Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines, has fully embraced the budget segment of travelers with the opening of various establishments that cater mainly to the backpackers. But one that has emerged unique and trendy is Upstairs Bed and Bath, a game changer in the local tourism industry that revolutionized the concept of budget accommodation in the Pine City. Conveniently located in the upper floor of the Girl Scout of the Philippines (GSP) Building along Leonard Wood Road in the city proper, Upstairs Bed and Bath is a…Continue Reading “Baguio Budget Stay: Upstairs Bed & Bath”


Globe Cordillera Challenge 4 Tublay, Benguet May 4, 2013 More than four hundred bikers across the Philippines converged in Tublay, Benguet on May 4, 2013, for one of the most anticipated biking events of the year – the Globe Cordillera Challenge 4. Organized by Globe Telecoms and Cordillera Conservation Trust, Globe Cordillera Challenge is an advocacy ride that aims to raise awareness for the need to protect and rebuild the mountains of Cordillera with a challenge to recreational bikers to race for the environment. This year,…Continue Reading “Snapshot: Biking for Cordillera”

Colorado Falls

One of the spots near Baguio City that tourists usually bypass is the Colorado Falls of Twin Peaks, Tuba, Benguet. It is one of the four waterfalls in the town, the others include Canyon Falls in Camp 3, Bridal Veil Falls in Camp 4 and Hydro Falls in Camp 6. Located some 30 kilometers from the City of Pines and just a short walk from Kennon Road, Colorado Falls has been a favorite spot for locals for its cold water that cascades into a deep…Continue Reading “Colorado Falls of Tuba, Benguet”


Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines will bloom again this February as it stage the 18th year of Panagbenga Flower Festival. “Panagbenga” is a Kankanaey term which means “season of blooming”. With the theme “A Blooming Odyssey,” the month-long festival reflects the history, traditions and values of the City of Baguio and the entire Cordilleras. Panagbenga 2013 Schedule February 1,2013 : Grand Opening Parade, Drum and Lyre Dance Competition (Elementary Division) – Panagbenga Park to Athletic Bowl. February 1 – March 3, 201:…Continue Reading “Panagbenga 2013: A Blooming Odyssey in Baguio”

The La Union, Baguio, Pangasinan and Tarlac legs of Lakbay Norte were full of fun, food and adventure: the stroll in Holcim Eco Trail, sumptuous meal by Te Quiero Tapas Bar and Restaurant, airsoft battle in Baguio Country Club, short but sweet stay in The Manor, river cruising and bangus feast in Dawel River and the go-kart race in Kart City. Here are more photos of our La Union, Baguio, Pangasinan and Tarlac legs of Lakbay Norte 3. Lakbay Norte is an eight day media…Continue Reading “Northern Stills: La Union, Baguio, Pangasinan & Tarlac”


January 26, the daylight revealed the beautiful waves that made the town famous. Good morning San Juan, La Union! I sat in the restaurant of Kahuna Beach Resort for breakfast and watched as the perfect long swells break on the shore. The waves were fantastic and tempting, I wished we could stay longer and surf but we have itinerary for the day and surfing was not on it. We left San Juan for Bacnotan at seven in the morning for trekking and tree planting in…Continue Reading “Lakbay Norte Diary Day 5: La Union and Baguio”