Every country in Southeast Asia has an upland, pine-clad retreat from the heat and dust of the lowlands, and Baguio is the Philippines’ exemplar of the genre. Baguio City is located 1,500 meters above sea level making it the highest major Philippine city in terms of elevation. It boasts of a year-round temperature of 16 to 25o Celsius, which makes the environment conducive to intensive learning.
Baguio is considered as the education center of Northern Luzon. Like other hill stations, Baguio is a university town that boasts one of the Philippines’ largest student populations (a quarter of a million!), with 10 colleges and 6 universities in the city, including a campus of the University of the Philippines, the top university in the country.
Because of its cool weather and quiet atmosphere, Baguio is also developed as a resort city. More commonly known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio features various tourist attractions like the Mansion House (the Presidential Palace), Camp John Hay, Teachers Camp, Philippine Military Academy and various parks to explore.
The last but not the least, Baguio is also a crossroads between hill tribe culture and lowland settlers. For most travellers, Baguio serves as the primary gateway to backpacker bliss up north in Sagada, Banaue and Kalinga. Once you arrive in the Baguio, you have opened the door to explore the different side of the Philippines.