A Wanderer’s Guide to Baguio: An Abbreviated Travelogue

A trip to Baguio, “the summer capital of the Philippines”, is well worth the drive from Manila. There are stories and memories-in-the making in every corner. The spectacle that is nature, local handicrafts and a rich cultural heritage collide to create the perfect long weekend getaway. These are just some fragments from a decade overdue overnight I took with my friends a few months ago.

 

1. Mt. Cloud Bookstore

This gem of a place was as quirky as it was colorful. I fell in love with the paper cranes and DIY atmosphere instantly.

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2. Hill Station

Simple joys in the form of light streaming through window panes and the immediacy of nature.

If you eat in the restaurant inside, the death by chocolate is a must-try (and must-try again).

 

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3. Burnham Park

Flowers, flowers, flowers. And boats, and bicycles and balloons.

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4. Cafe by the Ruins

A promise of lunch in a scenic, quaint little place with lots of picturesque spots.

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A feast for the senses in the form of local delicacies served alongside freshly picked flowers.

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5. Bencab Museum

The drive was a bit tricky to get here what with narrow streets and stretches of road that were not quite road (being in a pre-paved state), but this place was every bit worth it. It’s art meets killer views.IMG_0915-0.JPG

Even in less than ideal weather conditions, this annex to a museum was just breathtaking.IMG_0916-0.JPG

Other highlights included the Baguio Botanical Gardens (look out for the purple flowers!), stocking up on sweets at Good Shepherd, strawberry taho!!, a mad dash to Mines View Park to snap quick pictures.

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