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Back To Baguio (With Mama) : Things To Do When Visiting Wright Park and The Mansion

We are in Baguio  but surprisingly, the heat is becoming intolerable. We still have to follow our itinerary and after a quick church visit (Check : Saint Joseph the Worker Parish), we headed to another popular spot in Wright Park. I spent too much time here last year so it was not really exciting for me anymore but my top priority here is my mom who seemingly enjoyed our trip.
20161218_112927tMuch like the Burnham Park and the Botanical Garden (Check Botanical Garden), Wright Park is another attraction in Baguio which is freely accessible in general public and is often crowded too. Wright Park is located at the eastern part of the city which features are a shallow elongated rectangular body of water known as the “Pool of Pines” . There is a park circle on one end and the “Mansion” on the other.20161218_130931tThe Wright Park is probably known for having an area merely dedicated for horses and there are so much activities here where you can take part of (Check : A Trip To Baguio : Wright Park and The Mansion).

THINGS YOU CAN DO IN THE WRIGHT PARK
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“Horseback Riding”
Like I said, Wright Park offers a huge area of land dedicated to horses. From the Park Circle, you’ll find a wide stairways made from stone which descends to the area where horses and ponies can be rented. Horseback riding rates in Wright Park could be very costly though. 30 minutes horseback riding is cost Php200 while an hour will cost you Php300. It’s a great experience though and it’s not everyday that you spot an overwhelming about of ponies and horses in one place. Picture taking with horses will cost you Php20-50 (unlimited shots with your phone) but if you want it to be professionally taken, you can get a service of Php150 and you’ll get a photo souvenir in return.

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“A Photo Op With Saint Bernard Dog”
Horses are not the only stars of Wright Park, here you will also spot a bunch of Saint Bernard dogs who are very much willing to pose with you! These well trained and super tame dogs will not show any sign of harm despite of their huge size. Look at this dog (images above) who even sports a cool eye glasses. For Php50, you can have more than 5 pictures taken from your camera or phone!
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“Buy Flowers, Bonsai and Cactus”
There are areas in Wright Park where you can appreciate those colorful ornamental plants. These wide range of colorful flowers and plants on pot are for sale which makes it a perfect item for greenthumbs. Cactus plants and Bonsai are also available which are very ideal display for either your porch or your coffee table.

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“Picnik and Exploring The Wright Park Circle”
The Park Circle is more like the heart of the Wright Park. There are so many interesting attractions to discover including this rustic elevated platform. You can embrace the picture-esque scenes and marvel those luscious greens on the park. You can also bring your own food and set up a picnic space somewhere but just make sure to observe the cleanliness in the area.
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“Don’t Miss These Funny 3D Photo Stand-ins”
You can also rent Igorot Costumes in Wright Park and much like the rates in Botanical Garden (Check : Botanical Garden), the costumes can be rented for Php20. Or better yet, you can also try these funny 3D photo stand-ins. I don’t know if they offer this for free in case you will not wear anything but we got there, someone offers me to wear a head gear for Php20 (which I personally think quite overpriced for a single Igorot head costume but I paid him anyway)

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“Food Tripping”
You will never tun out of place to it when you are in Wright Park. Just along the road, you’ll find a bunch of food market, each offers different specialties. My mom and I went to Ketchup Food Community and we were greeted by an overwhelming crowd that we had to wait and bear such long queue just to get our tables.20161218_123551tKetchup Food Community is composed of many different restaurants that offers different cuisine. Rancho Norte offers Filipino dishes, Happy Tummy offers Thai Cuisine , Rumah Sate caters Indo-Malaysian dishes, Green Pepper offers gourmet while Canto are for pizza and burgers. My mom and I was supposed to eat in Rancho Norte but settling down with Rumah Sate due to the large crowd at Rancho. The photo above is one of their menu ~ the Sate Babi (grilled pork belly marinated in Indonesian soy sauce)

