1. BaguioTourists check out Mansion House, summer residence of the Philippine president in the mountain town of Baguio City.
Inspired by the British Raj, American colonists built a sanatorium in the chilly heights of Benguet Province in 1903 for heat-oppressed, homesick soldiers.
By 1909, the place was transformed into an American town, Baguio, with the help of Flatiron Building architect Daniel Burnham.
For a few summers, the American governor-general would move the seat of government here from humid Manila.
At 5,200 feet above sea level, Baguio enjoys low temperatures -- in 1961 it dropped to a recorded low of 43 F (6.3 C).
Even though the governors-general are long gone, the city remains a summer capital and vacation favorite, packed to the precipice, especially during Holy Week.
Tourists eat perennial peanut brittles and strawberries fresh from the nearby fields of La Trinidad.Getting there:
From Manila, an eight-hour bus ride is the standard way to reach Baguio (flights are rare, save for the odd charter). Buses leave from Manila's Caloocan, Cubao and Pasay residential areas.Linkback: https://tubagbohol.mikeligalig.com/index.php?topic=75498.0