Tag Archives: Baguio

The Colors of La Trinidad: Photo of the Day

Behold! The colors of Stobosa, La Trinidad (Benguet)! La Trinidad is where you find the strawberry fields and the vegetable “bagsakan” (delivered direct from the farms), yet strawberries and all the goodie fresh stuff have always been associated with Baguio City. It’s must be really unfair for La Trinidad, especially considering that people usually remember about the place is the entire mountainside littered with houses that assaults the eyes. Imagine going there now and seeing the playful interplay of solid colors painting the hillside. It’s like hearing the jam sessions of Jamaica or waiting for the toucans of Rio de Janeiro to fly out of the colorful clusters — made even cooler by the fog the envelops Benguet. Haven’t seen it yet? Here, look at this photo by Neon Ibanez (check his Instagram account, @neonbytesxx, for more beautiful photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading The Colors of La Trinidad: Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day: Philippine Jeepney

It’s not surprising that the ubiquitous jeepney, the King of the Road in the Philippines, is somewhat better depicted in its representations. It is, after all, one of the icons in Philippine travel, a constant feature in souvenir shops. One such reincarnation is a restaurant tissue holder (in Jeepney Boodle Fight along Maginhawa Street, QC), here captured by Janine Realubit (@janinerealubit), who is apparently proud of three things — arki, FEU and photography. We won’t be surprised if she’d associate the jeepney with That Thing Called Tadhana, which is a movie gushing with mushiness we can’t help but fall in love with the Philippines. C’mon, tell us, who doesn’t love this movie? We enjoyed the sceneneries of the Philippines — Manila, Baguio and Sagada — equally with the kilig moments). But, hey, back to the jeepney (which was the mode of transport, in the movie, from Baguio to Sagada). Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Philippine Jeepney

Photo of the Day: Philippine Alps

One of the main reasons why we love Baguio and Dahilayan is the sight, and smell, of pine trees. There’s just something wonderful about pines trees. And snow, which somehow evokes a lovely image of the alps with its cozy chalets. Maybe it’s like the usual Christmas / winter sight which we all love. Maybe it’s the mixture of deep green and clean white. Maybe its the cold temperate associated with snow, alps or winter. Whatever the reason is, we simply love that sight. Now, imagine the same sight — except without that white snow — and imagine it in the Philippines (closer to Metro Manila than Baguio and Dahilayan). What do you get? The lovely view of the Tagaytay Highlands. Can’t imagine it? Here, look at the nice photo (click to enlarge) by Vera (iamveravenus): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Philippine Alps

Photo of the Day: Chocolate-coated Strawberry

On top of being called as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio is known for a lot things — pine trees, fog, Good Shepherd halaya and, of course, strawberry. For those who have traveled to Baguio a couple of times, however, the sight of strawberries has become a common sight, so much so that these all-year-round fruits are hardly given a second glance. But what happens if strawberries are given a new twist, as deliciously shown by the gorgeous photo of Ces Hernandez (ig_undersij)? We have to take a second look. And a second bite of the chocolate-coated strawberry by Cafe by the Ruins. Here’s the photo (click to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Chocolate-coated Strawberry

Panagbenga 2013: Grand Float Parade (Baguio City)

Anybody who knows something about the Philippines knows that Baguio is its summer capital. The cool weather makes colors more distinct. Flowers are more colorful in Baguio City and the surrounding areas. No wonder Baguio City celebrates the vibrant colors of its blooms during the annual Panagbenga Festival. Continue reading Panagbenga 2013: Grand Float Parade (Baguio City)

Choco-Late de Batirol at Camp John Hay (Baguio City)

Camp John Hay. One of the few hold-outs that retains the look, feel and smell of the old Baguio. Filled with healthy pine trees. Refreshingly quiet, complete with its pine-scented, fresh air. Hidden in one corner is the Choco-Late de Batirol. There’s really more to Baguio than, say, its Panagbenga Festival. Continue reading Choco-Late de Batirol at Camp John Hay (Baguio City)

The Fight of the Baguio Pine Trees

In the second part of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (The Two Towers), an Ent (a race of people that resembles trees), spoke thus: “Hoom, hum, I have not troubled about the Great Wars . . . they mostly concern Elves and Men. That is the business of Wizards: Wizards are always troubled about the future. I do not like worrying about the future. I am not altogether on anybody’s side, because nobody is altogether on my side, if you understand me: nobody cares for the woods as I care for them, not even Elves nowadays.” Continue reading The Fight of the Baguio Pine Trees

Poll: Saving the Pine Trees of Baguio City

The “Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje granted permission to SM Baguio to cut 172 trees in the mall’s property facing Governor Pack Road, paving the way for the mall’s expansion which will include a centralized parking and bus terminal in the area,” SunStar reports. Continue reading Poll: Saving the Pine Trees of Baguio City

The Manor at Camp John Hay, Baguio City

They say the early bird gets the worm. True. But there’s more. Those who rise early get to discover that this early, the first week of November, there’s fog in Metro Manila. Yes, fog, not smog. A truly wonderful sight. It’s so beautiful (well, at least for those with roof over their heads), with the blinking red light on top of the nearby cellsite greatly muted and dispersed. It’s like being in Baguio City. Except nothing really substitutes for Baguio. Continue reading The Manor at Camp John Hay, Baguio City