40 Philippine Provinces Project : Baguio City, Benguet
40 Philippine Provinces Project - Originally a concept with my boyfriend, 40 PPP is a goal I will accomplish before I have kids
Many go to Baguio for the cold weather and good food (some exotic even). We hope you’ll find these helpful
To get there, we took the first bus (Victory Liner) ride from Cubao and arrived at Baguio by lunch time. A lot of guys will invite you to lodge in their transient houses. Lodging will be no problem at Baguio City. Those transient houses near the city are more expensive though. If you have booked yours already, it is okay to politely turn them down and they'll be polite enough to leave you alone. If they sense you're a little lost be careful though. Some transient houses they offer are painfully far from the city that the cost you save will be nullified by the fare around the city
In our first trip, we wanted to minimize the hassle so we booked the hotel when we were in Manila. We stayed at Bloomfield Hotel which was cozy and very near a mall (SM Baguio). Their breakfast is for free and is delicious - there's a selection for continental, filipino and american breakfast. The serving is quite enough. The rooms are roomy with cable TV and most importantly has hot shower. If I remember it right, we spent around 5,000 for 3 days and 2 nights.
Baguio offers the freshest (and sometimes even biggest) vegetables in the Philippines so do not miss getting your salad fix.
We recommend Oh My Gulay – which is a restaurant cum cafe/art gallery. It is high up a staircase but the food and view is worth it. Maybe you could also chance upon Kidlat Tahimik, one of the more famous artists of the Philippines (and also the owner) for a quick chitchat. Since the place is under manned, expect your food to take longer than usual. So, don’t come here if your are fungry (fu-cking hu-ngry)
For your fungry moments, eat at 50s diner where their servings are humongous. The ambiance is excellent too and compared to the other “American diners” here in Metro Manila, 50s diner offers the same delicious food at half the price. It was said that the waiters used to wear roller skates before but since the place cramped up due to patrons, they've ditched them.
Strawberries here are big and juicy so pick tons of them to your hearts content at Benguet, which is a ride away from the town proper. Near strawberry fields are taho (hot soy dessert) vendors with a special sweetener to their taho…and you guessed it right. Strawberry!
For your pasalubong, visit the Good Shepherd’s Convent for the best Ube Jam and peanut brittle. A reminder though, the jars are quite heavy and quite a chore if you don’t have a car with you. For chocolate crinkles, the label Mika-San is just fine. Aside from those, fresh vegetables and brooms are very cheap. Just ship them right away as the vegetables might rot.
Places to Go
With the cool breeze, almost every park can turn into a tourist spot. And while trekking, put comfy on shoes as the roads around Baguio are quite steep. If you like walks, do not bother taking a jeep or a cab if you’re going around the walkable city.
I have attached photos of Mines View Park. Many go here just for the view but there is such a small viewing deck that it can sometimes be too cramped up. Do not go here around noon, it is when most tourists arrive. Take time surveying the place for pasalubongs (non food). The farther you are from the viewing deck, the cheaper the items are.