20161218_112613t“The Pool Of Pines”
A trip to Wright Park will not be completed without marveling the beauty of the so-called “Pool of Pines“.  The shallow pool is surrounded by colorful flowers on both sides. Last time I went here, the pool was adorned by sunflowers but this time, it was adorned by these red flowers.IMG_1824tBoth side of the access road beside the pool are surrounded by tall pine trees (thus it is called Pool of Pines) provides a scenic view! As you can see, the pool of pines is just few walks away from another popular land mark in Baguio ~ The Mansion
20161218_111343tThe Mansion is another interesting attraction to Baguio and it can be found just accross the Wright Park. The Mansion was built in 1908 for U.S. governor-generals and was destroyed in 1945 during the battle for the liberation of the Philippines. It was rebuilt in 1947 and has become a place where various President stayed in when they come up to Baguio for their official visits and engagements. The elaborate main gate of the Mansion is said to be a replica of that at Buckingham Palace in London. However, much like the Malacañang Palace, the place is not accessible to General Public but they can enter the gate and a small portion in front of the wonderfully landscape area of the mansion.

THINGS YOU CAN DO WHEN VISITING THE MANSION IN BAGUIO
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“Learn the History”
The Mansion has nothing really much to offer but it could be one short educational trip. Located in front of the  gate are historical markers that allow you to learn the historical significance of this place. Did you know that this mansion was the site of first meeting of the South East Asia Union which was popularly known as the Baguio Conference of 1950 which was conceived and convened by President Elpidio Quirino?

“Marvel The Beauty of The Mansion’s Landscape”
20161218_111224tWe visited the place last December so the place was wonderfully adorned with Christmas decorations and is surrounded by those beautiful poinsettia flowers. We even spotted a life sized Belen too
20161218_112124t“Try The Sagada Oranges”
Okay, we’re not in Sagada but by the time you reached the gate, you will be greeted by many vendors and most of them are selling these huge Sagada Oranges.  They are a bit pricey compare to the typical oranges but it’s worth it. We bought a kilo of these oranges and we planned to bring it home but we ended up eating them all in the road haha.
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Things You Should Know Before Going To The Wright Park And The Mansion
►There is NO Entrance Fee to Wright Park
►Wright Park is pet friendly
►The Wright Park is named after its architect Governor Luke E. Wright who ordered architect Daniel Burnham to build the place with recreational facility for American soldiers and civilians.
►Horseback Riding Rates in Wright park (Php200/30 mins – Php300/1hr)
►Photo Opp with Horses in Wright Park – Php50/ Unlimited shots
►Photo Opp with Saint Bernard Dog in Wright Park Php50/ Unlimited Shots
►Photo Opp with Souvenirs (horses or Bernard Dog) – Php150
►It could be very hot so bring water and comfortable clothes
►Clean restrooms are available (Php5 Maintenance fee)
►The front gate and a small portion of the Mansion is freely accessible
►There are people near the mansion selling commemorative badges

How to Get to the Wright Park and The Mansion
►Going to Baguio has never a hassle anymore. There are so many transit buses in the Metro that will take you directly to Baguio (Victory Liner and Genesis buses are two of the common bus companies that offers buses bound to the Summer capital of the Philippines. It is going to be 5-7 hours long travel and a one way ride may cost you up to Php450 or above. All places in Baguio can now be reached via jeepney or tricycle.
►You can either take Mines View via Mansion or Pacdal bound jeepneys and ask the driver to drop you off the Mansion or Wright Park

Where to stay in Baguio
► There are many places to stay while in Baguio. There are many transient houses, budget hotels and even a bedspace. This will depend on your budget but based on my own experiences, it is really ideal to book your stay ahead. I got most of bookings at TravelBookPH (due to the great discounts I usually get from them). You can check this List of Hotels In Baguio for your budget-friendly guide!

After the Mansion, we went to another popular spot in Baguio which is just one ride away from the Park, the Mines View! I’ll post more about this awesome destination in Baguio in my next post!

