The name Baguio conjures, for both the international and domestic traveller, a highland retreat in the Grand Cordillera in Northern Luzon, with pine trees (hence the nickname City of Pines), crisp cold breezes and low verdant knolls and hillocks. Through the numerous decades Baguio has morphed from what was once a grassy marshland into one of the cleanest and greenest, most highly urbanized cities in the country. It has made its mark as a premiere tourist destination in the Northern part of the Philippines with its cool climate, foggy hills, panoramic views and lovely flowers. Being the ideal convergence zone of neighbouring highland places, Baguio is the melting pot of different peoples and cultures and has boosted its ability to provide a centre for education for its neighbors. Its rich culture and countless resources have lured numerous investments and business opportunities to the city.
Baguio is 8 degrees cooler on the average than any place in lowlands. When Manila sweats at 35 degrees centigrade or above, Baguio seldom exceeds 26 degrees centigrade at its warmest. Baguio is very wet during the Philippine rainy season, which is from June to October. It gets the biggest amount of rainfall in the country, twice the volume of rainfall in the country as compared to Manila. However from November to May, Baguio becomes a tropical paradise, a refreshing break from the hot and humid Philippine climate. Christmas season is when Baguio glows with the nippy winter air. In the summer month of March, April, May, Baguio lives up to its title as the “”Summer Capital of the Philippines when thousands of visitors from the lowlands and Manila take their annual exodus to the city to cool off. Casual clothing is recommended worn with jackets or sweaters in the late afternoons or evenings.
According to the 2007 census, Baguio City has a population of 301,926.
Baguio Medical Center and Saint Louis university Hospital of the Sacred Heart. For a full list of medical facilities in Baguio, please click here.
How to get there
From Manila, visitors can take a 50-minute flight to Baguio Airport. Visitors can also take the six-hour bus ride through Kennon Road, Marcos Highway or Naguilian Road.
Text adapted from the official website of Baguio city.