134) Baguio City – “The Summer Capital Of The Philippines”

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Located 5050 ft above sea level, the Baguio City, because of its average climate of 59 to 73 degrees Fahrenheit, has been designated the summer capital of the Philippines. Shown in the photos above is my wife during her first visit to this highly-urbanized city in northern Philippines with a population of over 300,000 in 2010, ten years after her visit.

I have been to Baguio probably about 5 times mostly for seminars.   One of my most exciting visits was when our soccer team played for the regional championship games held there in 1977.  We represented the province of Pangasinan.  We lost to the team of the host city most of whose players were Americans, children of American servicemen assigned in the area.  It was a heartbreaking loss because our team was expected to win it all.

Baguio City was established by the Americans as a hill station in 1900, according to Wikipedia.  The ride going up to this “hill” is not for the faint of heart.  When my wife and I took a ride to the Yosemite last year, I was reminded of the ride to Baguio City.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful in Baguio City. The local vendors line up in many parts of their streets to sell them.  I am reminded the rosy cheeks of some local women who were selling these fruits and vegetables.

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