My first visit to Baguio was back in 2009 during the celebration of the Panagbenga Flower Festival. I was with a group of friends and had challenged myself with a 1000-peso budget throughout our stay. We stayed in a cheap hostel, ate at cheap eateries, commuted mostly by public transport and shared the expenses for taxis, which are also cheap in Baguio. I almost conquered the dare until our last hours in Baguio but the lure of fresh strawberries, jams, wines and other souvenirs were too much to resist so I exceeded my budget a bit and didn’t succeed with the challenge.
I haven’t been back to Baguio since except when in transit to Sagada and Benguet so I was so ecstatic when I got an invitation to join the Baguio Bliss Bloggers’ Event organized by Eurotel. This time it was an indulgent and pampering Baguio escapade replete with cozy accommodation, a relaxing spa massage, satisfying food trip and a free city tour. It was the perfect treat for me after spending the previous 3 days tutoring my student non-stop for his term exams.
Our Suite Room
Together with fellow bloggers and the hotel’s marketing team in Manila, we left Eurotel North Edsa early in the morning to check out the latest addition to its chain of hotels at the Summer Capital of the Philippines. After a quick stop-over at the Lion’s Head Monument along Kennon Road, we finally reached our destination around noon and were welcomed warmly by its staff. After the brief introduction, we were assigned our rooms for the next 2 nights. I was assigned a suite room together with mommy blogger, Jennifer of Marriage and Beyond.
Pipe-in music started to play as we entered our cozy suite and true to its European theme, our room has the Leaning Tower of Pisa on its wall. It has a 21”inch LCD TV mounted on the wall but we were so busy we never even got the chance to use it. A few minutes later, we were joined by Gay in our room, another blogger currently based in Baguio. We used to just chat online and it was nice to finally meet this pretty Pinay in the flesh. After getting settled and an hour of girl talk, we finally joined the rest of the group for a sumptuous lunch at the hotel’s in-house restaurant.
Later in the afternoon, we had some free time to explore the city on our own. Most of the sights in the city are walking distance from the hotel but we went to the Baguio Cathedral using the hotel’s shuttle service. From here, we followed the footsteps of Melo and Gay along Session Road, towards SM Baguio and finally to Oh My Gulay where we had some refreshments courtesy of Melo before heading back to the hotel.
Euro Suite 1
Euro Suite 2
Our day was capped by games and videoke session at the hotel function room that lasted past midnight. The food and booze were flowing while Joseph’s comedic talent entertained us in between the belting of tunes.
With the rest of the group in one of the hotel’s Function Rooms.
The second day was spent seeing more sights around Baguio. After our sumptuous buffet breakfast at the hotel, our first stop was at Baguio Bell Church. It has beautifully landscaped gardens, pagodas and intricately adorned arches and walls. From here, we headed back to Oh My Gulay for lunch and tried their bestseller pastas and salads.
Baguio’s Bell Church
The rest of the afternoon was spent at Tam-Awan Village, a reconstructed native village resembling the traditional village in Cordillera. It also features an art gallery, a souvenir shop and a café where we had an afternoon drinkie and some deserts.
Our next stop was the Strawberry Farm at La Trinidad Benguet about thirty minutes from the city. The vegetables here are even cheaper than the ones at Baguio Market. Even though they were bulky and heavy, I couldn’t resist buying the cheap broccoli and cauliflowers as well some fresh strawberries. We also stopped at Good Shepherd Convent for its deliciously smooth Ube Jam. Good thing they have a small shop near its entrance although the main shop was close already.
The highlight of our second day was our night out at D Camalig Comedy Bar and the relaxing aromatheraphy massage at Eurotel’s fantastic Spa de Soleil. It was an hour of rhythmic massage that combines the techniques of Swedish, Shiatsu, and Thai. What a way to end end the busy days we had in the City of Pines. It was a stark contrast from my first visit to Baguio where we stayed at a cheap hostel along the noisy Session Road. It was indeed a blissful Baguio event!
#123 Abanao Extension, Bgy. Rizal Monument
Baguio City 2600 (Near City Hall)
For Reservation Call: (072)444-EURO
Central Reservation: (02)355-0000
Website : www.eurotel-hotel.com
Thank you Ivan, Joseph, Ana and the rest of the staff of Eurotel Baguio for providing us a pampering Baguio escapade. Thanks also to my fellow bloggers, Melo of OutofTownBlog.com, Jennifer of MarriageandBeyond.com, Iris of Pinayads.com, Jen of SexyNomad.com, Gay of PinayTravelJunkie.com, Montsch of Yipeemedia.com, Jonel of LetsGoSago.net for sharing unforgettable moments with me.