Cordilleras Category

Hyatt Terraces Hotel Ruins

July 16, 2010

Today, July 16, 2010, marks the 20th anniversary of the devastating 1990 Luzon Earthquake. One of the cities most devastated by this disaster is Baguio. Plenty of buildings in the resort city collapsed and landslides left Baguio isolated for a few days. One of the famous destroyed buildings in Baguio... (read more)

Mt. Cabuyao Troposcatter Dishes

July 11, 2010

If you’ve ever been to Baguio and looked around at the surrounding mountains, then I’m sure you have already seen the Mickey-Mouse ears pair of radar dishes nestled on a mountain peak to the south of the city. Well, that mountain is called Mt. Cabuyao and those dishes are for... (read more)

Baguio Cathedral

October 18, 2009

Here in Vista Pinas, we’ve already seen two cathedrals so far. One is the Manila Cathedral and the other is the Antipolo Cathedral. These two are the seats of the Archdiocese of Manila and the Diocese of Antipolo respectively. So let us now “go” to Baguio and check out the... (read more)

Wright Park

August 27, 2009

The first thing that comes to mind when Baguio’s Wright Park is mentioned is horseback and pony riding. I can’t remember when I last rode on a horse in Wright Park but I think it was during the 80s when I was still a kid. Now that I’m grown up,... (read more)

Baguio Convention Center

May 12, 2009

I’ve always gone to Baguio for vacation and not to attend an event or a conference so I’ve never had a reason to step inside the Baguio Convention Center although I’ve seen its edifice often enough. Anyway, the Center, is (or was?) arguably the best convention center of its kind... (read more)

Diplomat Hotel at Dominican Hill

March 5, 2009

I’ve been to Baguio several times but I’ve never been to Diplomat Hotel, situated on top of Dominican Hill pretty near the previously-featured Lourdes Grotto. Like the Laperal White House, Diplomat Hotel is one of the popular “haunted” places in Baguio. But unlike the Laperal house, Diplomat’s storied history definitely... (read more)

Lion’s Head at Kennon Road

December 12, 2008

Photo by fadedmilkyway. (CC-BY-ND-2.0) Unless you’re the type who sleeps during the trip, it’d be impossible for you to miss the gigantic Lion’s Head along Kennon Road on the way to Baguio City. This carved monument is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Baguio City and the sight of... (read more)

Laperal White House

November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween! And to celebrate this occasion, here’s the Laperal white house in Baguio City located along Leonard Wood Road very near the Teacher’s Camp. This is one of the more famous “haunted” houses in Baguio since it is easily accessible from downtown. Among the other famous haunted places in... (read more)

Philippine Military Academy

July 27, 2008

The Philippine Military Academy, or PMA, is the premier educational institution that trains future officers for the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The PMA can be considered as the Philippine equivalent of the prestigious West Point in the United States. Many PMA alumni have become quite successful in their military... (read more)

Nagacadan Rice Terraces

June 22, 2008

Well, what do you know? Last month’s update of Google Earth and Google Maps data gave us a patch of Ifugao’s mountains in high-resolution. This fortunately gives us our first satellite view of one of the five rice terraces that are part of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras... (read more)

Bell Church (Baguio)

May 19, 2008

I’ve been to the Bell Church in Baguio City once in the mid-1990s. I remember my family and relatives going into the temple, lighting some candles and getting some fortune. This is a bit weird but up to now, I still recall my sister’s fortune: if she misplaced something, look... (read more)

Lourdes Grotto (Baguio)

February 28, 2008

One of the popular tourist spots in Baguio City among devout Catholics is the Lourdes Grotto which sits on top of Mirador Hill in the western part of the city. The image of Our Lady of Lourdes can be reached by climbing a total of 252 steps staggered into several... (read more)

Christmas Trees of Session Road

December 26, 2007

A very Merry Christmas to all of you! I would’ve wanted to feature a really Christmas-themed sight today but since the City of San Fernando in Pampanga, the Christmas Capital of the Philippines1, still doesn’t have any high-resolution satellite imagery, I’m settling instead for the Christmas trees of Session Road... (read more)

The Mansion (Baguio)

October 28, 2007

The first presidential residence we’ve featured here in Vista Pinas is the Balay ti Amianan in Ilocos Norte (unless you consider Aguinaldo Shrine as belonging in that category, too). This time, we’ll be featuring the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. This is The Mansion, which is... (read more)

Mines View Park

September 28, 2007

The Mines View Park in Baguio City is one of the more popular tourist attractions in the City of Pines, though definitely nowhere near as popular as Burnham Park in the city center. Mines View Park is named that way because it gives the visitor a view of the locations... (read more)

Loakan Airport

September 2, 2007

The Loakan Airport (Wikipedia) in Baguio City has the distinction of being the country’s highest airport with an elevation of 1296 meters. (Actually, Baguio City probably has the highest whatever in the country, being the highest city. For instance, Baguio has the highest SM mall.) Loakan is designated by the... (read more)

Aguinaldo Museum

May 29, 2007

Today, May 28, is National Flag Day and the beginning of the Independence Day celebrations that will culminate on June 12th. The first flag was sewn in Hong Kong by Marcela de Agoncillo, her daughter, and Rizal’s niece, and was officially unfurled at the Philippine proclamation of independence at Aguinaldo’s... (read more)

SM City Baguio

March 31, 2007

We’ve featured an SM mall and a Robinsons mall before and our next shopping mall is the tented SM City Baguio. In many respects, this is probably the first non-traditional SM Mall ever. It’s the first SM mall to not have air-conditioning (due to the cool Baguio air). It’s also... (read more)

Burnham Park

June 25, 2006

No first-time visit to Baguio City will be complete without going to Burnham Park at the very center of the city. To the northwest is the City Hall and off to the northeast is the famous Session Road. Standing imposingly on a hill to the east is SM City Baguio. Named... (read more)