Baguio Weekday Special

Last week, I had the opportunity to accompany my good friend and “Brother” from Turkey, Mustafa Ince on a road trip to the Northern parts of the Philippines. Our first destination, The Hundred Island in Alaminos, Pangasinan. It was also my first time to visit this amazing cluster of islands and the experience was just unforgettable. A highly recommended place to visit especially for tourists who are itchy to see the many beautiful islands in the Philippines.

Our second stop, Baguio, also known as the city of pines. We headed to Mount Santo Tomas, a point in Baguio where one could see the entire city. Best way to go there is to bring your own car with a local guide. To get to the peak it would take about 45mins. The view is just phenomenon.

Going up to Baguio. From Manila it would take 5-6 hours. But since we came from Alaminos, it took us about 4 hours with 2 to 3 stops in between for snacks and bladder breaks.

Going up to Baguio. From Manila it would take 5-6 hours. But since we came from Alaminos, it took us about 4 hours with 2 to 3 stops in between for snacks and bladder breaks.

Road trip to Baguio.

Road trip to Baguio.

Gallery

A quick stop at Vocas for some local choco and coffee drink. This white room is one of the Galleries of the cafe, displaying local art.

Vocas cafe/gallery

Vocas cafe/gallery main stage.

During our stay in Baguio, we stayed at Villa Cordillera. Away from the city’s noise and pollution. The kind of accommodation suited for people looking for a more peaceful stay in Baguio.

Outside Villa Cordillera.

Outside Villa Cordillera.

Inside the lobby of Villa Cordillera where we checked-in.

Inside the lobby of Villa Cordillera.

Just hanging out at the balcony of Villa Cordillera.

Just hanging out at the balcony of Villa Cordillera. Overlooking pine trees and nature.

The two giant radars on top of Mount Santo Tomas.

The two giant radars on top of Mount Santo Tomas.

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Just like Benguet.

Vegetable terraces. Just like the rice terraces in Benguet.

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The radars.

The twin radars at the peak.

Of course, a jump shot!

Of course, a jump shot!

Accommodations: Villa Cordillera – Highly recommended by LonelyPlanet Philippines; perched in the midst of pine trees, misty mornings, views the fog cloaked mountains of the Cordillera, where sights and sounds of nature call into the weary traveller for a warm and relaxing stay. (This is not a paid advertisement)

Location: Outlook Drive, Baguio City, Philippines, 2600
Tel. No. (63) (074) 619-2062 to 64

Watch our video during road trip to Mount Santo Tomas here.

More photos here.

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Mount Santo Tomas, Baguio City

Mt. Santo Tomas is a very popular destination in Baguio City. Known for offering perfect views of the entire city along with mesmerizing views of the South China Sea and the La Union Province, this mountain is widely appreciated and favored by trekkers, mountaineers and rock climbers as well. Presenting natural scenic views along with the enchanting and alluring beauty of Mt. Santo Tomas, this mountain attracts tourists from all round the globe. This is also a very interesting picnic spot for the families of the Baguio City.

The height of the Mt. Santo Tomas is around 2,256 meters above sea level, eventually challenging the trekkers and climbers to reach the peak. Accessible by Marcos Hi-way which is considered as the safest and the easiest road which will take visitors to the top of this magnificent mountain, Mt. Santo Tomas is also known for providing exotic and exquisite phenomena of sunrise and sunset at the same point.

(source: http://www.touristlink.com/)