Stop! Do not assume that you know everything about Baguio because you don’t.
Even those who were born and raised here in the City of Pines may not know some parts of the list:
1. The Botanical Garden where native herbs and shrubs grow is also known as “Igorot Village”.
2. A 1990 Luzon earthquake at 7.8- magnitude destroyed much of the city on July 16, 1990. Ask your parents about this disastrous phenomenon and you’ll get stories that demand you to grab napkins!
3. Some knows the Wright Park, the home of Pony Boys and horses, as “Ride Park”. Seriously! Do a simple survey to prove this.
4. The lowest recorded temperature in the city was at 6.3 degrees Celsius. It was taken on January 18, 1961.
5. There are 252 steps to reach the Lourdes Grotto. For sure, you will also take 252 steps to reach the bottom where you come from.
6. Loakan Airport is the only airport in the city. This may not be true in the future when Burnham Airport is constructed.
7. The Bell Church between Baguio City and La Trinidad observes rites that belong to Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity.
8. Mt. Santo Tomas and Asin hot spring resorts may be well associated with Baguio City but they are not part of the city. Mt. Santo Tomas, which is about 7,500 feet high, and Asin both belong to Tuba, Benguet.
9. Banaue, La Trinidad and Sagada are also not part of Baguio City. These are different towns located in other provinces across the Cordillera region.
10.Kennon Road was named after its builder Col. Lyman W. Kennon.
11.Baguio City was bombed on December 8, 1941 by the Japanese. Nowadays, it is being conquered by Koreans (just kidding).
12.Baguio City is 57.5 sq km. It will soon be developed by Goshen Land (just kidding again!).
13.Among the most popular products being sold in the Baguio market are silver, hand-woven fabrics, fruit preserves, flowers, and vegetables.
14.Burnham Park is a man-made lake. But the water is real. It’s made by God.
15.Panagbenga is a Kankanaey word that means “season of blooming”.
16.Baguio Beans being sold is not more likely from Baguio. These are harvests of nearby Benguet and Mountain Province famers.
17.Eating dog meat is an acceptable activity among natives of Baguio City. Despite the Animal Welfare Act of 1998, locals still practice dog meat eating.
18.The Cemetery of Negativism within Camp John Hay shows a parody of negative things people say when they are depressed or sad.
19.When talking about “pasalubong”, the first brand that comes to mind is Good Shepherd. Prove us wrong.
20. One of the most notable products of Baguio is the Barrel Man. Find it out yourself what is inside the man’s barrel.
Tell us, which of the facts are new to you. Share this article with your friends and let us see how much they know about Baguio City.
by: Christian Aligo