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From Strawberries to Sunsets: Baguio in Every Hue

by April Mycenae

Baguio City is a haven nestled in the mountains where the air is cooler, the pine trees stand tall, and the city's vibrant culture and history come alive. Dubbed the "Summer Capital of the Philippines," Baguio has become the favorite vacation spot for those looking to escape the summer heat. But there's so much to it than just a cold climate; it's a tapestry of rich culture, history, and natural beauty.

Stobosa Valley of Colors

Inspired by the Favelas in Brazil and Gamcheon Cultural Village in South Korea, The Valley of Colors in Stobosa is a valley of vibrant colored houses painted by artists from Tam-awan Village, creating a mural that can be seen from various viewpoints. This colorful display is a testament to the community's creativity and unity. It is located in La Trinidad, Benguet, a few kilometers from Baguio City.

The Diplomat Hotel

Before becoming a hotel, the structure was initially built in the early 20th century as the Dominican Hill Retreat House by the Dominican Order. It served as a vacation house for Dominicans and as a seminary. During World War II, the building was bombed and became a site of many deaths, with Japanese forces reportedly committing numerous atrocities there.

It was later rebuilt in 1947 and was eventually converted into the Diplomat Hotel in the 1970s. Over the years, various reports of supernatural occurrences have emanated from the Diplomat Hotel. People have claimed to hear the sounds of babies crying, footsteps, door banging, and even apparitions of priests and nuns. The stories have led to its reputation as one of the most haunted places in the Philippines. The Diplomat Hotel is located in Dominican Hill, Baguio City.

The Famous Strawberry Farm

Situated in La Trinidad, Benguet, a few kilometers from Baguio City, The Strawberry Farm is one of the famous tourist attractions in the Cordillera Region. The main attraction of the Strawberry Farm is the experience of picking strawberries directly from the field.

The berries will be weighed, and you pay for what you've harvested.

Aside from fresh strawberries, various local products made from strawberries are available for sale, such as strawberry jam, strawberry taho (a local snack made from soft tofu, sweet syrup, and sago pearls), and strawberry ice cream. The farm does not only cultivate strawberries. Depending on the season, other crops like lettuce, broccoli, and cauliflower might also be seen and available for purchase. The season for strawberry picking usually runs from November to May.

The Laperal Whitehouse

The Laperal White House was built in the 1920s for Roberto Laperal and his family. It is a beautiful piece of American colonial-era architecture, showcasing wooden structures typical of many Baguio houses from that era. Numerous urban legends and tales of ghost sightings are associated with the mansion, attracting paranormal enthusiasts and curious tourists.

It has gained notoriety as one of the most haunted places in the Philippines. Recently, the mansion is transformed into a fine dining restaurant. The Laperal White House is located along Leonard Wood Road, making it easily accessible for visitors touring Baguio City.

Chill vibes and mountain highs! Experience Baguio in every sight!

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