City of Pines: City Tour

By Kariopes

A city tour of Baguio is a must. Acting like one of many tourists is just but normal, even though one has been there several times, have taken the same route, the same place, the same solo, and group pictures. Maybe as you’re reading this, you probably have an idea on where we are heading after Camp John Hay, right?

Anyhow, here is a quick tour of Baguio.

The Mansion. It is the residence of the presiding President when in the city. I have never been inside and not sure if there is a tour for it. As far I know, it is only the outside grounds that are open to the public.

Wright Park. This park is just across the Mansion. It has this long stretch of manmade pond in the middle of a walkway and a pine tree forest on the other side. We have never strayed too far from the main road, whenever we visit this place. So, sorry, I have no idea what to see on the far end. Hahaha. I’ll try to put it on my bucket list to investigate.

The Good Shepherd. It is owned by the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd. They sell here some homemade preserves, like strawberry jam, ube jam, peanut brittle just to name a few. 

Mines View Park. In this place you can buy lots of souvenirs and plants. It is a bargain place, so don’t forget to haggle. As you go further inside the park, there is a view of the old mining sites, thus the name Mines View. Now a days, they are abandoned and houses can be seen scattered on its valleys and peaks. You can also dress up like an Ifugao for a solo, family or group picture. There are large dogs, like St. Bernard, and horses you can have your pictures taken as well. Lastly, watch out if you need to go to the WC. There are 2 types of urinals, and it is better not to skimp, do not bargain, or else be ready to squat. 

Burnham Park. The go to place by a lot of tourists and local residents. There is a boating right smack in the middle of the park. There are small playgrounds. There is a biking strip. There is a botanical garden where you can buy herbs and other plants. However, Imelda’s roses are all gone for the longest time. The park is also open late for the tiangge-an, or night market.  

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto. Here we walk up the steps to reach the top where the Lady stands. It is tiresome, but you can opt to bring the car up closer, especially if you have senior citizens, who wants to visit the site. From there, it is just only a few steps more to the Lady. A few steps away is the Kapilya nina Jesus at Maria (Chapel of Jesus and Mary).

Strawberry Farm. This is an out of the way attraction that tourists tend to go before heading back home. Here you can buy and harvest strawberries. There are also a lot of stalls where you can buy newly harvested vegetables at a bargain. The strawberries and vegetables are no longer planted on the ground.

These are but few of the places I have been to, which normally takes us at most two days to check-out. However, there are still a lot to see in Baguio, which I have not been to and yet to study. I’m looking forward to once again visit and explore more of this city.

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