Baguio City, Philippines
Baguio, City of Pines
a tribute to memories of an idyllic childhood stay in 1954,
when Manila was too hot and humid for a California kid

I am the little girl in the center.
(Directly behind me is my grandmother, Lazara. 
At my grandmother's right is my beautiful mother, Encarnacion. 
In front of my mother is my brother Adrian,
and in front of him is my baby brother, Gabriel.)

Baguio -- circa 1926   (as described by Carlos Bulosan)

        Baguio is a small city in the heart of tall mountains where the weather is always temperate.   There are no rains nor heavy winds.   But in the morning there is a light mist in the air and when you walk through it you feel as though you are walking through silk. The roads are asphalt and the most modern and beautiful in the Philippines.   The houses and theaters are built in Western fashion.   Tall pine trees cover the mountains and at night one can hear the leaves singing in the slight wind from the deep canyons beyond the city that comes up with the sweet tang of fragrant vegetation from the surrounding valleys.   Far down, there are lustrous truck farms where industrious Igorots produce grapes, cabbages, lettuce, and various fruits.

        In the center of the city is a lake strung with multicolored light bulbs that sparkle at night.   Near the lake is a dancing pavilion, open only on Saturdays.   And farther down, within shouting distance of the town hall, is the public market, teeming with European and American tourists.   Under the cement awnings are numerous oxcarts owned by the lowland people who come to Baguio periodically to sell rice, corn, and bananas.

        It was at this market that I first landed.   Europeans of affluence, Americans with big businesses in the islands, and rich Filipinos lived in Baguio.   Their beautiful white houses dotted the hills.

                      -- pages 66-67,   America is in the Heart   by Carlos Bulosan.
                           (Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1973).



    BAGUIO CITY - INTERNET LINKS

    City of Baguio - by Juny Pilapil La Putt   - history, landmarks, aerial photos, c.2000 glimpses, and map.
    Baguio - by Asia Travel   - tourist description, including travel tips.
    Baguio map - by WHOA.org
    Baguio - City Government of Baguio
    Batad (Banaue) Rice Terraces, Philippines - photos by Robert Gardner
    Sights & Places - photos by Beracah Heights
    BIBAK - Igorots Worldwide - contact information

Compiled by Eloisa Gomez Borah
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