WELCOME TO BAGUIO CITY: CITY OF PINES
Escape to the Philippines version of a Winter Wonderland…
TUPIG: AN ILOCANO STICKY RICE DELICACY
Tupig is a native ilocano rice cake delicacy with added coconuts, brown sugar, and sometimes peanuts. It is shaped into a thin strip and wrapped in banana leaves. It is finished on a special charcoal grill to toast it a bit and to release the aroma of banana leaves. You can buy tupig in Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya. The vendors usually frequent the Buko (Coconut) Pie stop overs which also abound in the area. The most famous among these shops is G&B and you must try their famous Buko pie, Pineapple pie and now Ube pie.
KAYAPA ROAD LEADING TO BAGUIO
Kayapa Road is a shortcut you can take from Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya. It’s a high & winding road but can take you to Baguio City in no time: an average of 2 hours drive from Bambang town proper.
The road offers beautiful sceneries for nature lovers & bloggers alike. The pine-scented breeze is also a beautiful feature of this road.
This road is quite narrow and landslides and roadcuts are a usual feature. The road sides facing the cliff are usually not protected by a wall so extra care is needed when driving along this route as you don’t want to drive yourself into the ravine.
We suggest you only drive on along this route during fair weather and during the day as there arent much established stopovers or gas stations along the road which you can take a safe break or ask for help. Also, the roadcuts are a very dangerous occurence here, and for first world trained driver, you will quite often see that the health & safety feature of the warnings are very poor and appear quite late in the drive. You will quite often see vehicles overheating along the way as their small machines are overworked with the continuous ascent. Some weakly powered vehicles are advised to have their windows opened once in a while and to have the airconditioning switched off so as to give the engine some respite.
As the views are what you really hope for in this route, there isn’t much point travelling here at night, unless youre a regular traveller along the route who just need a quick trip to and from Baguio City and the valleys. If the weather is nice, this road is really worth the drive.
Along the way keep an eye for a fork on the road to the right because this is where the adventurers and adventurers at heart take the road to Mount Pulag, the highest peak along the route. From the main road, Mount Pulag is about 7km away.
About halfway through this road is Ambuklao Dam, which is a reservoir and a power station at the same time.
AMBUKLAO DAM VIEW DECK
THE COURTYARDS CONDOMINIUMS BY GOSHENLAND CAPITAL, BAGUIO CITY
The development is a simple project, not over the top but you will find that the units are well-thought out in terms of economical use of space. With their loft condo units, you will find that the floor space is not that big but it does not feel crowded.
What you can really appreciate is the Igorot’s take on life, simple and yet utilitarian, no wonder they can be very successful even with very little resources as compared to their lowland counterparts.
NEWTOWN PLAZA HOTEL,
Address: 30 C.M. Recto St, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
At the time of writing, be ready to shell out around 950 PHP or about 15 GBP. This is quite an affordable treat considering what you get for that price: red wines, beers, vodka, fish, chicken & meat dishes, pasta & rice, fruits, desserts, soup, and many more. The ambiance is of a very good standard and the waiting staff are all very friendly and helpful.
You can come to the restaurant as a walk-in customer or you can reserve specially when its peak season.
If you come to dine here during the day, you will find it a welcome fact that Baguio Botanical Gardens is just across the road. You can enjoy a stroll around the gardens to burn off some few calories after a heavy meal. If you’re not quite not walking, we still believe soaking up a bit of nature is a good way to let your experiences sink in to your being. Its a good time to meditate how have you been blessed no matter where you are in life. It’s nice to contemplate that we don’t actually need as much material things in this world. What makes life truly rich is how we process our life’s experiences and how we embrace the lessons life has taught us so far.
In the hustle and bustle of the CITY, some needed ZEN time is a must.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE BAKERY,
NEWTOWN PLAZA HOTEL,
OUTSIDE HOUSING & LAND USE
REGULATORY BOARD (HLURB)
& NEDA REGIONAL OFFICE-
BAGUIO BOTANICAL GARDENS
WRIGHT PARK BAGUIO CITY
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AROUND BAGUIO CITY
OUTSIDE THE COURTYARD CONDOMINIUMS
BREAKFAST BUFFET AT LE MONET BAGUIO
If you wish to have a fusion of Western & Filipino breakfast, then Le Monet can cater to your needs.
There is nothing very special with the buffet but if you wish to have a peaceful and quiet breakfast, Le Monet can be on your shortlist.
LE MONET GARDEN
SM CITY BAGUIO
BURNHAM PARK, BAGUIO CITY, PHILIPPINES
IGOROT STAIRS, BAGUIO CITY
Dedicated to the people of the Philippine Cordillera
September 28, 1995
HISTORY OF KAFAGWAY (BAGUIO)
TSOKOLATERIA AT IGOROT STAIRS, BAGUIO CITY
LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET
Admission and parking is free of charge in Strawberry farm at the time of writing. You will find several ice cream vendors selling strawberry- flavoured (of course) ice cream (sorbetes in Filipino). You’ll immediately notice millenial-targeted marketing messages by the ice cream vendors which if you understand Taglish (fusion of Tagalog & English) , you’ll find the messages quite entertaining.
We were told that the strawberries are still very young for picking so picking is not yet allowed. Usually the strawberries are ready for picking around February so it could be worth planning around that month- perhaps a good outing for couples during Valentines Day (if you’re the cheesy type lol!).
If you couldn’t wait for that month, you won’t get disappointed either because fresh strawberries abound in the shops just beside the carpark. Expect to pay around 150 Php for the small packs to around 500 Php for the big ones. You will find that the shops also sell different kinds of pasalubong (goodies you give to your near & dear ones when you come back from your travels) such as snacks, fruits, and jams & other preserves.
Breathtaking views offered by the road to La Trinidad, Benguet.