Traveller, Photographer, Mountaineer, Human

Eman’s Bday Trip – Baguio City (Part 1)

October 6, 2012

Eman’s birthday is October 7 (Sunday) but our trip started midnight on Friday.  We arrived in Baguio City before 6am.  Baguio City is a city in the mountains with an elevation of approximately 1500 meters above sea level.  It is known as the City of Pines, City of Flowers, etc.  Because of its elevation, it is a popular summer destination and it is also popular on Christmas for those who wish to experience a colder temperature than most of the country.

On arriving in Baguio, we went straight to the Baguio Cathedral.

Baguio Cathedral

Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral (better known as Baguio Cathedral) is a catholic church sitting atop an elevated portion of the city near Session Road (and near the monstrosity that is the SM Mall).  Construction started in 1920s and was completed in 1936.

We arrived very early in the morning (before 6am) but there are already people inside the church as there was going to be an early mass (or just early congregation prayers).  As such, we were not able to get close to the altar (and since I was using a fisheye, no closeup of the altar and famous stained glass).

Volante and Session Road

After visiting the Baguio Cathedral, we went down to Session Road (accessible from the cathedral via concrete steps).  Volante is a 24-hour restaurant (serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails).  There we met Eman’s friend Giselle.

Chitchat and photo ops while waiting for our breakfast.  Hanna sausage breakfast.

For my breakfast, I had so-called “Hanna sausage.”  For those planning to have breakfast here, I discourage you to order this.  It tastes like a not-so-good chorizo de bilbao.  There are other breakfast meals that seem tastier like ham, bacon, etc.

After breakfast, we went down Session Road to go to Burnham Park.  Session Road is probably Baguio’s most famous street due to the bars and restaurants on it.  There is also a place for ukay-ukay (flea market for second hand items) near the bottom (near Burnham Park) where various items – mostly clothes but can also include household items and Christmas decorations.

Pedestrians in Session Road * Christmas items on sale at ukay-ukay.

At the end of Session Road is Burnham Park at the city center… (continued in part 2).

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