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Baguio City

History of Baguio City

  • Spaniards – these were they built a Comandancia, a province under the control of the military, in La Trinidad, Benguet. Hence, the influence of Spanish in different Filipino aspects such us food (Men7udo, Adobo, Empanada, Arroz a la Cubana), religion, (Filipinos who are Roman Catholic), Filipinos who have their Spanish last names, and even some words which is widely accepted up to this date (numbers - uno, dos tres, months – Abril, Agosto, etc.).
  • Americans – next to Spanish- American War, the city was colonized by the Americans which also brings culture to the locals and later on used across regions. This time where Filipinos were Christianized and was exposed to English as their common language. This is where Baguio became the summer Capital of the Philippines. And were locals were first introduced to American food such as hotdogs, hamburgers, canned goods, American fast food, mac and cheese, etc.
  • Japanese – the first city where the first to experience air raid by the Japanese in Luzon. This where Japanese planes bombed Camp John Hay. According to Dr. Ricardo Jose, a professor of history at the UP Diliman, Japanese aimed Baguio expecting that Gen. Douglas McArthur and American pilots were there. Despite their agenda to torture suspected opponents, they have implemented their propaganda such as reopening schools and teach the locals of the Japanese language. They even changed some of the English street names to either Japanese or Igorot: Burnham Park to Baguio City Park, Camp John Hay to Asahi Barracks, Brent Road became Balatok, Harrison Street to Atok, Session Road became Mt. Data, Kennon Road to Benguet Road, Forbes Park to Rafael Palma Park, Wright Park, Pardo de Tavera Park, and Leonard Wood Road became Akupan.

Interesting Facts about Baguio

  • Ilocano is the primary ethno-language in the city Known for its cool climate making it the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” since a lot of visitors come here to cool off.
  • SM Baguio is the first SM mall in the country which does not use air-conditioning.
  • Known for its Benguet coffee claimed as the best coffee in the Philippines - won in the 3rd Philippines Coffee conference
  • La Trinidad - Strawberry Field of the Philippines; the current Guiness Book of World Records holder for producing the largest fruit shortcake in 2014. It is in the form of giant strawberry weighing about 9.6 kilograms and served more than 12,000 people.
  • Canao – sacred practice and a pagan holiday in Baguio. An extravagant celebration for the locals where they sacrifice chickens, carabaos, and pigs. The significant meaning of celebration depends on the locals. It is claimed that during the 18th century, it was for intended for the good harvest and for economic growth while in the recent days, it’s being celebrated as a way for family reunions.
  • Baguio Cathedral is the first catholic church in the world which was dedicated to Our Lady of Atonement. It also became an evacuation center during the bombing in 1945 where the remains of those who died were in its precinct.

Tourist Destinations

Popular for its natural made creations, cold climate, and scenic views, its pine forests, and clean environment, this is a perfect place to just relax away from the hustle and bustle of the metro. Here is the list of tourist spots that you can add on your itinerary on your next visit:

  • Camp John Hay
  • Burnham Park
  • Mines View Park
  • BenCab Museum
  • Strawberry Farm (La Trinidad, Benguet)
  • Baguio Night Market
  • The Mansion
  • Wright Park
  • Tam-Awan Village
  • Good Shepherd Convent
  • Baguio Cathedral
  • Baguio Botanical Garden
  • Baguio Museum
  • Bell Church
  • Ifugao Woodcarver’s Village
  • Colors of StoBosa
  • Easter Weaving Room
  • Asin Hot Springs
  • The Farmer's Daughter

Retail Centers

Known for its panoramic views and a place for relaxation and a peaceful setting, there are some retail hubs located in the city center:

  • SM City Baguio
  • Abanao Square
  • Baguio Center Mall
  • Porta Vaga Mall

Public Infrastructure

  • Accessible to three (3) main thoroughfares: Kennon Road, Marcos Highway, and Quirino Highway (Naguilian Road)
  • Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) - which was fully opened last July 2020 reducing travel time between Manila to Baguio to only three (3) hours.

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