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You might also want to check my previous Baguio-related Entries below
►Panagbenga Festival Grand Float Parade 2016
►Wright Park And The Mansion
►Mines View Park
►Cordillera World Museum
►Strawberry Farm
►Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
►Things To Buy When Visiting Baguio
►Things To Consider and To Expect Before Going to 2017 Panagbenga Flower Festival
►Side Trips in Baguio During the Panagbenga Flower Festival

Back To Baguio (With Mama) : Saint Joseph The Worker Parish

After that tiring yet rewarding time we have spent exploring the Botanical Garden [Check : Back To Baguio (With Mama) : Botanical Garden], i got thrilled because finally I will get the chance to visit the Baguio Cathedral. I never got the chance to visit the Cathedral during the Panagbenga Festival last year and when I found out that Baguio Cathedral is part of our itinerary, i just can’t hide my excitement. We were initially told that we only have 10 to 15 minutes to explore the church and I thought it was just fine. However, to my dismay, our tour took us somewhere else. We were taken to a different church!20161218_101953tWe were guided to “Saint Joseph The Worker Parish“. I actually wouldn’t mind being taken to a different church but what pisses me off is that our Tour Guide is seemingly not knowledgeable enough about Baguio City. I mean, really? If you are a tour coordinator, you should be know the place you are exploring. If you are not familiar with the destinations, well at least you must do some research in advance before the actual event. Unfortunately, the rest of the group were misinformed.20161218_100656tThe Saint Joseph Parish Church is located in Pacdal Road in Baguio City. It is not as huge as the Cathedral but is equally stunning. It has a simple facade with a single belfry on the side.  The façade is punctuated by stained glass windows, the most striking of which is the central cross design that from the inside is in blazing red outlined in gold, over the choir loft.20161218_100616tA portico at the entrance of the church serves as shed from the scourging heat of the sun. I cannot find any further details on when the church was established but the church became known as the venue of Aga Mulach and Charlene Gonzales Wedding.20161218_100725tThe church’s nave. The interiors were adorned by golden chandeliers.20161218_100745tThe church features an interesting-looking retablo which resembles a Gothic-inspired church facade. I’m not sure if this is inspired from a real church much like what we have seen in Binondo Church.20161218_100800tThe stained glass windows illuminating the church’s interior.20161218_100825tIn one of the sanctuaries, you’ll find the image of Immaculate heart of Mary20161218_101010tAnd on the other side lies the church’s patron saint, Saint Joseph the Worker.
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With much crowder Baguio Cathedral, Saint Joseph the Worker Parish is a perfect alternative in case you are looking for a much serene and quiet atmosphere.

How to Get to Botanical Garden
►Going to Baguio has never a hassle anymore. There are so many transit buses in the Metro that will take you directly to Baguio (Victory Liner and Genesis buses are two of the common bus companies that offers buses bound to the Summer capital of the Philippines. It is going to be 5-7 hours long travel and a one way ride may cost you up to Php450 or above. All places in Baguio can now be reached via jeepney or tricycle.
►Saint Joseph The Worker Parish is near the Baguio Plaza along with other popular destinations like Mines View or the PMA. Just ride a jeepney bound to such places and just ask the driver to drop you off to any of these spots

Where to stay in Baguio
► There are many places to stay while in Baguio. There are many transient houses, budget hotels and even a bedspace. This will depend on your budget but based on my own experiences, it is really ideal to book your stay ahead. I got most of bookings at TravelBookPH (due to the great discounts I usually get from them). You can check this List of Hotels In Baguio for your budget-friendly guide!

After a quick visit to the Saint Joseph The Worker Parish and after being misinformed that it was the Baguio Cathedral, we headed to another common spot in Baguio, the Wright Park and The Mansion. I am going to post more of our Baguio experience soon.

For the mean time, you can also follow me on my Social media account for more updates

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Feel free to watch this video summary below and don’t forget to subscribe!
You might also want to check my previous Baguio-related Entries below
►Panagbenga Festival Grand Float Parade 2016
►Wright Park And The Mansion
►Mines View Park
►Cordillera World Museum
►Strawberry Farm
►Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
►Things To Buy When Visiting Baguio
►Things To Consider and To Expect Before Going to 2017 Panagbenga Flower Festival
►Side Trips in Baguio During the Panagbenga Flower Festival

