Experiencing Panagbenga 2012


I was disappointed when I first went to Baguio. Considering it was the Summer Capital of my country, I never pictured it as so urbanized. But then, in every place, there is a mystery, a hidden garden waiting for us to be sought.

Anyways, my husband and I decided to go there during the Panagbenga Festival also known as the Philippine Flower Festival. We went on a weekday so no huge event or celebration and less people, we assumed.

We arrived at 5am in the morning and we were booked at around 2pm at our hotel. So, we’re lost. LOL!

We got coffee in the nearest convenience store and walked towards the popular Burnham Park.

Burnham Park at 5am

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Then, hoping to find a decent restaurant for breakfast, we walked and saw our first flower float.

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Then, we passed thru our sister alma-mater campus. UP Baguio.

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Towards SM Baguio, where we plan to have breakfast, we saw our second flower float.

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Hungry, we grab something to eat at the street stalls and stores along Session Road.

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Funny, cause we’re in Baguio but we had Iloilo’s famous La Paz Batchoy.

After breakfast we headed towards some famous tourist spots.

First stop: Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral

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Second Stop: Camp John Hay

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Third Stop: Mines View Park

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Fourth Stop: Good Sheperd Convent

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Fifth Stop: Tam-Awan Village

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After a tiring shopping and eco-trail, we had a bountiful lunch, at the famous Cafe by the Ruins.

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We were full and tired, so we headed to our hotel.

After a plentiful rest, we decided to see what kind of night life Baguio has.

Sixth stop: Nightlife in Baguio

Since our hotel was near Burnham Park, we couldn’t resist to experience the boat ride.

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We walked pass the stalls and ukay-ukay (second-hand stalls/tiangge). Like Manila, there are so many people, the only difference is the temperature.

We had dinner at one of the stalls, Inihaw Republic. The grilled longganisa and liempo were great!

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Then, we called it a night!

The next morning, before we go back to the polluted city (lol), we tried to make the rest of the stay worthwhile.

Seventh Stop: Botanical Garden

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Eighth and LastΒ Stop: Wright Park and The Mansion

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So, that’s our Baguio adventure. I’ll try to share my stories for each stops.

Even though, it was a short stay, I’ll definitely go back to Baguio. I just hope it be better the next time around.

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