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    Nice pics.

    Slightly off topic but how is the Manila Bay revitalisation project holding up ? Have you checked it out ?

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    There are many tribes and dialects within this region. Each tribe has its own pattern/ design for the native costume/ cloth. This is accdg to the friend of my sister who is an Igorot. I've seen a photo where she wore her tribe's cloth/ pattern. It's similar in principle to the clan tartans of the Scots.

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    This is a depiction of the "Imbayah" which is a wedding feast + village celebration and lasts for several days.

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    This was my 1st time to enter this museum, despite having visited the city several times. Probably because my purpose was different when I was younger - it was to tour with family or girlfriends, with the BF, etc. Perhaps I'm just more interested in history & culture nowadays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    Nice pics.

    Slightly off topic but how is the Manila Bay revitalisation project holding up ? Have you checked it out ?
    Thanks. There's still the dolomite sand beach, AFAIK. Last time I heard, they didn't allow swimming but permitted picnics or hanging out. The authorities also try to limit the number of people.

    I haven't gone there - not really interested. I don't live in Manila and can tolerate it in small doses only. I live ~2 hours south of Manila.

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    On the 3rd level of the museum, there are photo exhibits about the history of the city. Baguio city wss where WW2 started in PH - the first bombs from the Japanese landed there (Dec 1941).

    It was also where WW2 ended in PH. General Yamashita surrendered in behalf of the Japanese govt to an American officer by handing over his sword. The ceremony (?) of surrender was also done in Baguio in Sept 1945.

    Gen. Yamashita is the 3rd one from left.
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    There were also some before & after pics.

    Vallejo Hotel, built in 1909.
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    Casa Vallejo Hotel nowadays
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    It was a pleasant way to spend an hour or so.

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    Beside the museum is the Department of Tourism office for the region.

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    Within that compound, there were life-sized replicas of traditional Igorot houses.

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    More pics later...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    You might recall the Swagman group had a hotel up there way back when called the Attic Inn. I got roped into playing a golf tournament there once and took the Swaggy bus, only the hotel laundry ladies will know just how scared I was going up that mountain in torrential rain and swearing to never return before we even got there.
    Oh dear.

    There are also some probably still traumatised laundry lady's in sagada . that's a scary road even when it's not raining

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    ^in 2008, a friend travelled to Sagada from Baguio. She said that the journey took 8 hours. In 2016, visited Sagada with her. The journey took us 6 hours, since most parts of the road have been cemented. In 2020, I visited Sagada again. The journey back to Baguio took ~8 hours since there was road construction and some parts were one way. I hope those parts are fully cemented by now.
    The buses to Sagada (GL Liner or Trans? ) don't have A/C but you don't really need it AC since it's akways cool in Sagada.

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    On with the thread...

    The next site of the day was Mines View Park. It overlooks the old (abandoned) gold & copper mines of the Benguet Corporation.

    Mines View Park - Wikipedia

    Entrance fee is P10 (used to be free entrance in 2019 when I last visited).

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    There are stalls selling plants
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    There are areas where you can rent Igorot costumes and take pics.

    Everyone does it, whether young...
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    Or (not so) old
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    I have to blur the faces due to the Data Privacy Act (RA 10173) and Safe Spaces Act (RA 11313). Better safe than sorry.

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    Lots of tourists that day (and it was a weekday)

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    Sea of crowds at the outlook point
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    Still, you can find space to get your pics taken

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    The view
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    There are horses (and the Indian chief headdress) that you can rent and have pics with.

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    And a wall for more photo ops
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    Outside the park, there are some restos
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    And more souvenir shops
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    More pics later...

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    Nice trip report, Katie. I visited Baguio about 15 years ago with a Pinay friend. A nice place but a bugger of a bus ride. We stayed in a dormitory sort of place.

    The only bad experience was the swarm of jeepneys on hillside roads. As far as I can recall the roads were kind of split level in parts of the city and we were stuck in traffic with the jeepneys vomiting exhaust smoke on all and sundry. I did hear the government/city council were banning the things in areas of the city proper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    be careful if you'll post pics of strangers on the net/ social media. PH has a data privacy law & safe spaces law.
    LOL....so does Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    from Baguio you can go on a
    trip to Banaue.

    A stunning place, that I'll never forget.

    (hope it's still ..stunning)
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    There's an American breakfast but I didn't check what's in it.
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    @grasshopper - the jeepneys are still there. But yeah, they're banned on some big streets like Session and Harrison roads, from what I've noticed. Baguio is the only place in PH (that I know of) where the taxis don't turn their ACs on (not needed). Taxi drivers there are also very honest (it's a known thing).

    @helge - Banaue rice terraces are still stunning (to my knowledge). I haven't been to Banaue or Battad, but would like to. I've walked along the rice paddies/ terraces during my hike to Mt Amuyao. It was in the town of Barlig, Mountain Province. It was where I had a knee injury during the descent. I admire the locals who live among the terraces - they must be mountain goats!

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    On with the pics...

    Next on the agenda were Wright Park and Mansion House/ The Mansion. Mines View Park, Wright Park and the Botanical Garden are all in one durection, with Mines View Park being the farthest from the city center. One can do all three places in one day. One can take a taxi to Mines View Park, then from there, take a jeepney (or walk) to Wright Park, as the distance is ~2 km.

    Wright Park is named after the American Governor Luke E. Wright. Baguio City was established as a hill top station during the American period, so the places were named after American officials (Wright Park, Burnham Park, Camp John Hay, Kennon Road, etc).

    Wright Park (Baguio) - Wikipedia

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    At Wright Park, one can hire horses for riding. You can be with a guide (if beginner) or not. For some people, it's their first time to ride a horse.

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    More steps uphill. It said on the sign that from that point to Mansion House is 1 km and you'll lose 30 calories.

    From the bottom of the steps
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    View from the top of the steps
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    There's a gazebo or arbor (I don't know how to call this thing) where you can chill and take pics.

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    I seem to have missed the pictures of you dressed in the reginal trad dress Katie.

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    The Mansion House is the official summer palace of the president of PH. Formerly, it was the summer residence of the Governor General (American).

    The Mansion (Baguio) - Wikipedia

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    ^it was my 3rd or 4th time to visit this place, so I didn't bother to cross the street for a closer pic

    More pics later...
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    @mm77 - I didn't post any. I did the Igorot costume pic thingy when I visited Baguio with the BF (in a former trip) and the pics are not for public consumption.

    I have done the Igorot (traditional) dance for a school presentation in uni, and again at a work/ office event. There's a video of it probably somewhere on the net (the office event). Again, not for public (or TD) consumption.

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