[ Movie Review ] Power Rangers : Not The Kind of Rangers We Grew Up With

For someone like me who grew up watching the Power Rangers television series in the 90s, the anticipation over the new Power Rangers movie was so overwhelming. I’m expecting too much and hoping to see all my beloved characters in the big screen after over 2 decades. Finally I was able to watch the movie last night so now allow me to share you my honest review. photo The-cast-of-The-Power-Rangers-Movie_zps6ybyp6b9.jpg
“Lower Your Expectations”
The anticipation for this movie is so overwhelming but you should not expect too much because you might find it quite disappointing. It is not the kind of Power Rangers that we grew up with. The theme was darker and deeper and there was so many changes made for this movie. The film is still set on the fictional town of Angel Cove in California where five different individuals “with attitude” were chosen to be the next line of generation of Power Rangers. I just can’t embrace the randomness shown in the beginning of this film and how each character is being introduced. At some point I thought I was watching a darker version of High School Musical (I don’t know if it’s just me but Dacre Montgomery reminds me of Zac Efron). photo thumb-1920-738773_zpshyjaxtmc.jpg
“New Power Rangers With Superhuman Skills”
One notable changes made for this film is how the rangers got their super powers. In the original series, Zordon gave them the ability to transform into a fighting force and equip them with an arsenal of weapons (each has their own specialty). They are also provided with colossal assault machines called “Zords” which we all known, can be combined and turn into a giant humanoid. In this movie, however, the team already earned super powers and strength by the time they obtained the “coins”. The coins saved them all from possible death after being hit by a train but they surprisingly found themselves alive. They just woke up in their own room with unexplainable super strength. This discovery leads them to the secret base of Zordon where they were welcomed by Alpha 5 (this time he looks like an alien robot). photo zords-power_rangers-movie-2017-1225_zpsm0kdtn5f.jpg
“No Weapons”
I know it is not a big deal. Why they need weapons if they have super strength that could help them in every combat right? However, every kid who grew up loving the series will identify each ranger not just by their color but also by their distinctive personal weapons. Red Ranger possesses a long sword, Billy a trident, Pink a Crossbow, Yellow with daggers and Black with power axe. These weapons were not shown in the movie which is quite disappointing. In addition to that, the Zords are not greatly emphasized in the movie. They just appear out of nowhere ( but I love the part where the original theme song was played during their first appearance) photo thumb-1920-738270_zpsp2daowmw.jpg
“ The First Lesbian and Autistic Rangers”
Interestingly, Power Rangers is the first blockbuster film to feature major LGBTQ and Autistic Spectrum superheroes. Becky G who plays Trini Kwan (the Yellow Ranger) was revealed to be a lesbian which marks her as the first superhero in a Blockbuster film to be an openly gay character. Billy Cranston, on the other hand portrayed another interesting character. He played The Blue Ranger (Billy Cranston) who has an Autism. I actually find his character more enjoying than his original counterpart. He provided most of the film’s comical relief and his character is simple the most likeable of them all ( I was actually a Red Ranger fanatic but this film is an exemption haha). photo fs_zps1efgfs1o.png
“Cameo Roles”
Hey guess what, two of the original power rangers can be spotted in the movie in a brief cameo appearance as two of the Angel Cove citizen. I personally think that it is one of the best parts of this movie. It was so nostalgic that suddenly lifted my inner kid out of my body. I was actually hiding my excitement because I don’t want to be embarrassed as I was sitting beside kids who were accompanied by their dad (I think he just used his kids just to have a valid reason to watch the film hahaha) photo thumb-1920-811196_zpspvdbyfmj.jpg
It is not the kind of Power Rangers we grew up with but that’s totally fine. For a movie that is inspired from a TV series which expanded for many seasons and years, it is understandable that they cannot input everything in a 1hr and a half film. They could have done better though or remained faithful with the original series with minor changes but they seemingly went to far. Oh by the way, you must watch the show til the very end. There will be an after credits scene that hinted us for a possible sequel.
My Rating for this movie is 2 out of 5

