The WindowSeat.ph Holy Week Guide
Where to go in Manila, Rizal, Pampanga, Calabarzon, Baguio-Sagada, Cebu and Bacolod over the Holy Week.
by WindowSeat.ph | April 10, 2017
Baguio is one of the few favored destinations for a Holy Week vacation (or for any holiday, for that matter) especially now that Summer season has begun. Everyone’s flocking to our country’s coolest area to relish the chilly climate just for a little while. Solo travelers also find their way up to Sagada in the hopes of “finding themselves.”
Whatever the reason, here’s where you should be and what you should do when spending Holy Week up north.
- Mega Senakulo: Watch the presentation on the Passion of Christ by the Alpha-Omega Theatrical Production and its cast of 250 every evening until April 11 at Melvin Jones grandstand.
- Easter Sunrise Ecumenical Service: Welcome the Easter Sunday dawn with worship rites that will feature prayers of reflections, thanksgiving, intercession and worship at 5 A.M. at the People’s Park Malcolm Square.
What to Do
- Bravely stroll through Calvary Hill: Put your best brave face (and respectful demeanor) on and walk through this cemetery which features a huge memorial gravestone for the citizens of Sagada who gave their lives during the World War II.
- Drink craft beers at Baguio Craft Brewery: Nothing beats locally crafted beers and trying every single one of them off the tap with friends or family at this well-loved Baguio brewery! (Tip: You can ask for a taste test of each if you’re unsure of what to get).
- Go thrift shopping at the Baguio Night Market: You’ll be surprised by what you might find among the makeshift stalls that sell a variety of goods ranging from clothes and accessories to toys and souvenir items.
Note: All cave tours in Sagada are suspended for religious observance until further notice.
What to See
- Sugong Hanging Coffins: The hanging coffins is an iconic Sagada attraction and is said to be a burial practice still being done by locals even today.
- Sagada Weaving: Here, you can purchase items and fabric beautifully handcrafted by local weavers, and watch how they create them at the weaving area.
- BenCab Museum: This four-level gallery and museum just a 15-minute car ride away from Baguio’s city center features works of the national artist himself and a variety of other artists. It also has its own cafe named after BenCab’s muse and a garden where you can unwind.
- Camp John Hay: An area made for well-deserved R&R, there are plenty of activities to do around Camp John Hay, like have a picnic, visit the butterfly garden, or go on the treetop adventure!
Where to Eat
- Sagada Lemon Pie House: Have your hearty homecooked meal at this cozy cafe and restaurant. Don’t miss its signature Lemon Pie, of course!
- Ketchup Food Community: Choose from a variety of dining options here according to your taste, or go on a food trip and try them all! Restaurants here include Canto, a steakhouse, Happy Tummy serving Thai cuisine, Rancho Norte serving Filipino and exotic food, the more gourmet Green Pepper, and Malaysian-Indonesian fusion Rumah Sate.
- Amare La Cucina: If it’s comfort food you want, head to this pizza joint serving the best brick-oven pizzas in Baguio you’ll ever sink your teeth into.
- Cafe by the Ruins: If it’s somewhere chill and cozy you’d want to be in anytime of the day, Cafe by the Ruins promises nothing less than a relaxed atmosphere, satisfying food, and live music when you dine.
Where to Stay
- The Rock Farm Inn
An orange orchard-turned-B&B, The Rock Farm Inn and Cafe gives you all the comforts of home while surrounding you in lush orange trees and a vast pine forest.
- Martha’s Hearth
Dokkos, Sagada, Mountain Province
(+63) 917 845 7695
This five-bedroom inn was once a home renovated and transformed into a tourist accommodation. You’ll immediately fall in love with its beautiful interior and comfortable atmosphere, and feel as though it was your own home.
- The Manor at Camp John Hay
Loakan Road, Baguio City, Benguet
(+6374) 424 09 31 to 43
One of the most luxurious places you can stay in Baguio is The Manor which has everything you’ll need for a cozy and pampered stay — indulgent dining options, a relaxing spa and fitness center, meditation area, and open garden spaces.
- Azalea Residences Baguio
Get close to world-class service for an affordable price at Baguio’s first and only 4-star serviced apartment hotel. Each unit has its own kitchen, living and bedroom areas, making it a great alternative to expensive accommodations.
- Baguio Country Club
As one of the most famous historical landmarks in the city, Baguio Country Club offers a space for every kind of gathering amidst a serene and picturesque landscape. You can choose to stay in a regular room, a suite, or a homey cottage.
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