THE CITY OF PINES AND COOL BREEZE
Baguio is well known for its cool climate, this is why it was dubbed the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” because visitors from the lowlands would seek refuge from the brutal heat of the sun during summertime. The chilly climate brought upon by the elevation of the city is accompanied by a thick blanket of fog that mystifies the city every so often that a gander at a lit city is such a delightful spectacle. There is a benefit in staying in Baguio because the weather affects our mood in many ways, not only that but our cognitive abilities as well;
It is a fact that students perform better in a comfortable environment and are better in a less stressful domain. This is obvious because most would choose comfort over compromise, no one wants to study in a hot and noisy environment. A study was done to prove this idea and it showed that air temperature impacts the memory ability of students. Baguio City’s climate is cold all year round making the learning environment ideal.
The city does not only offer cold climate but also a green environment filled with verdant plants & towering pine trees. Spending time under a natural environment does not only appeal to the sense but also reduces stress, improves moods, and enhances thinking and reasoning abilities. Interaction with nature radically affects the performance of the students, improving memory, motor tasks, and focus.
In Baguio City, panoramic views of mountains and scenic routes give you a chance to reflect and view life from another perspective. This is the city where most people recharge and find themselves when they feel lost or burned out. Here, learning is not only an experience but is also a journey.
Quality Education for Half of the Price (or Cheaper)
One of the main reasons tourists choose to learn English in the Philippines rather than in countries who are native speakers of English is because of two things; proximity and affordability. The distance alone from their hometown to the US, Canda, UK, and many more, is far and costly, and the cost doesn’t stop there, books in one term costs hundreds of dollars accumulated to almost a thousand and tuition can go as high as 19000 dollars. In the Philippines a term can cost as low as 2000 dollars, books don’t cost more than 50 dollars and the flight to the Philippines won’t even reach a day.
Studying in Manila or Cebu which are central business districts, have higher prices and congested areas. Baguio City cuts your cost to thirds because the city offers cheaper products and transportation expenses for the same quality of education in their institutions. Get to study away from the noise of the city and the frustrating traffic to a more peaceful and natural environment that offers the same quality of education as that of Manila.
Baguio ranked sixth among the Safest Cities in Southeast Asia (SEA) in 2018 with a record of 58.38 in their safety index. This means that crime rates in the city are relatively low compared to other cities across Southeast Asia. This is a great honor to receive as well as a great responsibility to upkeep.
Despite news of theft, criminality, and chaos in some parts of the country, Baguio remains secure from any danger. The city is islands away from wars happening in the southern part of the country and is miles away from theft and disputes found in the capital of the Philippines. Baguio prides itself on honest taxi drivers and helpful locals who are willing to lend a hand when you’re in need of assistance. In the city of Pines, you can see patrol cars roaming the city at night, implementing a curfew for minors and scouting the streets for any trouble. Curfew for bars is also strictly observed to preserve the peace in the city.
Students can rest easy knowing that studying far away from home won’t be dangerous and inconvenient because of the strict implementation of laws. With safety not being a problem, students can focus more on their studies and can comfortably stay in a peaceful and helpful environment.
DIF CULTURES/ ADAPTABLE LOCAL
Unlike other countries, Filipinos are very flexible in communicating with other nationalities, English is the second language of most of the locals, therefore, misunderstandings would be lessened between tourists and locals. The country is known for its hospitable people so expect very cheerful and helpful Filipinos guiding you and assisting you during your visit. In the Philippines, you can feel right at home with the welcoming spirit of the Filipino people.
The same goes for individuals of Baguio City. There’s just something about the hospitality of Baguio that makes people come back because most of those that visit find themselves returning in Baguio’s embrace no matter where they come from. The community of the city are very friendly and approachable, you can even say trustworthy as the crime rate in Baguio is very low. The city is considered as the 2nd home of a lot of transient residences because people treat you like one of their own when you get to know them, here you are not an alien of the city but are considered part of the family in the community.
Assortment Of Gastronomic Delights
Baguio is more than just strawberries and sunflowers, it is the center of trade and business around the cordilleras and other neighboring provinces. Produce and other products enter the city and generate a cornucopia of dishes and refreshments for locals and tourists to enjoy. If you are fond of eating in the cold weather, then Baguio is the place for you.
You’ll have a hard time choosing the best place to eat because every corner of the city is lined with restaurants of different cuisines. These establishments have sprouted since the growth of Baguio’s tourism, offering a taste of western and Asian dishes, the food scene of Baguio has expanded immensely that it’s hard to keep track of dishes to eat on your next payday.
An assortment of cuisines can be found all over the city along with dishes according to your dietary preferences; vegan, dairy-free, halal safe you name it, Baguio probably has it. We can thank the Modernization of civilization for the accessibility of resources. Whether you’re looking for homestyle or fancy dining, you can always find a taste of home in the humble dining establishments of Baguio.