SM Baguio's Pretty Skyline, Baguio Cathedral, and A Little Known Bulalohan

January 21, 2014

Frigorific weather and pleasant locals aside, one thing worth appreciating in Baguio is the slew of enchanting yet frugal places to explore and their proximity to one another. They are practically in walking distance from any given point, and cabs aren't necessary if you like the scent of pines and traversing cold streets. In the city center alone, you'll find an SM branch to fill your gastronomic and visual desires, a historic church by a small hill, and so many more practical finds (like two handfuls of brain-draining hot chili for 10 pesos!).
Would you have guessed this cathedral was bombed?
After my seminar, I walked from UB to Casa Vallejo with the group of MassCom juniors who invited me for the workshop. They insisted that we take the cab, but they are students. I hate for them to spend on unnecessary cab fare when we can opt for a short stroll. That and I wanted to pass by Baguio Cathedral. 

The streets are strewn with people and vehicles, you wouldn't even notice you're treading up a small hill to the Church. The two pointy spires command from afar, the walls a shade of pale rose. It is a lovely installment in the middle of very busy intersections and even busier townsfolk, some in prayer and some just passing by like us. 


By dusk, we were ready for Baguio's sunset. But while SM practically fronts our hotel room, the dark paced faster than our feet could get on SM's Skyline Terrace. A sunset vista would've been marvelous from up there, as many city dwellers will surely agree, but well, nature happens.
View from the Skyline Terrace
Still, Baguio's city skyline at night is a treat for us who live in the flatlands. Orbits of tiny city lights in a canopy of dark magenta fog, a faint shadow of the Cordilleran mountains looming over. There is of course, the loud thumping bass sound and throngs of students whiling time away with booze in several bars on the terrace, but nothing a near middle-aged woman like me can't handle.
On our way back to the hotel, we stopped by this small eatery a few steps to the left of Casa Vallejo. Its main dish is bulalo, which is superb for the Baguio weather. The husband has had his merienda  there (merienda being rice and a bowl of bulalo) and encouraged me to try it out for dinner. 
The place is your typical neighborhood carinderia. Monoblock chairs, dos por dos tables covered in faux wood vinyl, home-cooked meals in aluminum food displays, plastic plates and bowls. Much of its patrons are students and residents within the area. I'm guessing the bulalo is actually carabao meat, not bovine, but for P30 a bowl, man, was it a steal. Such comfort in the cold night. We had afritada  (P25 per order) as well, and it wasn't exactly sterling, but it's not bad either. 
By this last installment of our Baguio trip series, I may have probably conveyed how Baguio now holds a special spot in my mushy heart. Baguio, despite the obvious influence of commercialization, is a city that's a pleasure to experience a second time around. Even a third or fourth. For cheap bulalo or chili, charming locals, nooks and crannies, there's always something to keep you from saying goodbye. Just a see you again.


Hill Station, Baguio City: Fine Dining Without Frills
Baguio City Tour: Lourdes Grotto, Good Shepherd, The Mansion, Wright Park and Mines View Park

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Filipina Explorer said...

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Filipina Explorer said...

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Filipina Explorer said...

Good luck to you, mommy!

Filipina Explorer said...

Thanks, dear! I would opt for the DTC unit too :) But the Clucky's GCs and Good Shepherd Jam are good too! :0

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Filipina Explorer said...

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Filipina Explorer said...

Good luck, dear!

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Filipina Explorer said...

Thanks Joselma :) Good luck!

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kristine Pelayo said...

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Bienvenido C. Masaluñga Jr. said...

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Marinela Diaz said...

I've been to Baguio 14 years ago. It's my first and hopefully not the last. Of all the places mentioned above, sa Good Shepherd Convent lang kami hindi nakapunta. The whole family is planning a trip to Baguio, probably sa 2016. The photos above made me more excited for the trip. Thanks!

rayven said...

I want to win the DTC Junior to have my first Android phone~

Cha Sembrano said...

I want to win the Clucky's GC, although I want to win the DTC phone, my love for chicken wins,LOL,

Liza Marie Valenzuela said...

I want to win the DTC phone because I need a new phone. My old phone isn't working properly anymore. And I know that DTC phone has great functions.

Lolita Singwatt said...

I want to surprise my son's birthday!

Filipina Explorer said...

A lot has changed actually. Busier streets, more infrastructure, a fainter scent of pines. But Baguio is Baguio :) You have to go to Good Shepherd! Super sarap ng jams and treats! I do hope you get to visit soon! Share stories :)

Scher said...

Hello! Thanks for this article! Been planning to see the turtles at this place but your write up gave me some light. I also thought I'd get to carry and get as close to them as possible! Maybe I have to look for some place else. ^_^

marianne lorene macailing said...

same here. this tragedy has taught me to be much more proud of being a Filipino. we should all just do our part to help. this isn't just their story, it's ours too

Filipina Explorer said...

Me too. I wish someone with transpo gets lolo and lola to the family. Matanda na rin kasi sila.

Filipina Explorer said...

Agree. As a race, we have always been incredibly resilient, and as Ivan Watson said nga, nowhere can you find someone sitting in his ransacked, torn down house after a tragedy, smiling and joking despite of everything. As a nation, we have that strong sense of family, kaya when this happened, we were broken too even if we didn't suffer the same casualties. You're right, it's our story too, because as Filipinos, we are all a family.

pinaytraveljunkie.com said...

Aww, thanks gurl! And hope I can come up with my own list. Haha. Traveling in 2 days! Weee! *mwah mwah*

Filipina Explorer said...

You're most welcome! Have fun and stay (relatively) safe! :)

Jom Lapidario said...

how much po ito pag walang freebies at pag may freebies ??

Andrea Bancud said...

Congrats! well done! :) and happy birthday too..

Filipina Explorer said...

Thank you mommy Andrea! :)

Filipina Explorer said...

Hi Jake! As far as I know it's 512 mb. Did you install anything yet? Baka maraming apps nakainstall on the phone? If challenging pa rin, you might want to talk to their reps on their FB fan page. https://www.facebook.com/dtcmobileph. Mabilis naman sila sumagot. HTH!

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