I am a proud graduate of Saint Louis University, one of the most prestigious universities in Baguio City. What made me decide to stay and study in Baguio? Of course the weather! Located amidst the mountainous region of Cordillera, 250 km north of Manila and 1,500 meters above the sea, Baguio City is one of the few places in the Philippines blessed with a cool climate. Not surprisingly, Baguio has become the "summer capital" of the country, aside from that, it is also known as the "City of Pines".
Aside from the cool weather, Baguio also offers scenic and historical attractions which make it an important and interesting destination. We visited the city again last week after our trip to Manaoag, so let me share the video I made to summarize our trip.
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How to get there:
Since all air links to Baguio has been terminated, the only way you can get to the summer capital is via land using a car or a bus. From Manila you can try taking a bus from stations in Cubao or Pasay like Victory Liner, journey time is around 6 hours depending on stops. If you are taking a car you can get there faster, via NLEX (North Luzon Expressway) and/or the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) then continue on to TPLEX (Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway). At the moment, TPLEX is still under construction but you can use the expressway until Urdaneta exit then take the national road to either Kennon Road which was built by the Americans when the Philippines was their colony or the Marcos Highway.