Baguio City: A brief visit to Guido Country
When a fraternity batchmate of mine, Guido Cañero ’73 casually extended to me an invite to join him on his trip back to his chosen home hideaway, I was actually more than halfway decided already to say ‘yes’. But I had to bid for time as I made sure my itinerary was laid out and arranged just fine for my last two remaining days in Metro-Manila. So after making the necessary arrangements, I found myself with Guido boarding a luxurious Victory Liner bus at 1 o’clock in the morning, Monday, January 14 for a 7-hour trip to Baguio, the Summer Capital of the Philippines.
I have always loved going up to Baguio – the place holds strong memories for me, from my first visit way back when I was still in high school to recent trips with my family. But it had been years since my last visit, hence this trip was kind of truly exciting for me.
Two hundred fifty kilometers north of Metro-Manila up in the Cordillera mountains lies Baguio, also known as City of Pines or City of Flowers, on a plateau 1,400 meters above sea level. Cold. What a respite!
To surmise, it was a whirlwind visit. We arrived in Baguio at 7 o’clock in the chilly morning. By 12 midnight I was on my way back to Manila arriving at the Pasay bus terminal at 6AM, January 15, with more than enough time to spare for my 1:45PM flight for home, Tacloban City.
It was one memorable and truly enjoyable sortie I’ve ever had in a long time! Here are some of the photos I took.
Above, the view from Guido’s flat.
Fresh fruits and vegetables at the Baguio Public Market.
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