Must Visit Places in Baguio
The year 2014 started off really awesometastic! I got a chance to finally go to one of the places in the Philippines that I've always wanted to go - Baguio (the Summer Capital of the Philippines).
It was through the Youth Empowerment for Stronger Communities (YES-C) Program Workshop on Using Social Media to Empower Communities held at the Consuelo Center for Leadership and Social Innovation, CFSPI Baguio City.
This photo collage pretty much sums up my Baguio experience - nice weather (a little too cold for me but hey it was cool!) and nice people!
I've got to meet and help mentor 71 aspiring youth leaders who attended the Youth Empowerment for Stronger Communities Program that was organized by the Child and Family Service Philippines, Inc in partnership with the Embassy of the United States of America - Manila.
Me speaking in front of the youth of Baguio reminding them of the importance of ABC when using social media - Always Be Checking
During their workshop, they've personally met the US Ambassador Philip Goldberg and got the privilege to ask him questions such as his favorite Filipino foods and even his message for the youth.
After the workshop, I've gotten a chance to explore some of the must-see places in Baguio like Burnham Park, Botanical Garden, Mines View Park, Wright Park and even stroll the streets of Session Road and noticed some of the things that I probably wouldn't have learned about Baguio if I didn't go there and see and experience for myself.
1. The fruits and vegetables are really so fresh and so affordable!
Baguio supplies huge amount of fresh vegetable and fruits that's being consumed in the Metro Manila. On our way to the session road, I see some fruits being sold like grapes at Php 90 / kilo (normal seedless grapes are being sold Php 180 / kilo).
The cleanliness of the streets were so noticeable too!
2. They have really breathtaking view!
Overlooking the Mines View Park - Appropriately names for its breathtaking view of mountain ranges and Baguio's "mineral bowl where gold,silver and other ores were once quarried.
3. You can buy happiness for Php 250 half an hour!
Okay maybe not 'happiness' but horseback riding for half an hour..which to me is almost the same.
4. They may have the coldest temperature in the city, but they sure do have some of the warmest people!
The youth which I taught on how to use social media responsibly were kind enough to show me around the city and I learned from them about the history of Baguio, about which places to go and not to go.
6. And this one too...
And probably many other breathtaking places and more (that I didn't get a chance to go on the little time I spent there), plus I've only been to the 'touristy' places and not in the those path less traveled so it's not fair to say Baguio is really pretty because I know there are so many other beautiful places in that city that I've never been! If you're in the Metro Manila, plan a trip to go to Baguio because it's just worth it.
It's definitely a different experience.
Would love to thank the CSFPI Family for the warm welcome, US Embassy - Manila (special thanks to Jay de Jesus and Eren Joy “Ej” Bautista) for allowing me to take part in such a wonderful program that truly inspires the youth to become their best selves and to realize their potentials and really empower them and of course, thank you to all the mentors who helped in facilitating during the event.