SCENE CITY| Davao to Baguio easier and faster

BAGUIO, popularly known as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” seemed such a far vacation spot to reach for us who live in Davao City, since it used to take five hours drive from Manila, passing through the main thoroughfares of Tarlac, Pangasinan and La Union before finally reaching Kennon Road and Baguio City.

But everything has changed. This time, flying with AirAsia to Clark and motoring to Baguio was a breeze! Taking the TPLEX, a concrete expressway passing through Tarlac, Pangasinan and La Union without getting stalled by traffic, we went on a non-stop drive on board the van of Azalea Residences Baguio and reached just in time for lunch in less than four hours.

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AT BAGUIO City’s Botanical Garden with AirAsia’s Genefer Bugarin-Tan and Rhea of Sunstar Davao

Baguio’s cool climate was exhilarating as we settled into the apartment suite in the six-story contemporary log cabin-inspired hotel situated in the heart of the City of Pines.

After a brief rain in the early afternoon, the sky turned orange at sunset and left the surroundings cooler and fresh as we made our way to the night market after early dinner. The place was not really much different from Davao City’s night market at Roxas Avenue, but still we tried the food and bought some items we picked from the stalls.

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FRONTPAGE of Azalea Residences Baguio

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THE FARMER’S Daughter Restaurant

Our host took us to Baguio Craft Brewery the same evening to sample the craft beer made in Baguio City. The Brewery is 100 percent Filipino owned and operated. Using natural ingredients, the handcrafted beer has no additives, preservatives or adjuncts that beer drinkers have been accustomed to.

After a night’s rest, we toured the Botanical Garden, Mine’s View Park and bought souvenirs to take home. Lovely plants and flowers and plants were all over which grew healthy with the cool air of the mountains. We only wish we could bring them with us.

The food trip for lunch was proof that Baguio cuisine was something to experience with the home-cooked flavors we savored at the Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant.

The Ben Cab Art museum took all afternoon for us to tour, appreciating the paintings, carvings and the culture of the mountain tribes seen through the paintings and woodworks which told their own stories. The modern museum built in the heart of Baguio is something we envy, as it is rich in its display of paintings by a much respected artist. Even the architecture is much to be admired.

Sad to say, we could not stay longer than two days and had to leave the city through Clark once more. We thanked our hosts at Azalea Residences Baguio, who drove to Clark International Airport with us and Genefer Bugarin-Tan of AirAsia, who was with us throughout this adventure to the Northern part of the Philippnes.

Thank you, Kenneth Irving Ong for the photos.

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