After the 95th birthday of my girlfriend’s grandma, we have decided to join the side trip to Baguio City before going back to Manila. When was the last time I set foot on Baguio? Hmmm…. December 2001. That was 13 years ago!
Back then, Baguio City was less crowded, there were few commercial buildings, there were less private cars and therefore less traffic jams as compared today. From San Juan, La Union to Baguio, it will only take a 2 hour-drive and it’s more fun and exciting if you are riding at the back of a Mitsubishi PickUp but it’s not wise if you’re not prepared. You know what I mean? When the temperature dropped at below 10 degrees C in the morning and at speeds of 60-80 kph uphill, it’ll get really chilly. So it is best to bundle up.
Arrived at around 8:00 a.m. at Lourdes Grotto. First things first, comfort room.
If you are not used to hiking, you need to stock up with some energy food like this one, Strawberry Taho.
When you go travelling, do try to visit any religious site and give thanks for your safe trip. We survived Mt. Batulao, the stairs to the Grotto won’t scare us.
You will also see some old locals offering photo ops with them. Take this opportunity for your “moments” and you also help them in just a simple way.
Next stop, the Baguio Botanical Garden.
There’s a lot of botanical gardens in the Philippines but compared to the others, this one is well- maintained.
Next stop, The Mansion. Nothing much to see here, if you’re not interested in history. At least try to read the plaque on the gate and not just do some selfies.
Next stop, Mines View Park. A lot of changes here — more stalls, the signage, the Cordillera Museum and no more kids jumping on the cliff.
Meet Doglas, a famous St. Bernard at Baguio. Take also the chance to hug him and have a photo with him.
There are a number of parks in Baguio City but Burnham Park is the most crowded and most suitable for family bonding. You can have picnics, rent bikes, ride a boat, rollerskate or even get a massage. Btw, boat rides cost 100-150Php per hour per boat.
Don’t forget to have some Strawberries on your way home. This lady is selling strawberries for 150Php per kilo but where is the weighing scale? Tancha tancha ‘te?
I don’t know how I’m gonna finish this article because we are not done yet on Baguio. There’s a lot more to see and explore.
Dear Scumbag Teenager,
“If you’re great in doing vandalism, why not on your study?” – Manong Bangkero