Welcome to the summer capital of the Philippines! Often dubbed as the Pines City due to the ubiquitous pine trees, Baguio City is located atop the mountains
of Benguet Province in southern Cordillera. It is accessible by land or by air.
Three main access roads lead to the city: Marcos Highway and Naguilian Road from La Union and
Halsema Highway from Mountain Province. Kennon Road, the zigzag road from
Pangasinan, was destroyed by the great earthquake of 1991 and is now passable only albeit risky
to small cars. The fourth access road which is being paved to become an all-weather road is from Kayapa,
Nueva Vizcaya. Baguio City is informally the center of an emerging metropolitan area called BLIST which stands
for Baguio and the neighboring towns of Benguet namely: La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan and Tuba.
Baguio City Hall
Situated 1,500 meters above sea level, it has a cool and refreshing climate all year round. It has become a
favorite destination especially during summer earning it the title Summer Capital of the country. Even the president of the
republic and other high government officials don't fail to have a summer visit to this city. In fact, the president has an official
residence and some national government agencies have established offices in the city. It is definitely the best place for cool weather, awesome food, and fantastic nature view.
The name Baguio is reportedly derived from the Ibaloi term bagiw, a moss that grew abundantly in the area. It was founded
by American colonial officials in the early 1900s. The city was originally designed by architect Daniel Burnham using Washington, D.C.
as a model.
The undisputed educational center of the north, the city has 7 universities and 12 other colleges. See list of schools.
The city celebrates Panagbenga Festival during the month of February to showcase Baguio as a city of flowers. The term Panagbenga means a season of flowering or blooming.
Shopping & Leisure
Manila-based SM malls has a branch atop a hill overlooking Burnham Park. Tiongsan Bazaar along Magsaysay Avenue has a
wide array of merchandize under one roof. Sunshine bakery offers popular cakes and pastries. Along Session Road are specialty stores such as
custom-made shoes, clothes, jewelry, and home decors.
The ukay-ukay, also called wagwagan, is a rummage sale of cheap imported apparels that had its beginning in Baguio.
It has now spread to many parts of the country. It is said that even the rich and famous frequent these shops for some
unique fashion styles. The city market, nearby Maharlika Center, and Baguio Central Mall offers the best from the Cordillera region - temperate
vegetables, strawberries, grapes, jams, peanut butter, peanut brittle, woven fabrics and articles, wood carvings, silverworks,
handicrafts, and more.
The city has more parks than any other city in the country. Pony rides are available at Wright Park. For golf enthusiasts,
there is the Baguio Country Club and Club John Hay.
The Baguio Export Processing Zone in Loakan area offers incentives for business locators. Already, it hosts several exporting
firms notably American multinational Texas Instrument. Standard factory buildings are available for leased. Information Technology
is one area that has a bright spot in this highland city. It offers opportunities for business process outsourcing (BPO) and
software development in particular. Tourism facilities such as hotels and restaurants are recommended businesses.
Places of Interest / Tourist Attractions in Baguio City
- Burnham Park - contains a manmade lake for boating and a biking area. It has benches, pine trees, and flower plants all around.
It is perfect for morning jog, a noontime picnic, or an afternoon stroll.
- Baguio Cathedral - one of the most photographed church in the country
- Camp John Hay - soon to be developed as a world-class resort
- Mansion House - the president's summer residence
- Mines View Park - a view point for nearby mining areas
- Tam-awan Village - a showcase of Ifugao native houses and culture
- Lourdes Grotto - sits atop a hill and can be reached only through a hundred and more concrete steps
- Session Road - the city's most beautiful and is closed to vehicles during special occasions.
Panoramic View of Baguio Downtown
Another section of Baguio City
Burnham Park Lagoon
Burnham Park extension
Harrison Road fronting Burnham Park
Famous Session Road
Entrance to the Presidential Residence
Panoramic view of Benguet mines from Mines View Park
Another Panagbenga float