WELL- KNOWN FESTIVAL
City of Pines or the "Philippines Summer Capital City" designated by the Philippine Commission on June 1, 1903, where everyone escapes from the tropical heat of the north.
Baguio City Philippines
Baguio is 8 degrees cooler on the average than any place in lowlands. When Manila sweats at 35 degrees centigrade or above, Baguio seldom exceeds 26 degrees centigrade at its warmest. Baguio is very wet during the Philippine rainy season, which is from June to October. However from November to May, Baguio becomes a tropical paradise. Christmas season is when Baguio glows with the nippy winter air. In the summer month of March, April, May, Baguio lives up to its title as the Summer Capital of the Philippines when thousands of visitors from the lowlands and Manila take their annual exodus to the city to cool off. Casual clothing is recommended worn with jackets or sweaters in the late afternoons or evenings.
Ilocano is the predominant dialect in the city. The national language, Filipino, is of course spoken by almost everyone. English is widely spoken and understood. It is the medium of instruction in all public and private schools. Most newspapers and magazines are printed in this language and the English-speaking traveller would not encounter any communication problems.
Elevation: 1,540 m (5,050 ft)
Population Total (2010): 318,676
Density: 5,500/km2 (14,000/sq mi)
Baguio City is the centre of education in the entire North Luzon consists of eight major institutions of higher education. Other neighbouring Asian countries choose also to study in the city especially.
PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL (English: Flower Festival) is a February month-Long annual flower festival held in Baguio. The term is of Malayo-Polynesian origin, meaning "season of blooming". The festival, held during the month of February, was created as a tribute to the city's flowers and as a way to rise up from the devastation of the 1990 Luzon earthquake.
If you intend to travel to and around Baguio City in your private vehicle during a weekday, be forewarned! Please bear in mind that like in Metro Manila, there is a number coding rule restricting. The entry of vehicles with specific plate ending numbers on specific days at the Central Business Districts top at the nearest tourism or police outpost to get a number coding exemption pass. Or just commute; use a public utility vehicle. -by cyndymc
SAFETY TIPS FROM TRAVELLERS
Beware of new traffic scheme in Baguio, especially if you are bringing a car. Most of the streets in the city are one-way so be prepared to take detours. It is useful to carry a street map so you can figure out which road to take.This was instituted to address traffic congestion in some areas
3. Sharp Curves Ahead!
Kennon Road is a bit shorter route for small/medium cars but a very tricky road to drive on, apart from its winding and sharp curves, the roads can also be very slippery when wet.There are ravines and cliffs on one side of the road as the road going to the City of Pines carved on the mountainside.
Fusiontourism Note: Marcos Highway and Naguilian Road are the other road link travel to and fro Manila or Baguio especially for buses and larger trucks but always be mindful of rocks, landslides during the wet season as well.
4. Careful of Towtrucks
There are no parking meters in Baguio City, well there are, but they're no longer working. They're just there for display. So if you happen to bring your car along or rented a car, expect to be approached by men wearing this maroon coloured shirts. They're the collectors for the parking fee.While the contract between the local government and the company is still being assailed, it would be prudent not to antagonise their people. Just pay the parking fee and don't forget to demand your receipt.If you don't pay, your car gets towed to places unknown. -by mijyay
During the rainy season or typhoons, landslides usually occur on the highways leading to and from Baguio. To construct the Baguio roads, mountain sides had to be hacked off to make roads and these areas are particularly prone to stones/mudslides when the rain comes. Try to avoid going up/down when it is raining.
There are times when the roads are surrounded by a thick fog, and this usually happens all year round, especially when it rains. Be careful when driving throughout the city, especially when traversing through the streets of Quirino Hill where landslides often occur during heavy rains. It is best to check your fog lights before travelling and drive slowly; there are times when the streets are just beside mountainsides(banging), so you have to watch out especially when foggy.
A group of Baguio Homeowners Associations and Civic Groups have come up with a battle cry-"Baguio- Love It Or Leave It". Mainly addressed to Korean migrants of the city, who reportedly have been notorious in wanton littering and "noise pollution", the motto Love It Or Leave It" was meant to assert the locals' rights to maintain the clean image of the city. So if you are Korean, expect less hospitality from the locals who are usually extra-friendly to foreigners.
8. Beware of Pickpocketers!
One need to be extra cautious on their valuables: wallets, cameras, etc. Never put them in the outside pockets of your backpacks or belt bags. They usually pickpocket when you are busy: walking, choosing souvenirs, etc. Pickpockets are in the public market and Session Road (based on experience) -by arpi
Steer away from indigenous who volunteer to be your models in souvenir pictures. Most Igorots clad in native costumes who volunteer or allow you take their pictures are expecting to be paid in return. Be clear about his/her terms before you take pictures with them. -by cyndymc
10. Plenty of Souvenirs Around
A trip to Baguio will not be complete without buying the standard Filipino souvenirs (strawberries, walis or broom, wooden keychains, fresh vegetables). If you do decide to buy, some peddlers overprice their wares so walk around a bit before jumping in. -by iclee
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