Baguio is a scenic highland city located in Northern Luzon, known for its cooler temperature and picturesque views.
Baguio offers something a little different from the typical Philippine holiday experience, and is a place where one can escape the humid Philippines weather.
On average, Baguio is 8°C cooler than any part of the lowlands. While bustling Manila can often be stiflingly hot at 35°C and above, temperatures in Baguio rarely climb higher than 26°C.
The city gets very wet during the rainy season from June to October, receiving twice the amount of precipitation as Manila. However, it’s transformed into a tropical paradise from November to May, leading to it being dubbed the ‘Summer Capital of The Philippines’.
During this period, thousands of people head to the city from across the lowlands to make the most of the conditions, which aren’t as humid and sweaty as the rest of the country.
It was thanks to the mild, pleasant climate that during its time in charge of The Philippines, the US chose to uproot all of its government personnel from Manila to Baguio every summer – an exercise that was carried out from 1903 until 1913.
American rule brought rapid urbanisation to Baguio and resulted in architect Daniel Burnham being tasked with leading the city’s ongoing development, which helped transform the city into one of the country’s premier tourist hubs – a position it retains to this day.
Today, Baguio is known as the tourism and education hub of Northern Luzon.