Hey, kids! Do you already have plans for the weekend? Why not convince Mom and Dad to go up Baguio City and enjoy a family getaway in this chilly city? We list five amazing and fun activities you can do with your whole family!
Chill out in Burnham Park
Photo courtesy of Baguio City Facebook Page
This oasis of green in the heart of the City of Pines is a must-visit if you’re in Baguio. Rent a bike (P40 to P75 for a 30-minute ride) and enjoy the pine trees growing in the park. If you get tired, have some strawberry taho and ice cream before trying your skills at rowing in the Burnham Lagoon (P300/6 persons). There’s also a children’s playground inside the park and a bumper car ride (P50/5 minutes).
My Pope Tip: This February, the temperature in Baguio has dipped down to as low as 12° Celsius at night, so better bundle up—especially if you’re going to shop and eat at the famous Night Market just outside Burnham Park. During the day, you can make do with a light jacket as the temperature is around 20-22°.
Climb the steps to the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes
Photo courtesy of Tinravel Facebook Page
Located on Dominican Hill Road, the shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Lourdes requires you to climb 250 steps! Once you reach the top, remember to pray and light a candle (with Mom or Dad’s help, of course!) for your loved ones. Add to the fun by counting each step as you climb—but do so quietly.
Eat (and pick!) strawberries in La Trinidad
Photo courtesy of Melody Bitalo
One of the main attractions of Baguio is their strawberries. And while you can buy some at the local market, why don’t you try picking some yourself? The Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad, Benguet is outside the city, but the 30-minute drive is so worth it. The vast farm will test your skills in spotting ripe ones. Get there early to avoid Baguio traffic and fill your basket with fresh and big strawberries (P350 to P500/basket), which you can take home. Mom and Dad will also enjoy buying fresh vegetables from the farmers who grow produce in the surrounding the area.
Be a bookworm at Mt. Cloud Bookshop
Photo courtesy of Mt. Cloud Bookshop Facebook Page
Tucked in underneath Casa Vallejo Hotel is a quaint local bookshop that sells titles from Filipino authors and stationary supplies for your creative heart (some of their books cannot be found anywhere else!). Its collection is mostly for kids and young adults so there’s lots to enjoy. Another awesome thing is the books are not covered in plastic, allowing you to leaf through them and read a few pages before you buy. The staff can also recommend books, so just ask!
Take beautiful family photos
Photo courtesy of Michael Dexter Mundin
A road trip to this picturesque place won’t be complete if you don’t take pictures with your family! Whip out that camera and strike a pose with mom, dad, ate, and kuya. Some of the spots where you can capture beautiful memories are in Bencab Museum, Camp John Hay, Mines View Park, and the Botanical Gardens. You can also don traditional Ifugao costumes for a more local feel.
My Pope Tip: If you’re going to Baguio during February or March, be sure to catch the famous Panagbenga Festival. The flower festival starts on February 1, and various activities are in store for you to enjoy. The Grand Street Parade and Grand Float Parade, which are the highlights of the festival, will be held on March 2-3, 2019. For more information, visit their website.
Text by Ciara L. Mapa and Yen Cantiga. Photos from Facebook.
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