Monday, August 29, 2011

Baguio, Amidst the Storm (The Preliminaries

Mountain Province was placed under signal number 3 due to Typhoon Mina when Jas and I boarded the 10.20 Victory Liner bus bound for Baguio on the evening of 26 August 2011. It was the super long weekend, and restless souls that we were, what would we have done otherwise? We braved the long lines at the terminal, and were fortunate enough to get tickets to the 10.20 bus, which was merely an additional trip.

  • Victory Liner, Inc. for Baguio is located at 683 EDSA, Cubao, Quezon City. Telephone number is 727-4534. They have daily hourly trips to Baguio, 24 hours a day. Regular fare is Php445.00/person. Deluxe fare is Php715.00/person.

We arrived in Baguio at around 5 in the morning, the 27th of August, and it was freezing. We were met with a heavy downpour, and despite the fact that Baguio had 4,000 units of cab, none was in sight that morning. Hailing a cab under a heavy downpour, with several other commuters, was a daunting task. I longed for the comfort of my hotel room. Several minutes later, we were ensconced under the blankets.

Citylight Hotel was booked via Agoda, several days before the scheduled trip. For Php3,000.00 for two nights, we had a superior twin room, and the rate included a buffet breakfast for two. It was a modest-looking hotel, but the room we stayed at was clean. Television was a plasma, and the bathroom was pleasant. Our room was located at the 3rd basement; it didn’t have a nice view, although, nowadays, Baguio doesn’t have a nice view anymore with houses sprouting just about anywhere. Breakfast was tasty, although we could do with more choices. Some areas of the hotel were under renovation when we checked-in; the end result was a non-operational elevator. What I liked most about the hotel was its accessibility to the Baguio Cathedral – located just a few meters away.

  • Citylight Hotel is located at 245 Upper General Luna Road.

Our tour of the city was hampered by strong gusts of wind, and heavy downpour of rain. These did not, however, dampen our adventurous spirit. We made the most of our Baguio vacation, come hell or high water.