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Adventure Diary: Baguio, Benguet

10 hours and a few stopovers later, we arrived in Baguio, the summer capital of the country, to experience the chilly weather that everyone’s boasting over the holidays. Since it’s been years since we last visited Baguio, we’ve decided to stick to the usual tourist’s spots.

This entry highlights the following: Strawberry Picking at La Trinidad, Wright Park, Laperal House, and Lourdes Grotto.

Baguio, Benguet
Baguio, Benguet
Baguio, Benguet
Baguio, Benguet

We stayed at The Manor at Camp John Hay. Nothing fancy schmancy but it’s considered to be one of the best hotels in the city. Based on the look of the hotel, it’s a great hotel for couples: private and romantic.

Baguio, Benguet
Baguio, Benguet
Baguio, Benguet
Baguio, Benguet

The first thing we did was pick some strawberries!

I’m not a big fan of strawberries, to be honest. I only like them when dipped in chocolate, because I’m crazy about the latter. Still, it was fun finding butt-shaped berries and put it ’em in the basket!

Word of advice? Bring boots. Some vendors would provide boots for free, but it’s better if you just bring your own.

Baguio, Benguet
Baguio, Benguet
Baguio, Benguet

Wright Park

Baguio, Benguet

Somewhere near Wright Park, where the ponies are parked, there’s a small area for plant vendors. They don’t have a huge selection of flowers that I like, but they have tons of tiny succulents for only PHP35-50 per brown pot. They also had a bundle price of 3 for PHP100. I ended up getting 4 succulents, one miniature rose bush and chili peppers for mom.

Everything cost us about PHP250! What a steal!

Baguio, Benguet

The Laperal House is considered to be one of the most haunted houses in Baguio. The house, if my memory serves me correctly, was built in the 1920s by the Laperal couple.

When Japan invaded the country, they took over this house and used it to torture, rape and kill prisoners. After the war, Mr. Laperal went back only to slip and die on the front porch stairs.

There are more stories about this house but I’d rather not know more. I’ve had my fair share of the supernatural in the past and I’d like to keep it in the past. ;)

Baguio, Benguet

Someone recommended that we should eat at 50’s Diner.

To be honest, the place looks slightly unkempt. But I’ve later learned that they’re understaffed since even the janitor was taking orders that afternoon.

I have to say that the food was great — incredibly affordable that tastes great! We were a group of six, each ordered a full meal with drinks, and the total bill was less than PHP1,300 ($30)!

So if you’re in Baguio, you better include this in your itinerary!

Baguio, Benguet
Baguio, Benguet

Baguio, Benguet

The biggest highlight of this trip was seeing the main lead of Forevermore, a popular soap opera in a local TV network.

My mom really wanted to go to La Presa (or Sitio Pungayan) but I told her that it’s not located within the city. So you can just imagine the excitement when the lady at the grotto’s entrance told her that the cast of the show was having an ongoing shoot.

According to the crew, they’ve spent two hours shooting here at the Lourdes Grotto. Two hours, walking up and down the stairs, can you imagine that? Ironically, the scene only took one minute to be wrapped up in the show.

Baguio, Benguet

Our trip to Baguio was so bitin! We definitely need to go back!

Have you been to Baguio? If so, what are your favorite sights/things to do?

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Mikyu Maglasang
    March 27, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    The last time I was in Baguio for the touristy stuff was last 2010, during our educational tour. I’ve never tried strawberry picking though! Did you pick and eat kambal na strawberries? Hahaha #forevermore

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      Kisty Mea
      March 27, 2015 at 9:46 PM

      Hahaha we couldn’t find one! Plus, nasa Iloilo yung dapat kakain nung kambal na strawberries! :))

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    Steff
    March 27, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Lucky! 3 months ago when we visited Baguio there where zero strawberries :( so we can’t pick from the farm so we just buy the basket na lang. *sad*
    btw nice picture ^_^

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      Kisty Mea
      April 3, 2015 at 11:48 PM

      Go back to Baguio when it’s strawberry season (though I don’t know when that is). We only got lucky that there were a few that had strawberries. Baka pag bumalik ka, kambal pa yung makuha mo hehe!

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    Tina Cembrano
    March 28, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Hi! The next time you visit Baguio, try out Upper House Village! :) I wrote about my experience on my blog (but it’s not as good as yours) :) If you have time you can check it http://tinacembrano.blogspot.com/2015/01/getaway-first-for-2015.html

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    Cheryle
    March 28, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    I can’t remember the last time I went to Baguio. Wish I could go there again. I have been to La Trinidad and Lourdes Grotto, and those are great destinations! Sadly, I haven’t had a chance to pick strawberries during our visit.

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      Kisty Mea
      April 3, 2015 at 11:52 PM

      You should definitely go back! I don’t think a lot has changed when it comes to the sights, but it’s so chilly, ang sarap! :) Try to go there when strawberries are in season.

