Way back in 2000, days before my graduation in elementary, I was so sad knowing that I got a low grade in History subject. That was my first time to be graded 76 %. Ouchie! Because it was that memorable and the moment had injected really in my mind. History sucks. I hated story of the pasts but as time goes by, since I started loving to travel, I didn’t notice that I actually write articles for this blog tackling about history of the events and landmarks. I didn’t even notice that I am researching facts about the spots. It didn’t came also in my mind that I had a terrible experience with history that could have lost my graduation. These realizations were figured out as I visited Intramuros. The city within the city. Intramuros is actually a spanish word which means “inside the wall”. Outside the walled city is called extramuros. The city was located then along Manila Bay and south of the Pasig River entrance before 20th-century reclamations obscured the city from the bay. Guarding the city is Fort Santiago, a citadel located at the mouth of the river. Construction of its thick defensive walls were started by the Spaniards in the late 16th century to protect the seat of the Spanish government from foreign invasions (most notably British and Dutch) and raiding Chinese sea pirates. Intramuros is a 30-45 minutes from the Ninoy International Airport depending on the loads of traffic. The Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or [...]
Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral, better known as Baguio Cathedral, is a Catholic cathedral located at Cathedral Loop, adjacent to Session Road in Baguio City in the Philippines. It is distinct for its rose-colored exterior, twin spires and traditional stained glass windows make it famous and is one of the most photographed iconic buildings in Baguio City.It served as an evacuation center during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II. The site where the cathedral currently stands was a hill referred to as “Kampo” by the Ibaloi people. In 1907, a Catholic mission was established by Belgian missionaries from the Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae, who named the site Mount Mary. Construction on the cathedral itself was begun in 1920, under the leadership of the then-parish priest, Fr. Florimono Carlu. The building was completed by 1936, and consecrated that year, dedicated to Our Lady of Atonement. During World War II, the cathedral served as an evacuation center. It withstood the carpet-bombing of Baguio City in 1945. The remains of thousands of bombing victims during the war are interred within the grounds of the cathedral. The cathedral has a distinct pink facade with a rose window and twin square bell towers with pyramidal roofs.Within its large courtyard is a view deck that overlooks Session Road and the downtown commercial district of Baguio City. The cathedral is accessible to pedestrians from Session Road through a 100-step stone staircase, or through the adjacent campus of Saint Louis University.
Your Baguio vacation would not be completed if you fail to visit Mines View. A park that will give you a chance to see a 180 degrees of the Benguet’s mining site of golds and coppers while green mountains stand before you. To fully experience the viewing, you have to go down to the observation deck through a winding stone-covered stairway. Be cautious also in trekking the stairway for it is oftentimes slippery. One false move, you would find yourself falling a hundred feet below. To zoom your viewing experience, a binocular is also available at the observation deck. This is a kind place where you can relax while inhaling true and unadulterated air. At the entrance of Mines View is a commercial strip where you can buy souvenirs,T-shirts or perhaps you just want to see the stuff of the people living here thousands years ago. I suggest, if you want to feel relax on going here, do not come here on Holy Week or long holidays. This place will turn like a market prompting you to leave early because people are rushing in and out. Streesful. For more photos, CLICK HERE
At the center of the park, there is a man made lake where tourists spend time boating with their loved ones. It is one of the most visited spots in Baguio City. While on the water, I could see the smiles of the people enjoying the ride. I could hear the laugh and shout of some youngsters while wrongly paddled the boat. Burham Park is named after the American architect and planner Daniel Hudson Burnham who played an important role in Baguio history especially in planning the city from roads to amenities. At present, new facilities have been introduced to make the park even more fabulous. It has areas for biking,skating and jogging. It is also accessible and very easy to locate especially to crazy tourists like me. It is just adjacent to the Session Road and SM Mall. Cheap hotels like Kisan Hotel and Hotel 45 are also available stone throw away from the park. It was originally made to create natural scenes at the heart of the city but after the 1990 earthquake which killed more than 100 people in Baguio City, many displaced people sought refuge in Burnham Park. Despite of the changes in the park, it remains worthy to visit but locals warned me/you to be attentive with the precious things we are bringing for it has been reported that snatchers are just waiting for their prey. For more photos of Burnham Park, CLICK HERE.
When I got a chance to join Kabataan News Network of UNICEF and PROBE MEDIA Foundation, Davao Bureau reporters were sent to Manila for Human Rights Seminar. This was my first family in filmmaking, reporting and writing. We stayed at Astoria Plaza for a week not because my mother’s surname is Plaza but because KNN wanted us to experience a little bit of luxury so we may able to realize how big young journalists’s role is. The Astoria escapade keeps on taunting me especially after seeing Boy Abunda’s billboard here in Davao City. It seems like I was just dreaming. I am the poorest among all the HCDC students then, but I was able to experience such opportunity. I keep this moment posted because this reminds of how hard what have I been to. Really, my life is so dramatic and cheezy. lolz
I was so skinny before. Not enough vitamins kulang sa gulay. It’s my dream always to stay in Baguio. The uniqueness of living there makes me think of visiting it again. My first time vacation there was when I got a chance to represent my school in college. Holy Cross of Davao College sent me to represent the institution for the national convention of the Kabataang Pangarap ni Rizal KAPARIZ XI. There, I was elected as the KAPARIZ XI coordinator. This group is headed by former Chief Justice Davide. Back to Baguio, we had a cold summer escapade and stayed at the Teacher’s Camp. I have met several student leaders from different schools and I had a great time exploring Baguio City with them. Burnham Park was the first choice. With my energetic moderator, Ms Gee, we embraced the fun in the park with boating and cam whoring everywhere. Mines View was the next stop. There, I have meditated for awhile.The ambiance of the place while looking the vast mountainous area of Baguio, you would realize how beautiful nature is. No question, why baguio receives tourist influx especially during summer. Actually, there are lots of spots in this city to remember. I am actually planning to go back to this place this year. Compared before, I did not have gadget to capture moments. I will not worry for I will invade Baguio City again this year…hopefully.