I have been to Baguio City (a province in the Philippines) several times when a was just a little kid. I often go there with my family during summer because of its cool weather. But since I was a small child back then, I could not recall what were the place we have been to. The only thing that I could remember was I rode a horse by myself at the age of five years old.
The last time I went there was the year 2004. I was a college student that time. We did not go there for a trip or for a vacation but we went there for a team building of our class. We were not able to go to places but we made sure we went to the Market to buy “pasalubong” or treats for our family and friends back in Manila.
This coming December, my partner and I decided to go to Baguio City for a weekend getaway. We have been planning this actually since last summer last year but we could not get the right timing to go there even if it is just a 4 to 6 hour travel time from Manila.
I am really excited because I know there are so many new things to do and visit there after all these years. Imagine, the last time I set foot there was 10 years ago?
Anyway, here are the things you can do or visit while you are there in Baguio City:
- Horseback Riding – I still like to do that even if I am already an adult. I think it is still fun to do it. As long as my horse will not gallop.
- Session Road – There are so many things that you can do there. You can just stroll, eat, take a lot of pictures, and go to bars.
- Mines View Park – I have been there once when I was a kid. I remember that there were igorot (both young and adult) who asked for money. You flip the coin and they will catch it using a long stick with net tied on the tip of that stick. It was very scary sight to see because the mountain is quite high but I guess that’s how the work for a living instead of begging on the streets.
- Ukay-Ukay- Baguio City is known as the Center of Ukay-Ukay (used/second-hand or rejected imported goods). They actually have two or three storey buildings for Ukay-Ukay only.
- Midnight Ukay-Ukay – This I want to experience. I have been to their Ukay-Ukay store before but not the Midnight Sale. A friend told me that they sell clothes for as low as 10 pesos each. That is a great bargain.
- Strawberry Picking – Another thing that I haven’t tried before. I bought strawberries straight from Baguio City but never picked them myself. I heard it was fun but it can be quite expensive.
- City Market – Fruits and vegetables may be cheaper there but if you only have limited time and do not have your own transportation, just buy the things you can carry. I think fleece blankets are cheap there. You can also buy novelty items like the guy with a barrel (which is very famous), key chains, and pencils.
- Good Shepherd – This is the perfect place to buy their signature products like Strawberry Jam, Ube Halaya, Lengua de Gato, Alfajor, Strawberry Crinkles, Choco Flakes, and Peanut Brittle.
- Restaurants – There are restaurants there that only Baguio City has a branch. To name a few, visit Choco-late de Batirol and Glen’s 50’s Diner. Their food is good and costs cheap.
- Boating at Burnham Lake – I can’t recall if I have done this before but I am pretty sure that I saw this. I like boating too but of course I am afraid and might fall and get wet.
I don’t know if you can do everything in this list for just a weekend but if you can, that would be awesome.