Baguio City is flocked by tourists all-year round because of its highland weather, blooming flowers and sweet strawberries. It is regarded as the City of Pines and the Summer Capital of the Philippines. But the trip to Baguio is more than just arriving at the destination but also for the sights along the way. Some places may have been part of the usual stop over but there are also unfamiliar sights that are equally exciting.
Travelers to Baguio are always excited to get there fast to savor the cool mountain breeze and parade in town in their lovely winter-ish outfits. In this 6-hour drive up north, the best way to fight boredom is to make quick visits of interesting places along way.
The Province of Pangasinan is best known for the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag. This 17th century icon is one of the most venerated Marian images in the country for its miracles.
Pangasinan is also known for popular Filipino condiments made of salted fermented fish called bagoong (fish paste) and patis (fish sauce). These intensely flavored bottled sauces can be bought on stalls that line up the major highway.
The town of Villasis is also one of the places where fresh vegetables from Baguio are first dropped before it reaches the cold racks of expensive grocery stores.
More than its beaches and surfing camps, La Union boasts of its widely cultivated onions and garlic. These herbs are sold by the kilo and are held together by a string that looks like curtains of onions and garlic lining up the streets.
Kennon Road is perhaps the most taken route going up to Baguio because of its scenic drive. Despite the treacherous curves and steep climbs, this narrow road is still the way up to Baguio. Most common stop over is the Lion’s Head limestone sculpture but there are also other quick stopover sights such as the Bridal Veil and Colorado Waterfalls.
PAMPANGA & TARLAC
If you still have a lot of time for wandering, visit the Monasterio de Tarlac in Lubigan, San Jose. It is set on top of Mt. Resurrection with an imposing 30-ft statue of the Risen Christ.
Pampanga is of course a popular destination for gustatory exploration. It boasts of its sisig (marinated pork ears and jowl, served in sizzling plates) that has already found its way in many parts of the world’s kitchens.
Whenever you are traveling to Baguio or coming down from a chilling holiday, make time to visit and sample the best of these ALONG THE WAY sights. Discover more.
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