Baguio: Not Just Your Summer Capital

Zigzag road to Baguio

One of the more frequent and most vivid memories of my childhood are those I had in Baguio. Differing from the most famous description of Baguio as Summer Capital, my memories are more of Christmas or cooler seasons around January or February. When I was a teen turning into yuppie and having my means to travel with friends, I had more experiences of the famous Panagbenga and summer seasons in Baguio.

Now, the things and places which made Baguio famous, have changed. The city did not escape from the sprouting malls. Thus ,having its own SM Mall. This mall is now considered one of the most famous landmarks in the city, when before the city only have the ukay ukay stalls and city market as options for pasalubong shopping. With its strategic view decks that offers the breathtaking view of the city, photo ops are frequent in the mall.

Compared to my childhood memories of horse back riding pictures and strolling in Session road, sidetrips to Tam-awan and strawberry farms or shopping at the outlet stores in Club John Hay are more likely the things people do now.
YMCA Hostel

My visits here are either backpacking (usually YMCA for accommodation) or a bit more luxurious (Baguio country club is one of the best). For commuters, Victory liner offers hourly trips and even a de luxe ride with no stop overs and spaceous reclining seats.

Baguio Country Club Connecting Rooms

Travel Thoughts:

Victory Liner travels daily from Pasay/Cubao to Baguio

- Victory Liner offers hourly trips (1am to 12 mn) to Baguio from Pasay Or Cubao (445 Php). For Deluxe trips (no stop over ; with free snacks), price range from 600 php (w/o rest room) up to 700 php (w/ rest room).
- Backpacking stay at YMCA is at 1500 php. They have clean and newly renovated rooms. The hostel is accessible (near SM Baguio and Session Rd)
- Try Mile Hi Diner for affordable meals with huge servings. Their milkshakes are must-trys!

- Baguio Country club is best for more luxurious vacation with family and friends. Their buffet meals are the best! Make sure to drop by the Raisin Bread - where literal rasin breads are unforegettable

Salad Buffet at BCC - talk about FRESH

Baguio Country Club's Raisin Bread

- Other dining options are Vizco's along session road. Their chicken cordon bleu and deserts are just flavorful. For budget dning, rice toppings at Andok's (also along Session road). For sizzling type of meals, I make sure to stop by Tender Joe's at John Hay

Vizco's Cordon Bleu

Rice Toppings at Andok's



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