I do. I have been to the country’s summer capital several times since my growing up years and every Northern trip with family and friends has been always exciting.
It’s February once more and it isn’t only the LOVE month that coincides with the Chinese New Year (Read : Binondo, here we come!) but Baguio City will be literally in full bloom again as it celebrates PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL, one of the most famous and visited fiesta in our country. If Pasadena in the US has Tournament of Roses, Baguio has Panagbenga! And this month, the festivities are scheduled on 27th, Saturday, for the Grand Street Parade and the following day 28th, Sunday for the Grand Float Parade making that weekend the most colorful, extra-special and memorable to all.
If time and chance will only allow us, we wouldn’t hesitate to go to the City of Pines again just to experience its below 20 degree-celcius-climate and to witness its flower festival. Nevertheless, we’re lucky enough to enjoyed it 2 years ago with my entire family. Have you experienced Panagbenga?
And there’s more of Baguio than Panagbenga! What do I miss about Baguio ? Praying at the Lourdes Grotto after counting the steps up to the upper most area; the zigzag mountainous roads on way to Philippine Military Academy; exploring Crystal Cave; afternoon at the Wright Park and picture-taking at the gates of the Mansion; attending mass at the Baguio Cathedral early in the morning and sipping free-flowing brewed coffee and eating a delicious hearty breakfast at Zola restaurant at the foot of the Cathedral, just along Session Road; the restaurants along Session Road and more…
What else do I miss ? A lot more things! Breathtaking view of Mines View Park; the freshest veggies and strawberry-picking direct from its fields in La Trinindad, Benguet; Botanical Garden, spending an entire day at Camp John Hay; going to the Chinese Temple-Bell Church, window-shopping at Ibay’s silver shop and a lazy stroll at Burnham Park.
We may not attend this year’s Panagbenga and still uncertain if we’ll have summer break in this beautiful place, but definitely, Baguio City will always be one of my family’s favorite local vacation spots.
What do you like most about Baguio ?