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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

BAGUIO CITY ITINERARY: Day Tour (UPDATED MARCH 2019!) | Travel Bubbs


Baguio City is known as the SUMMER CAPITAL of the Philippines. It is also made its mark as a premiere tourist destination with its cool climate, foggy hills, panoramic views and lovely flowers.

So here, I will share to you our 1st ever DIY Travel and 1st BLOG. (Well, thanks to Von and Google)

ITINERARY:
Day 0 - March 31, 2017 (Friday Night): Departure to Baguio
8:00pm - ETD going to Baguio

How to go there from Metro Manila?
There's a lot of Bus Terminals bound to Baguio such as:


But we choose Victory Liner in Cubao Terminal. Its a 5 to 6 hours travel time. If you're coming from their Cubao Terminal, the fare is Php 445.00 plus Php 5.00 Malayan Insurance (Travel Insurance) for 2x2 Air condioned Bus and Php 750.00 for 2x1 First Class.


Victory Liner Fare Matrix
Click here for the schedule: Victory Liner Bound to Baguio from Manila

By the way, there's a 2 bus stops for a 15 mins CR break or if you're hungry along the way. First, is in Victory Liner Tarlac. There's a convenience store, mini stalls and Mcdonald's. Second, I don't know where exactly is, but it is before to goes up going to Baguio. There's also a mini stalls there.

Day 1 (Saturday Morning): Arrival and Tour in Baguio
2:00am - ETA in Baguio
3:00am - Check-in at Old Orangewood Bed & Breakfast






We only stayed here for a few hours just to rest. Since we traveled to Baguio right after our working hours.

This is located at 20 Gomez St. Lower P. Burgos, Baguio City 2600 near Santo Niño De Jesus Medical Center.

How to go to Old Orangewood?
- It's a few minutes walk from Victory Liner Terminal but we decided to ride a Taxi. Just tell the driver to drop you off in Old Orangewood at Gomez St. near Santo Niño De Jesus Medical Center. Our fare that time is around 40 to 50 pesos. (Not bad)

2 Single Bed Room - Php 1,600/night

Reception


Fire Place


Dinning/Pantry

6:00am - Wake Up & Breakfast
8:00am - Start Tour

BenCab Museum


In front of BenCab Museum


This is our first destination since it's far away from the city. Estimated 30 mins travel time by private car, taxi (ranging Php 100.00 to 120.00 fare from where we stayed) or Public Jeepney bound to Asin Road. This is located at Km 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Baguio City.

General Admission Fee: Php 120.00/head then for Students and Senior Citizens with Valid ID is Php 100.00/head.


Entrance Ticket


This is one of the most tourist destination in Baguio City. Where you can see the paintings of our National Artists especially Benedicto "BenCab" Cabrera's paintings.










Tips and Reminders:
  • The museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Last entry is at 5:30 PM. It is closed on Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
  • Guided tours of the museum and gardens can be arranged at the reception. It is recommended that you have a guide with you so he/she can explain the art pieces as you go along with the tour.
  • Food and drinks are not permitted in the museum’s galleries. If you get hungry after the tour, you can visit Café Sabel which serves good food and coffee at the 4th level of the museum.
  • Photography is permitted for personal use only. Flash photography and tripods are not allowed. Video recording is permitted only in the lobby area. No photographs or videos may be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission from the museum.
  • Souvenir items, books, paper products, wood carvings, and textiles are for sale at the Museum Shop located at the 1st level. 


Von & Angela,
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Lourdes Grotto




After roaming around and take some photos in BenCab Museum, our next destination is in Lourdes Grotto. We ride a Taxi from BenCab going to Lourdes Grotto. Just tell the driver to drop you there. (This is along the way back to the center of Baguio City)

252 steps to Lourdes Grotto

The Lourdes Grotto is another Catholic shrine and place of meditation in Baguio. It is located on a high hill in the western part of the city where you will find the image of the Lady of Lourdes.

The grotto is a favorite pilgrimage site during Holy Week most especially during Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Access to the top of the grotto could be made by climbing the 252 steps or by driving a light vehicle through a winding, narrow and steep asphalt-paved road. Devotees who go up to the grotto to pray usually light up a candle at an altar below the image. There are also vendors at the shrine who are willing to light up a candle for you and say a prayer for whatever personal intentions you might have. (Source: http://www.cityofpines.com/lourdesgrotto.html)




Bruno's


After a tiring climb to Lourdes Grotto, we decided to take our lunch. We eat in Bruno's which is located at MMC Centerpoint, #231 Purok 4, Lower East, Kennon Road, Camp 7, Baguio City. We book a GrabTaxi going to Bruno's.



Bruno's Menu
Pancit Cabagan - Php 60.00 | Php 80.00 | Php 200.00
Sinigang na Salmon - Php 150.00/Half  and Php 250.00/Whole
Beef Brocolli - Php 120.00/order



We ordered Beef Brocolli, Sinigang na Salmon then Pancit Cabagan (Must Try! Superb!). For less than Php 500.00, super duper busog! I suggested to add this to your itineraries when you visit in Baguio and try their Pancit Cabagan. But the disadvantage of going back to the city if you don't have a private car, its so hard to get a ride going back. We're just lucky that there's someone who drop there.