[ Movie Review ] LIFE : When Alien Meets Gravity

There were things in life that are not really worth exploring. I am a huge Science Fiction fan and based on all the books and movies I have watched, planet Mars has always been the favorite subject of exploration. There is really something intriguing about this planet that all of us wanted to discover. Are there really life forms in this planet? How do they look like? Are they friendly? Well, I can tell you now that whenever we are talking about Mars and what lies beyond this planet, we are talking about dangers and it has never been a good idea to explore this uncharted territory on the first place. photo LIFE-JGyllenhaal01_zpssvtnuw1w.jpgPhoto Credit : Columbia Pictures
Life is another Sci-fi thriller movie that follows a story of six astronauts who went on a mission and apparently discovered the first ever life form from Mars. They discovered a small organism and they decided to take it on our planet but things went unexpected when this small creature started to grow rapidly turning itself from harmless creature to a hostile monster that put the astronauts’ lives in danger. photo LIFE-01_zpsrhgizq5z.jpgPhoto Credit : Columbia Pictures
“Life Is Your Typical Alien Movie with a Twist”
Hostile aliens from Mars? A Space mission that ended up in chaos after interacting with aggressive life forms from other planets? Don’t you think these plots are very familiar? Well, it’s because these scenarios have been used multiple names in countless number of Sci-fi movies. It has become a formula for most alien movies and the only challenge for film makers is how they can make their story more distinctive and memorable. We cannot deny the fact that when it comes to alien movies, we cannot help but to compare them with Ridley Scott’s masterpiece. Alien franchise was just too successful that it sets a standard for alien movies so high. In case of Life, it could generally be considered as another Alien clone but a good one. Thanks to the impressive cinematography and on-point level of intensity in the movie which keep us all wondering what will happen next and who the next prey will be. The movie is generally predictable but concluded in a very interesting twist. I don’t want to spoil much about it so you better watch the movie on your own risk to find out. photo LIFE-02_zpsrpwey4km.jpgPhoto Credit : Columbia Pictures
“Ryan Reynolds being… uhmm… Deadpool?”
The movie is actually composed of two A-list actors including Jake Gyllenhaal and of course Ryan Reynolds. Gyllenhaal plays a space doctor (Dr David Jordan) while Ryan Reynolds plays a space engineer (Roy Adams) whose cocky attitude will remind us of his Deadpool character. It was a diverse cast with supporting characters that are far more interesting than the main ones. It includes Dr Miranda North (played by Rebecca Fergusson), Sho Kendo (a Japanese space engineer played Hiroyuki Sanada), Dr Hugh Derry (A British Biologist played by Ariyon Bakare) and Katerina Golovkin (a Russian mission commander played by Olga Dihovichnaya). Reynolds provided most of the comic relief at the beginning of the film until everything escalated too quickly and the hostile alien which was named “Calvin” put their lives in jeopardy. photo LIFE-07_zpsdm76ekwg.jpgPhoto Credit : Columbia Pictures
“Just Because It’s Cute Doesn’t Mean its Harmless”
A simple small and seemingly microscophic organism doesn’t really sound terrifying but when you said that it is made of equal parts of muscle and brain, now, that is something to be scared about. Calvin is one intelligent creature who can easily adapt to its environment. He is smart enough to know that his life is being threatened and that he need to find ways to survive even if it means that he must kill all the crews of the International Space Station. The looks of this starfish-like creature could be very deceiving at first but as soon as it grows , it becomes more and more terrifying. photo life-swat-DF-11625_r_zpsqne7ole0.jpgPhoto Credit : Columbia Pictures
“When Aliens Meets Gravity”
Like I said, Life is more like a decent rip off from Ridley Scott’s Alien Franchise but still special on its own right. It offers a commendable cinematography which makes the outerspace scenes quite realistic and believable but I cannot help but to compare this movie from Clooney’s Gravity in terms of the visual effects and amazing cinematography. I personally think that they provided enough justice and will take us all in a seemingly realistic environment. Furthermore, Life managed to put right amout of intensity in their heart pounding sequences that will require you to catch some breath at some point. I also think that the movie was released very timely because two months from now, we will be introduced to a highly anticipated installment of Alien franchise, the Alien: Covenant.
Overall, LIFE is an interesting addition to your Sci-Fi movie collection and absolutely worth watching.
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My rating for this movie is 3.5 out of 5
LIFE movie hits the theaters today March 23, 2017 so go ahead and embark yourself in an epic yet terrifying space adventure!