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How to Have Fun Minus the Sun: Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Baguio

Baguio proves to be worth a visit any time of the year with these rainy day activities!

By: Viktor Austria | July 01, 2020

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things to do on a rainy day Baguio

The colder it is, the greater you’ll enjoy Baguio’s warm welcome.

Image: Sebastian Herrmann / Unsplash

Don’t ditch your Baguio plans just yet! Just because the rainy season is upon us doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the Summer Capital’s top tourist destinations. As a matter of fact, there are a number of things to do on a rainy day in Baguio that truly makes it a top tourist destination whatever time of the year it may be.

While Baguio City’s stunning public parks and airy nature reserves reflect its rich culture, it resonates through its indoor venues as well: museums, heritage centers, bookshops, and food hubs. Indeed, these things to do on a rainy day in Baguio would make any traveler excited and giddy.

Curious where these places are? Choose a weekend, stock up on sweaters, and read on!


1. BenCab Museum

Location: Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Baguio City, Benguet; open from Tuesday-Sunday, 9AM-6PM
Travel Time: 15 to 20-minute drive from Baguio City center
Recommended Budget: PhP150/head for the admission fee; PhP120 for students with valid ID; PhP100 for senior citizens/PWDs with valid ID; special rates apply for groups of at least 30 guests


Baguio, rainy day

Mother Nature meets contemporary art inside BenCab Museum’s vast space.

Image: BenCab Museum official website

Baguio City rests upon columns of culture and humanities, just like the BenCab Museum which thrusts the city forward with its exhibitions of local art and heritage.

The museum is named after Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera, deemed the master of Filipino contemporary arts, who has both procured and produced the artworks housed within from his many decades of work and travel. Upon paying the entrance fee, visitors will be allowed access to the different galleries: gander at artworks inside the BenCab Gallery, Erotica Gallery, the Cordillera Gallery, Philippine Contemporary Art Gallery, Print Gallery, Maestro Gallery, and many other art sections. Aside from paintings, there are also artifacts and implements reflecting the Cordilleran heritage.

Aside from the indoor galleries, there is also the Café Sabel, a quaint coffee shop where you can lounge about in the afternoon. The place also has its own organic farm, aviary, duck pond, and a small forest with a trail. An open meadow also serves as venues for events and art shows.

Indeed, BenCab Museum brings out Baguio’s best features: rich culture and lush nature!

July 2020 Update: BenCab Museum is temporarily closed.



2. Choco-Late de Batirol

Location: Igorot Park, Camp John Hay, Baguio City, Benguet; open daily from 8AM-9PM
Travel Time: 20 to 30-minute drive from Baguio City center
Recommended Budget: PhP105 for the traditional tsokolate blend; PhP150-400 for a full meal


rainy day activities

Their signature tsokolate is best paired with their sweet delicacies.

Images: Choco-late de Batirol and Raddi John

What better way to combat the cold weather than with a cup of hot tsokolate (cocoa drink)? If you want to warm up, head straight to Choco-Late de Batirol within Camp John Hay for that familiar flavor, freshly brewed and harvested from Baguio’s own cocoa farms.

Of course, ordering a cup of tsokolate is already a given, but it’s what you pair it with that counts. Sample some of their sweet delicacies as well, such as bibingka (rice flour cake), suman sa lihiya (rolled rice cake), turon de langka (banana and jackfruit fritters), or their more savory dishes like tocino kalabaw (carabao meat) or tocino pork, or a bowl of arrozcaldo (rice and chicken porridge) or beef bulalo (beef shanks and marrow). You can even try their chocolate in different variations: aside from the traditional blend, they also have a Baguio blend, cinnamon blend, as well as fruit flavors and fusions like orange, strawberry, and mint plus raspberry.

Operating since 1996, this unassuming garden restaurant made a business out of the drink that they prepare by hand. They whisk the fresh cocoa paste inside a copper pot called the batirol, until smooth enough to serve, sip, and enjoy amidst Baguio’s chilly weather!