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    Mei
    March 28, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Hi Kisty! Mukhang bitin nga yung trip nyo pero I think napuntahan nyo naman yung mga best locations. I’ve been to Baguio twice last year but wasn’t able to go to Strawberry farm, kasi di season nung nagpunta kami. Though nakapunta nako dun nung highschool pako, gusto ko pa din puntahan ulit. Hehe

    Glad you liked 50’s Diner! It would be one of my “reasons to go back to Baguio” hehehe

    Nadaanan din namin yung Laperal White House, pero di na kami pumasok kasi nakakatakot haha try Diplomat Hotel next time! It has become a tourist spot na, so madami ng tao na pumupunta dun kaya hindi na masyado nakakatakot hehe

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    Clarisse
    March 29, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    I’ve been to Baguio loads of time but I’ve yet to try eating at 50’s Diner! Parang ang sarap i-Instagram (lol priorities)! =))

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      Kisty Mea
      April 3, 2015 at 11:54 PM

      Haha! True but kulang sa natural lighting yung diner! :)) #instagramproblems lol

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    Jhanz
    March 29, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    It’s been years since I last visited Baguio. I think I need to go back there, stat! Besides, the only time that I’ve been there, I never really got the chance to enjoy as much. Hehe! :)

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    Jomil Adrielle
    March 30, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    OMG SO LUCKY YOU SAW AGNES AND XANDER HEHEHEHE

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    Anna
    March 31, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Been yearrs since I went to Baguio and that was for a family outing pa, so it wasn’t as fun. I’m looking for friends who want to go there.. haha otherwise, hanggang photos lang ako.
    I remember we picked out Strawberries before and it was a fun activity, but I also noticed some vendors were trying to sell them pre-packed just outside the entrance of the field.. for a much higher price. Weird. I’m interested to try out the food in 50s Diner!

    • Reply
      Kisty Mea
      April 3, 2015 at 11:55 PM

      I’d go with you but right now, no money.

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    Beauty By Tellie
    March 31, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    I haven’t been there bar a few days with some elderly relatives last year and the last real long trip was in my childhood. Baguio feels like a different time and place, so sad that it’s becoming so hard to get to. I heard that traffic there is so horrible nowadays!

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    Irish
    April 1, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    I love going to Baguio especially from December to February since super lamig during these months. I only like Strawberry kapag shake or dipped in chocolate. Did you go inside the haunted house?

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      Kisty Mea
      April 3, 2015 at 11:53 PM

      I did, but I didn’t go to the second floor. HAHAHA I was too scared.

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    April
    April 1, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Baguio and your photos! DAMN I’m gonna cry. Stop posting beautiful photos! No wait, post more and add salt to my injury please.

    I’ve been to Baguio before but the last time I went there was the only time I got to spend as tourist tapos bitin pa! I’m looking forward to hunt some bookstores down next time we drive up there!

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      Kisty Mea
      April 3, 2015 at 11:50 PM

      There’s a place called Mt. Cloud Bookshop in Baguio! Wala lang. I’ve been hearing that place from other people who went to Baguio before. :D

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    Kaycee
    April 2, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Hi Kisty! Can I just ask what camera you used for these beautiful photos? Thank you!

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    Eden
    April 3, 2015 at 2:12 AM

    Never been here before, but it look amazing. Love the photos!

    http://www.mintnotion.com

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    Robyn Petrik
    April 6, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    I visited the Philippines when I was nine, and though we stayed in Manila, we did a weekend trip to Baguio. While I don’t remember a ton of the trip, I remember the bus ride to and from (terrifying the way they drive!) and being surprised at how cold it got at night. I would absolutely love to go back to visit as an adult and really take in the city!

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    Monica Peralta
    April 8, 2015 at 1:31 AM

    I love the photos! Great blog btw <3

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    Lijan
    April 8, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    You should’ve visited Balatoc Mines, Tam-Awan Village and BenCab Museum. :)

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    Kim
    May 1, 2015 at 5:52 AM

    It’s more appropriate to say Baguio City, Philippines rather than Baguio, Benguet. I come from Baguio. And basically, Baguio is independent from Benguet Province. Just saying though! :D

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    Natalie Timperio
    September 1, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    I just came across your blog on the Blog Loft Facebook group and I have to say I’m in love with it! I am going to the Philippines the last week of October for two weeks with my boyfriend and his mother to visit family. I believe Baguio is on our list of stops, in addition to Palawan. Everything about Baguio looks incredible, thanks so much for sharing – your photos are beautiful, too. x Natalie http://www.thegirlwithbangs.com

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    Kim
    April 30, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    Hi! When did you visit Baguio? Ok lang ba magtravel dun pag November? Me strwaberries pa ba? 🙂 We already bought plane tickets kasi and scheduled our trip on November. By the way, ganda ng blog mo. ☺️

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      Kisty Mea
      May 1, 2016 at 3:17 PM

      I went to Baguio in January. We went there quite early for the strawberries and were only able to take a few. I’m not sure for November.

      Enjoy Baguio! And thank you! :)

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    Rina Perez
    November 10, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    I’m planning to visit Baguio this December :)

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