Widely considered as the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio is also home to some of the country’s most visited public parks. Its storied past and contribution to the growth of the Cordillera Administrative Region make Baguio one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country. While most foreign tourists avoid the city’s crowded areas, local tourists still enjoy visiting its long list of parks–albeit crowded at times–to get a better feel of what Baguio has to offer.
1. Mines View Park
Located just a stone’s throw away from the famous Good Shepherd Convent, Mines View Park offers some of the best views of the mountain ranges of The Cordilleras. Appropriately named Mines View, this public park overlooks the mining town of Itogon, Benguet–which housed the first large-scale mining operations in the Philippines where gold, silver, and other minerals were once quarried.
And, while it certainly offers some of the best views of the Cordilleras, it can get crowded at times–as with the other parks in this list. So, prepare to push your way to buy that steaming sweet corn or the perfect souvenir to take home with you.
2. Burnham Park
Burnham Park was named after Daniel Burnham–the American architect and urban designer responsible for spearheading the master plans for the development of Manila and Baguio during the American occupation of the Philippines.
Born in Henderson, New York, Burnham is also credited for creating the master plans for the development of the cities of Chicago and Washington, D.C. He is also behind the design of some of the most iconic buildings including the Flatiron Building in New York, the Washington Union Station, the Ford Building in Detroit, and the Fisher Building in Chicago. In the Philippines, he is also credited for the design of the Provincial Capitol of Pangasinan, and the Provincial Capitol Building in Bacolod in Negros Occidental.
Now frequently visited by tourists–especially during the summer months–the park also houses a bust of Daniel Burnham. And, along with several flower stands and an orchidarium–which Baguio is also famous for–guests can also enjoy the slew of activities that the park offers.
3. Wright Park
The park was named after Luke Edward Wright, the second Governor-General of the Philippines during the Insular Government of the Philippine Islands during the American colonial era.
Known as one of the leading political figures of his time, Wright first served as the Attorney General of Tennessee before he was appointed as the vice-governor of the Philippines in 1901. He later succeeded William Howard Taft and became the Governor-General of the Philippines from February 1904 to November 1905–having served for less than a year before resigning.
Wright Park, which is also frequently called “Ride Park”, is often visited for its horseback-riding activities. A steep and long stairway then leads to the “Pool of Pines” where tourists can have a close look at the famous Burnham-designed “The Mansion”–the official summer palace of the President of the Philippines.
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- Baguio City Government
- Philippine Statistics Authority