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Baguio City: New Takes on Classic Attractions

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Enjoy a DIY city trip to Baguio, and don’t just go to nostalgic destinations. Visit its newest artsy attractions! Here’s your guide.

With the ever-present smell of strawberries, the perpetual cuddle weather, and the profusion of flowers, Baguio City is one of the most romantic places. That’s why when given the opportunity, I chose to explore it even if I had to go alone just before Valentine’s Day.

Here are just some old attractions in Baguio with new twists that I found in a brief sojourn:

Tam-Awan Village

Probably one of the most underrated destinations. Tam-Awan Heritage Village, the “Garden in the Sky”. It showcases Cordilleran arts and culture within its 2.5 hectare-wide terrains is shaped to follow the way of the mountains.

Tam-Awan Village features art installations such lizard sculptures symbolizing prosperity; ling-ling-o, a fertility pendant; and the rice guardian spirit, said to ward off evil elements. Artworks from various artists housed inside traditional Cordillera huts. On special occasions, the Tam-Awan Village livens up with cultural shows.

How to go to Tam-Awan Village: From Kayang Street in Baguio City proper, take a jeep going to Quezon Hill or Tam-awan. Fare is at PHP 8.50. Entrance is PHP 50 for adults.

Burnham Park, Baguio City

In full bloom for the month-long Panagbenga Season, February is the best time to stroll across the Burnham Park. It’s only fitting to find it at the heart of the City near many apartment in Baguio, being a picturesque activity center.

Here you can find bikes for rent at the Children’s Park and paddle a swan boat across the man-made lake. Maybe even play Frisbee in front of the Melvin Jones Grand Stand or stroll through flowery gardens exhibited for Panagbenga Festival.

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Attractions near Burnham Park: Baguio City Cathedral, Session Road, and SM City Baguio. The Baguio Night Market opens every 9PM at Harrison Road

Ben Cab Museum

Filipino artist Ben Cab found the culture of northern highlands so fascinating, he made it his new home and muse since the 80s. The Ben Cab Museum sits on a hillside amidst local communities, fulfilling its purpose of bringing the arts closer to people.

The Museum’s wide spaces of glass walls adorned with wooden bul-ul sculptures and contemporary art exhibits featured various artists. Galleries dedicated to erotica, printed arts, wood carvings as well as Ben Cab’s masterpieces are found here. Guests can also enjoy Cordillera coffee at Café Sabel downstairs, in full view of a garden surrounded by Baguio’s towering landscapes.

Ben Cab Museum baguio city

How to go to Bencab Museum: From Kayang Street in Baguio City proper, take a jeep going to Asin Road. Fare is at PHP 15. Entrance is PHP 100 for adults.

Mines View Park

What remains of Baguio City’s American mining town past are the abandoned gold and copper mines of Itogon amidst the Amburayan Valley. Scenic views of mountain ranges with a towns perched in the middle can be seen atop Mines View Park.

Walking distance from the park is the Mines View Park Hotel which serves familiar Filipino dishes with a twist. Strawberry adobo, strawberry sinigang, and bibing-crepe (bibingka served with chocolate and fruits) are just some of the hotel café’s signature dishes.

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How to go to Mines View Park: From Mabini Street in Baguio City proper, take a jeep going to Mines View. Fare is at PHP 10.

Camp John Hay

Older than Baguio City itself, Camp John Hay was a sprawling recreational facility for the US Armed Forces. Decades ago, it was known for Western food and indoor recreation activities such as billiards, bowling and pinball machines.

Later turned over to the Philippines, the present-day Camp John Hay preserved its colonial prestige. It morphed into private vacation houses and hotels, golf courses and shopping centers for imported goods. A recent addition is the Ayala TechnoPark, a hip place for the new generation of Baguio yuppies to chill after work.

How to go to Camp John Hay: Go to the east side of Burnham Park across Tiong-San Department Store, Harrison. Take jeepney going to Scout Barrio, Loaakan, Kias-PMA. Fare is at PHP 8.50.

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Baguio City’s natural wonders, cultural heritage and innovative arts make it a charming place to keep finding fresh inspiration. It thrives at the intersection of the traditional and the contemporary. No wonder Filipinos and foreigners like keep coming back!

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This article was later published at Manila Bulletin’s Lifestyle Section on March 6.
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31 Comments

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    A Busy Bees Life
    April 15, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Baguio looks like the perfect place for a nice getaway with a lot to do, relaxation and rest. I have never been there, and live too far away to be able to plan a short visit, but this should certainly be a place for anyone visiting the area. You pictures are also very beautiful which for me is so important when I plan a trip as the visuals are helpful elements in viewing the surrounding areas.

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    Irish
    February 21, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Baguio is like a second home to me. I’ve been there just a few weeks ago, we stayed somewhere in Bakakeng area and it’s the best place I have ever stayed. It’s quiet there unlike in the town proper. We might go back there next week and I’ll check out the Mines View Park Hotel.

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    Louise ღ (@louisechelle)
    February 19, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    This was the trip with Ate Lee and the other girls? 🙂 Been seeing posts from the other bloggers and looks like you all enjoyed the place and each other’s company. How I wish I had the courage to go to Baguio. I’m still really afraid to go there.

