March 02, 2013

Baguio City and Its Tiny Little Shops

Posted by Marie Bulatao at Saturday, March 02, 2013


For a lot of out-of-towners, Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines, the ultimate place to go for its cool weather, has lost its charm. 

A giant mall wants to put a parking lot in the place where hundreds of pine trees are.  

Shopping, dining, and enjoying nature is still possible, though...





Nestled in Camp John Hay is a place where the tallest building is no taller than the tallest pine trees!

And walking around the area gives you much pleasure as you enjoy the beautiful blooms and the sweet pine tree scent (no escalators, just pure nature!).





The Baguio Technohub located at Camp John Hay is a group of quaint, tiny little shops of fastfood, coffee shops, convenience store, , sports houses and other retail stores.  Those little shops remind me of when I was a little girl and my grandpa would bring me to this tiny smoke shop where I will feast on imported chocolates and comic books while be reads the newspapers and buys his cigars.   





The Technohub has been designed to follow the area's natural landscape.  It is a showcase of how you can develop commercial places without harming the pine trees.   





44 comments:

Marivic Madayag on March 2, 2013 at 3:45 AM said...

Thanks, Marie, for sharing. I didn't even know the place existed till I saw your post. Will definitely check it out.

Cym Marzan on March 2, 2013 at 9:10 AM said...

I hope I could visit Baguio with the children someday, before commercialization ruins the natural landscapes. It really would be wonderful if all the establishments are no taller than the pine trees.

tet ^0^ on March 2, 2013 at 11:07 AM said...

oh how I miss Baguio. I want to experience the cold wind there again. :)

Marie Bulatao on March 2, 2013 at 12:21 PM said...

@Auntie Vicky Madayag, Auntie the hub has been there for over a year na. It was developed by Ayala. It used to be my jogging route as I watch how the place was being built. By the way, I shared some of Lino's pics here in this blog (with his permission of course.) He does take the coolest pictures dont you think?

eof777 on March 19, 2013 at 12:13 AM said...

What a pretty place... It looks more like a spa getaway! ;-)
Eliz

Allan on March 20, 2013 at 9:57 AM said...

I want to go back to baguio and feel it more. I remember the last time I went there, we just spent 2-3 hours because we need to go back. I just went to the market and buy some souvenirs.

Mommy Maye on March 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM said...

Since summer is officially here na, Baguio is a place to go now. Super init na dito e. And I will never forget to visit those little shops. Thank you for sharing.

Mommy Maye

tet ^0^ on March 20, 2013 at 10:22 PM said...

I want to go to Baguio with a non-work purpose so that I can roam around the place.

I AM TIN on March 21, 2013 at 10:39 AM said...

nice place, you can easily spot its Baguio bec of the landscape. :)

reese on March 21, 2013 at 11:32 AM said...

if i have a chance to visit Baguio, i will sure visit this this Technohub
btw, i remember i had a post about this Baguio trees last year, here's the link http://www.randomxthoughts.com/2012/04/sms-massacre-of-182-baguio-pine-trees.html

JanzCrystalz on March 21, 2013 at 2:47 PM said...

I wonder what's that Nail House? hehehe puro ba nail polish ang nandyan?

Marie Bulatao on March 21, 2013 at 2:50 PM said...

@ Sis Jan, you will love the Nail House. Complete Nail Spa and Nail Art jan haha

Melgie Campbell on March 22, 2013 at 4:04 AM said...

This place is awesome! I wanna go there someday, Thanks for sharing:)

Jhari on March 22, 2013 at 8:32 AM said...

Looks like a nice place. Oh Baguio, I really wish to take my husband there. He'll love it for sure.

hushieLLa on March 22, 2013 at 10:07 AM said...

I really want to go back to Baguio, my last visit was in the 90's pa. I wish my husband would give-in to my request. Tamad kasi magdrive, layo daw.

aby ♥ on March 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM said...

i hope i can join the baguio getaway this april.. hehehe looking forward to visit this

Farida on March 22, 2013 at 3:12 PM said...

I love the ambiance of Camp John Hay... very far from the metro's pollutionand congestion. Adopt me, Marie? :)

promding chamimay on March 22, 2013 at 4:10 PM said...

pretty place! :-) i love camp john hay too! :-) iv been there only once for a quick baguio breakfast before heading back to manila... and i fell in love with the place right away... there's still some hope for baguio... :-)

Rizza Gatchalian on March 22, 2013 at 4:25 PM said...

