September 9, 1909: Baguio was declared a chartered city and Summer Capital of the Philippines.
The name Baguio is believed to have come from a mossy flowering plant Bagiw, which the Americans pronounced as “Bag-eeyow.”
The Mansion was the official residence of the American governorgeneral during summer holidays.
Camp John Hay was the U.S. military’s recreation spot. The American also built Kennon Road, which
connected Baguio to nearby provinces.
The Philippine Commission held its first session from April 22 to June 11, 1904 in what is now known as Session Road.
Renowned architect and city planner Daniel Burnham—who created the master plans of Chicago and Washington, D.C. in the 1800s—was the urban planner of Baguio City. Radial city layouts and long public walkways and avenues are his trademarks, and can still be seen in Baguio until now. Burnham Park is named after him.