A Stroll Along Legarda Road

If you have been staying here in Baguio for quite some time, you might have presumably heard about Legarda Road, a major road in Baguio City that is a few-minute walk from Session Road.

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Some students call it “Korea town” because of the road’s features swamped by foreigner students, mostly Koreans,  as they enjoy the neighboring establishments located along the area on a typical and care-free weekend. If you’re a newbie in this city and looking for a place to wander, these are some of the establishments along Legarda Road you might want to give a try:

  1. Restaurants

There are more or less 10 Korean restaurants, one Japanese restaurant, and cafes along this road that you can choose from. Red Station, Kubo Grill, Camping Date, Le Vein Bakeshop, Pearl Meat Shop, Uijeongbu, Chil Cheon Gak and Jijimi are just a few.

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Unlimited Samgyupsal at Kubo Grill

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Experience eating in a tent at Camping Date

 

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Red Station

  1. Grocery

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Seoul Shopping Center is situated just beside Kubo Grill. Going there is like a taste of Korea as it is packed with Korean products – from ice cream, snacks, souvenirs, and soju to cooking ingredients such as dried sheets of sea weed, crab meat and some vegetables.

  1. KTV 
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Everybody loves a good entertainment and going to karaoke is always on the list. Luckily, there’s a KTV called Apple located at The Zone Vill Condominium which has a song list that caters Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and English songs. Enjoy an hour of singing for only Php 400. You may also opt to buy beverage at the counter as well as snacks. Perfect for group hang out!

If you plan to explore Legarda Road, you can go there from Monol by taxi or jeepney and get off across Baguio City Hall. This area is ideal for Friday night, just be sure to come back at the academy before midnight!

The Cafe You Should Probably Visit Today

Eat. Study. Talk. These are the things that most students do at a café after class hours or on weekends. Luckily for us, there is café in Baguio that has just changed the game. By game, we mean literally.

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Raduno Café and Resto offers almost all other cafes has to offer — good food, relaxing ambiance, and good service — plus one. They also incorporate desk games such as Jenga, chess and card games that you can enjoy alongside the food and a good company. Apart from these, the menu’s price range is quite affordable and the serving size would surely fill you up. So if you’re burnt out after class and wants to break free, luck is on your side ’cause you just found the right place to secure study-life balance.

Raduno Café and Resto is located at 2nd Floor Lachica Bldg. #111, Jungletown Rd, Baguio City. This café opens at 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, right in time for Monol’s curfew.

Summer Itinerary: A Glance at the Aesthetics of Baguio City

We, here in Monol live by the maxim, “live and learn”. That is exactly why students, despite the hours of studying, still maintain enthralling lifestyle that stimulates the active practice of the lessons learned during the class hours.

This summer season is no exception. Sure, summer is all about the tan, the waves, and the beautiful beaches. However, if you’re not the beach babe or dude type, you might just want to remain here in Baguio, stay cool, and appreciate the culture and the arts this city has to offer. The following are some of the museums you can visit:

General Emilio Aguinaldo Museum

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Aguinaldo museum is the only lights and sound museum in the north. It is named after the first president of the Philippines, Emilio Aguinaldo, in hopes of restoring the artifacts and promoting nationalism within the Filipino people. Savor the walk through history with realistic landscapes, paintings, and sounds that make the experience more surreal. Tour guides will assist and explain each section so you could ask questions along the way. The guides will also instruct you to remove your jacket as the body heat contributes to deterioration of the artifacts, most specifically, the first ever Philippine flag.

Where: Happy Glen Loop Rd, Baguio, Benguet
Museum hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 am – 12:00 nn and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Entrance Fee: P115
P75 for Students/ Senior Citizen

Museo Kordilyera

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Museo Kordilyera has just opened this year and it is yet another reason to love Baguio City. Years of research, ethnographic photographs, and eccentric displays could be found in this museum. If you’re up for a genuine experience of the Cordilleran Culture, this place is perfect for you.

Where:  30 Gov. Pack Rd, Baguio (Inside the University of the Philippines Baguio)
Museum hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9: 00 am to 5:00 pm
Entrance Fee: P30 for non-UP students with valid ID
P60 for adults.
20% discount for Senior citizens and PWDs with valid ID.

Ben Cab Museum

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BenCab Museum is probably one of the most infamous hubs for art enthusiasts in Baguio City. It is named after the National Artist, Benedicto Reyes Cabrera (hence the museum name). Aside from the artworks, you can also stroll around the farm and the garden, souvenir shops, and grab a bite at Café Sabel.

Where: Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet
Museum hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9 am – 6:00 pm
Entrance fee: P100
P80 for students and senior citizens.

BAGUIO IN A DAY

Can you explore Baguio City’s main tourist spots in a day? Of course, you can!

Despite being tagged as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio is rather a small city with an area of 49 square kilometers. It was first built for a capacity of 25,000 people but the population in Baguio City had skyrocketed to more than 300,000. Despite that, Baguio City still remains to be the top escape of Filipinos and tourists from the southern part of the country.

Among the places that tourists flock to in Baguio, the famous ones are Mines View Park, the Mansion House, Wright Park, Botanical Garden and Burnham Park. These are quite a few, right? But you can actually visit all these in one day.

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Burnham Park: Baguio’s classic tourist spot

Every month, MONOL welcomes two batches of new students to experience the “Live and Learn” culture of the academy. And since MONOL is true to its slogan, it doesn’t only offer luxurious facilities to its students but it also gives them opportunities to explore the city on their own – to decide what restaurant to visit, to go places they haven’t been before or to just stroll around the city and interact with Baguio locals.

For the students who just arrived and will be arriving, you might want to start your where-to list with Baguio’s famous Burnham Park. Continue reading

‘Colors of Stobosa’

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COLORS OF STOBOSA was unveiled on June 23, 2016 under the Rev-Bloom project of DOT-CAR in cooperation with the local government, a paint brand, the Tam-Awan Village artists, volunteer groups and the residents of sitios Stonehill, Botiwtiw and Sadjap in La Trinidad. Photo by: Art Tibaldo

Now, Benguet province has its own version of the Busan Gamcheon Culture Village in South Korea and the Favela Painting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Continue reading

Baguio City’s Garden in the Sky

Aside from Baguio City, there are other beautiful places in Cordillera – places with a majaestic view, accommodating people, fresh air and a clean environment. These places in Cordillera also pride themselves with their rich culture, merging both tradition and advancement in technology, like Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province, to name a few.

If you visit the Northern part of the Philippines, it will be a waste to not visit at least one of these places. The problem is that the travel might be long and rough. What is amazing is that there is a place in Baguio City that could let you experience Cordilleran culture without the hassle. Continue reading