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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.

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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) : Botanical Garden

After a quick stop over at Camp John Hay (Check : Back To Baguio With Mama : Camp John Hay) , we headed to our next destination, the Botanical Garden. Interestingly, as what the name suggests, it is merely just a huge botanical garden and there’s really nothing much to do but surprisingly, that is actually the site’s strongest point. It is a perfect place to relax and to marvel the luscious green, colorful flowers, the wonderful breeze and fragrance of this garden.
IMG_1763tBotanical Garden, much like the Burnham Park is another popular spots in Baguio and a place that should never be missed. To top it all, the place is accessible for general public and it’s for free! Botanical Garden by the way is a Goverment-owned land and with so many commercial buildings on rise, it is nice that they still reserve this huge piece of land where different plants and flowers grow.20161218_091054tAccording to history, Botanical Garden was once a zoo and was once named as Botanical and Zoological Garden. The Garden had so many names through the years. It was once named as Igorot Village because of the numerous Igorot statues and huts stood in this place. We were actually warmly welcomed by Igorot ladies when we arrived there. They are so friendly and they are even willing to take photos with us. They will ask for a small fee (Php10/head) but that’s pretty much okay… oh and they are actually not camera-shy and in fact, they know how to pose better than us haha.20161218_091210tBotanical Garden is also known as Centennial Garden in celebration of 100 years of the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Much like Burnham Park, this place are often very crowded. 20161218_091525tBaguio Botanical Garden is seemingly divided into many parts. Each part or portion of the garden follows a certain theme. You will also spot different sculptures and installation in the place.
20161218_092713tOne of the most interesting things you can do in Botanical Garden in Bagiuo is to rent an Igorot Costume and equip yourself with any props you like and take photos with their Igorot hut. Much like those in Mines View, Wright Park and Burnham, the complete Igorot Costume can be rented for Php20. You can take as many shots as you can and you can choose among different props as well. 20161218_092621t20161218_092633tOf course, my mom and I both grabbed the chance to wear those colorful Igorot costumes. I think a Baguio trip will not be completed without trying those!20161218_092436t20161218_092357tMy mom is nailing it! haha20161218_092516t20161218_092529t20161218_093044tThe place will be called Botanical Garden for no reason! The garden is adorned with so many breeds of ornamental plants. Some of which is quite new to me and never seen them in the city I grew up with.
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20161218_093705t20161218_093810tA pair on Swan boats (which are commonly found in Burnham Parks) have become an attraction here in Botanical Garden
20161218_093914tIMG_1760tA custom-built bridge over a koi fish pond20161218_094020tA statue of an Igorot20161218_094028t20161218_094227tDifferent pathways surrounded by luscious green plants and colorful flowers!20161218_094329tWhile exploring the garden, our feet took us in this Chinese-inspired garden. 20161218_094409tThis one is called as “Friendship Pavilion” which commemorates the sister city relationship of Baguio City and Hangzhou City of China. The building and the marker were both built in 1982.20161218_094756t
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Not too far from the Friendship Pavilion is another themed park and this time, it is inspired from Korean ~ the Taebaek Park!
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20161218_095400tA small replica of the Golden Gate Bridge20161218_095457t20161218_095508tA huge statue of Igorot in Botanical Garden. The place is really huge and it could be a very tiring tour so make sure you arm yourself with a bottle of water!20161218_095242t20161218_095230tUnlike in Camp John Hay, we were able to utilize our time very well in this garden. We were given time that is good enough to explore the huge garden.

Things You Should Know Before Going To Botanical Garden
►There is NO Entrance Fee to Botanical Garden
►The Igorots are more than willing to take Pictures with you but they charge Php10 per head
►Igorot Costumes can be rented for Php20 (no minimum time required)
►There are publicly accessible rest rooms but they will ask you Php5 (If you will only urinate) and Php 10 (If you want to do your business haha)
►Pets are allowed in Botanical Garden
►It is Baguio but it could be very hot too so wear clothes that is comfortable enough and footwear that are light enough to be carried
►The place is not Wheelchair-friendly
►Souvenirs and foods are being sold inside the Garden

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.
►Botanical Garden 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 the Botanical Garden, our tour coordinator took us to what she believed the Baguio Cathedral. I think she failed to do her research because we were actually taken to Saint Joseph Parish. Everyone was misinformed by that and I want to share you what happened in my next Back to Baguio Entry.

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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) : Camp John Hay

After we left the Strawberry farm (Check : Things You Should Know Before Visiting Strawberry Farm in Benguet), we finally headed back to Baguio and our first stop is the Camp John Hay. I was supposed to visit this place when i first went to Baguio for Panagbenga but it was so crowded and the roads are no longer passable so we had to cut it off from our itinerary. Now, I’m so happy that we finally get the chance to visit this place. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to explore the place in full extent because we are only allotted with 30 minutes to explore the area (I guess that is pretty much one of the down sides of being on a package tour ~ you cannot control your time).
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So basically, we just have to utilize our given time and explore the place as much as we can. Camp John Hay is another huge attraction in Baguio. The place houses many popular recreational areas such as the huge golf course, the bell house and amphitheater, the butterfly sanctuary, the cemetery of negativism and more.
20161218_080741tSo why is it Camp John Hay? Tracing back its history, the Camp John Hay or technically known as “John Hay Air Station” was built in 1903 and was designed for the exclusive use of US Military and Department of Defense in the Far East. The camp was named after John Milton  Hay, the secretary of state under Pres. Theodore Roosevelt.20161218_081101tThis explains why there are lots of American-style houses in the Camp and also the reason why Baguio was once named as the Little America of the Philippines. It’s also interesting to note that Camp John Hay was the first place in the Philippines bombed by Japan during the World War 2. The 690-hectare property was soon turned over to the Philippines in 1991 upon the expiration of the R.P.-U.S. Bases Agreement. The place was soon transformed into a recreational facility for former US Air force but eventually became accessible to general public. 20161218_083313t20161218_081656tAlthough most areas are now privately own, there are still areas in the Camp that are publicly accessible and can be entered with no charge. You can still enjoy those pine tree-lined roads, parks and play grounds and more. 20161218_081858tIMG_1747t20161218_082551t20161218_082019tTo enjoy the place in full extent, you may enter those private facilities. You have to pay for the entrance fee though. Take note that there is a separate fee for each facility which ranges from Php60 and above. The Historical core for example will charge you Php 60 but it includes an access to The Bell House and Cemetery of Negativism. The mini golfg, the eco-trail and the butterfly sanctuary are also few of the Camp John Hay’s interesting attractions with minimal entrance fee.20161218_081627tTree Top Adventure is another interesting attraction in Camp John Hay and is ideal for those who are seeking for new adventures. It has zip lines and other more recreational activities you can try.20161218_082523t148367127585460500tPhoto Credit : CampJohnHay.PH

If you are looking for a luxurious staycation in Baguio, then you might consider staying at the Manor which can be found within the Camp John Hay or better yet you can check this list of affordable budget hotels in Baguio in case you are travelling on a limited budget.20161218_082427tDespite of our short trip to Camp John Hay, it was still fun and those pine trees and colorful gardens are very refreshing to see.20161218_082657
So after dropping by to Camp John Hay, we were taken to another garden in Baguio but this time we were given longer hour to stay. Our next destination was the Botanical Garden! I will share you our experience in my next “Back To Baguio with Mama” entry.

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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