It is the closest to what fall climate is for many Filipinos, where most parts of the country often experience two contrasting weather yearly- extremely hot summer months and strong typhoon season. The elevated location of Baguio City high above the mountain not only provided a colder climate but something of a peaceful retreat, a great break from the sweltering Metro Manila.
Some of the best memories of my high school days are spent in Baguio. You know that feeling of being completely on your own for the first time that even the mere walking along Session Road with your friends is just grand.
But a lot has changed since then. For starters, the travel time is no longer an issue and the once dangerous zigzag roads leading to city is now less accident prone. However, along with these major developments a lot has changed in Baguio indeed.
The once noticeable breeze of fresh air upon arriving in Baguio is no longer there; instead it was replaced by traffic jam and the uncontrollable growing number of jeepneys and “ukay-ukay” or second hand clothing shops. Though the growing number of public vehicles is a good sign indicating that most township in Mountain Province like Sagada can now be easily reach.
Even with Baguio transformation into a city similar to a Metro Manila municipality, the tourist favorite spots are still there- the fresh strawberries, peanut brittle and walis tambo (whisk broom) available at the city market and the sunflowers and man-made lake of Burnham Park
The most remarkable view of Baguio for me is the distant panoramic array of houses at the hillside, how small and dense they are. It is my greatest hope that even with the city’s ongoing transformation into another urban municipality, many of the things once treasured and loved about Baguio will remain.
Closing my trip to the northern part of the Philippines for now. Thank You Mountain Province!