First Time Baguio Experience with my Family

Ifugao statue welcome greetings

 

My family & in-laws, love to travel and have a vacation every year. But for now I’m going to share my family travel experience in Baguio City.

We travel four hours from Quezon City to Baguio.We arrived early in the morning then we checked in at Holiday Park Hotel, one of the best family hotels in Baguio. It is a charming 20-room hotel with 18 Deluxe rooms, a 3-bedroom suite and 2- bedroom suite all with cozy and homey designs.

 

Where is Baguio City located?

Baguio or often referred as Baguio City is a highly urbanized city Northern Luzon in the Philippines. Known as “Summer Capital” of the Philippines.

 

About Holiday Park Hotel

The hotel is a charming 20-room hotel with 18 Deluxe rooms, a 3-bedroom suite and 2- bedroom suite all with cozy and homey designs. Each well-appointed room possesses the comfort of home and the modern amenities that guarantee a memorable get away place all in style and elegance. Cable TV, telephone, CCTV camera, FREE WIFI internet connection, room service, hot & cold shower, 24/7 security services, 24 hrs power generator back up, and room air conditioners are some of the pleasures provided by Holiday Park Hotel to its guests. Owned and manage by Skyfarm Realty Corp., the hotel is 100% Filipino entity and one of the business interest of the Baliwag Group of Companies. This group is into real estate development, cargo vessel shipping, maritime education and marketing agricultural products. Notably, Holiday Park Hotel is affiliated with Baliwag Tours and Travel, Inc. for travel and tour requirements of hotel guests and clienteles. The hotel gives guests a cheaper alternative for accommodations without compromising quality.

 

Where to find Holiday Park Hotel?

Holiday Park Hotel is located in #129 Kisad Rd., Abanao Extension, Baguio City 2600

 

Then we started our first day with our lovely breakfast, and then followed with viewing the mountain scenery.

 

After our breakfast and mountain scenery we started our tour and adventure by walking in Burnham Park. The change of scenery with cold breeze in the morning is refreshing and relaxing. Perfect place for get away from the summer heat.

About Burnham Park

Is a 32.84 hectare urban park located at the heart of the Baguio, in the Philippines. It was named after the American architect and urban planner, Daniel Hudson Burnham, who laid the plans for the city. Several stretches of roads around the park lead to Camp John Hay, a former recreational base of the United States Armed Forces in the Philippines.

 

At the southern part of the park, a skating rink was constructed. The Melvin Jones Grand Stand and Football Field at the eastern part of the park are normally used for several activities like parades, concerts, and political rallies. The Children’s Park and the Orchidarium are located at the western part of the park. There are also bike rentals if one so wishes. You can rent either single bikes, tandem bikes or even bikes with sidecars. They even have small bikes for the little kids of both two and three wheel versions.

 

While walking in the park, my son saw the small bicycle park. My son love riding a bike very much, compared to our home, he can’t drive his bike much, since we live in a building. Plus, there are a lot other people riding bicycle as well, which gave him people-friendly environment, joy of riding bicycles, and attain the better practicable place of riding bikes. We did ride bike too, side-by-side with our son.

 

We visited also the famous Baguio Cathedral, Our Lady of Atonement, a majestic church located on top of a hill in the heart of the city.

About Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral

It was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Atonement, its distinctive pink exterior, twin spires and stained glass windows make it a popular tourist attraction in Baguio. It served as an evacuation center under the Japanese Occupation during the Second World War.

 

The cathedral has a distinctive pink façade with a rose window and twin square belfries with pyramidal roofs. Within its large courtyard is a viewing deck that overlooks Session Road and the downtown commercial district of Baguio. The cathedral is accessible to pedestrians from Session Road via 100-step stone staircase that ends at a Calvary, or through the adjacent campus of Saint Louis University.

 

The next morning, since we got too much excited to look around Baguio, we forgot to take pictures inside the hotel room at Holiday Park Hotel, therefore we took some picture first before we had our breakfast.

 

After we took our breakfast and have little rest, we started our next tour and adventure by visiting Baguio Botanical Garden in Camp John Hay.

About Baguio Botanical Garden or Igorot Village

Is located in the eastern part of Baguio City, which is between the Teachers Camp and Pacdal Circle. The main tunnel is located on Leonard Wood Road, opposite Gilbert’s Hotel and Baguio Vacation Hotel.

Baguio Botanical Garden, is a place where you will be able to sights Igorot in traditional clothes, which can pose for a picture with them.
Baguio Botanical Garden: replicas of the Igorot Hut.
Baguio Botanical Garden: large statues depicting different Cordillera tribesmen.
Baguio Botanical Garden: large statues depicting different Cordillera tribesmen.

