Baguio is today the highest elevated city in the entire Philippines. Located on the island of Luzon in the Cordillera Mountain Range Baguio rests just over 5,000 feet above sea level. Originally the small town that sat on this spot was known as Kafagway Village. This name is taken from the Ibaloi word ‘bagiw’ which means ‘moss’. Ibaloi is the indigenous language of the entire region in and around Baguio City.
An American named Daniel Burnham set out to make Baguio a place to be remembered. Starting with city hall as a focal point, Burnham created beautiful parks and modern urbanized settings throughout the uneven terrain. Incorporated as a city in 1909, the city celebrated its 100th year centennial on September 1st, 2009. Today Baguio City is officially designated as “The Summer Capital of the Philippines”.
City Hall and the stunning Burnham Park, named after Daniel Burnham, are just one focal point to see in and around this great city. Those that travel into Baguio via Kennon Road are bound to pass the historic Lion figure that rests by the roadside. Today this popular stop-over makes for a picture perfect vacation photo for everyone.
The Spanish Colonial Revival style Presidential Manson sits just outside the city of Baguio. Directly across from the mansion lies the stunning Wright Park, a beautifully set and well maintained nature park. Just a short distance down the road you also find the famous Mines View Park. The park is situated on steep overview cliffs that give way to panoramic views of the mining regions of the Cordillera Mountains. The park not only has stunning views but also some exciting hand-made crafts produced by the local artisans with shops, booths and great photo opportunities abound.
Baguio City has many places to stay, eat and visit. Be sure to visit Camp John Hay, an ex-military compound converted to a luxurious resort. If the city is more your style, be sure to find the way to Nevada Square, the entertainment hub of the city. Enjoying Baguio is simply just staying there, from cool crisp nights; to the beauty of eating strawberries in season, this place is just about as good as it gets for the foreigner community of the Philippines.