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Northbound Day 3 – City of Pines

It’s Sunday and last day of this 3-day road trip. We’re bound for Baguio but before leaving we attended 1st  Sunday Mass service at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Church just across the municipal hall of Balaoan. We walked from Doc Sam’s house to get here. Mass is in Ilocano. 🙂

This is just a one day trip so I don’t expect to be able to visit  all famous landmarks in the city. Baguio City, known as the summer capital of the Philippines, is a well-known tourist spot in the Philippines merely because of its cool weather and the most popular tourist attractions are located near each other.

Just 30 minutes away from Baguio is the Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad Benguet.

One acitivity you can do here is strawberry picking, indeed a unique experience since you get to pick your own fresh stawberry to bring home or consume while on vacation. It is only available from November to May each year.

Outside strawberry farm there’s a lot of vegetable and fruit stalls. My mother is on panic buying mode due to low prices. 😀

We went back to Baguio to have lunch and again were given 3 hours to explore nearby places.

Burnharm Park also called mother of all parks is in the very heart of Baguio. It was designed and named after an American architect and planner Daniel Hudson Burnham.

Burnham Park has 12 cluster areas: the man-made lake with rowboats for hire that folks refer to as the Burnham Lagoon, the Children’s Playground, the Skating Rink, the Rose Garden, the Orchidarium, Igorot Garden, Melvin Jones Grandstand, the Athletic Bowl, a Picnic Grove, the Japanese Peace Tower, Pine Trees of the World and Sunshine Park. 

Mines View Park – a ridge on the northeast side of Baguio. Here you can get a good view of Benguet’s gold copper mines and Cordillera mountains.

There are souvenir and silverworks store and food stalls as well. Tourists also have a chance to get dressed in full Cordillera regalia – bahag, shield and spear for men and tapis for ladies and vest and headdresses for both. And of course dogs and horses always ready for picture taking.

Philippine Military Academy is located at Fort Gegorio del Pilar on Loakan Road. Visitors are welcome here but must wear proper attire to be able to enter the grounds. Flip flops and sleeveless are not allowed. I’m wearing sleeveless that time and I was asked atleast to bring cover up or shawl.

PMA is full of tradition and pageantry. There are drill exhibitions on weekends, alumni homecoming and celebrations in February and graduation ceremonies at the end of the school year. Their manicured grounds are open to the public all year round.

 Josapat planking again. Haha

With my mom’s friends and officemates loving the empty street. More more aura and picture taking! Haha. 🙂

My cousin Shalaika posing with one of the cadets. I wonder why were not allowed to touch him. Hmmm. Haha

Itinerary wasn’t followed so there were other places we’re not able to visit. I’ve been here numerous times but it’s always just sidetrip. Never experience overnight stays here. I would love to go back to explore other treasures of Baguio. There’s a lot of historical sites, tourist spots and places of interest to exlplore. I would definitely allot time next time I’ll go up here, this time just me or with a small group. Nevertheless I love this raodtrip, a lot of first time experience, I made new friends and I definitely enjoyed their company.

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