“Summer Capital of the Philippines – Baguio City” by Jonin Marie Gargoles
Baguio is one of the most famous cities in the Philippines and has been celebrated as the Summer Capital of the country for the past 99 years.
Its one of the most beautiful places to visit here in the Philippines. The cold climate is very fantastic. I wish I could stay forever. I’ve been to Baguio to attend a Leadership Training at Camp John Hay. Its pretty amazing Baguio City is the one place in the Philippines I always dreamed of living in. Imagine all these –clear blue morning skies, foggy afternoons, and chilly romantic evenings.
Top Seven Most beautiful places in Baguio City
1. Burnham Park
Burnham Park truly is the very heart of Baguio City. With an area of 32.84 hectares its central location makes it the most valuable piece of Baguio real estate.
The ‘mother of all parks’ in the Summer Capital of the Philippines, almost as familiar to Filipinos as Luneta Park in Manila is, all other developments like the city’s business center Session Road, Baguio Cathedral, City
2. Philippines Military Academy
For the past 100 years, the officers training school of the Armed Forces in the Philippines has made Baguio City its home.The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) boast of a long and illustrious history of preparing only the best Filipino men (and, in recent times, women) for military service.
Located at Fort Gegorio del Pilar on Loakan Road, visitors Philippine Military Academy History, Traditions & General Information to the City of Pines are welcome to explore the grounds, view the cadets performing their drills, and explore the PMA museum and walk around its manicured grounds to see vintage tanks and other historical military weapons.
3. Mines View Park
No doubt that the Mines View Park is one of the most popular and most visited park in the city. From the observation deck of the park a breathtaking panoramic view of Benguet’s gold and copper mines and the surrounding mountains unfolds before you. It is a spectacular sight to behold and should not be missed when visiting Baguio.
4. Our lady of Atonement Cathedral
Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral, better known as Baguio Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral located at Cathedral Loop adjacent to Session Road in Baguio, the Philippines, and is the see of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baguio. 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 centre under the Japanese Occupation during Second World War. The current parish priest is Bishop Carlito Cenzon.
5. Camp John Hay (Historical Core)
Camp John Hay (CJH) is Baguio City’s most popular visitor attraction.
A beautiful resort in the mountains it features a world class competition Jack Niclaus-designed golf course (said to be the only course in the Philippines to have bentgrass greens) as well as hotels, a shopping center & a convention center, among other attractions.
Located on the south eastern side of the Summer Capital of the Philippines, its Main Gate is now located on Loakan Road, a 5-minute drive from its old location at the Upper Session Road-Loakan Road-South Drive rotunda.
Camp John Hay has a second entrance accessible via the Baguio Country Club road, which is closer to the other major tourist attractions of the City of Pines.
This former rest & recreation facility for American soldiers in Asia is a tourist destination in itself.
Much has changed since it was converted into a privately-run resort, as the private developer chose to remove all the favorite haunts and landmarks and substitute them with modern structures instead (for example, the old world Main Club used to be where Camp John Hay Manor now stands) although there are many areas still accessible to the public for free.
And yet Camp John Hay’s charm remains the same with its pine tree-lined roads, beautiful landscaping, quaint cottages and wide open spaces. The place remains a “must visit” for tourists.
For Camp John Hay is what makes Baguio, Baguio.
6. The Mansion
The Mansion is located on the eastern part of the city along the Leonard Wood Road and right across from Wright Park. It was built in 1908 for U.S. governor-generals and was destroyed in 1945 during the battle for the liberation of the Philippines.
7. Strawberry Farm
One activity that is highly recommended is strawberry picking at the Strawberry Farm in the nearby La Trinidad, Benguet. A unique experience for the whole family, you get to pick fresh strawberries — right alongside the Ibaloi farmers — to bring home or consume while on vacation in the Summer Capital of the Philippines.
Photo Credit to “FRAY TATA”