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This urban city enjoys a cool climate in the north of Luzon island, approximately 5,280 feet above sea-level. It is surrounded by Luzon's tropical pine forests, and home to exotic mossy plants and orchids. Because of its refreshing climate, Baguio was long ago designated as the Summer Capital of the Philippines by the country's tourism authorities. The city developed on the back of the tourism frenzy this created, and now the one-time quiet village contains a vast array of tourism facilities. Indeed, the area was even used as an R&R destination for American military personnel during the American occupation of the Philippines.
Unlike many cities in the Philippines, Baguio was hardly touched by Spanish colonialism, and thus retains much of its original historical charm, allowing visitors an in-depth look into true Filipino history. The area is in the process of being named a Heritage Zone by the Filipino government.
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This area was once used as an R&R facility for American military personnel during the American occupation of the Philippines. It’s now turned into something of a country club, where visitors can go horseback riding, play golf on the 18-hole course or camp on its expansive grounds.
Shopping in Mines View Park
Mines View Park contains row upon row of souvenir stands selling an array of items, from jam, to locally-sourced souvenirs. The park also has a lookout that provides picturesque views.
Baguio Flower Festival
Panagbenga Festival is Baguio’s Flower Festival, taking place in February, as a tribute to the city’s vibrant flowers while incorporating and celebrating some of the city’s old traditions.
Besides being known as the Summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio is also known as the strawberry capital of the country, with a plethora of strawberry farms growing big, red, juicy strawberries ready for the picking.
Beginning in the bustling capital of Manila and finishing in the relaxing paradise of Boracay, this 13-day itinerary takes you through the Philippine’s must-see spots. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, hike volcanoes, visit numerous UNESCO Heritage Sites and lounge on the beach on this balanced luxury getaway.
Divers and snorkelers alike will delight in this 17-day two-part luxurious holiday in the Philippines. The first half is spent exploring the Filipino culture, natural features and history. The second half is spent exploring the active corals, several dive sites and lush white-sand beaches from a lush cruise ship.
This National Geographic Traveler award-winning trip provides an insightful glimpse of the capital, Manila, as well as rice terrace treks in Banuae and excursions to the cliffs of Sagada and tropical forests of Baguio, across 7 adventurous days.
Guests will enjoy this unique alternative forest destination, in a pine tree-covered prime location of Baguio City, Philippines, known for its refreshing, cool climate. The manor itself is four stories high, housing 177 well-appointed rooms, many of which enjoy panoramas of the majestic Cordillera mountain range. The structure was built using local stone on the exterior of the building, as well as panelled walls, wooden shuttered doors, and wooden furniture inside the rooms, evoking memories of traditional Baguio architecture and style. Highly-trained staff provide warm, friendly service, while top-notch facilities are provided for guests’ optimal comfort, from a luxurious spa ideal for a full day of pampering, to the Piano Bar, where the mood is set by live entertainment. An on-site delicatessen serves up fresh-baked goods, while Le Chef at The Manor provides guests with all-day dining. The atmosphere at The Manor is cozy, particularly accented by the large fireplace in the hotel’s lounge.