3. Mt. Cloud Bookshop

Location: Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City, Benguet; open every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10AM-3PM
Travel Time: 10 to 15-minute drive from Baguio City center
Recommended Budget: starts at PhP150


indoor activities

Unlike mainstream bookshops, Mt. Cloud won’t call you out for peeking into a few pages of a book.

Images: Mt. Cloud Bookshop

Bookworms also have a special place in Baguio: among Mt. Cloud Bookshop's gracious collection of rare reads and volumes.

Ever since opening shop back in 2010, Mt. Cloud Bookshop in Casa Vallejo along Upper Session Road has stayed faithful to filling its shelves with mostly Filipino titles, to promote better readership and champion local authors. Around just a fifth of their titles are foreign, and their Filipiniana collection boasts rare titles from independent, even indigenous, publishing houses that commonly escape mainstream bookstores.



Go ahead and browse through any book before buying – attendants won’t mind. You name it, and they probably have it: children’s books, fiction and nonfiction, books on science, economics, and humanities, and even Cordilleran titles. For books that aren’t for sale, you can rent them out for a fee. You can also purchase literary-themed shirts, postcards, and other souvenir stationeries in the store. You can even attend literary events like storytelling sessions, author meet-ups, and even poetry slams if you chance upon them.


4. Easter Weaving Room

Location: Easter Road, Guisad, Baguio City, Benguet; open Monday-Saturday, 8AM-5PM
Travel Time: 10 to 15-minute drive from Baguio City center
Recommended Budget: starts at PhP200


what to do on a rainy day

This century-old weaving room is symbolic of Baguio’s tradition passed down through generations.

Image: Erick Frederick Hidalgo

Another facet of Baguio’s heritage is featured in their fabric, through the clothes they wear and textiles they weave. At Easter Weaving Room in Guisad, this age-old practice has lived and thrived for as long as the city has existed.

The weaving site, which is also a school, has stood ever since Baguio was founded in 1909, and after more than a century, Easter Weaving Room’s business still booms. Inside the weaving room, you can watch weavers at work as decades-worth of traditional hand-weaving practice is passed on and applied. Of course, you can purchase their finished products: housewares such as placemats, linens, table runners, bed and pillow covers, and wall hangings and outfits such as church vestments, shawls, blouses, vests, barong (formal wear), and native costumes with ethnic designs like the Ifugao tapis (skirt).In time, their business grew to comprise of other crafts as well. Now, they also sell woodcarvings, handwoven bags and purses, and various leather, silver, paper, and crocheted products. This eclectic energy is what brought it to fame, with its products reaching international patronage through various missionaries.


Visit Yoorekka for more articles about the country’s Summer Capital!


5. Café by the Ruins

Location: 25 Shuntug Road, Baguio City, Benguet (across City Hall); open daily from 7AM-8PM
Travel Time: 5 to 10-minute drive from Baguio City center
Recommended Budget: PhP200 and above for a full meal


places to go on a rainy day

All their dishes are guaranteed green, fresh, organic, and therefore guilt-free!

Image: Cafe by the Ruins

After being razed by fire, Café by the Ruins once again stands tall, ready to serve its patrons with a renewed sense of hope and that familiar Baguio taste everyone loves.

The memorable restaurant along Shuntug Road has been a favorite among locals since opening in 1988. Now donning a refreshing look and a refurbished interior, Café by the Ruins is back to serving its signatures: some of their must-tries include a cup of their Iced Ruins Coffee, a house blend topped with cinnamon powder and whipped cream, or a bowl of their champorado (sweet chocolate rice porridge) embellished with crunchy dried Espada (scabbard fish).

They also have savory viands and soups like their classic pinikpikan (stew with smoked pork), and kalabasa puree (squash), as well as breakfast selections, all served with purple Cordilleran mountain rice. You can even bring home a bag of their cold cuts such as embutido (stuffed pork sausage) and bagnet (deep-fried pork).

Café by the Ruins isn’t just a restaurant, but a reminder to always bounce back from a tragedy.



It might be a little colder during the rainy season, but Baguio’s welcoming hospitality never fails to warm anyone’s heart.


This article was originally published in Yoorekka on June 20, 2019.

things to do on a rainy day Baguio

The colder it is, the greater you’ll enjoy Baguio’s warm welcome.

