I LEFT MY HEART in BAGUIO:Your 2012 Travel Guide to the Summer Capital of the Philippines

“There are places I remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life, I’ve loved them all…”

Hmmm… I have been to Baguio for a couple of times now… maybe, for quite some time, it had been a place I don’t even dare to think of revisiting. This 2012, I want it to be a different year, a happier one, so when my friends invited me to join them in their Baguio Trip, I’m just cool with the idea. Though I know that I have visited the must-see’s in this small city, I gave them a nod and pack stuff good for 4days and 3nights.

Where To Stay:

Where To Go:
1. Camp John Hay
What to Do’s:
Relive the positive vibes and visit the Cemetery of Negativism.

I thought this cemetery is scary, but oh no! the tombs are all positive & humorous.

Feel the rush at the Tree Top Adventure!

20-meter-drop, whoo! sisiw! 😛

2. Strawberry Farm
Strawberry Farm is located at La Trinidad Benguet. You can either go there by cab or jeepney. Taxi meter will be around P99-103.00 (good if you’re going to travel by group); jeepneys to Strawberry Farm are available across the Baguio Center Mall right after Session Road, fare is P16.00.

3. Baguio Cathedral

4. Grotto

5. Tam-Awan Village

I didn’t notice that the guy beside me plays the flute through his nose. The sound was amazing.

6. Mines View

What to Do’s:

Take a picture with the big dogs. Get it for Php50.00 – 3 shots/poses(hmm… negotiable to 4).
Must love dogs! 🙂

Have a Kodak moment with the old igorots; Php10.00 for each Igorot included in the picture.

Im at my happiest when I am with old people. 🙂 Spell happiness!

7. The Mansion
The Mansion is the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. It is located on the eastern part of the city along C.P. Romulo Drive and right across Wright Park.

8. Botanical Garden
I have not visited this park for ages now. It is a huge park! Botanical Garden is also known as the Igorot Village. It is located east of Baguio’s downtown area. It is seated between Teacher’s Camp and the Pacdal Circle.

9. Burnham Park
This is the most popular park in Baguio and the largest one as well.
What to Do’s:Have fun. Yes, just have fun and do the following: roller skating, biking, skateboarding, boating.

10. Wright Park
The Wright Park is also known as the “Pool of Pines”. It features a shallow elongated rectangular man-made pool of water.

11. Ukay-Ukay

12. Baguio City Market

Guess what? We just spent Php330.00 for 2 big bags full of fresh veggies. And I mean, FRESH!

Where To Eat:
*Pizza Volante


*Cafe by the Ruins

Highly recommended for an early morning breakfast.

*Forrest House

Forrest House is one of the famous restaurants in Baguio City. Unfortunately, I haven’t tried their menu yet. Anyway, it is located at 16 Loakan Road, Baguio City. Telephone Nos. (074) 4470459, (074) 4421693. For online reservations, you can send your info here:

*50’s Diner

Masaya ang buhay kapag busog! Winner ang pagkain dito!!!

*Kubong Sawali

*Sizzling Plate at Session Road

Definitely a must-try! It was my first time to taste a chocolate Leche Flan, and oooh! Undeniably a taste of heaven for only Php26.00!

I thought I have seen everything in Baguio already… but no, I think I just had a piece of it. Yes, I might have considered that I know this place so much, but this recent trip really made me feel that trips are not just all about the destination itself, sometimes, it’s about the people you are with to see a particular place on a different way… to spend the days on a different manner – happier.

Baguio will always have a special place in my heart… forever.

If you’ll ask me if I want to go back to Baguio right now? I’ll definitely say YES. I want to know this lovely city more and more, I want to have another piece of it. I am badly craving for its cold breeze and warm people. Sigh, I think, I left my heart in Baguio… but no worries, I know it’s in good hands. 🙂

It’s more fun in Baguio! Super true!

83 Comments Add yours

  1. from your list, marami pa pala akong hindi napuntahan. wish i could go back to baguio =)

  2. Chasing Philippines says:

    kahit ako, nakakagulat.. ang dame ko pa pala hindi napuntahan.. at promise, hindi siya nakakasawa balik-balikan 🙂

  3. Dati when I think of traveling, Baguio comes to mind all the time. It never changed even if I had gone to far-away places. Crowded and all it still has its own charms…I wonder why you left your heart in Baguio? (selos ako haha)…

  4. Cafe by the Ruins, Forrest House and 50's Diner are my favorites!! Include mo pa ang Pizza Volante! Sarap magfooood trip sa Baguio! =D

  5. Great tips. Never been to Baguio. ;p

  6. Chasing Philippines says:

    @ Pink Tsinelas,

    Forrest House ang di ko pa na-try ever, pricey ba dun?

  7. Chasing Philippines says:

    @ Ryan Mach,

    Punta na! 🙂 You'll definitely love the place.

  8. Chasing Philippines says:

    @ Marky,

    Same here, Baguio lagi or Tagaytay… fave places. heheh

  9. Unknown says:

    kt…ngbabasa na ako…:) punta kami dun sa feb 24 …thanks for the info…:)) mmtt! 😀

  10. Chasing Philippines says:

    Himala KT! nagbabasa ka! hahaha
    Sino sino kayo sa 24?

  11. Unknown says:

    apat lang kami… ganda ng kuha mo dun sa doggy…pretty!

  12. Gabz says:

    Wow, helpful list! Hindi ko pa masyadong na-explore yung sa Camp John Hay. Na-intrigue talaga ako sa Cemetery of Negativism na yan. 😀

  13. @ KT,

    Enjoy your trip to Baguio! And promise me you'll try 50's Diner!

    Sino yung pretty? yung dog? 😛

  14. cait007 says:

    wow! Baguio is my favorite city and I lived there for almost 5 years but I didn't know about the cemetery of negativism…
    u know what, i'm loving all your work. I almost read all your blogs.


  15. I've only been to Baguio once pero hindi ko rin sya naikot masyado kasi dinaanan lang namin sya papuntang Sagada. Tapos nung Panagbenga naman nakabili na ko ng bus tickets pero hindi pa rin natuloy kasi may bigla namang namatay sa family kaya ayaw ako bigla payagan ng tatay ko. Pansin ko tuloy medyo mailap ang Baguio sakin. Sana netong summer makabalik ako sa City of Pines

  16. rey says:

    never miss Oh My Gulay and Kaffeklutsch in Baguio…

  17. kakagaling ko lang ng baguio, di talaga ako magsasawa sa pagbalik dun 🙂

  18. Leiyah Chan says:

    You missed "Cafe de Batirol". It's located at Gate 2 (I think) of Camp John Hay. I just love their hot chocolate! You should try it once you return to Baguio 😀

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