Baguio was established as a hill station by the Americans in 1900 at the site of an Ibaloi village known as Kafagway. It was the United States' only hill station in Asia. The name of the city is derived from bagiw, the Ibaloi word for "moss".
Baguio is a mountain resort city located in Northern Luzon, Philippines. Called the “City of Pines,” it’s particularly popular in summer due to its unusual cooler weather. At its center, is the Burnham Park, with gardens and a lake. The main thoroughfare is Session Road which is lined with shops, restaurants and entertainment options.
The languages commonly spoken in Baguio are Ibaloi, Kankana-ey and Ifugao, as well as Ilocano, Pangasinan and Kapampangan. Filipino and English are also understood by many inhabitants within and around the city. Several restaurants also serve different types of local and foreign cuisine.
Baguio is classified as a Highly Urbanized City (HUC). The city has become the center of business, commerce, and education in northern Luzon, as well as the regional center of the Cordillera Administrative Region. Just this year, 2017, Baguio joins Seattle and Kansas City in the US, Mexico City, Chiang Mai in Thailand, Yamagata in Japan, and Istanbul in Turkey among the new batch of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network.
To get to Baguio from outside of Luzon, one would still need to pass through Manila or Clark airport and from there get to Baguio by either of the following ways:
From Manila to Baguio by car, take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) from Quezon City until Clark and then hop on to the new Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) all the way north to Tarlac City, Tarlac. From there, it's back to the old McArthur Highway until Rosario Junction, La Union. Motorists drive through the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac and Pangasinan and La Union (if via Marcos Highway) or Benguet (if via Kennon Road). [Note: TPLEX is now open; you can take it from SCTEX to avoid much of McArthur Highway]
From Manila: This is the most common and economical way to get to Baguio City from Metro Manila. Several bus lines ply the Metro Manila to Baguio route with terminals scattered across the metro. It generally takes about 4-6 hours to get to Baguio by bus, longer than it would by car due to stops along the way.
Victory Liner - has hourly bus service to Baguio from its Monumento Main terminal in Caloocan City, Cubao and Pasay terminals.
Dagupan Bus - serves the Manila to Baguio route via its Cubao Terminal. Buses leave on an hourly basis.
From Clark airport: Partas Bus operates a bus service that stops at Clark airport and heads north from there, departing the airport at 5PM. Get off at Sison and cross the road to the restaurant stop opposite and get on a Victory Liner bus that does a dinner stop there. Travel time is 3 hours Clark to Sison, then 1.5 hours Sison to Baguio, plus some waiting time at Sison.
From Angeles City: Philippine Rabbit and Victory Liner operates from Dau Terminal. The journey takes about 4-5 hours
From La Union: Through Partas Bus, the journey takes less than 2 hours
From Vigan: Through Partas Bus, the journey takes 6-7 hours. Buses arrive about every 2 hrs.
From Baler: Lizardo Trans run four buses per day and the journey takes 8-9 hours
Only private planes land at Loakan Airport in Baguio.
Clark Airport - is a 5-hour bus ride to Baguio City, take a shuttle from the airport to Dau Bus Terminal, then a bus to Baguio. Clark Airport receives flights from other parts of East and Southeast Asia.
The Ninoy International Airport - is a 6-hour bus ride to Baguio, take a taxi from the airport to the Victory Liner Bus Terminal in Pasay, then take a bus to Baguio.
Kennon Road - is the shortest route, only three-quarters to one hour from the foot of the mountains in Rosario, Pangasinan. Kennon Road is sometimes closed during the rainy season from June to October because of the danger of landslides. Buses and heavy vehicles are banned from Kennon, the route is only open for light vehicles.
Marcos Highway - it starts in Pugo, La Union and takes about one hour but is a wider, less winding road with a more gradual uphill incline and is safer in the rainy season. It has spectacular vistas of the South China Sea on a clear day.
Naguillan Highway - is usually taken by travelers from the north and will take longer.
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