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Baguio Sights and Landmarks Guide, Philippines

The Philippines is getting more competitive as a tourist destination among the Westerners and fellow Asian countries. Baguio City, being the summer capital of the country, is one great spot responsible for that.

Besides the cool weather and interesting souvenirs, it is filled with numerous historical, man-made and cultural attractions. As you nearly approach the city (via Manila), the Kennon Road is an attention-getter because of its upward zigzag paths allowing you to overlook the lowlands of the rest of the Luzon. Its main avenue, Session Road encloses large stretch of assortment shops like Luneta Hill, SM Mall and Baguio City Market.

There’s no way you can’t appreciate Baguio Cathedral for its majestic look and unusual location that’s on top of a hill. If you’ve been to Buckingham Palace in London, you’d likely agree that the elaborate gate of Baguio City’s:The Mansion is a replica of such. What’s said to be the official summer residence of the Philippine President has an attractive garden and well-manicured lawn making it ideal for picture-taking.

Baguio is famed as “Little America of the Philippines” not just because of its coldness but also because of Camp John Hay. No traveler says he hasn’t come by Camp John Hay when he’s been to Baguio. The facility used to be a rest and relaxation area for the American military officers; it’s now a country club complete with 18-hole golf course, horseback riding, camping and a condominium hotel.

You can also check growing pine seedlings and flora-and-fauna at Baguio Botanical Garden. Don’t miss to pass by the historical Philippine Military Academy that’s been a home to camps since 1905. To refresh your eyes with nature’s feast of flowers, you can proceed to the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary.

Mt. Santo Tomas is largely a must-see as it is the city’s highest peak offering a 360-degree view of the South China Sea on the horizon. If interested in spotting some Buddhism artifacts and literature on China history, the Bell Church is your next stop. Another Catholic Shrine and place of meditation is the Lourdes Grotto that’s usually flocked on Lent Season.

To complete your Baguio experience, you ought to visit two major parks. One is The Wright Park across The Mansion featuring the much-photographed “Pool of Mines” where you can also pick one of the 200 ponies for horseback riding experience. Mines View Park, on the other hand, is located at the extreme northeast side where a nice view of Benguet’s gold and copper mines, and the Cordillera Mountain can leave you speechless. Souvenir and silverworks stores are by the park offering tourists wise buys for their relatives back home. One more thing, your trip to the park isn’t fulfilled unless you stop by the Good Shepherd Convent for some jam, peanut brittle and other goodies.

After spending time with any pony for photo op, you should take a moment of art appreciation at the reconstructed Tam-awan Village where opposite is the sculptor Ben Hur Villanueva’s gallery of “Arko ni Apo”. Sites that are more attractive are Asin Hot Springs, Wood Carver’s Village, Easter Weaving Room and the Strawberry Fields.

When in Baguio, you seem on top of the world overlooking the lowlands while cooling off, horseback riding and appreciating the historical parks. If it is the summer capital of the Philippines, make it your summer stopover as well!

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