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Destination: Baguio

Baguio City is a 1st class city in northern Luzon in the Philippines. Baguio City was established by the Americans in 1909 and declared by the Philippine Assembly as the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Every summer the Government of the Philippines officially moves to Baguio to manage the country. There is a Presidential mansion, Supreme Court, and Legislative Offices in Baguio. Baguio is likewise the seat of Government of the Cordillera Administrative Region. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 252,386 people in 52,302 households.

Map of Baguio

Baguio City occupies 49 square kilometers of hilly land on a plateau about 1,500 meters high in the southwestern portion of the Cordillera Central mountain range in northern Luzon. It is completely surrounded by the province of Benguet in which the city used to be a town of before being made into an independent city. The city is bordered by the municipality of Tuba to the south and west, by Itogon to the east, and by Benguet's capital, La Trinidad to the north.

Owing to its high altitude, Baguio City has an almost temperate climate that averages about 8 C colder than in the lowlands. The temperature rarely goes higher than 26 C. During the rainy season from June to October, the city experiences much more rainfall than in other areas of the country, but is not often affected by typhoons that hammer the lowlands because of the buffer offered by the mountains.

The three main access roads leading to Baguio from the lowlands are Kennon Road, Marcos Highway, and Naguilian Highway. Kennon Road starts from Rosario, La Union and winds its way through a narrow and steep valley. This road is the fastest route to Baguio but is the most dangerous with frequent landslides during the rainy season. Marcos Highway, which starts from Agoo, La Union, and Naguilian Highway, which starts from Bauang, La Union, are more roundabout routes but are much safer than Kennon Road and are the only routes permitted to buses and trucks.

The centerpiece of the city is the Burnham Park which features a rectangular lagoon and open fields. The eastern part of the city is dominated by high-class residential areas surrounding the Camp John Hay, a former American military recreation zone now turned into a tourist residential-commercial area with its own 18-hole golf course.

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