Welcome to Lakbay Baguio
If you are one of our regular visitors, you are in the right place. I just restructured the website in such a way that every post will be within its category and the home page will share more about what Baguio is today. So if you are looking for the Panagbenga Schedule and activities please do click on the Panagbenga button at the website menu.
Now you might be asking what is Lakbay Baguio, this site was developed in order to share to everyone through online means what’s new in the City of Baguio. Because we believe in the dynamism of the landscape of the City, everyday there are changes happening in the city’s landscape and documenting these changes. We know however that Baguio City is just one gem destination in the world, so whenever we get the chance we also document our travels outside of Baguio with the same goal, to share whats new or what you should try in a particular place. We do not however aim to travel the world, but we do want to share our travel experience so that if the time comes and you get the chance to travel to that particular place then Lakbay Baguio can help you in giving you the information that you need. Oh well, that is Lakbay Baguio at present, I say this because I know that change is inevitable.
For now the following are the facts gathered about my hometown, the place where I was born, lived and came to love, Baguio City.
Baguio City Geography
Baguio City is nestled on top of the Highlands of the Cordillera Mountains, it is located in the province of Benguet and it is about two hundred fifty kilometres north of Metro Manila. The City limit is around forty nine kilometres and it is within a thirty kilometres perimeter. The City of Pines as what it is popularly called is bounded by the different provinces of Benguet, to the eastern part is Itogon, in the western and southern part is Tuba and the Northern part is the capital of Benguet, La Trinidad. The City is also located in between Pangasinan and the Ilocos Region. So after visiting Baguio City, you can also choose to visit either the famous hundred islands of Pangasinan or walk and experience the Spanish era along Calle Crisologo in Vigan or even swim the calm waters of Ilocos Norte.
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Baguio City Weather
With Regards to the City Weather Baguio is known for its cool climate, it is known that the City Temperature is eight degrees lower than any province in the lower part of the country. Baguio temperature is known not to exceed in around twenty six degrees Celsius. From the month of June to the month of October Baguio city and is in its wet season, during this time monsoon rains and typhoons are frequent occurrences however it is because of the fact that Baguio city is within the Sierra Madre Mountain ranges that typhoons traversing this area usually become weaker. From November to May the city of Pines becomes a cool paradise due to its continued cool weather despite the onset of the dry season in the Philippines.
Baguio City Demographics
Baguio City’s predominant language or dialect is Ilocano, although the national language, Filipino is widely understood by residents and English is also considered as the second language for the locals. This may have been one of the reasons why many BPO businesses are thriving in the City.
Baguio City Education
In terms of Education the City of Baguio is known to be the Education Center of the North being home to the most popular universities, Saint Louis University, University of the Cordilleras, University of the Philippines and the University of Baguio, aside from these Universities the city is also home to several technical-vocational institutions and there is also a thriving community of review centers. Recent national board exam results have shown that graduates from the Baguio Universities like Saint Louis University are at par with Universities from Manila. Most of the educational institutions in Baguio City also have been recognized internationally and have international affiliations. Many students prefer studying in Baguio City not only because of the excellent educational institutions in the City of Pines but also because the Baguio atmosphere is relaxed and conducive for learning.
Baguio City Business
The City of Baguio is known to be home to premier tourist attractions in the Philippines and being the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio City is truly a tourist destination. This brought about the rise of different Baguio-born businesses from restaurants to hotels which serves true Baguio Taste and Hospitality. In addition to tourism, BPO’s is also one of the major business in the City of Pines, again what may have attracted these international companies to set-up their business here is because of the fact that most of the residents are well-versed with the use of the English language.
Tourists and Residents alike are looking forward to the month of February, because this is the month of blooming. February is the month when Baguio City Celebrates the Panagbenga Festival. This annual celebration was conceptualized by Atty. Damaso Bangaoet and was deemed celebrate the rise of the residents and the city in general from the devastation brought about by the 1990 Killer quake. Panagbenga is a Kankanaey term which means “season of blooming”. The month of February is also the time when flowers from the neighboring province, Benguet, abound. From a one week festival the Panagbenga or also known as the Baguio Flower festival is now a month-long celebration with most of the highlights happening during the weekends of February. The main events during the festival happens towards the end of February with the Grand Street Dancing Parade, the Grand Float Parade and the Session Road in Bloom. What happens during these events? You can visit Baguio City to know and experience it or you can visit our Panagbenga Festival posts.
Baguio City Destination
There are a lot of places to visit in the City of Pines, you have the usual tourist spots like the lions head, Burnham Park, Camp John Hay Historical Core, Philippine Military Academy, Diplomat, BenCab Museum, Tam-awan Village, the Baguio Museum, Botanical Garden, Lourdes Grotto among others. To really soak up and experience true Baguio apart from going to these different tourist destinations it is also a good idea to experience the food in Baguio, the traditional pinikpikan comes to mind. Now should you ride to your way to all these destinations? Yes and no, if you are planning to go around the central business district and adjacent tourist destination it would be best to walk around however, if you are to go to destinations like PMA, Camp John Hay, BenCab and Tam-awan Village then it would be best to ride a jeepney or a cab. For more information about what’s new in the different destinations in Baguio City visit our Baguio destinations page.