BAGUIO, Summer Capital of the Philippines

According to Google's Zeitgeist 2008, Baguio was the fourth most searched for travel destination by Filipinos in the Philippines.



Located on the island of Luzon, the city of Baguio is known as the summer capital of the Philippines because of its cool weather. At an altitude of 5100 feet, it is also known as the City of Pines. The name Baguio derives from the word "moss" in the Ibaloi langauge of the Benguet region.

Baguio is a university town where the University of the Philippines has a campus and where the Philippine Military Academy, Saint Louis Unviersity, and other colleges and universities are located.

Tourists visit Baguio to escape from the heat in the other parts of the country, especially in the summer. Camp John Hay is a former recreation area for American servicemen in the Philippines; it is also where voice of America had its broadcasting facilities. Burnham Park and Baguio Cathedral are other tourist attractions in the city.