Philippines — Baguio (Botanical Garden)

It’s a seven hour public bus ride from Sagada to Baguio, the center of business, commerce, and education in the entire Northern Luzon. Due to our late afternoon arrival, we only had time to see one location, so we chose the Botanical Garden, renamed Centennial Park in 2009 to coincide with the city’s own centennial. The gardens are home to numerous sculptures and tributes along with native huts typical of the type of Igorot dwellings found in the nearby Cordilleras. In 2013, tunnels used by the Japanese during WWII were discovered. These tunnels have only been opened to the public since February 2014, though still unadorned and with infrequent electricity (bring a flashlight just in case).

Photos taken April 2014 (Nikon D7000).

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