Baguio has been one of my go-to escape-from-the-city-destination for a while now. I went there twice last year for summer and Christmas break and this year for the Panagbenga flower festival. Although Baguio is almost as crowded as Manila especially during peak seasons, I still appreciate how convenient it is to travel up there for at least a weekend. And the weather, got to love that as well.
It was very quick weekend trip. We (my friend Bryan and I) left Manila at 2:30 pm of Saturday, and touched down Baguio City seven hours later. Danilo traveled from Pangasinan to meet us there for the weekend.
And so we walked around the city to find a place for late dinner, and my friend Marlon (from PMA) suggested we try Solibao in Heritage Mansion in Legarda. We were lost quite a few times in the city haha but we finally found the place after 40 or so minutes of walking, only to find out they’re already closed. Hah! We ended up eating at a good old favorite in Baguio, Good Taste.
Here’s the thing — our first night in Baguio was literally a walkathon, but the highlight was this — as we settled on our table at Good Taste, a few drunk men started shouting at each other and throwing monobloc chairs to each other’s faces, one of them even threw punches to the other. Oh, and did I mention the scene happened a good meter away from our table? Oh yes. What a scene to welcome us to the city. After a few minutes, and with the help of the security people, everyone went back to regular programming as if nothing happened And so finally, we were able to have a peaceful and mouthful dinner. It was almost midnight.
After dinner we walked towards our hotel. We booked a deluxe room for 4 (we were only 3) at the Hotel Cosmopolitan in Naguillian cor Bokawkan. And then good things started to happen when we checked in. We washed up, and called it a night. Wake up call the next day was 5am so we can get a good spot for the float parade.
Panagbenga 2014 series: