Memories can be triggered by the slightest reminder. For me, there’s always this specific feeling of love and longing when I feel the familiar cold of Baguio’s frosty weather.
A sudden breeze of chilled air is all I need to remind myself that I’m home. And I’m not even talking about my hometown. Baguio City adopted me as one of her own. This cold and mountainous paradise took me in during my almost five-year stay as a college student.
Baguio has lots to offer aside from the cool climate and warm people. One of my most favorite things to do when I go there is take a walk all over town. It’s been my habit since the bus ride to this lovely city usually takes about 6 to 7 hours. It’s nice to stretch out your legs and besides, you get to see this lovely city from an insider’s point of view.
I’m not a Baguio local but I think I fare well in being a transplant. One place that stuck with me wherever I went is my Alma Mater, the University of the Philippines Baguio. It’s a place of many firsts for me and for many others like me who just fell in love with the place.
The Oblation, UP’s most iconic symbol for self-sacrifice.
A view from the pond area where we used to spend cold nights in December just getting sauced after the exams. Good times. Pardon the surprise appearance of my finger.
A view from the Alumni Office at Sarmiento Building, my lovely wife – UPB’s Alumni Relations Officer
Another good spot to go to is the Public Market where you can score different kinds of goods. Baguio is known for its fresh fruits and vegetables like strawberries, huge oranges from Sagada, lettuce, sayote crops and other fresh produce. I had a stint working at the market for more than a year but that’s a story for another day.
In and around the Baguio City Public Market are little shops called “ukay-ukay.” Loosely translated, that means thrift shop. “Ukay” is a Filipino colloquial word that means “dig.” The custom is that you get second hand goods like clothes, odds and ends and even film cameras at a great bargain. I scored a Konica C35 AF camera recently at one of the secret spots my wife and I usually go to when in search for a killer buy.
This ruin of an old building along Session Road is an eerie-looking spot. But I say it’s a good spot for a photo shoot. Just be careful when you step on the craggy ground.
Again, it’s nice to walk around Baguio and really get a hands-on feel of everything. I know that the sky will always be that big blue carpet above us but I think Baguio has one of the most amazing skylines any time of the day. Poets can get a real creative kick out of watching the curling clouds of Baguio’s skyline play around.
Coffee date and a couple selfie for a parting shot. Thanks to the LC-Wide!
And of course, Baguio is home to some of the tastiest coffee in the country (in my opinion) and a trip to the City of Pines is never complete without a hot cup to warm the tummy and the heart. I haven’t even got to the best part of the city. Baguio is the place where I met my wife and had our son. But again, that’s a story for another day.