Your home away from home
If you’ve never heard about the city of Baguio, it means you are missing a lot of unforgettable experiences. From sceneries to culture, from food to people, the city is something you should put on your bucket list. Your life will be incomplete if you don’t.
Let us give you a general picture:
Unlike Manila and the rest of cities in the country, Baguio is cold all-year round.
The largest island of the Philippines is Luzon and there can be found the Cordillera. These are mountain ranges that hold a majestic beauty that you can find in your own country. So if the rest of the Philippines are as hot as fire, the northern mountains are surprisingly cold.
The most famous place of Cordillera is Baguio city, and it is called by all as the Summer Capital of the Philippines.
The climate of Baguio has a varying coldness that can be similar to Sabah (Malaysia), Hanoi (Vietnam), and the autumn season of Korea. Fogs crawl on the road in the morning or evening, and a hot soup or hot cup of coffee is a nice company. There are even times that it rains hales or little beads of ice! It is a perfect escape from the tropical heat of lowlands that the city is loved by locals as well as retired foreigners.
The scenic views of Baguio are all about its pine trees and nature.
The cold climate of Benguet province allowed the pine trees to grow. As a matter of fact, Benguet has its own class of conifers (another term for pines) called Pines Insularis similar to what you can find in Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, and other neighboring Asian countries.
Baguio had the largest number of these trees, thus, it was called the city of pines. The mountains are covered with these pines, making jaw-dropping sceneries everywhere you look at. It is very rare in the Philippines to see a city that has more trees than buildings.
Aside from these pines, the city gives so much importance to the environment that the government designated nature reserves. Some of these are for public viewing and others are not. Nonetheless, you are assured that Baguio is green.
The city is also colorful because of the variety of flowers that grow here. In fact, every month of February wherein the weather reaches its lowest point, Baguio celebrates Panagbenga – a festival of blooming flowers. All the municipals of Benguet gather in one parade of floats made of hundreds of flowers. That’s pretty amazing!
Nature + cold weather = sense of calmness
Now that you don’t have to wipe the sweat off your face and your eyes feast on beautiful views, there is surely a sense of calmness inside you. Also, the people are relaxed and not irritated with the heat that affects their attitude towards others. It’s like everyone is transformed into gentle and smiling individual.
Baguio is always a vacation spot for families, group of friends, and lovers to unwind and get a life out of their routines. Relaxation is something the city does not fail to give. January, February, March, and all the way to December – it is a favorite among the tourists. Others just go there for several hours!
That’s the magic of Baguio – even a minute of being there is already worthwhile.
Baguio welcomes everyone.
Filipinos are known to be the most hospitable people all over the world, and the fact does not exclude the people in Baguio. Aside from the six tribes of the highlands, anyone who intends to visit and live in the city is welcomed. They embrace the diversity.
After all, history says that Baguio city has been the recreational facility of the Americans and home to foreign people like Japanese and Chinese. The city today is as beautifully diverse as London, New York, and Toronto.
As a result, the diversity gives birth to international cuisines
Like Bana’s Coffee from Sagada that won an international award in Paris, Baguio also serves a wide selection of food is truly world-class.
From the indigenous dish like pinikpikan to strawberry-flavored taho, you can try the taste of being a Filipino. However, there is an array of restaurants that serve Italian, Greek, English, and other western food to choose from (pizza, pasta, salad, pastry). American food like burgers and fries are also dominant. Of course, oriental food will never be out of the menu. Get your chopsticks as you relish the noodles from Korea, Japan, China, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Baguio is a giant, eclectic food hub.
And International Schools are also born.
Baguio is considered as the Educational Center of the North, which is another reason why students flock the city, producing many talents and intellectual individuals. Some of them become teachers to the booming industry of ESL schools.
The good thing about international academies in Baguio is that they also serve as dormitories that you no longer worry about commuting and braving the traffic.
You feel comfortable with the sense of security.
As your school is your dorm, security is not something to overlook. You may have heard news about the Philippines on violence and war, but we want you to take note that Baguio remains safe from those misconceptions.
First, Baguio is in the northern part of the Philippines, which is the opposite of the southern islands of Mindanao where the war took place and ended. The estimate distance between Baguio and Marawi is 1,741.2 km that can be traveled in 37 hours via a combination of land vehicles and ferry.
Second, it is a city smaller than Manila. Thus, police operations and community support are intensified throughout the city. Baguio has consistently low crime rate and the cases decline every year. It is typically comfortable to walk on the road even at night!
It is a city that doesn’t make you broke.
Most of us think that city makes us waste too much money. Think of Cebu and Manila, the two of the biggest cities in the country is so highly urbanized that the expenses poke a hole in your pocket.
First, let us go back to Baguio’s asset: cold weather. If you are in Manila, you need to pay more for a very comfortable sleep. In Baguio, no afternoon is too hot for you to stay in your air-conditioned room. As a matter of fact, no one needs an air conditioning unit.
Next, most of the tourist spots and restaurants are so close to each other that you can visit them all just by walking. Taking also the public jeepneys or taxis are relatively cheaper than in Manila or Cebu.
Then, if you love to be healthy, Baguio is the center of business. The neighboring municipalities are into farming and agriculture, and so vegetables are also affordable and accessible.
Have fun and study with balance.
Baguio City is popular in the industry of tourism. Most of the buildings are for lodging and eat, and the rest of the city is for tourist spots, which are all natural and green. There are no grand casinos or magnificent malls to stop by that it is conducive for learning.
It assured that you will get the learning you pay for with its simple environment, but you will still enjoy your stay with all the adventure you can get within and beyond the city of Baguio. Any time of the day, the outdoors will be your playground. Throughout the day, you can have fun.
What is the bottom line?
We told you every good thing about living in Baguio. The weather, the cuisines, the people, and the way of life in the city make up a good recipe for comfort. These are what you need to enjoy life abroad. Now, we have to tell you again that you have all the time to make beautiful memories in the city of Baguio. In fact, it is your home away from home.
Our alumni have given their testimonies about the beauty and life in Baguio. Yours is the only one missing.