Monday, January 27, 2014

Manila to Baguio City

Last week, I went to Baguio City to experience the cold temperature of below ten degrees Celsius.

I heard in the news on Sunday, January 19,  the weather in Baguio City got even chillier as it reached 8.1 degrees Celsius. They are also saying that in the higher areas of  Benguet province such as Atok and Mankayan are much colder, which the temperature dropped to 6.1 degrees Celsius. Woh! That's really cold!

Tagged as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, the City of Pines is located in the province of Benguet, which nestled within the Cordillera Central mountain range in northern Luzon. The name of the city is derived from the word bagiw in Ibaloi, the indigenous language of the Benguet Region, meaning 'moss'.

How to get to Baguio City

Going to Baguio is as easy as 1..2..3. There are bus companies in Manila that cater passengers travelling to Baguio such as Victory Liner and Genesis Bus. Victory Liner's buses run on a 24-hour service while the Genesis buses operates from 3AM to 7PM. Regular fare/ ticket price is 450 pesos and travel time usually takes 6 to 7 hours. Most of these buses have FREE WIFI.

Victory Liner Station and Schedule
  • Cubao in Quezon City (24-hour service)
  • Along EDSA, Pasay City (24-hour service)
  • Monumneto in Caloocan City (24-hour service)

Genesis Bus (Joy Bus) Station and Schedule
  • Cubao in Quezon City (travel starts at 3AM until 7PM)
  • Avenida in Manila (travel starts at 11PM until (9PM)

Travelling along the road is one the exciting things to do. Actually, I don't sleep while travelling.  I want to see all the green things and different types of bodies of water, which I don't normally see in the Metro. Trees, rice plants, streams, rivers are very pleasing to my eyes. God's creations are really amazing.

On this journey, I took Victory Liner bus. We passed by NLEX (North Luzon Expressway, SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway), then MacARTHUR HIGHWAY and finally the Marcos Highway (Aspiras-Palispis Highway). For private and public vehicles, you can also use the "ZIGZAG" road which refers to Kennon Road. These are also other main access roads leading to Baguio from the lowlands such as Naguilian Road (Quirino Highway), Halsema Road and the  Baguio-Nueva Vizcaya Road.

If you're already in Baguio City, Don't worry! There are hundreds of taxi and jeepney operators who provide public transportation within the area. They can bring you in your hotel or to any tourist spots you want to go. Taxi flagdown rate starts at P35 while jeep fare starts at P8.50.

What I advise to you tropa, if you want to go in Baguio, travel at night. It's much faster because there are less traffic jams along the road. Bring also your own food because goodies in stopovers are kinda pricey. Don't also forget to bring thick jacket because it's really cold inside the bus.

Mark also your calendar for the whole month event of Panagbenga Festival which will start on February 1. The street dancing event will be on Feb 22 while the grand flower float parade will be on Feb. 23. So, book your favorite hotel  as early of now!

Check out Travel Tropa in the following days for my blog on "what to wear in Baguio City," "what to eat in Baguio City," "where to stay in Baguio City" and "where to go in Baguio City."

Thanks again for reading my blog:-)

photo credit to Victory Liner and Genesis Bus Facebook Page

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