With the temperature hitting all-time highs, who isn’t dying to escape the inferno that is Manila? If Tagaytay is already crowded for your comfort and you seek colder climate without having to fly out of the country, then going to Baguio is your best bet. Speaking of Baguio, the city has limitless options when it comes to things to do and places to stay.
If this will be your first time to visit Baguio, we suggest staying near Session Road, the main hub of the city’s central business district. It is near to most tourist attractions in Baguio, as well as the center of nightlife and entertainment in the city.
Here are some suggestions on what to do when staying at Session Road.
- Worship at Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral
If you’re Catholic, it’s worth visiting the most famous church in the city. Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral, or more popularly known as Baguio Cathedral, has become a popular tourist attraction because of its distinctive pink interior, stained glass windows, and twin spires. It is located less than a kilometer away from Session Road. The church served as evacuation center during World War II. It has also become a popular venue for lovely Baguio weddings.
- Commune with nature at Burnham Park
Located at the heart of Baguio and less than a kilometer away from Session Road, the park is among the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Some say that its already cliché to go to Burnham Park when in Baguio, but really, a stay in the city wouldn’t be complete without spending at least a couple of hours at this relaxing haven. The park itself has a skating rink, picnic grove, Rose Garden, man-made lake, orchidarium, children’s playground, and a grandstand for outdoor events.
- Shop and Eat at Harrison Night Market
Also less than a kilometer from Session Road, Harrison Road is also near Burnham Park and is one of the star attractions in the city. At night, the area lights up as food vendors and used clothing (popularly known as ukay-ukay) dominate the streets. People from all walks of life crowd the night market for dirt-cheap secondhand and surplus clothing, which include authentic designer items. After shopping, reward your thrifting by filling your stomach with cheap and tasty hawker fare.
- Feast your eyes at Ben Cab Museum
You have to travel 3 kilometers from Session Road to get here, but the effort will be totally worth it. It houses the works of National Artist Ben Cabrera and other local artists. Get a heavy dose of art and culture as you look at paintings, figurines, sculptures, and other pieces. The place by itself is visit-worthy; it has a beautifully landscaped garden with a small pond. There’s also a Café Isabel, which provides an awesome view of the farm and garden.
After hours of exploring the wonders of Session Road and its surrounding areas, you need to relax in a place that will give you the comfort that you truly deserve. El Cielito Baguio, which is just short minutes away from Session Road by foot, is a quaint hotel for the leisure or business traveler looking for classy but affordable accommodations in the country’s summer capital.
The hotel offers well-appointed and fully equipped rooms with amenities such as Wi-Fi internet access, cable TV, phone, toilet and bath with hot and cold shower, and queen or twin beds.
At very reasonable rates, you get quality accommodations with breathtaking scenery and refreshing mountain breeze. The best thing about the hotel is its location, which is just minutes away from the city’s finest and most popular destinations, shopping mall, hospitals, and business and financial districts.