Post Conference Tour
Visiting Baguio City and Benguet
The name Baguio conjures, for both the international and domestic traveler, a highland retreat in the Grand Cordillera in Northern Luzon, with pine trees, crisp cold breezes and mountain ranges. It has made its mark as a premiere tourist destination in the Northern part of the Philippines with its cool climate, foggy hills, panoramic views and lovely flowers. Baguio is 8 degrees cooler on the average than any place in lowlands. Baguio is very wet during the rainy season, which is from June to October. From November to May, Baguio becomes a tropical paradise, a refreshing break from the hot and humid Philippine climate. In the summer months of March, April, May, Baguio lives up to its title as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” (www.baguio.gov.ph)
Trip Advisory: Baguio is about a 5-6 hour bus ride north of Manila, and about a 3-4 hour bus ride north of Pampanga province. Baguio is much closer to other provinces such as La Union, Isabela, and Nueva Viscaya.
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The Mansion House is the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. The mansion is located in the summer capital of the country, Baguio, situated around 5,000 feet asl in the Cordillera Central Range of northern Luzon. (Content source: Wikipedia, image source: http://www.baguio.gov.ph/content/mansion)
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Our Lady of Atonement which is popularly known as Baguio Cathedral is a Catholic Church located in Baguio City, Philippines. It is unique because of its twin spires, rose colored exterior and traditional stained glass. It is one of the main attractions in Baguio City. During World War 11, the church served as the evacuation center for the Japanese. (Content source: http://driftwoodjourneys.com/baguio-cathedral-baguio-city/)
Burnham Park, Baguio City
Image source: http://www.philbooking.com/blogs/baguio-the-best-place-to-chill2
Benguet State University
Benguet State University is nestled in the heart of La Trinidad, Benguet the strawberry capital of the Philippines. It was created by law to carryout programs along instruction, research, extension, and agribusiness through dynamic and responsive governance.
Apart from its academic purpose, the University boosted in initiating and developing worthwhile technologies. The researches of the university has been recognized because of its contribution to the improvement of the science and the arts.
Benguet State University has three campuses: La Trinidad Campus, Bokod Campus, and Buguias Campus.
Trip Advisory: Benguet State University is about 10-20 minute ride from Northeast of Baguio City. It is located at Km 5, La Trinidad, Benguet.
Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad, Benguet lets visitors pick the strawberries themselves. Tourists can choose a farm for their strawberry-picking and pay for their harvest afterward. Price per kilo is slightly higher than if they were to buy the strawberries pre-packed by the vendors. Still, it’s a fun experience for kids and city folks not used to the farm life.
It may be hard to believe, but there are people who do not know what a strawberry plant looks like. That’s why many tourists do try to include La Trinidad’s Strawberry Farm in their itinerary. By picking the fruits themselves, farm visitors are sure to take home the freshest strawberry fruits. Visitors can opt to simply buy pre-packed strawberries from vendors lined along the farm’s roadside.
Content source: http://www.traveltothephilippines.info/2012/01/31/benguet-strawberry-picking-festival/