I enjoyed my stay in Baguio last December. We went shopping for greens and reds and yellow (all veggies!) sa wet market!

Teri Yu on March 22, 2013 at 4:56 PM said...

the last time I've been to Baguio was....hmmmm...15 years ago? tagal na talaga. nakakamiss yung lamig ng Baguio sana makapunta ang buong family some day. :)

thanks for sharing. :)

max on March 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM said...

that is a nice place to visit

Lady Anne Abit on March 23, 2013 at 11:42 AM said...

I really hope I could visit Baguio next year. Hingi ako ng itinerary ha! ;)

Dominique Goh on March 23, 2013 at 4:11 PM said...

Baguio looks like a great place to visit. Haven't been there yet.. may consider to bring the kids on our next holidays :)

Leslie on March 23, 2013 at 4:31 PM said...

I would love to visit baguio again? maybe when my kid is older

Cym Marzan on March 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM said...

I do hope to visit Baguio again one summer!

Prettymom on March 23, 2013 at 11:05 PM said...

I hope I can o back to Baguio in the near future, if that happens i will surely take a lot of photos since I dont have photo during my first visit.. and yes, I don't remember how the camp john hay looks like.. :-(

Rosemarie/Gven-Rose

Mys Laguitao on March 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM said...

We miss Baguio. I think we should go this summer. It's too hot here in the province.

Mys Laguitao on March 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM said...

Plus I miss CJH because the Manor is there where I had my honeymoon and I can get sugarfree chocolates at the commissary.

Marie Angeli Laxa on March 24, 2013 at 2:10 PM said...

Ay ang cute ng stores, Marie! Sarap nga pumunta ng Baguio ngayon. Ang init kasi sa Dabaw. Whew!

Meikah Ybañez-Delid on March 24, 2013 at 6:21 PM said...

Ah, this is good news. When I heard that they were going to put up a Techno Hub at Camp John Hay, I was worried that the allure of the place might be destroyed. Glad it isn't so. Can't wait to visit soon! :)

Ron Leyba on March 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM said...

I just hope they can preserve the natural beauty of Baguio. For me, its still the place to go during the summer season.

Cristiane Zubiaga on March 25, 2013 at 9:51 AM said...

Very nice! Sarap puntahan lalo pg summer. We actually plan to go there this holy week

Aileen A on March 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM said...

It's really great to stroll around in this kind of environment...really close to nature. I wish Manila is like that, then it would be much cooler with the trees and abundant parks....kaso eto asphalt jungle na eh mountain of garbage pa huhuhu

Sabbatical Gal on March 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM said...

that is one of our planned itineraries for summer... otherwise, it will be tagaytay :) thanks for sharing!

Marco Polo Demo on March 25, 2013 at 5:39 PM said...

I saw this place when my previous boss came back from Baguio. There were plenty of changes I don't know when will I'll be going back to Baguio.

Chin chin on March 25, 2013 at 11:25 PM said...

I haven't gone to Baguio for a long, long time now. I wish I could go there again with my family. We'll surely visit Camp John Hay.

Louise Antonette on March 26, 2013 at 12:17 AM said...

I went there sis! I miss going there! I wish this time I could bring the whole family. The last time I was there was purely for work plus some trips on the side with my BFF. :) We'll meet soon I promise! :)

katsjourney on March 26, 2013 at 1:05 AM said...

I have not been to Baguio. Hope to visit this place soon. I have a uncle who grew up here.

Liza on December 27, 2013 at 4:53 PM said...

It's been a long time since we've been to Baguio. I love Camp John Hay. They have this kiosk where they serve large burgers. I can't remember the name and I wonder if it's till there.

jo-anne on December 27, 2013 at 10:08 PM said...

It's been years since I last went to Baguio, I plan to go there this coming 2014. :) Thanks for sharing, I'll definitely check these places.

Marie on December 28, 2013 at 1:28 AM said...

Oh Baguio! I wish to visit you this coming 2014! :)

Jhari on December 28, 2013 at 1:59 AM said...

The last time I went to Baguio was like year 2003. I want to go there and bring hubby. I want him to experience the strawberry picking.

Ria C on December 28, 2013 at 2:41 AM said...

The last time I have been to Baguio was last 1987! I'm sure, a lot has changed since then. I find those little shops very fancy and appealing! It's just the right size when you're starting with a micro business.

eof777 on December 28, 2013 at 8:49 PM said...

It looks and sounds like a romantic haven and a place I'd love to visit some day!
Elizabeth

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