I always wanted to go to places like Manila or Boracay in the Philippines, but I never thought of going to Baguio. Baguio also known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines is located at altitude approximately 1,600 meters above sea level in the province of Banguet in Luzon island with population around 300,000 people.
Traveling to Baguio from Dau Terminal (bus terminal near Clark Airport) takes about 4 and half hours in average. The bus from Manila will stop at every major town to drop and pick-up passengers via winding and very scenic mountain road before arriving at final destination in Baguio. Baguio has very pleasant subtropical highland climate with temperature between 15-25 degree Celsius.
Main economic activities in this city is education and tourism. There are many universities, colleges and academies including the prestigious Philippine Military Academy located in this city. I also noticed a Korean community living here. After a few conversation with the locals, I learned that these Koreans actually came to Baguio to learn English at English Language Institute before they settled down here. I can see why this city popular with the immigrants.
Although I didn't explore other part of the Philippines, in my opinion this country is not much different compare to Malaysia except they have less infrastructures and I don't feel safe here because they conducted body search before I enter shopping malls and employed armed security to guard 7-Eleven and Starbucks.