Baguio City: What You Need to Know

For anyone intending to make a trip, some general information concerning Baguio City will definitely be helpful. The following facts may prove handy and useful for the traveler, businessman or even the casual visitor. .

For anyone intending to make a trip, some general information concerning Baguio City will definitely be helpful. The following facts may prove handy and useful for the traveler, businessman or even the casual visitor. .

geography

The total land area of Baguio City is a little over 57.5 sq. km. (about 22 sq. miles). Since its early days, it has always been acclaimed for its beautiful pine trees (hence the moniker “City of Pines”). It is also renowned for its climate, which offers a refuge from the summer heat in Manila and other urban cities. Foreigners of course, have also come to love the cool weather in the Baguio.

economy

In terms of its economy, Baguio does not just rely on tourism, although it plays an important role. One of its main economic hubs are its educational facilities. There are several universities and colleges in the city, including vocational and technical schools.

Since its early history, the province of Benguet has been known for its mining, and to this day it still is, and most of the products of this sector are delivered in Baguio. The same goes for the agricultural goods in the vicinity.

Because of its status as a top tourist attraction, Baguio is home to several malls, supermarkets restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops. While a lot of them feature products and goods similar to those found in Metro Manila, most also offer the unique handicrafts of the city and province. For affordable and beautiful carvings and fabrics, the shops in Baguio have plenty to offer.

transport

Some important facts on getting to Baguio City: if you are going by land there are three routes: Naguilian Highway, Marcos Highway and Kennon Road. The latter offers the fastest way, although it is not advisable to traverse it during the rainy season as landslides are common. The other two, albeit longer, are usable for the whole year.

The airport in Baguio, called Loakann Airport, is less than half an hour away if you take a car coming from the south. Keep in mind though that flights are usually allowed only in the mornings due to poor visibility as the day goes by, and that only small craft are allowed to land on the airport owing to its limited size.

government

Baguio is structured similarly as any other city in the Philippines, except for the fact that it is no longer under the auspices of the province of Benguet. Nevertheless, it is still headed by the Mayor, Vice Mayor, a Congressman and 12 councilors. There are 130 barangays in the city, and all officials are duly elected.

history

Originally populated by Cordillera tribes, Baguio (then known as Kafagway), and Benguet fell into the hands of the Spaniards in the late 1800s and became a military base. It was eventually turned over to the Americans who turned the city into a recreational spot for their soldiers. This tradition continues to this day as Baguio remains the top choice for summer vacations.

 

 




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