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Baguio City: A Cool Destination.....

Year 2003 of September, our baby son is only a 3-months old when we decided to go in Baguio City, the country's summer capital. It is only a two days vacation in Baguio. We rent a house that very near in Burnham Park.

Baguio City is situated 1,500 meters above sea level and is one of the few places in the Philippines with a cool climate. It's always eight degrees cooler in Baguio than in the lowlands. That's why my husband didn't sweat for the first time while he is here in the Philippines.

Baguio was developed during the early 1900's by American colonial officials who sought for a cool mountain retreat away from the heat of Manila. We visit Burnham Park, it is at the center of the City! It has pine trees, flower gardens and a manmade lagoon. Good for sweet lovers! Then we saw the Mansion House, it is the summer residence of the President of the Philippines, with it's gates patterned after those of Buckingham Palace. And Camp John Hay is a former US Military facility that's now an upmarket vacation resort.

We go also in Baguio Botanical Park! It has souvenir stalls and upland replica houses. An entire set of houses were also transplanted from Banaue to Tam-Awan Village, where we took a lot of pictures on this place. We visit also the strawberry plantation then we bought some strawberry jam, peanut brittle, etc......, for our souvenir and "pasalubong" for some of my family.

And last but not the least, of course our trip will not be complete if we didn't go in Mine's View Park! We go there just to view and take a photo the beautiful Benguet mountains. Baguio City has something for everybody: whether for new adventures, relaxation or just to cool down, this is the place to visit!

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