Image: Sebastian Herrmann / Unsplash

Don’t ditch your Baguio plans just yet! Just because the rainy season is upon us doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the Summer Capital’s top tourist destinations. As a matter of fact, there are a number of things to do on a rainy day in Baguio that truly makes it a top tourist destination whatever time of the year it may be.

While Baguio City’s stunning public parks and airy nature reserves reflect its rich culture, it resonates through its indoor venues as well: museums, heritage centers, bookshops, and food hubs. Indeed, these things to do on a rainy day in Baguio would make any traveler excited and giddy.

Curious where these places are? Choose a weekend, stock up on sweaters, and read on!


1. BenCab Museum

Location: Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Baguio City, Benguet; open from Tuesday-Sunday, 9AM-6PM
Travel Time: 15 to 20-minute drive from Baguio City center
Recommended Budget: PhP150/head for the admission fee; PhP120 for students with valid ID; PhP100 for senior citizens/PWDs with valid ID; special rates apply for groups of at least 30 guests


Baguio, rainy day

Mother Nature meets contemporary art inside BenCab Museum’s vast space.

Image: BenCab Museum official website

Baguio City rests upon columns of culture and humanities, just like the BenCab Museum which thrusts the city forward with its exhibitions of local art and heritage.

The museum is named after Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera, deemed the master of Filipino contemporary arts, who has both procured and produced the artworks housed within from his many decades of work and travel. Upon paying the entrance fee, visitors will be allowed access to the different galleries: gander at artworks inside the BenCab Gallery, Erotica Gallery, the Cordillera Gallery, Philippine Contemporary Art Gallery, Print Gallery, Maestro Gallery, and many other art sections. Aside from paintings, there are also artifacts and implements reflecting the Cordilleran heritage.

Aside from the indoor galleries, there is also the Café Sabel, a quaint coffee shop where you can lounge about in the afternoon. The place also has its own organic farm, aviary, duck pond, and a small forest with a trail. An open meadow also serves as venues for events and art shows.

Indeed, BenCab Museum brings out Baguio’s best features: rich culture and lush nature!

July 2020 Update: BenCab Museum is temporarily closed.



2. Choco-Late de Batirol

Location: Igorot Park, Camp John Hay, Baguio City, Benguet; open daily from 8AM-9PM
Travel Time: 20 to 30-minute drive from Baguio City center
Recommended Budget: PhP105 for the traditional tsokolate blend; PhP150-400 for a full meal


rainy day activities

Their signature tsokolate is best paired with their sweet delicacies.

Images: Choco-late de Batirol and Raddi John

What better way to combat the cold weather than with a cup of hot tsokolate (cocoa drink)? If you want to warm up, head straight to Choco-Late de Batirol within Camp John Hay for that familiar flavor, freshly brewed and harvested from Baguio’s own cocoa farms.

Of course, ordering a cup of tsokolate is already a given, but it’s what you pair it with that counts. Sample some of their sweet delicacies as well, such as bibingka (rice flour cake), suman sa lihiya (rolled rice cake), turon de langka (banana and jackfruit fritters), or their more savory dishes like tocino kalabaw (carabao meat) or tocino pork, or a bowl of arrozcaldo (rice and chicken porridge) or beef bulalo (beef shanks and marrow). You can even try their chocolate in different variations: aside from the traditional blend, they also have a Baguio blend, cinnamon blend, as well as fruit flavors and fusions like orange, strawberry, and mint plus raspberry.

Operating since 1996, this unassuming garden restaurant made a business out of the drink that they prepare by hand. They whisk the fresh cocoa paste inside a copper pot called the batirol, until smooth enough to serve, sip, and enjoy amidst Baguio’s chilly weather!


3. Mt. Cloud Bookshop

Location: Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City, Benguet; open every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10AM-3PM
Travel Time: 10 to 15-minute drive from Baguio City center
Recommended Budget: starts at PhP150


indoor activities

Unlike mainstream bookshops, Mt. Cloud won’t call you out for peeking into a few pages of a book.

Images: Mt. Cloud Bookshop

Bookworms also have a special place in Baguio: among Mt. Cloud Bookshop's gracious collection of rare reads and volumes.

