7 Reasons To Visit Baguio City, Philippines

February 4, 2017


The first time I went there was two years ago but I still remember my trip like it was just yesterday. Baguio City was where the travel bug bit me. It was our first ever backpack adventure, AJ and I. My very first DIY backpacking trip. We never actually planned on going to Baguio. The idea kicked in when we got invited to a wedding that will be held in Pampanga. So I suggested that we go to Baguio afterwards thinking Baguio is already nearby. But I was wrong of course, it was still hours away hahaha. The moment we stepped out of the bus, I fell in love with Baguio immediately, like I didn't want to go home anytime soon, I wanted to stay. Here's 7 good reasons why you should visit Baguio, ASAP!

1. It's sweater-weather all year round!

We didn't expect to arrive at Baguio City at 4:30 in the morning, we thought we'll reach the city by at least 6AM. But it was still dark and cold, I was shivering as soon I stepped out off the bus. I can actually see my breath for the first time and it amazed me, of course! Haha. The climate is on the top of the list because it's the perfect weather for layers! And layering clothes is the style goal, because we can never wear to much clothes in the Philippines, being a tropical country and all.


2. Strawberry everything!
The Benguet province has the largest strawberry farms in the country so it's safe to say that they make anything they can from their strawberries. There are Strawberry wines, jam, ice creams, even taho! You can also pick some fresh strawberries in La Trinidad, Benguet. 

3. Panagbenga Festival



We were quite lucky to have witnessed the Panagbenga Festival os the "Baguio Flower Festival" which they celebrate during the last day of February. It's a parade of floats decorated with flowers of different kinds and colors. You'll be awestruck indeed! 

Book a hotel for the Pangbenga Festival




4. Haunted Mansions

Haunted houses and buildings are on the Baguio tourist map. They have a number them in the map but we opted to go on only one that was nearer. It's the Laperal White House. It's very old and historical and that's all I gotta say. I wasn't quite creeped out as I have expected. One thing I regret is we didn't go to the Diplomat Hotel, it's probably the scariest building in the province.
5. Parks of Every Kind
There's the Treetop Adventure Park which offers cool extreme activities, you can check their website here. There's also Camp John Hay, which is my favorite, but the place is quite pricey. Burnham Park which is in the heart of the city, Mines View Park, Wright Park, where you can meet the most famous  St. Bernard in the Philippines.
6. Mountain Views
Mines View Park has the best view in town. But apparently due to civilization almost half of the mountain view is now full of structures and houses.

7. Night Market + Super Nice People

Night market in Baguio is insane! It stretches out to most of the Session Road. It's like no other, Manila is a no match I must say. Hahaha. Especially their ukay-ukays (thriftshops). They sell food, clothes, accessories, and anything you can think of! Sort of. Also, people there are probably used to having tourists all the time, so they are extra nice and friendly! It will be easy to get around, you can just ask the locals for directions. It's perfectly safe for solo travelers!

How about you, have you been to Baguio City? Tell us about your trip on the comment box below.
And if not, what are you waiting for? Come visit Baguio, now!

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22 comments

  1. I've been to Baguio for hundreds of times but I still haven't got the chance to experience Panagbenga festival! :( If I am not mistaken, it is celebrated during February when school is still up and everything.

    Xeph | Engineer Xeph

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    1. Yup! Panangbenga is held during the last week of February! It's quite fun really! :)

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  2. The tiangge/night market in Session Rd only lasts for a week after the Panagbenga Festival (so probably around 1st week of March). And it's called Session in Bloom (but we call it Shawarma in Bloom bc they sell a lot of shawarmas there haha!) But the one in Harrison (near Burnham/Melvin Jones) is the night market/thrift shop area talaga and it is there every night, all-year round. Hayyy, this makes me miss Baguio so much, I hope I can visit again soon. <3

    xx, The Diary Queen

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    1. Oh good to know! Thank you so much for the tip! Me too, I really love Baguio! You still owe me a tour in Baguio ah! Ano na yung plano natin na gumala? Game na ba? :)

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  3. I've never been to Baguio :( But it's definitely on my list! And I am so looking forward to numbers 1, 2, 3, and 7 from your list! Haha mag 23 na ko pero di pa ko nakakapunta don. Grabe! Haha one day, makakapunta din ako. ♥ Btw, I'm following you now on Google+ Nika! Hope to hear from you soon!

    Love, Airish
    Gorgeous Glance
    http://www.airishabella.blogspot.com

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    1. No rush, Baguio won't be going anywhere naman! But if ever you're planning to go na, go during the Panagbenga festival! Para sulit yung Baguio experience :) And I follower you back on G+ :)

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  4. OMG BIG DOGE. // Night markets are my fav <3 I've never been to Baguio City, but when I'm in Taiwan, I try to go to night markets every night :3 Probably not the healthiest decision, but NO REGRETS!! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. I agree, night markets are not a very healthy decision but they are fun all the same! Thanks for dropping by! :)

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  5. I can't wait to visit Baguio!! We're planning to go there this summer and I really hope it would push through. Definitely gonna go to the Session Road!! Oh and I love the cold weather and strawberries!!!

    Loi x Wanderlaska

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    1. OMG are you going to go during the Panagbenga? Please do, highly recommended! But if you want to avoid a crowd, Panagbenga season is a bad idea lol. :)

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  6. Wow..that's a great place...the festival and strawberry farm attracts me most

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  7. The reasons are so apt to visit Baguio city. The pictures are so beautiful. Lovely post :)

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  8. Can't count how many times I've asked my friends to come to Baguio with me :( They always say yes, but still haven't pushed through with the drawings :( This post makes me wanna pick someone up on the streets to go to Baguio with me instead of waiting for my friends haha.

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    1. If ever you're feeling like picking someone up and go, I can volunteer! I've always wanted to go places with other bloggers :)

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  9. I have heard of so many cities in Philippines, Never heard of Baguio City. It's indeed a lovely place to visit. thanks for sharing

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  10. For me, the best thing about Baguio is ukay shopping! So many great finds for less than 100!!!

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  11. you pics are amazing. makes me want to travel phillipines

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  12. These pictures are incredible so beautiful place is this like a paradise!

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  13. Those are good 7 reasons to be visit Baguio. The festivals look so colorful and lively. And the parks for everything just had me in.

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  14. I love mountain views, they are so calming! I'll share this post with my friends!

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  15. To be very honest I haven't been to Baguio ever! I'm such a loser! I know! HAHA! My parents never allow us to visit this place before for some reasons so I haven't really experienced the cold weather of Baguio but I heard it's a lot safer to travel there now so I just need to convince my parents that I will be back alive. Haha. I’d love to visit the night market!!! I heard the thrift shops there have the cheapest branded clothes!

    Love your photos, Nika! :) <3


    Auradelle // Shoot, Eat, Write

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    1. I think Baguio is perfectly safe, the locals are very friendly as they must already be used to tourists around the area. Thank you! :)

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