Baguio City: The Summer Capital of the Philippines

Because of its cooler climate, it’s no surprise that for decades, Baguio City in the province of Benguet is one of the must-visit destinations among Filipinos every summer. And it’s also no surprise that it has become too congested over the years because of this annual influx of visitors, businesses opening up, and some who just decided to stay permanently. Despite all that, we keep visiting this city on the mountains simply because it still provides a charming and convenient escape from the summer heat of Manila.

Don’t miss the following when you go there:

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Philippine Military Academy

The Mansion (The Summer Residence of the Philippine President)

The Mansion (The Summer Residence of the Philippine President)

The Mansion (The Summer Residence of the Philippine President)

The Mansion (The Summer Residence of the Philippine President)

Strawberry and Vegetable Farm at La Trinidad

Strawberry and Vegetable Farm at La Trinidad

Strawberry and Vegetable Farm at La Trinidad

Strawberry and Vegetable Farm at La Trinidad

 

Strawberry-picking at La Trinidad

Strawberry-picking at La Trinidad

Ambuklao Dam in Bokod, 1.5h from Baguio City

Ambuklao Dam in Bokod, 1.5h from Baguio City

Ambuklao Dam in Bokod, 1.5h from Baguio City

Ambuklao Dam in Bokod, 1.5h from Baguio City

Ambuklao Dam in Bokod, 1.5h from Baguio City

Ambuklao Dam in Bokod, 1.5h from Baguio City

It’s also worth-visiting¬†Camp John Hay, Burnham Park, and Mines View Park, a good place to buy souvenirs.

And finally, stop by to smell the flowers as Baguio City is also considered the flower capital of the country. Every February, the city hosts a flower festival called “Panagbenga” meaning “season of blooming”. It’s a month-long celebration of grand flower floats, culture, and history of the Baguio and its region.

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Oh, it’s also known as the vegetable bowl of the Philippines! What else this city doesn’t have? The beach, of course! But that will be for another post.

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10 thoughts on “Baguio City: The Summer Capital of the Philippines

  1. it is our family’s favorite vacation retreat, always a privilege to visit Baguio. you captured in your photos the many beautiful sights and memories we have of this very special place, thank you.

    although we are praying that the city government will seriously look into their zoning laws and implement them, seeing the homes piling atop the hills and beyond is a reason for concern.

    • You are welcome. I’m happy this post shows that way.
      Agreed. There must be some kind of rules in order to avoid catastrophic disaster that may be causes by crowded hills.

  2. Ohhhhhhhhh this post made me more than a little bit homesick for Baguio!!! (That was my home when I lived in the Philippines). My favourite sight is the view of all the houses and buildings on the rolling hills that come into view as you drive up from below. I’ve sadly never been actually in Baguio for the flower festival, though!

    • Hi Janelle. I’m glad this post reminds you of your previous home. And yes, the houses and buildings on the hills are just sights that one cannot overlook.

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