Baguio, You’ve Never Seen! (Part 2)

Posted: November 14, 2011 in Blog, Travel
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Baguio, You’ve Never Seen!
Part2
ITLog No. 12
(28 October – 1 November, 2011)

Woke up around 0600hrs to prepare ourselves and hear mass at St. Vincent Parish at 0830hrs. After hearing mass we headed downtown to The Café by the Ruins and have an early lunch, after settling in our chairs, we ordered some coffee (I had a pot of herb tea) and had some cheese lumpia straws, yogurt with fresh fruits for our appetizers to pass the time we were seated. We then ordered Longlife Tofu Pockets, Baguio Bagnet with Tomatoes and Padas, Bistek Tagalog, Fresh Lumpia, Arroz Montañosa and Kintuman Rice for lunch. While eating it started to rain and thought that after eating we would just stay home and laze around. After our lunch, we ordered Lime Sorbet for dessert.

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It was still raining when we went out of the restaurant, so we took a cab and headed back home to rest. At dinner time we ate some Baguio Longganisa, watched some episodes on TV, then retired to bed.

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We woke up early to prepare ourselves, ate longganisa and fried rice with eggs for breakfast, and by 0900hrs, we left the house and headed for Dominican Hill to see the Famous 10 Commandments which they say is included in the Guinness World Records. Arriving at the place, we headed first for the ruins onThe former Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City, Philippines sits on top of the Dominican Hill. It used to be a rest house and a seminary way back 1911 before it was developed into a hotel.

During the World War II, numerous nuns and priests were beheaded there and this was believed to be the reason why headless apparitions can often be seen during the night inside the hotel. The employees and guests also claimed that they have been hearing strange sounds.

Since the death of its owner, Spiritual Healer Tony Agpaoa, in 1987, the hotel ceased its operation and has been closed to the public. It was declared off limits to visitors as well. However, the people who are living nearby would often be disturbed by sounds coming from the Dominican Hill at night. They would hear banging of doors and windows, clattering of dishes and voices of screaming people, who seem to be agonizing.

A lot of documentaries have been written about this mysterious and panoramic building. Until now, a lot of curious people would like to see its ruins in person, the once grand hotel, which boasts of its large rooms and striking combination of qualities.

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Then just beside Diplomat Hotel is where they erected a building and on its sides is where they painted the 10 Commandments. I was hoping that it would look bigger and more looking like a landmark but was disappointed when it was just painted on the sides.

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Walking down Diplomat Hill Road, we then headed for the our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, where we gave thanks and took some photos, then walked down the steps and while waited for a jeep to take us to the center of the city, we had buko juice to quench our thirst.

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Walking along the side streets heading to Session Road, I remembered a place, where in high school we would eat our lunch and make us full and the price is cheap. Located in Diego Silang Street, Cathy’s Fastfood started their business in 1980, and still is serving their signature dish to this, which I think would be really good for mountaineer, it is called “Cathy’s Rice”, this is a plate of rice with a piece of chicken, a good serving of veggies (cooked chop suey style) and fried egg, which is what I ordered while carol had Lechon Rice. Upon serving our food in the table, we found that even though the Lechon was covered with the sauce of the veggies, it was still crispy and you could still hear the chicharon popping. And they serve other good tasting food, compared to Jack’s Diner, for Cathy’s Fastfood is better!

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After our fulfilling lunch, we walk around Baguio, passing thru the Former Skyworld Building, where it is now an Ukay-Ukay center, we also passed-by Casa Vallejo and wanted to see Cinemathique, but it was closed for the Holiday. Heading up to SM Baguio, where be bought some grocery and would be cooking our dinner which is pasta with basil. Arriving home and then preparing the pasta, we headed out to market to buy all those pabilins and pasalubong so we would not go out anymore the next day. Heading back home, and fixing our things, we rested for a while, after which we ate our dinner.
Then next morning was just spent at home telling stories with my parent, and then prepared lunch of left overs the previous nights. Leaving the house at around 1500hrs, we headed for the Victory Bus Station and waited for our time to board the bus, boarding it at around 1700hrs, and headed back to Manila.

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It was a great time spending time with my parents, having some bonding time with them (since I was always at work in Manila, and could not spend most of my time with them). Saying our goodbyes would always be hard and would hear a comment “dalawa nalang ulit kami, di na magulo dito,” but they would be also happy and would look forward to our return every time. And that return would be soon!

Till our next travel…
HAPPY TRAILS!!

All photos are owned and copyrighted by Joey Rico (also known under these names: alien_scream).
All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use, copy, editing, reproduction, publication, duplication and distribution of the digital photos, without his explicit permission, is punishable by law

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Philippines License.

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