Friday, January 7, 2011

4D/3N Travel: What to do when in BAGUIO

{Old post from May 2008} A friend of ours wanted to celebrate her birthday out of town. So just after a month from our beach getaway, we all decided to take her on a road trip up the mountains. The destination was BAGUIO. 


A day before her actual birthday. We all decided to meet at the 7-eleven store by Roces Avenue around 12 midnight. As soon as everyone arrived, we rode the first available jeep to Cubao to catch a bus trip to Baguio via Victory Liner. The ticket was around PHP450/one-way. 

The VL bus left the terminal by 3 am. It did 2 stops before reaching the city of Baguio. And we were able to reach the City of Pines by 9 am, which was just in time for our guy friend's pal to show up (a Baguio resident). She picked us up and helped us look for a place to stay in for our 4-day stay. After an hour of checking ‘available rooms’, we found Ferrioni. Eventhough the place was a bit expensive, we instantly booked the last available room. 


Ferionni Pension House is located in Phil-am road along Marcos Highway. The building is so visible from the road that you won’t be able to miss it. To access the place, you must go down a steep walkaway.

Since May was still part of the peak season, we were charged PHP2000 per night. We still had value for our money since our space had two bedrooms in it, a TV, a big sink and our very own kitchen. We also had a very nice and spacious bathroom that had hot water!!!! We loved the space that was provided to us but was more psyched to go around Baguio that day. So as soon as we settled in, we left and headed for SM Baguio.


It wasn’t that difficult to go around Baguio. Jeepneys were always accessible and the basic rate goes as cheap as PHP7. You'll also see taxi’s, as well as FX vehicles that charge the same rate as taxi’s do. Their flag down price starts at PHP30. 

It started to rain while we were along Session Road. So we ran to the nearest shelter that we could find. We were in luck as the building had a small restaurant that offered different cuisines, so we ate lunch there. They named the place MYOGA. And just like our Puerto Galera trip, I saw another funny word! My apologies, but they were only serving this one specific food called “MEET BALLS!”

After having a few laughs, we pulled up our umbrellas and went around to hoard some good finds in Baguio’s Ukay-Ukay spots. Good thing we were all wearing closed shoes as the roads started to fill up with mud. Anyway, we weren’t able to purchase any Ukay items. But we were able to buy meat and veggies for our first dinner in Baguio. There was a nearby wet market by Session Road called ‘the Maharlika Market’ where we got some affordable products.


After ‘food-shopping’, we went back to Ferrioni’s, where our guy friend started to prepare and cook dinner. After a hefty meal, we changed into our gimik clothes and left for Nevada Square. An FX ride from Ferrioni’s to Nevada Square only cost us about PHP60.

As soon as we arrived, I lead them straight to Nevada Square’s famous Beach House. I started to love this restaurant/bar when I went here with my family in 2007. The three instantly loved the ambiance. And since there were no other customers, we were able to pick my favorite spot. 

When you enter the Beach House, you will be able to see from your left, an elevated portion of the place. There was a ladder for you to climb up and access the space. It was more of a lounge area. It had pillows and mats for you to sit on, and a small table for you to use. It also had bamboo and shell trinkets to accentuate the space. It truly gave us a beachy-vibe. More so, when I ordered their famous Illusion Pitcher. This was Baguio’s version of the Mindoro Sling. But it tasted better, which also had a strong kick to it! After two pitchers, I felt almost knocked out! ALMOST – meaning, I could still walk with the help of my boyfriend.

The birthday girl was instantly greeted as soon as 12 midnight clocked in. We ended the night by having another round of I.P. shots before heading home. As for her, she asked to be left behind since her friends from Manila were also there at the time.


Being that it was officially the birthday girl's 21st, her boyfriend started the day by cooking breakfast for all of us. Soon after, we went to hear the mass at the Baguio Cathedral. 

As soon as we satisfied ourselves with all the vain shots (right after mass of course), we walked down towards Session Road. We went Ukay shopping this time at Sky World, which was famous for its many floors of off-the-wall items! And when we grew tired from all the walking and fitting of clothes and shoes, we decided to grab some sizzling-plate meals at this Steak House by Session Road. After lunch, we visited Burnham Park and Mines View Park.

Our stay in Mines View was spectacular despite the rainy weather. We also had Strawberry Taho (first-time for us four) while checking out the scenery, and while appreciating the mountain breeze. We also enjoyed our sunflower walk by visiting the Wright Park and The Mansion. 

We were able to go around Baguio until 5 PM since the weather was starting to worsen that day. So we just decided to drop by the wet market to buy our food supply and birthday cake. Since it was a long and tiring day, we all called it a night by just staying in.


After breakfast, we took the jeep going to the Plaza. After alighting, we took a jeep that would take us to Camp John Hay. For car-less people like us, our trip to CJH was a disaster! Since the place was so big, we only had our feet to take us around, and we got lost a couple of times!

But during our stay there, we were still able to take photos from this very vintage-looking phone booth, by the Butterfly Sanctuary, by the Manor and a few by Mile-HI.

By 1 PM, we decided to bid CJH farewell. We went back to do some more shopping at Burnham Park before settling in for some late lunch. After lunch in Burnham, we headed off to get some ice cream at Mcdonald’s SM Baguio. The rain poured again, and the cold breeze was hitting us like crazy! Nonetheless, we still ate our frozen delights. 

After our rendezvous in SM Baguio, we went back to Ferrioni’s as soon as the rain stopped. We ate dinner there before heading back to Nevada Square. This time, we tried CRIB’s (located outside of NS), where we were charged a PHP100 corkage fee for our Tequila bottle. Crib’s was the only bar in the area that allowed us to bring our own drink, so kudos to them!

The night was crazy, and we all got a bit drunk with all the laughter, dancing and booze. Good thing there were FX cars parked right outside Nevada. We went home as soon as 1 AM hit the clock.


Our last Day in Baguio was cut short since it rained all day. We were only able to eat a quick lunch at the pension house before leaving the place. We left with our bags this time, and headed off to IBAY’S to check some silver accessories. Rubel and I were able to buy this cute ring with a small crystal stone to it (the engraving on the ring was free). And as soon as it was finished, we headed off to Session Road. We had lunch at Chowking and went straight to the Victory Liner Terminal. We were so worried about going home since there was a storm surging (Signal #2!!) in the area. But we all took the risk of getting on the VL bus, so that we wouldn’t have to be stranded for long. Thanks to God, he gave us a safe 7-hour trip going back to Manila.

And as always, before ending any travel story, let me share to you my TRAVEL EXPENSE SHEET. Hopefully all of my organizational and budgeting skills may benefit one of your future Baguio trips too! 

Explore & Be Free!

P.S. You can try reaching Ferrioni's at this number (hopefully it's still working):
29 Ferrioni Pension 30 T. Alonzo Street Standard 1500 / (074) 443 6763

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