Things You Should Not Miss in Baguio This December 1
Bells are ringing louder. Dancing lights and colors become brighter. The streets are getting busier. Do you hear those carols? Hey, Christmas is coming!
Endless events are to take place everywhere in the Philippines, already set since September 1. Parols or star-shaped lanterns and food like puto bumbong will be a trend for IG #foodporn. Everyone is also excited about the Simbang Gabi, or 9-night masses that can make a wish come true. And who can forget Noche Buena with the classic ham and queso de bola? These are all part of the culture and spirit of the longest Christmas Season in the world.
Moreover, the coldest Christmas in the Philippines can only be experienced in Baguio City. For certain, locals and tourists will surely flock to experience what is closest to the wintry season. So, you better wear your thick jackets and head up to the mountain city because we will give you the list of what you will get to see:
It is a yearly event of Saint Louis University that coincides with their Foundation Day. Various colleges and departments showcase their lanterns made out of their own artistic concepts. The parade is a much-awaited program to open the grand celebration of Christmas in Baguio.
Grand Tree Lighting
Always a part of the opening ceremony is the lighting of the Grand Christmas Tree. This year, the giant tree can be found in the midst of Rose Garden.
Unveiling of Tinatik Christmas Tree
Just in case you’re wondering what Tinatik is, it is an art technique similar to Batik, a dye process from Indonesia. It was pioneered by Maela Liwanag Jose in Baguio.
The Christmas Tree located at Upper Session is designed to honor the proliferation of the tie-dye art.
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This photo was taken by a friend for the very first exibit of my technique, Tinatik. After the Mount Pinatubo Volcano erupted back in 1991, I saw nothing but the color gray around me as ashes fell from the sky for weeks. Every surface dulled by the eruption. My world had been stripped from its colors. This was when I began my journey bringing Tinatik into life. I wanted to bring colors back into a world that was devestated and darkened by this natural disaster. #tinatik #tinatikbymaela #maelatinatikart #baguioartist #baguioart
Malcom Square Light and Show
Malcolm Square was newly renovated last year and the government decided to put up a nightly Light and Sound Show still part of intensifying Christmas spirit.
Live Performances from various local artists and talents in between shows. STARTING TONIGHT at 6:30PM
Christmas at the Bell House
Near the Manor Hotel is the Historical Core of Camp John Hay, where a charming cabin house stood. It is known as the Bell House, named after the Commanding General of the Philippines who transformed CJH into a major military resort.
It serves now as a museum of American colonial architecture and lifestyle. It has a circular garden, which is a favorite grounds for wedding events. You should also see their secret garden.
How wonderful it is to see the Bell House in Christmas embellishments.
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🌲🏠 The Bell House was the personal residence of Major General Franklin Bell, an important figure in the transformation of Baguio. #baguiofeels2017 #bellhouse #campjohnhay #house #baguiocity #wheninbaguio #family #vacation #travel #trip #wanderlust #destination #philippines
Silahis ng Pasko
An initiative of Department of Social Welfare and Development, the program features children in a competition and pageantry. Silahis is a Tagalog word for sunlight, which symbolizes peace, hope, and love.
It is considered as the sub-calendar of Christmas in Baguio.
Cultural Shows, Music, and Exhibits
What is Christmas without a lot of music and colors?
Need I to explain?