Ah, Baguio—more than a weekend getaway, it’s a place that’s tied to memories. And for most of us, the City of Pines is a hodgepodge of memories: sensory delights such as plump strawberries, rainbowhued walis, the crunch of pinecones underfoot, and ponies with blonde tufted manes. It is a precious place that occupies our mind with memories of childhood summer vacations, lost loves, and nights out with friends on Session Road.
In the Real Living realm, it’s composed of visions of high walls of araal, the soft patina of hand-carved wood, and creaking floorboards that emit the scent of old pine. It is also a city of the pollution and over contradictions—amidst development, there are still pockets of misty, oldworld charm; and among the kitschy things, there are finds that are artsy and cool.
This month, Real Living goes to Baguio and shares our journey with you. In our Special Section on p. 22, we feature new décor shops and places to stay in, holes-in-the-wall that reveal unique handcrafted pieces, and quiet spots that let you take in the beauty of this charming city. Hopefully, even more memories will stem from this adventure.
CooL bEAns. THE RL STAFF WITH
(clockwise from top left) PHOTOG DAIRY DARILAG, NAT CLAVE, RACHELLE MEDINA, KATHERINE LOPEz, TALA SINGSON,
SUNSHINE FUNA, PAULA DE GUzMAN,
AND DAGNY MADAMBA WISH YOU