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    tumandok
    February 19, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Baguio City seems to be a controversial as far as Camp John Hay is concerned. There is a controversy between the government and the private developer. As a result the tenants, stakeholders, among others are compromising their business investment there. Have you heard that? – Gil Camporazo

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    Sheetal
    February 19, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    I really wish to go to the tam awan village. Thanks for the insights 🙂

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    Nurse Alpha
    February 19, 2016 at 3:58 AM

    I really like Baguio City, it is a perfect place to travel alone and have some good time away from our busy lives in Manila. I already visited most of the attractions mentioned above except the Tam-Awan Village and BenCab Museum. I have deep interest on fine arts and I think learning the arts of a certain place is also learning the culture, history and its values simultaneously. I hope for my next visit, I will surely visit them. Overall, this is a wonderful post mh dear! 🙂

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    Joy Priginal
    February 18, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Your blog reminds me that I should visit Baguio soon. How I miss the strawberry taho and the cold breeze of Baguio!

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    top5life
    February 18, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    You wrote such a beautiful article on Baguio City. I am thinking to make some arrangement to visit this wonderful place.

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    tweenselmom
    February 18, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    We wish the strawberries a lot. Whenever I see packed strawberries when I do the groceries, I miss Baguio.

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    retlync
    February 18, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    This post makes me want to go to Bagiuo </3 Baguio is such a very wonderful place, there are a lot of places that is worth-visiting in Bagiuo. Hope I can visit Baguio soon hihi

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    Kaye - I Love Keisha
    February 18, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    I’ve been to Baguio several times but i haven’t visited yet the Tam-Awan Village and Ben Cab Museum. hopefully, I can set foot in those places too for a complete Baguio experience.

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    Himanshi Lydia Singh
    February 18, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Hey..I am definitely keeping Baguio whenever i am visiting Philippines, I have been to Malaysia and Indonesia though.

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    orana velarde (@CLFAdventure)
    February 18, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Well i have never been to baguio city but I do have the phillipines in mind so I might make it there eventually. I love your hair! Your blog looks great so keep up the adventuring!

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    Cattleya Malonzo
    February 18, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    I’ve been to Baguio for 3 times this year, I’ve been wanting to visit Ben Cab Museum and try the 50’s diner pero box office lagi.

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    Aika
    February 18, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    When I’ve read your blog, I remembered the photo to which a lot of cars are piled up on a very narrow road. Yet we cannot blame people on visiting Baguio. The weather is so inviting and of course, the attractions are all to see. Thank you for sharing some of your recommended place to visit.

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    Roselle Toledo
    February 18, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    The last time me and hubby went to Baguio we stayed at The Manor Hotel in Camp John Hay for four days. I love that it still feels like the same old Baguio compared to the much commercialized area of Baguio that feels like Manila. And yes, I also love the ambiance of Tam-awan Village. Had a taste of Pinikpikan at their restaurant.

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    Cheryl F.
    February 18, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    The chairs at the museum, though. They are so cool. I’ve never to Baguio, but it’s in my bucket list. I wanted to experience paddling a swan boat.

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    heyleelay
    February 18, 2016 at 6:39 AM

    Me wanna go there! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Made me wanna go there more. Hahaha.
    Ps. I followed your blog! 🙂

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    Dorothy Mae C. Torretijo
    February 18, 2016 at 6:19 AM

    I’m a fan of paintings and photographs so expect me to love Ben cab Museum. Your photos are great!! Thank you for sharing! xx

    I http://dorothytorretijo.blogspot.com

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    Charu Chhitwal
    February 17, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Wow I love how well written, informative and compact this is. Easy to read makes it easy to come back to the article for tips. So I am surely going to take the notes for whenever I can visit this gorgeous town.

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    sabine
    February 17, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Love the pictures and descriptions with it. It makes me feel I was there. I love that we are using the same theme on our websites =) I’m gonna ask you to help me out with something on Facebook if that’s ok.
    http://www.sofarsosabine.com

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    Veeyah
    February 17, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    BAGUIO! The last time I visited was years ago, and I want to explore the place as an adult (yes, it’s been THAT long). Contemporary and traditional – these words really do describe the place. Thanks for leaving links! Checking them out, haha. 🙂 Want to go back!

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    Arcee Miranda
    February 17, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    I love all these places and most of the time this is the spot we are visiting everytime we go up in Baguio.

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    Franc Ramon
    February 17, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    Since Baguio is my hometown, I spend most of my time exploring the trails rather than the regular attractions. I’m still discovering new trails until now.

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    johnapgnt
    February 17, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Amazing photos! I’ve always just love biking around Burham Park, it’s a lot of fun for me even though sometimes it can be packed with people! Hoping to go back to Baguio this summer to explore a little more.

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    travelingmind2anywhere
    February 17, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    I miss Baguio. I haven’t stayed in a hotel in Baguio since my uncle has a condo there, but I think I might as well do so when I visit.

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    johnapgnta
    February 17, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Amazing photos! I’ve always just love biking around Burham Park, it’s a lot of fun for me even though sometimes it can be packed with people! Hoping to go back to Baguio this summer to explore a little more.

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    Debarpan
    February 17, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Baguio city seems like a great place to make a visit.Thanks for this wonderful share.Nice photography.

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    ROBERT LEE
    February 17, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Nice post and beautiful photos. Personally, when I was there couple of years ago, I thought the smell of diesel was too much so I stayed within and around Camp John Hay. Going to the city center, is like many of the places I have been to all over the Philippines.

    Cam John Hay is another story. There are the pine trees and fresh air… it’s a contrast to the highly urbanized area where I live.

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    Milton Coyne
    February 17, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    This post made me really excited.. i just availed a day tour in Baguio for the Panagbenga and these places are included on their itinerary except for the BenCab museum… I’m jotting down those places I should visit so I will not miss one haha
    thanks for these

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    I Love Paars by: Lee
    February 17, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Kaya ka pala nagpaiwan. Dame mopa pinuntahan. Winner yan girl!

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