 

We also visited the “Mansion House” or also known as “The Mansion”.

About The Mansion

Is the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. The mansion is located in the summer capital of the country, Baguio, situated around 5,000 feet (1,500 m) asl in the Cordillera Central Range of northern Luzon.

The front gate is still one of the most photographed section of the property. But we have not made a decent single shot because of a lot of tourist blocking it.

Tourists can visit the Mansion House’s museum containing presidential memorabilia.

 

 

From behind my son, you will be able to see the road, which is the Wright Park from across of The Mansion, a quiet promenade with a long reflecting pool lined and pine trees.

 

 

From Wright Park, we decided to go a little side trip to “Mines View” Park before going back our hotel room.

 

About Mines View Park

Is an overlook park on the northeastern outskirts of Baguio in the Philippines.  Located on a land promontory 4 km from downtown Baguio, the park overlooks the mining town of Itogon, particularly the abandoned gold and copper mines of the Benguet Corporation, and offers a glimpse of the Amburayan Valley.

 

The observation deck is situated below a winding stone-covered stairway close to the parking area.

 

The next day morning we visited the Strawberry Farm, also known as La Trinidad, a 10Km away or 30minutes drive from Baguio City. We experienced picking strawberry into a basket, which cost 800 pesos per kilogram. While picking the strawberry, my son helped me to carry the basket. As for his reward for being such a nice boy and very helpful, his dad bought him a strawberry ice cream. My son loves ice cream so much, especially the taste of strawberry ice cream. He couldn’t believe that some of the ingredients of the ice cream were made with the strawberry.

 

About Strawberry Farm

Is known as the “Strawberry Capital” or the “Strawberry Fields in the Philippines. Strawberries are harvested from the Strawberry Farm where they are ready and freshly picked. This province was once recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records for baking the largest strawberry cake.

The valley encompassing La Trinidad was originally called “Benguet”, a thriving community of Ibaloi migrants from Tinek. The colonial influence reached the area upon Spanish explorers Don M. Currants discovery of the valley in 1642, and Lt. Col Guillermo Galvey’s expedition to Benguet in 1829.

The valley was later renamed to “La Trinidad” in honor of Galvey’s wife. Together with 40 other smaller surrounding rancherías, La Trinidad was placed under the jurisdiction of the newly established Benguet commendation politico-military in 1846. La Trinidad was established as the administrative headquarters of the Benguet commendation during the Spanish Conquest of the Philippines.

 

Beside La Trinidad Farm we can see the La Trinidad Market place, which has various fresh fruits, vegetables, & snack goodies. Therefore, after strawberry picking we do some shopping of the snack goodies, fruits, and vegetables. Their surprisingly very cheap and very fresh. My mother-in-law was very much delighted with the vegetables and fruits. But my son loves the ice cream so much and asked for more.

 

 

The next place we visited is “Bell Church”.

About Bell Church

Is a Chinese temple located in the northern part of Baguio City, at the boundary between the capital town of La Trinidad, Benguet.

 

Intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons, including a pagoda, and several landscaped gardens can also be found within its compound. There are also some Buddhism artifacts to be found here, including some literature about the history of China.

 

Before we ended our tour in Baguio City, we visited the Lion’s Head on the way home.

About Lion’s Head in Baguio City

Is a statue along Kennon Road, a major highway in Luzon, Philippines that leads to the city of Baguio. Located in Camp 6, the Lion’s Head measures 40 ft (12 m) in height.

 

It was conceptualized by the Lions Club members of Baguio, during the term of Luis Lardizabal as mayor of Baguio from 1969 to 1970 and as the club’s president, to become the club’s symbol or imprint in the area.

 

Our family really had a great time, especially my son, every now and then, when we remember or he asked about our trip from Baguio, we showed him all the photos, and tell the story how it went. So that he can remember it as he grew up.

 

I know there is a lot more places to visit, in time we will visit those places and events that we missed, such as Flower Festival during the month of February, and “Lantern Festival” during Christmas.

If you haven’t visited Baguio, it’s about time for you to make plans before the year ends. Especially this coming Christmas, celebrating Christmas in Baguio City will make you experience the cold breeze of air, the fresh fragrance of the pine trees, watch the lantern festival, and a lot more…

 

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Since OPPO F1’s has 32GB Phone storage, you can install more application. While expandable storage will allow you to have up to 128GB, which can hold up to 26,666 photos at 16MP resolution. While for the videos or movies, it can hold up to 64 Full HD of average movies at 2GB file size.

Hopefully on our next family adventure or vacation I will be able to have an OPPO F1s.

 

 

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