Baguio: A home to students of different races

“Baguio has changed,” so they say. For someone who spends only a few months to at most a year in the city, there are probably no other observations apart from the usual, “There’s a new bar in Legarda Street” or “The restaurant I frequently go to in Session Road already closed”. It is true that the city has changed in a lot of ways. Nowadays, the streets are more crowded with cars and public transport, you see more people going up and down Session Road, and it becomes harder to choose which shop or restaurant to go to. Since Baguio is a tourist destination, this should be a natural occurrence.

Most of the time though, you see more young people around – those who almost jauntily skip in the sidewalks with their backpacks, books in hand, talking about how their professor during Anthropology class was not in a very good mood; and those who seriously pore over books and readings at coffee shops or at McDonald’s. Moreover, you also see groups of Koreans, Japanese, Africans, and Arabs in university uniforms – those who go crazy over Jollibee’s Chicken Joy and those who naturally say “Para!” to halt the jeepney to a stop. Indeed, as the years passed, Baguio has not only become a tourist destination but has also become a home to a massive number of “transient residents”, also known as students.