Northern Road Trip: Benguet

If it were up to me, I would have taken the deluxe bus to Baguio City from Cubao and enjoyed wi-fi and my much needed sleep. But three friends decided to bring their cars and flex their driving skills on the hilly terrain of Benguet. Who are we to refuse? πŸ™‚

But if you want to really tour around Baguio, I suggest you rent an fx for a day. It will save you on thinking where to go, how to get there and how to head back to your hotel. We asked one cab driver and if I remember right, the going rate is around P1800 for a day and for Β a max of five people already. Not a bad deal, right?

For those who are not familiar with the Philippine geography, Baguio City may be located in Benguet province but it is independent from it and is outside of its jurisdiction. La Trinidad, on the other hand, is the capital of Benguet and is considered a Β first class municipality.

The Lion's Head along Kennon Road. Conceptualized in 1969; and after stops and starts, it was finally finished in 1972.

The Lion’s Head along Kennon Road. Conceptualized in 1969; and after stops and starts, it was finally finished in 1972.

View from Kennon Road

View from Kennon Road

The Baguio Cathedral is located in the city center and you can't miss the towering pink structure. O:-)

The Baguio Cathedral is located in the city center and you can’t miss the towering pink structure. O:-)

Climb 252 steps or drive a light vehicle up the driveway... but that's just cheating, right? We make leeway for kids and old folks; but us healthy ones, no excuse. ;)

The Lourdes Grotto: climb 252 steps or drive a light vehicle up the driveway… but that’s just cheating, right? We make leeway for kids and old folks; but us healthy ones, no excuse. πŸ˜‰

This resto is just a tad too overrated and overpriced. I don't find their food extraordinary but points for the ambiance.

This resto is just a tad too overrated and overpriced. I don’t find their food extraordinary but points for the ambiance though.

A picture with the Douglas, the famous St. Bernard of Baguio. This guy is HUGE and so cuddly!

A picture with the Douglas, the famous St. Bernard of Baguio. This guy is HUGE and so cuddly! And costs P50 for 3 shots or P20 for one.

And then walk further down Mines View Park, and you will come across another St. Bernard, Fiona. Costs cheaper at P10 per photo. ;)

And then walk further down Mines View Park, and you will come across another St. Bernard, Fiona. Costs cheaper at P10 per photo. πŸ˜‰

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For just P10, you can rent a native Igorot’s costume and have unlimited photo sessions while you’re at it.

The Lost Cemetery is located inside Camp John Hay and one I enjoyed so much. Pay the P60 entrance fee and you'll be free to roam around.

The Lost Cemetery is located inside Camp John Hay and one I enjoyed so much. Pay the P60 entrance fee and you’ll be free to roam around.

How cool is it that "Just Can't Shake It" and I are born on the same day? :D Yep, that's how you read the names of the "dead". Go check the images below and have fun decoding. :D

How cool is it that “Just Can’t Shake It” and I are born on the same day? πŸ˜€ Yep, that’s how you read the names of the “dead”. Go check the images below and have fun decoding. πŸ˜€

Herein lies in the Cemetery of Negativism, self-imposed thinking that limits and burdens man. Have fun decoding the pun!

Herein lies in the Cemetery of Negativism, self-imposed thinking that limits and burdens man. Have fun decoding the pun!

And here's more! :)

And here’s more! πŸ™‚

Still located inside Camp John Hay. Nice service crew, awfully slow service.

Still located inside Camp John Hay. Nice service crew, awfully slow service.

The clock atop the City Hall is visible from Burnham Park; we decided to check it out up close.

The clock atop the City Hall is visible from Burnham Park; we decided to check it out up close.

Since we woke up earlier than our companions, we decided to head off to Tam-Awan Village, an interesting artsy place for the locals set amid a collection of Ifugao and Kalinga huts.

Since we woke up earlier than our companions, we decided to head off to Tam-Awan Village, an interesting artsy place for the locals set amid a collection of Ifugao and Kalinga huts.

View from one of the trails in Tam-Awan Village.

View from one of the trails in Tam-Awan Village.

The real strawberry taho can be found at  the Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad. Those sold in the city are merely syrup and no bits of the real thing.

The real strawberry taho can be found at the Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad. We had one at Wright Park and it was just syrup. So for just P20, go indulge yourself with the real thing.

At Strawberry Farm, you can pick them yourself and it will cost P300 or you can buy freshly picked ones for P160 thereabouts.

At the farm, you can pick the strawberries yourself and it will cost P300 per kilo or you can buy freshly picked ones for P160 thereabouts.

Amid the number of tourists loitering the farm, caretakers go about their usual morning tasks.

Amid the number of tourists loitering the farm, caretakers go about their usual morning tasks.

At the exit, you will find vendors of all sorts and I spent the chilly morning eating strawberry ice cream from Manong JohnJohn. For just P20, you can already enjoy authentic, creamy strawberry ice cream. Luv!!! :D

At the exit, you will find vendors of all sorts and I spent the chilly morning eating strawberry ice cream from Manong JohnJohn. For just P20, you can already enjoy authentic, creamy strawberry ice cream. Luv!!! πŸ˜€

And the best part, you can get 3 kilos of assorted veggies for just P100! And manang even dropped a few cucumbers and chayote (yes, that is sayote in English :D ) and I saw that it went almost 3.5 kilos. All for P100. Nice!

And the best part? You can get 3 kilos of assorted veggies for just P100! And manang even dropped a few cucumbers and chayote (yes, that is sayote in English πŸ˜€ ) and I saw that it went almost 3.5 kilos. We just love Manang!

Just some of the flowers I caught while strolling Baguio.

Just some of the flowers I caught while strolling Baguio.

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