Sunday, June 5, 2011

Visiting the Baguio Botanical Garden (Centennial Garden)

I was around six when I first saw this place with mommy and daddy. The second time I was here, I was already in my late twenties. Now, that I'm in my late thirties, what made this visit extra special was because we got to share this place with Tutapel! 


Baguio Botanical Garden

For me, a trip to Baguio won't be complete without stopping by this popular attraction. As expected we were welcomed by this relief sculpture out of cement and stone which beautifully portrayed the different cultures of the Cordillera tribe! What's really great about this place is that you can just make lazy strolls to your heart's absolute delight! 



Baguio Botanical Garden


Entering the place is a treat in itself for lush greens have provided the perfect backdrop to that timeless centerpiece for many years!



Baguio Botanical Garden


The centerpiece, a gorgeous bronze sculpture made by Filipino artist Ben-Hur Villanueva remains to be an iconic piece in the garden. It vividly portrays the original builders of the city composed of Cordillera natives, Americans, Chinese and Japanese helping one another out.




Baguio Botanical Garden


Interesting flora in a myriad of spectacular colors filled the place.



Baguio Botanical Garden


Stone steps and paths provide fathers and sons some memorable bonding moments.


Baguio Botanical Garden


And as you can see, Tutapel just wanted to sit down with his Dada and spend some quality time with him while basking in the garden's innate beauty.


Baguio Botanical Garden


We were drawn to this beautiful attraction for its gazebo-like feel.


Baguio Botanical Garden


But Tutapel seemed to take a liking to the stone steps instead.


Baguio Botanical Garden


Beautifully landscaped...




Baguio Botanical Garden


...and filled with all kinds of flora...




Baguio Botanical Garden


...the Baguio Botanical Garden is the perfect place to take your...--you guessed it right! Yes, your picture! If not for the trash behind, these shots would have been extra memorable!


Baguio Botanical Garden


The entrance of the Baguio Botanical Garden is located along Leonard Wood Road, between Teachers Camp and Wright Park.

How to Get Here: (courtesy of GoBaguio.com)

By private transport:
From Session Road, head toward Leonard Wood Road. Past Teachers Camp, to your right, is the main entrance to Botanical Garden, where parking is available along the roadside.

By public transport:
You can ride a variety of jeepney lines heading towards Leonard Wood Road, all of them coming from the Central Business District (Plaza). Simply get on to one with the "Plaza sign" journeying to the following places: Mines View, Pacdal, Beckel, Country Club, Navy Base, Tuding, Itogon. Taxi cabs and FX are also widely available.

Business hours:
Open daily, daylight hours only. 

Entrance fees:
Botanical Garden is FREE of charge! If you want to pose with the natives, make sure that you're able to clearly communicate with them about the payment fee first, before taking your photos.



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7 comments:

  1. Baguio is really a must-visit place. Thanks for this post :)

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  2. Hello Ahne!Thanks so much for dropping by once again. Have a good day!

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  3. Hi Kaye!

    Visiting back! It's also been a long time since I've visited Baguio City! I am looking forward to visit there next summer. The views are nice. It reminds me of the nice views that I've seen during our Vietnam trip.

    Happy week end!

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  4. Hi Krizza!Thanks so much for the visit ha. Yes, Baguio is just perfect. By the way, I've been meaning to ask something about Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam. Were you able to go there? Happy weekend too!

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  5. Hi Krizza!Thanks so much for the visit ha. Yes, Baguio is just perfect. By the way, I've been meaning to ask something about Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam. Were you able to go there? Happy weekend too!

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