It was my semestral break during the last week of October, and my family rarely goes out of town during this time because we usually have our vacations during summer. However, we wanted to change things a bit so we headed to Baguio, which is known as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” and as well as the “City of Pines”. We wanted to breathe in the fresh cold air and enjoy the northern part of the country so we decided to stay there for three days, from October 30 to November 1.
Day 2. Day 3. Photo Gallery. Baguio is around 4 hours away from Metro Manila if you drive, but of course it might be longer due to traffic. I suggest leaving early in the morning so that you can get to Baguio around lunch time. My parents and I left at around 8 in the morning (We were supposed to leave at 6 but we weren’t able to wake up that early haha), so we decided to have a stop-over.
For our first stop, we decided to visit Manaoag Shrine in Pangasinan. This is where you can see the image of Mama Mary as the Lady of Manaoag. The Church has an aesthetic interior and as well as beautiful architecture. During the last week of October and the first week of November, it is Filipino tradition that we visit and pray for our friends and family who have passed away. To commemorate them, we lit some candles at the shrine.
After around one and a half more hours from Manaoag, we finally reached Baguio! We stayed at The Manor Hotel at Camp John Hay which is one of the major attractions in the city, and it also used to be the air base of the Americans when they colonized the Philippines. We first checked in to our rooms, then we had late lunch at Le Chef, the restaurant there. We also met up with my other relatives!
We all explored the garden and took some photos. We also savored fresh air, and luckily it was really cold which is great. Many Filipino usually go to Baguio for the coldness because it’s usually hot in most places of the country, especially Manila.
The Manor is not the usual structure of a modern hotel. It is known for its simplicity and elegance, and the rooms are really great and comfortable to stay in. Since we were all tired from the drive to Baguio, we only stayed at The Manor.
For dinner, we went to Choco-Late de Batirol Restaurant which is a few minutes away from The Manor. This restaurant is known for its famous Choco-Late de Batirol, the classic Filipino chocolate drink that is hot, thick, bittersweet and made from local cacao beans. The restaurant is outdoor and has a pretty design.
We ordered all things Filipino! We ate pork binagoongan (pork cooked in shrimp paste), sisig (a Filipino dish made from parts of pig’s head and liver), and sinigang na bangus (Filipino soup with milk fish as the main ingredienct). Of course we would not forget to order the famous Choco-Late de Batirol. We even requested one of the cooks to show us how they make the drink!
There we have it for Day 1! Stay tuned for more on my stay at Baguio xx