Check out their facebook page for the Updated Price List.

Baguio Botanical Garden


Credits to owner. Photo not mine

After lunch, we continued our tour. We visited Botanical Garden which is located at 37 Leonard Wood Road, Baguio 2602. There's no entrance fee. You can just roam around there for FREE! You can also buy souvenirs like key chains, ref magnets and many more for a cheaper price! You can also take a pictures wearing their Igorot Costume and picture-taking with the natives that would cost Php 20.00/photo/pax. They're open daily in daylight hours.





Actually there's nothing much happens in the Garden. But they said, Botanical Garden is the Last Frontier of Baguio City. You can only see the beautiful garden, a mini Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco CA, Torii of Japan and many more. We take our time there while enjoying the beauty of Garden. I remember we stayed there for almost 2 hrs in the afternoon.

Reminders:
  • It is not wheelchair-friendly because of the stone paths and steps one must pass to get around; wear comfortable walking shoes
  • It has public restrooms available
  • It is pet-friendly
  • It requires that you supervise the movement of little children closely as there are pools of water they may jump into if left unsupervised
  • It provides a nice setting for romance for couples
  • It does not allow the picking of flowers
Torii of Japan in Botanical Garden

Mines View Park


Credits to owner. Photo not mine.


After enjoying the beauty of Botanical Garden, we also visited the Mines View Park that is located at Europa Mines View Condominium Building 2, Gibraltar Road, Baguio. The entrance fee also here is also FREE! There's so many pasalubong centers where you can buy a goodies and other souvenirs like key chains, t-shirts, etc for your love ones. You can buy those item for a cheaper price.

Actually, when we visit there, We're bit disappointed since the view park is crowded of people. urgh. We didn't appreciate that time the beauty of the view. I already expect it since we arrived there almost late in the afternoon. I'm just disappointed to those people who don't give chance to others to take their picture from the view.


I just enjoyed when I experience to ride in a Horse. (Happy Kiddo here!)


Hello photo bombers -_-
One of the charming denizens of Mines View Park is a popular and friendly Saint Bernard named "Doglas" who is also there for picture-taking with tourists for about Php 20.00. But we decided not to have a picture taking with the Saint Bernard Dogs.


Burnham Park




This is our 2nd to the last destination of our tour. We ride a Taxi going here from Mines View Park. Getting a ride (taxi) is so hard. Since there's a traffic and full of private cars. Actually there's an another option to go to Burnham park, ride a Public Jeepney. But for our convenience, we need to ride a Taxi.

Burnham Park is located at Jose Abad Santos Drive, Baguio. It has 12 cluster areas:
  1. the man-made lake with rowboats for hire that folks refer to as the Burnham Lagoon, 
  2. the Children's Playground, 
  3. the Skating Rink, 
  4. the Rose Garden, 
  5. the Orchidarium, 
  6. Igorot Garden, 
  7. Melvin Jones Grandstand, 
  8. the Athletic Bowl, 
  9. a Picnic Grove, 
  10. the Japanese Peace Tower, 
  11. Pine Trees of the World, and 
  12. Sunshine Park.
But we only stay on the side of the lake eating some snacks that we brought in the Park while watching other people who are riding in boat or pedal boat.


Credits to owner. Photo not mine.


Our very last destination before we end our tour, we visit the Cathedral. We didn't have a chance to attend a mass there but at least we visited it before we go home.

This is located at Mount Mary, Cathedral Loop, Baguio. We just walked going there from Burnham Park. (Just ask some locals how to go there or use waze/google maps)

They able to accommodate 850 persons for a single Mass, although I am pretty sure that includes those inside on both floors, and those outside where loudspeakers have been set up in order to accommodate a standing room only crowd, especially on Sundays.


Parking is free during Mass hours, and for the first hour for visitors and tourists on ordinary days. However, since most Baguio residents, office workers and visitors to Session Road leave their cars in the Cathedral parking lot for hours at a time, all week-long, they have decided in recent years to charge a nominal parking fee on the 2nd hour onwards, which I think is only fair.

(Source: http://www.gobaguio.com/baguio-cathedral.html#.XHtaMcAzbIU)


Schedule of Masses
7:00pm - End of Tour
9:00pm - ETD to Manila
2:00am - ETA Manila

Here are some must visit places that we didn't have a chance to visit in Baguio, but surely we'll visit it!
  • Wright Park
  • Strawberry Farm
  • The Mansion House
  • Tam-Awan Village
  • Bell Church
  • Diplomat Hotel
  • Good Sheperd
  • Camp John Hay
  • Valley of Colors
Breakdown Expenses
(Some of Taxi Transportation are Estimated)



We hope that this blog help you to your travel/adventure in Baguio City

Enjoy Travelling! ❤

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