Baguio City, Summer Capital of the Philippines
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Baguio City, Summer Capital of the Philippines

Baguio city is a highly urbanized city located in Northern Luzon. The city is at an altitude of 1,500 meters above sea level and it was declared as the Summer capital of the Philippines because of its cool weather. The city is not only known for its cool weather but also of its magnificent tourist spots worth visiting and the warm hospitality of the Cordillera People.

Baguio city is a highly urbanized city located in Northern Luzon. The city is at an altitude of 1,500 meters above sea level. The name Baguio was derived from the Ibaloi word Bagiw which means moss. It was established in 1900 by the Americans and it was declared as the Summer Capital of the Philippines on July 1, 1903. It was later on incorporated as a chartered city by the Philippine Assembly on September 1, 1909. There are three main roads to Baguio from the lowlands namely Kennon Road, Aspiras-Palispis Highway (formerly known as Marcos Highway) and Naguilian Road. Baguio is not only a well-known tourist destination because of its cool weather but also because of its several attractive tourist spots and of course its Annual Panagbenga  Festival.

Here are some of those more famous tourist spots in Baguio city:

 Burnham Park

This popular tourist spot in Baguio was named after American architect and Baguio City planner Daniel Burnham. It is located at the very heart of the city and it has a man-made lake with rowboats for hire, it also features the Children's Playground, the Skating Rink, the Rose Garden, the Orchidarium, Igorot Garden, The Melvin Jones Grandstand and Football Field, the Athletic Bowl and a Picnic Grove.

 Session Road

Session road is the main thoroughfare of Baguio City and is the commercial center of what is called the Baguio Central Business District. Here you will find a variety of shops like bookstores, drugstores, coffee shops, banks, fastfoods and resturants all  lining up with each other on both side of the road. It is also on this road where the grand float parade and street dancing of the Panagbenga festival starts. Its name was derived from the fact that this road leads to the site where the First Philippine Commission held its sessions in the 1900s.

The Mansion

This was originally built in 1908 as a summer home of the American Governor Generals in the Philippines.  It is located on the eastern part of the city and fronting the Wright Park. This structure was destroyed in 1945 during World War II and was rebuilt in 1947 and it became the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines.

Baguio Cathedral

The Baguio Cathedral is a catholic cathedral located on top of a hill and is distinct because of its twin spires. The construction of the cathedral was begun in 1920 on a hill which was originally referred to as Kampo by the Ibalois and under the Belgian Catholic Mission which was headed then by Father Carlu. It was finally completed in 1936 and was consecrated on that same year and was dedicated to Our Lay of Atonement. To date, the Baguio Cathedral is one of the most visited and most photographed buildings in the city.

Wright Park

Wright Park is located on the eastern part of the city and is directly in front of the Mansion. It features a park circle and a shallow rectangular pool with beautiful flowering plants adorning each sides of the elongated pool.  The park circle has a walkway leading to a stone stairway which descends to an area where ponies can be rented for a ride.

Camp John Hay

This former U.S. military rest and recreation base has been transformed into a beautiful tourist destination and has become one of the most visited tourist spot in Baguio City. Among its attractions are the Manor, the convention center, the world class golf course, the shopping center (Mile-Hi) and the butterfly sanctuary.

Philippine Military Academy

The Philippine Military Academy is located at Fort Gregorio del Pilar in Loakan road about ten kilometers from downtown Baguio. This is the military school for the Armed Forces of the Philippines and was established on December 21, 1936 by virtue of Commonwealth Act No.1 (commonly known as the National Defense Act.) 

Tam-awan Village

This is one of the most visited tourist spot during holidays or long Weekends. It is located about four kilometers from downtown Baguio and it is along the Tacay-Longlong road. This is an artists’ haven which features Ifugao huts, an Art Gallery, a coffee shop and a panoramic view of the South China Sea on a clear day.

These are just some of the many beautiful tourist spots in Baguio City. What attracts more visitors to Baguio city aside from its cool climate is the fact that most of the tourist attractions are clustered in an area and is easily accessible through land transportation.

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Comments (2)
Ranked #1 in Philippines

Very goof article about our "Summer capital."

Ranked #23 in Philippines

Is that good or is it really goof? ha ha ha, anyway thanks Ron for your comment!

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