Ever since opening shop back in 2010, Mt. Cloud Bookshop in Casa Vallejo along Upper Session Road has stayed faithful to filling its shelves with mostly Filipino titles, to promote better readership and champion local authors. Around just a fifth of their titles are foreign, and their Filipiniana collection boasts rare titles from independent, even indigenous, publishing houses that commonly escape mainstream bookstores.



Go ahead and browse through any book before buying – attendants won’t mind. You name it, and they probably have it: children’s books, fiction and nonfiction, books on science, economics, and humanities, and even Cordilleran titles. For books that aren’t for sale, you can rent them out for a fee. You can also purchase literary-themed shirts, postcards, and other souvenir stationeries in the store. You can even attend literary events like storytelling sessions, author meet-ups, and even poetry slams if you chance upon them.


4. Easter Weaving Room

Location: Easter Road, Guisad, Baguio City, Benguet; open Monday-Saturday, 8AM-5PM
Travel Time: 10 to 15-minute drive from Baguio City center
Recommended Budget: starts at PhP200


what to do on a rainy day

This century-old weaving room is symbolic of Baguio’s tradition passed down through generations.

Image: Erick Frederick Hidalgo

Another facet of Baguio’s heritage is featured in their fabric, through the clothes they wear and textiles they weave. At Easter Weaving Room in Guisad, this age-old practice has lived and thrived for as long as the city has existed.

The weaving site, which is also a school, has stood ever since Baguio was founded in 1909, and after more than a century, Easter Weaving Room’s business still booms. Inside the weaving room, you can watch weavers at work as decades-worth of traditional hand-weaving practice is passed on and applied. Of course, you can purchase their finished products: housewares such as placemats, linens, table runners, bed and pillow covers, and wall hangings and outfits such as church vestments, shawls, blouses, vests, barong (formal wear), and native costumes with ethnic designs like the Ifugao tapis (skirt).In time, their business grew to comprise of other crafts as well. Now, they also sell woodcarvings, handwoven bags and purses, and various leather, silver, paper, and crocheted products. This eclectic energy is what brought it to fame, with its products reaching international patronage through various missionaries.


Visit Yoorekka for more articles about the country’s Summer Capital!


5. Café by the Ruins

Location: 25 Shuntug Road, Baguio City, Benguet (across City Hall); open daily from 7AM-8PM
Travel Time: 5 to 10-minute drive from Baguio City center
Recommended Budget: PhP200 and above for a full meal


places to go on a rainy day

All their dishes are guaranteed green, fresh, organic, and therefore guilt-free!

Image: Cafe by the Ruins

After being razed by fire, Café by the Ruins once again stands tall, ready to serve its patrons with a renewed sense of hope and that familiar Baguio taste everyone loves.

The memorable restaurant along Shuntug Road has been a favorite among locals since opening in 1988. Now donning a refreshing look and a refurbished interior, Café by the Ruins is back to serving its signatures: some of their must-tries include a cup of their Iced Ruins Coffee, a house blend topped with cinnamon powder and whipped cream, or a bowl of their champorado (sweet chocolate rice porridge) embellished with crunchy dried Espada (scabbard fish).

They also have savory viands and soups like their classic pinikpikan (stew with smoked pork), and kalabasa puree (squash), as well as breakfast selections, all served with purple Cordilleran mountain rice. You can even bring home a bag of their cold cuts such as embutido (stuffed pork sausage) and bagnet (deep-fried pork).

Café by the Ruins isn’t just a restaurant, but a reminder to always bounce back from a tragedy.



It might be a little colder during the rainy season, but Baguio’s welcoming hospitality never fails to warm anyone’s heart.


This article was originally published in Yoorekka on June 20, 2019.

author

Viktor would love to receive an extra hour a day as a Christmas gift. That way, he won’t have to struggle over splitting his 24 hours among making brand copies and campaigns, writing children’s stories, going to the gym, commuting around Taguig, and feeding his two overweight cats. He hates the hustle culture, that’s why he’s thankful for friends who have time to spare on weekends, preferably over spicy ramen and cold bottles of beer.

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