It is a given that people go to Baguio mainly to keep cool during the summer months.
For most, places like Mines View Park and Wright Park have lost their appeal. Too bad that the popular Panagbenga Festival only comes once a year.
However, there are places in Baguio which you may have just passed by but deserve a closer look through an actual visit.
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14 Tourist Spots in Baguio
Let’s have a rundown of the 13 places in Baguio that tourists don’t usually check out…
1) Baguio City Hall
When one hears the words “city hall”, what instantly comes to mind are long queues for cedulas and other government documents.
Baguio City Hall, however, is more than just the place to get your legal documents in order. Baguio City Hall is one of the oldest buildings in the city, originally built in 1910 under the city’s first mayor E.W. Reynolds.
When it was destroyed during World War II in 1945, the building was rebuilt in 1949 to 1950, and remains as one of the more enduring architecture Baguio today.
2) The Mansion House
Built in 1908 during the American Colonialist Era, the Mansion House was originally the official summer residence of past U.S. Governor-Generals, among them William Cameron Forbes.
It now serves as the official summer residence of the Philippine President.
Tourists particularly love to take photos of the main gate, which was reportedly a replica of one of Buckingham Palace’s main gates (a story which is completely false).
3) Baguio Cathedral
The Baguio Cathedral (or more formally known as the Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral) is not just a place of worship for visitors to the city; it is also one of the most beautiful buildings in Baguio.
Standing on the picturesque hill of “Kampo” (name given by the Ibalois), the cathedral is distinctive for its Gothic architecture, as seen in its twin spires and stained glass.
What makes the cathedral particularly attractive is that it has lovely rose windows complemented by the pink color of the church itself.
4) Baguio City Public Market
Tourists flock to Baguio City Public Market to buy strawberries. However, strawberries are not the only draws. The market is one of the best places in the city to buy fresh vegetables and other fruits.
The cabbages are green, leafy and huge; plus you get other tasty, fresh veggies like lettuce, Baguio pechay, and broccoli.
Indeed, if you want ingredients for that fresh vegetable salad, Baguio City Public Market is the place to buy them.
5) Philippine Military Academy
The Philippine Military Academy is the educational institution where the future officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines are being taught and trained.
If you’re lucky, you might catch the cadets doing drills or marching on the parade grounds.
A must visit at the academy is the museum, which not only contains memorabilia on the school’s development, but also a sneak peek into a cadet’s room.
6) Dinosaurs Island / The Ruins
More or less 15 minutes before you reach Baguio city proper along Marcos Hi-way, you will find the newest tourist attraction from Baguio Eco Park; The Dinosaurs Island and The Ruins.
DINOSAURS ISLAND BAGUIO is a dinosaur animatronics themed park in Baguio Eco Park development. It is located in the forested area in Badiwan in Tuba, Benguet along Marcos Highway (near Baguio City).
The Ruins. The dinosaurs are scattered all around the hill. At the bottom of the hill, you will find the Ruins. It features replicas of famous relics from the ancient civilizations of Egypt, China and Greece.
7) Baguio Botanical Garden
Baguio Botanical Garden is a beautiful place of stone steps and winding trails which will allow you to view various flora, such as flowering plants, decorative plants, and herbs.
You can also purchase some plants for your home. Other attractions in Baguio Botanical Garden are Igorot sculptures and tribal huts.
8) Tam-Awan Village
Tam-Awan Village located along Lt. G. Tacay Road is the best place to learn more about the indigenous cultures in the region.
You can also spend the night in Ifugao and Kalinga huts made from indigenous materials.
Tribal guides will shown you around the mountain as well as to a location wherein one can have a very good view of the sunset at the horizon of the West Philippine Sea.
9) BenCab Museum
First of all, we got lost when we tried to go here. One of Baguio’s most popular residents is National Artist Benedicto Cabrera, or simply BenCab. All of his masterpieces are on display at the BenCab Museum at Km. 6 Asin Road.
Among the artworks on display are erotic drawings and sculptures made by BenCab and other artists. The one question frequently asked by both local and foreign artists is if BenCab will do drawings or sketches for them. Unfortunately, the answer is no.
10) Bell Church
Bell Church is actually a group of temples located along the border of Baguio and the valley of La Trinidad.
Visitors will gaze in awe at the ornate oriental architecture and lavish dragon and Buddha ornamentation.
Reminiscent of the church’s hodgepodge nature, even its priest preaches in a mix of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Christianity.
11) Lourdes Grotto
Lourdes Grotto is very popular among devotees of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In order to reach the shrine, you need to climb 252 steps (considered as your act of penitence).
But once you reach the top, you are not only greeted by the kind smile of thVirgin Mary herself, but also an excellent view of the mountainside.
12) Teachers’ Camp
For visitors on a budget and cannot afford the expensive hotel rates in the city, the affordable option is Teachers’ Camp along Leonard Wood Road.
The camp in itself is a great tourist destination with its sprawling grounds, classrooms, mess hall, kitchen and dining and storage facilities.
However, Teachers’ Camp has also gained notoriety for being haunted so that many ghost hunters visit the camp in the hope of encountering the supernatural.
13) Diplomat Hotel
Perhaps one of the eeriest places in Baguio is Diplomat Hotel, which is situated on top of Dominican Hill. Based on its history, the Diplomat Hotel was once a monastery built by the Dominican Order, but during World War II, it was not only bombed by the Japanese, many priests and nuns were reportedly beheaded.
Daring people who spent the night in the ruins of the hotel claimed to have heard noises of construction work or have actually seen terrifying ghosts of a headless priest or nun.
14) Laperal White House
The Laperal White House is one of the oldest houses in Baguio, built in 1920. It is presently an art gallery for bamboo and wood artworks.
However, it is notorious for being haunted, especially since it was turned into a garrison during the Japanese Occupation and was the site of numerous atrocities.
Taxi drivers are fearful of driving past the house along Leonard Wood Road because they see shadowy figures peeking through the windows. The Laperal White House served as the setting of a popular Filipino horror movie, aptly titled “White House.”
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