Finally, I was able to complete one of the things on my bucket list and that is to travel alone (well sort of). I went to Baguio two days ago for the Panagbenga Festival along with other groups who also availed the Day Trip tour package by TravelPack and Tours. It was my first time to witness the Panagbenga, my first time to Baguio and also my first time to travel solo (without any of my family or friends to accompany me). Generally, I really had a blast even though I am not feeling so well that day and I’m glad I made it through! I can say that this is also the longest ride I ever had in my life so far!Our meet up point was in Madison Square in Mandaluyong and we were warmly welcomed by our tour guide Ms Addah. We departed at 11:30pm and I only had 3 hours of sleep! Surprisingly, it took us only 4 hours to reach Baguio and we arrived there 2 hours ahead of our itinerary.Although not part of our Trip, we were given the chance to witness the famous Lion Head in Kennon Road! Well, i guess the Baguio trip will not be completed without it! It was 4 am and I cannot take a good shot of the statue! We had our quick breakfast after our arrival. I was planning to visit the Cafe By The Ruins but everything has changed. In fact, we had a slightly different itinerary compare to what they include on their proposed plan but that’s okay because they are just trying to make it more realistic. While exploring the Session Road, you’ll find the colorful grand floats being prepared. I thought the parade will start at 7 yet we waited more than hour before officially it begins.Spotted another grand float prior to the parade.The effort they put for each float was simply amazing! Each Float is accompanied by Street Dancers with their colorful costumesThe Grand Float Parade! Celebrities like Melai, Jason and even Coco Martin were spotted here. After the Panagbenga Parade, we were taken to the Wright Park. We are supposed to have a snack in 50’s Diner yet it didn’t pushed through because the restaurant is fully occupied so the majority of us decided to visit the Wright Park and just find a place to eat nearby. Even though I am so hungry that time, a group invited me to join them exploring the Wright Park and the Mansion! It’s my chance to gain new friends so why not right?The MansionOur next destination was the famous Mines View Park where we were encouraged to buy our pasalubongs too!The Mines View Park deckOf Course, I gave this a try! While exploring the Mines View Park alone, I spotted this small Cordillera World Museum where you can see a nice replica of an Ifugao house and other hand made crafts. After the Mines View, we headed to La Trinidad, Benguet to visit the Strawberry Farm.And then back to Baguio for The Our Lady of Lourdes GrottoWe’re supposed to visit the Camp John Hay but the weather was not cooperating with so decided to have our very late lunch at Good Taste and then we headed home afterwards!
Note: This is just an Overview of my Panagbenga and Baguio Day Trip, I will post more details about this soon!