Tag Archives: Baguio City

Philippine Travel: Locations Open for Tourism + Requirements during the Community Quarantine

Bored yet? We’ll soon have the first-year anniversary when the Philippines, and pretty much the whole world, stayed due to the quarantine measures implemented by the government. Staying at home has its perks, but doing it for one year definitely has its downside. Perhaps it’s time to spend some serious time under the summer sun in some of our favorite Philippine travel destinations.

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Video: Best Thing to Do during Vacation in COLD Baguio

People love going to Baguio, so much so that Baguio, in our opinion, is overcrowded. Sometimes it’s hard to enjoy the old Baguio — with fantastic views and awesome fresh scent of pine trees — when there’s too much people, traffic is as bad as Metro Manila. Anyway, the number of people in Baguio City does not change one thing — the place is cold even during summer. It’s way colder during the Christmas season. Now, it it’s cold (especially if you’re not used to low temperatures all-day long, what do you do? Here’s our suggestion on what to do in COLD Baguio: Continue reading Video: Best Thing to Do during Vacation in COLD Baguio

Indoor-Outdoor Mirror Image: Philippine Travel Stories

The Universe loves balance. There’s a yin to the yang, and the Force has its dark side. As to the VisitPinas-tagged Instagram photos, we’ve noticed that a number of outdoor photos have a mirror, or similar, image snapped indoor. We might not be able to explain it sufficiently in words, but we hope it becomes clearer as we feature these photos. Continue reading Indoor-Outdoor Mirror Image: Philippine Travel Stories

The Haunted Old Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City: Philippine Travel Stories

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” This is the description of the Old Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City, by MJ (check her Instagram account, @thebabaenggala), who tagged us with this photo. That’s one way of looking at this storied structure. There is, however, other versions of the story. Continue reading The Haunted Old Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City: Philippine Travel Stories

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

BenCab Museum (Baguio City)

On the art and artists, we all have our opinions and stereotypes. And like art itself, these opinions are distilled from our own experience. Our view of the art, and of beauty itself, varies in accordance with the diverse worlds that we come from. A true master will always see art differently from, say, an avid art collector, much more a set of avid wanderers like us who are merely casual lovers of art. Continue reading BenCab Museum (Baguio City)

Must-Visit Philippine Festivals in 2014

We came across a list of top 5 restaurants in the Philippines, compiled by the It’s More Fun in the Philippines website — KaLui (Puerto Princesa, Palawan), Abe, Chocolate de Batirol (Baguio City), La Preciosa (Laoag, Ilocos Norte), Cafe Juanita (Pasig). We’ve visited all these restaurants (and then some) and we can humbly say that other restaurants should be in that list (Lantaw of Cebu, for instance). So why don’t we have our own list? We can start with the Top 5 Festivals that everyone must visit, see and experience this year, 2014. Continue reading Must-Visit Philippine Festivals in 2014

The Barrel Man of Baguio City

The world badly needs superheroes. In the midst of all the problems that we ordinary mortals cannot possibly bear on our shoulders, a superhero that arrives at the right moment is a most welcome sight. Look up the sky (or go to any pasalubong outlet in Baguio City, especially at the Mines View Park) and what do you see? No, it’s not a bird. Not a plane or Superman, even. It’s…uhm….Barrel Man! Continue reading The Barrel Man of 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)