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Birthday Weekend 2015: Baguio City

It goes by many names: Summer Capital of the Philippines, The City of Pines; the things that first come to mind when you say Baguio are the frosty temperature, strawberries and Good Shepherd ube. But for me, Baguio will always be my happy place. I've repeatedly expressed how I've been wanting to go back, even just for the weekend, but time doesn't seem to be on my side. This year, for my birthday, I was supposed to spend it at Capiz and Iloilo with a bunch of friends from work but plans changed so I ended up, finally, going to Baguio! Woohoo! I've made a list of places we consider going to so we wouldn't end up circling around the city (and because my mom insists of making an itinerary haha).

If you happen to visit Baguio soon, you could check these places out! Or if you don't feel like it, another good idea would just be stay under the sheets all day long while enjoying a book and a cup of cocoa. :)

Where to stay:

Peredo's Lodging House
No. 5 C. M. Recto Street, St. Joseph Village, Baguio City
+6374 442-9051 / +63 926 405-5115 / +63 922 942-0698
Official Facebook Page

I found out about this 100-year-old house through some travel blogs and Trip Advisor. I think I sent out inquiries to 10 transient houses and Peredo's was among the first to respond. The house just looks so beautiful. After a couple of exchanges thru SMS, we sealed the deal. We picked the room with the veranda!

The complimentary breakfast. Unli-Benguet coffee! <3
Peredo's Lodging House is super homey and cozy, I'm in love with it. Good thing we checked in on a Thursday so we had the place to ourselves until Saturday! It's well-maintained, have a fast Internet connection and the caretakers are super friendly. I will definitely go back here with friends! (Note: Funny though that most cab drivers do not know C. M. Recto, when going here, tell them that you're going to Navy Base. It's about 10 minutes from the Victory Liner terminal. You will not miss this picturesque green house.)

Where to go:

BenCab Museum
Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet
+6374 442-7165
Open daily except Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entrance fee: PhP 100 / Students and senior citizens - PhP 80
Official Website

I've always wanted to visit BenCab Museum. I'm so glad that my folks were willing to go outside of Baguio City so we could spend some time here. I think that no Baguio trip is complete without stepping inside this 4-storey museum and immerse yourself in some art.

The different areas of the museum are: the BenCab Gallery, Cordillera Gallery, Erotica Gallery, Sepia Gallery, Philippine Contemporary Art Gallery 1, Philippine Contemporary Art Gallery 2, Maestro Gallery, Print Gallery, Patio Salvador and Larawan Hall. (via)

There's always something interesting in the Erotica Gallery.

My favorite artworks!

Where to eat:

Rumah Sate (Ketchup Food Community)
Romulo Drive, Pacdal, Baguio City (directly in front of Wright Park)
Official Facebook Page
10:00 AM - 09:00 PM

I've been to Ketchup Food Community a couple of times (blogged about it before) but never been able to eat at Canto. I was thinking of dining there this time but when we arrived there dinner time, there were just too many people and we're just too famished to wait. My parents' second choice was Rumah Sate. Since it was a chilly night, I, as well as my brother, ordered laksa while my folks preferred the mi goreng and sate cumi (grilled squid in coconut cream and spicy sauce). I'm a big fan of their laksa and mi goreng! The level of spiciness was quite high but it was fitting with the weather and all. My mom didn't like it much though. Hahaha. It was too spicy for her!

Cafe Sabel at BenCab Museum
Ground Level, BenCab Museum, Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet
+6374 442-7165
Open daily except Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Carbonara / Longganisa / Hungarian Sausage
Turon ala mode
Average price for dishes here is around PhP 200. They serve salads, all-day breakfast, sandwiches, rice meals, hot and cold drinks, pasta, soups, appetizers and desserts. They pretty much cover everything. Must try: Longganisa pasta and their cucumber cooler. So good! Another thing why you must not miss out on going to Cafe Sabel is this:

Spectacular view!
Slaughter House Compound
Barangay Sto. Nino, Baguio City

I remember way back when we asked friends from Baguio recommendations on where to eat, they mostly answered 2 places: Ketchup Food Community and the Slaughterhouse. I never brought it up with my parents because I thought the mere word would scare them off, but my mom read a write-up posted at Cafe Sabel's wall that Slaughterhouse is one we shouldn't miss. That night, we paid them a visit for a meaty dinner!

Totally forgot to take photos of the delicacies we ordered: Dinakdakan, kilawin, butt and balls (of a cow haha), and some classic favorites like inihaw na liempo and tortang talong. I ordered the latter 2 because I didn't had any intention on going exotic foods-crazy that night unlike me brother and my pops.

Rancho Norte (Ketchup Food Community)
Romulo Drive, Pacdal, Baguio City (directly in front of Wright Park)
Official Facebook Page
10:00 AM - 09:00 PM

For the day of my birthday itself, we went to Rancho Norte to have lunch. We feasted on some tapang kabayo, tapang usa, kare-kare, pancit with bagnet, and my favorite, sisig bagnet! I was almost full to the brim when we were finished. I would never get tired of going back here for my sisig bagnet fix.

Sweet Stop
Main Floor La Azotea Building, 108 Session Rd., Baguio City
+6374 423-3738 / +6374 443-7675
8:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Instead of a birthday cake, I purchased 4 cupcakes for my birthday! I don't know any other cupcake shops yet in Baguio save for this one so I always make sure have my dose of these sweet treats. But in the end, my mom bought me a chocolate cake because it was more appropriate and you know, I had to do all that candle blowing thing. Hahaha. My brother bought a chocolate chip cookie and he loved it!

Pizza Volante
Romulo Drive, Pacdal, Baguio City (directly in front of Wright Park, next to Ketchup Food Community)
Open 24 hours

Fish and chips / Spaghetti with meatballs
Pizza bolognese
Capped my birthday night with some pizza, pasta and vodka. I've been to Pizza Volante's other branch in Session Road so I didn't expect the Wright Park branch to be big. I was a bit surprised to know when we arrived that there's a band playing and the place is open 24 hours! I didn't know Pizza Volante was a hangout place at all! To be honest, the food was just meh. I've been reading some bad reviews about this branch online, but fortunately, we didn't had any disappointing experience. The place was not full when we got there, the service was great, it's just that the food was so-so.

I'm so happy to finally set foot in Baguio once again! Though I now realized that we did more of a food trip than anything! Hahaha! I had so much fun nonetheless!