You wouldn't appreciate Baguio if you don't wake up early in the morning and experience a chilly walk in the park. That's what I believe because it is coldest in this time of the day. On the second day of our trip, me and my friend Joy had a short walk to convenience store to grab some frozen meat products for breakfast. It was kind of cold and we weren't prepared and should have worn thicker clothing. I could feel the chilly air in my face. I may be exaggerating if a local in Baguio read this post because I am used to Manila with typically warm temperature even during dawn time.:)
So here's a quick shot of us. Yey, we got to wear a hoody in Baguio.
And here's what we had for breakfast on the second day. I suggest travelers who are looking for cheap accommodation to look for transients home. If you opt to stay in a hotel, a lot of accommodations are available in the city. Check some reviews and website for more options.
After our sumptuous breakfast, we headed our first destination, Bell Church and later proceeded to Strawberry Farm.
Unlike the famous spots like Mines View Park, Burnham Park and more, Bell Church is less visited by tourists. It is one of Baguio's lesser known landmarks. The Bell Church is located north of the downtown area of Baguio along the road leading to La Trinidad where Strawberry Farm is located. The building is designed with flags, bells and dragons.
One of the most popular destination when in La Trinidad is Strawberry Farm. Tourists are allowed to pick fresh strawberry at 400/kilo but you can also buy freshly picked strawberry at a lower price. For a traveler like me who literally travel light, I chose to buy from the vendors with pre- packed freshly picked strawberry at a price of P100/kilo. Picking strawberry costs a little higher than pre-packed. If you want to experience picking, then go ahead, its more fun if you do it yourself because you can choose the freshest and reddest strawberry. If you are a city girl, you better try picking, because the memories are surely much fun to keep.
I choose strawberries that are not fully ripe because it wasn't our last activity that day and I need to keep it fresh till we come back home to Manila.
Also available at the farm aside from strawberry are cabbage, lettuce and broccoli. It was our first time to visit La Trinidad and see the Strawberry Farm, the only place in Baguio with flat stretch of land.
Broccoli is available at P100/4 pieces. It's a lot cheaper than in Baguio Public Market.
Tam -Awan Village
I have no idea of Tam-Awan Village and haven't read of it in other blogs unlike the Laperal House and Diplomat Hotel
that my kids and I are always wanting to visit. It was included in our itinerary for the day right after Strawberry Farm stop.
The Tam-awan Village is located in the northwestern part of the city.
You need to pay a minimum entrance fee at the gate. You need to
climb uphill and steep pathways from one hut to another. It surely
is a good exercise but make sure to wear the right shoes that is
comfortable enough for a few minutes hiking. It was a breathtaking
experience when you reach the top where you can see the view of La
Union Province and Gulf of Lingayen. Such an amazing reward after a
Grabbed the above photo from Occasions of Joy
I took this shot near the peak of garden in the sky.
One of the huts inside Tam-Awn Village. This is the typical Igorot huts where you can picture how the homes of the mountain people look like.
Arko Ni Apo
Right across Tam-Awn Village is Arko ni Apo. I have no knowledge about what is inside Arko ni Apo and who is Ben-Hur Villanueva until Joy introduced me to the man who was busy working with his masterpiece during our visit.
Ben Hur Villanueva, a sculptor, painter and art educator founded his gallery workshop in Baguio after he retired from teaching at Ateneo de Manila . Among his notable sculptures are: Kapit Bisig, Among Supremo, Thy Will Be Done, St. Aloysius Gonzaga and Risen Christ at Caleruega Nasugbu Batangas. Villanueva is best known as a sculptor, working with brass, metal and wood.
Before this visit , I have zero knowledge about sculptures in famous landmarks in different parts of the country. I was totally surprised because the man whom we visited, Ben-Hur Villanueva created some of those. When we asked for what project he was currently doing, he replied, "if I can please others, why can't I please myself." He was making the bull sculpture for his own happiness and fulfillment. We asked permission to take photos and he allowed us to roam around the art gallery. Every pieces of arts displayed were truly amazing. I can't exactly define the feeling but it's unbelievable how those pieces of arts were made. Unimaginable. Glad that we included the place to our destination. Now I appreciate more about art. Next time I visit the Global City, I know who made the Among Supremo - Andres Bonifacio sculpture, that's a masterpiece from Ben-Hur Villanueva.
Ben Cab Museum
From Arko ni Apo, we then proceeded to BenCab Museum located in Asin Road known as Km 6 Tadiangan Tuba, Benguet. Benedicto Reyes Cabrera, known as BenCab, is a Filipino painter and was awarded National Artist of the Philippines for Visual Arts in 2006. It is definitely a must visit place when you're in Baguio. You can find different collections of his paintings, indigenous Cordillera art and the works of Filipino masters and contemporary artists.
Asinan Carving Village
Located along Asin Road, you will find Asinan Carving Village, a place where carved furniture and figurines are made. You can buy them on wholesale and a lot cheaper if you know how to make a deal.
Camp John Hay
Camp John Hay is a haven for nature because of its numerous pine trees inside. It is located at southeastern side of Baguio City. It is cooler in Camp John Hay. It is the only remaining protected pine forest reservation of the city according to their website. It has 250,00 pine trees and average temperature of 16 degrees Celsius. We just made a quick visit at shopping area and commissary and headed straight to Baguio Country Club.
Baguio Country Club
Our last stop for the day before heading home.
It is during night time where you will appreciate Burnham Park more because it is much cooler in temperature and there are fewer people compared during daytime where people flock to go boating and bicycle rides. After dinner we walked down to the park to burn some calories. We then proceeded to night market and went home late afterwards. Did I mention I had my first goal in Baguio? Ah, wait til my next post. My first ever soccer ball kick happened at Burnham Park in Baguio.
It was tiring but more fun on the second day in the City of Pines. Strawberry Farm, Tam-Awan, BenCab, Arko ni Apo were amazing sight that you shouldn't miss when you visit the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio.