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Burnham Park

Laid-back Baguio locals may wax nostalgic about their home city's cooler temperatures and easy traffic along Session Road back in the 1980s and decades before, but Burnham Park -the heart of how I remember this century-old mountain city located 250 kilometers north of Manila - still retains much of its rusticity and charisma.

Laid-back Baguio locals may wax nostalgic about their home city’s cooler temperatures and easy traffic along Session Road back in the 1980s and decades before, but Burnham Park -the heart of how I remember this century-old mountain city located 250 kilometers north of Manila – still retains much of its rusticity and charisma.

Named after American architect and urban planner, Daniel Hudson Burnham, who laid down the city plan, this sprawl of pine trees and weeping willows has a rectangular man-made lagoon of an interesting green hue where one can take relaxing rides on a rented boat (paddle boat: P60, pedal boat: P100, 30 min.) Street food, knitwear, silver-craft jewelry, marionettes and other knickknacks are peddled along its pebbled concrete pathways as lovers snug into each other arms, dreamily watching families gleefully steer their swan and dragon-like boats over mossy waters. On the side gardens, you can find a bicycle that fits your taste with the buffet of colors, shapes and sizes available for rent as well.

Celebrating its centennial next year (1909-2009), Baguio City was founded by the Americans in the early 1900s on the site of a local Ibaloi village called Kafagway. It has proven its resilience for decades even after a horrible war and the great earthquake of 1990. Coming from the Ibaloi word bagiw meaning “moss”, the city perched 1500 meters above sea level has a cool climate all year round, becoming the quintessential “Summer Capital of the Philippines”, since 1903.

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