Monday, April 2, 2018

Baguio City 2018


Having visited  Baguio City every year since the late 80's, has made me familiar with all the tourist spots. This year, I want it to be different and share with you the new "go-to" places of Baguio City.


1. Stobosa Hillside Homes Artwork - Twenty to thirty minutes away from Session Road passing through La Trinidad on your way to the Strawberry Farm is the Stobosa Homes with 150 painted houses with the floral mural like that of Brazil's Favela paintings. It enhances the creativity of Baguio's local artists from Tam-Awan Village. This project is under the REV-BLOOM campaign of Department of Tourism (DOT) Cordillera which aims to promote the region as what it's known for - FLOWERS!







2. Mount Costa - is one of Baguio's hidden garden. It's a six hectare (15 acres), composed of 23 gardens. Situated at ME 33 Lamtang Puguis La Trinidad, Benguet. Approximately 45- 1 hr travel from the heart of Baguio City.
Note: For more Information you may check their website: (www.mountcosta.com)
Located outside the hustle & bustle of central Baguio along Pico-Lamtang Road.
How to get there:
***By Private Vehicle or Taxi:
Via Naguilian Road:  
Go passed Puregold Irisan and travel 6km along Naguilian and make a right at Pico-
Lamtang Road
From Tam Awan Village/Long Long Road:  
Follow Long Long Road for 2.7 km then make a left at Pico-Lamtang Road and travel 2 km.  Mount Costa should appear on your right.

TIP: Type Mount Costa The Green Living Room in Waze.

***By Jeep:
From Baguio City to Mount Costa:
Go to Shagem St. (across Rose Garden, Burnham Park) and ride a 'Long trip' jeep that will take you all the way to Lamtang. Get off at Lamtang Irisan Cockpit. Ride a jeep with a sign 'Puguis Junction' then get off at Mount Costa.
From La Trinidad:
Take a jeep to Pico, Puguis Buyagan.  
TICKET PRICE
1-Day admission gives you access to all of our gardens.

PEAK SEASON RATES
Adults P 350.00 ($7.00)
Students (with Valid ID) P 250.00 ($5.00)
Senior Citizens & PWDs P 250.00 ($5.00)
Children below 3 Free (Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times)
Green Living Room Rental P 1,000.00 ($20.00)

OFF SEASON RATES
Adults P 280.00 ($5.60)
Students (with Valid ID) P 200.00 ($4.00)
Senior Citizens & PWDs P 200.00 ($4.00)
Children below 3 Free (Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times)
Green Living Room Rental P 1,000.00 ($20.00)

NOTE: With the exception of baby food items, outside food and/or beverages are not allowed inside the gardens.

OPERATING SCHEDULES
1-Day admission gives you access to all of our gardens.
Park Hours          9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Days                     7 days a week
                                                           
FOOD KIOSKS
They have 2 concessionaires operating inside the gardens:

Note: Info taken from Mount Costa's website. You may also email them at mountcosta@gmail.com or call them at 09774097004.

Let me give you a quick tour of the gardens:

A view of one of the rooms of Mount Costa

The view from the ticket booth area

The Alfresco of Mount Costa 

Inca Garden

The Bud Garden

The Bud Garden

The Concentric Garden
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The Bud Garden


The Grid Garden



 
The Twig Garden


The Spectrum Garden



3. Saint Patrick Village (Upper House Village Baguio) - A luxurious Village found along Paterno St. South Drive (between Baguio Country Club and Camp John Hay). It may take 20 -25 minutes from Session Road. Upper House Village Baguio offers a lifestyle retreat with the highest level of privacy, comfort, safety and a meticulous attention to detail plus an unsurpassed sense of style and space. For reservations, you may check their website: www.upperhousevillage.com








4. Baguio Craft Brewery - Staying true to its name, Baguio Craft Brewery is a premium casual restaurant/pub with a passion for fresh local ingredients of the Cordillera whenever possible. All menu items are handcrafted in-house to provide the freshest food possible. With over a 50 plus brews and with 21 craft beers on tap, Baguio Craft Brewery is proud to offer Philippines’ largest selection of draft beer. It’s not uncommon to find unique brews on the menu alongside more well known-style such as lagers and pilsners. (from www.baguiocraftbrewery.com)
Baguio Craft Brewery is situated at 120 RKC Building, Marcos Highway, Km4, Baguio City. 

For inquiries, you may reach them through:
Email:                    info@baguiocraftbrewery.com

Phone number:    (074) 620 2278












Baguio City has always surprised us with its evolving and dynamic industrialization. It unfailingly keeps the best level it can give to the tourists and to the locals. Known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio City has always kept its name as one of the most visited places in the North.

And Baguio will forever be my second home.





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