Who doesn’t have fond memories of Baguio City? That is, if you born before the 80’s. Back in the 60’s and 70’s, before the advent of Boracay as the default out-of-town, escape-from the-city destination, Baguio prided itself as “the summer capital of the Philippines” because the weather there was always a pleasant 19 degree C– a perfect respite from the heat and smog of Manila. But when tragedy struck in 1990 in the form of a deadly earthquake, it took years before the pine city was able to get back on its feet, build up its infrastructure, and reclaim its lost glory as a tourist destination.
It had been many years since my last trip to Baguio, I think my son was in elementary then, and only now when my sister-in-law arrived from U.S. we revisited the pine city. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Baguio hadn’t changed much. It was one of those times when I welcomed a time warp because it meant that Baguio still had its signature fragrant pine trees, maze-like market, floating fog, breathtaking views, and of course, Burnham Park.