series for boosting domestic tourism in our country. I honestly think that we need more of those tourism plugs whether in TV series, documentary, movie or whatever medium it is.




Second order for the day is to visit Bahong Rose Farm. Not quite a popular spot right now but slowly making a name in the tourism spot in Baguio. Actually, Bahong Rose Farm is located in La Trinidad province, tucked in a valley away from all thoroughfares of Baguio City. More or less 1 hour drive out of the city proper of Baguio and 30 minute drive from Strawberry Farm. I love this place and promise to go back once I have the chance to visit Baguio again.




Provided that at the time we visited the farm, they just harvested the roses and flowers like two weeks before but I was still mesmerized by the place. You can appreciate different flowers being raised by the farmers. Just an FYI, 80% of the flowers used in Panagbenga Festival came from Bahong.





According to the locals, the best time to visit Bahong Rose Farm is two weeks to one month before the Panagbenga Festival. Just the time before they harvest the flowers for the festivities when all flowers are in their most gracious forms.




Final stop before we head back to Manila is the Bell Church. Bell Church is a Buddhist Temple in the outskirts of Baguio City. Everything here is so zen. You can feel the solemnity and peacefulness of the temple. If you remember, this is where I took one of my OOTD shots for this Baguio trip. I recently find myself appreciating church and temple architectures.









If you remember my OOTD post in Bell Church?




That pretty much sums up our Baguio trip last November 2014. I am planning to go back to Baguio maybe the third quarter of this year. My mom really wanted to visit Baguio as she spent some of her growing up years in Baguio City. I really want to visit more places, drink more coffee, try different cuisine Baguio offers and post more OOTD posts like it’s forever Autumn. Baguio is the only excuse in this tropical country to dress up like we have Fall season here in the Philippines.



Thank You For The Best Experience, Baguio!

After the long day of visiting the different places in La Trinidad and Baguio, we had our last meal in Vizco’s. Their cakes are to die for!



Different Vizco’s Cakes As Goodbye Treat



Before we head back to our hotel to quickly fix our bags, we walked some more to some places in the city.





Officially, my Baguio travel diary has ended. Like I said, I am planning to go back and explore the city more. More travel like this for me this year and summer diaries are coming really soon so better watch out.

‘Til the next pose & post!

Baguio (Part 3): Afternoon Ride Around The Town

We made sure that our first day is jam-packed. From our morning walk to museum in the walk, and now to our afternoon walk in the city. Actually, it is more of an afternoon ride instead of an afternoon walk. After we left off from the BenCab Museum, we decided to hit the famous places in Baguio City.

First order of business for our afternoon ride is the Lourdes Grotto. You need to climb those steps and hey it is indeed a climb. I think there are more or less 150+ steps (and I lost count in the middle of it).

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At the very top of the stairs, you’ll see of course the Grotto. Also, you’ll get a good vantage point of the city. It’s so breathtaking to see the city up and above. I bet it looks magical in the evening when Baguio City is all bright and alight. By the way, I don’t know if the grotto is open in the evenings.

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Next stop is the Dominican Hill and Retreat House. It is actually a heritage site in the Cordillera region. The space was known formerly as Diplomat Hotel. By the name of it, it give me chills as Diplomat Hotel was (is still) known as a haunted area. Spooky right? The place really gives that spooky and scary vibe especially when we entered the main building. Good timing as that time, there was a seminar for a religious group and there were a lot of people.

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Despite that Diplomat Hotel has that scary vibe, I took tons of pictures inside. The ruined look of the hotel is a nice backdrop. It gives the appeal of a glossy magazine editorial. And hey, my outfit blends well with the vibe of this area.

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We were able to stay long enough to take enough photos. Mostly, I am the reason why we took so much time as I need to get the perfect shot for my OOTD post (Read more about my OOTD post HERE).

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After a very quick rest and super quick lunch as we were starving. We headed straight to Wright Park. Ok, I really don’t like horses especially horses in neon colored mane and tail. Oh, it stinks so much because of the horses. I don’t mean to complain but I just want to give you a heads-up.

As a result, we walked-slash-climbed the stairs (our second staircase) to get away from the horse-y smell. At the top of Wright Park is a peaceful garden, a complete contrast of the chaotic zoo-like atmosphere below. We stayed and seated at some stone chairs up there for quite some time. Fix ourselves and selcas, etc. What I love about Baguio is even in the middle of the afternoon, the air feels clean and a little cold.

Of all the scenic photos I have taken in Baguio, my favorite is this photo taken in Wright Park facing The Mansion. It looks like you are staring in a perfect painting, even in real life.

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The Mansion is actually the Malacanang Palace of Baguio City. Whenever the President visits the City of Pines, this would be the official residence of the head of state. If the president is in The Mansion, you can’t enter the grandeur gate. Another perfect timing for us, we were able to get inside the gate. Look at the design, still so Christmas-y (this trip was back in November!).

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After driving around, getting lost in the process and asking for directions over and over, we’ve reached our next destination: Cemetery of Negativism. This cemetery is not a real one but an ironic park of looking at human’s miseries and negativism. To be honest, you need to be extra witty to get some of the jokes and appreciate what is written in the tablets.

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Just a stone throw away is the Bell House. Ok, I don’t know how to describe this place. One word: Perfect! There are a lot of corners you can do your OOTD pics and your dramatic posts. Bell House is actually a house that can be used for different functions. It’s huge and the best part of the house is the balcony which is very American in aesthetic.

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Bell House has a garden which is a must see site in Baguio. Aptly called Bell Amphitheater. It is an amphitheater full of flowers! I super dig this place! Best time to visit, if you may ask me? Afternoons and during springtime. Philippines doesn’t have spring season but whatever time or month when flowers bloom. Anyways, Baguio has blooming flowers all-year round.

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Before leaving Bell House, a selfie with Amor. I wonder where is Ehlaine? Probably taking more photos than what I have.

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My travel diary of Baguio ends here. Just joking, this is just the first day of my Baguio trip. More travel diaries for our second day in Baguio so better stay tuned!

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‘Til the next pose & post! 😊

Baguio (Part 2): Museum Day At BenCab

This is the part of our Baguio trip I can’t wait to share. On our first day in Baguio, we (well I insisted) planned to go to an art gallery. This is no way just a simple art gallery but one run and owned by National Artist Benedicto Reyes Cabrera or better yet know as BenCab. I’ve been dying to visit this museum years ago and when I finally had the chance to visit Baguio with my friends, I make sure that this would be part of our itinerary.

The museum is not the usual Baguio spot as compared to Burnham Park and Minesview. Less people are going to the place maybe because it way out of the city center. They were doing road repairs at that time but lucky for us, it didn’t take us as much travel time as what I’ve read from my research. It took us less than a 45-minute drive to reach the museum and I bet once the road repairs are done it would take maybe a 20 minute drive to BenCab. Despite that fact, I recommend every Baguio tourist to visit BenCab Museum.
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