Move to Cool Baguio

Baguio: If any of you are interested in retiring in the Philippines but worry about the hot humid weather here, consider checking out Baguio. Temperatures average around 75 degrees F here. I received the following email from a friend who lived in Baguio. I have included that email in it’s entirety in this post and i added some additional info below it. A couple of negative items about Baguio, one is it rains a lot here, and two since typhoons usually track up across Luzon, you will likely get more of them here than in Cebu, typhoons are in fact rare in Cebu. Also there is a heightened potential for earthquakes. The last great quake was exactly 4:26 p.m. on Monday, 16 July 1990, and it was a killer earthquake that unexpectedly hit and extensively devastated the City of Baguio. As reported, the powerful temblor measured 7.7 in the open-ended Richter scale and lasted for 45 seconds. There is also the possibility of landslides as the type of soil in this mountainous area. Another factor to consider is that Baguio is sitting at an elevation of 1500 m or 4,900 ft. If you have problems with headaches from high altitude you will likely get them here.

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Hi, Charles Harman!

I studied in Baguio City from 1992-1997 and stayed there with my husband from 2005-2008. We’re now based in Manila.

I probably am biased since I lived there and I personally just love the place. I had relatives who lived in the city as well as in Philex Mines and since a child when I used to visit, I have always loved the cool weather. Although there are a lot of negative things they say about Baguio (such as it is no longer as cold as it used to be 20 years ago, there are many Koreans and Korean establishments,it is polluted I still believe it is one of the best options of a quiet and simple city life.

The only thing that made us go is for better opportunities as there are obviously a lot more options for work here in Manila.

It may not be as cold as it used to be because a good number of pine trees have been cut, but it still is the coolest place, I believe, in the Philippines sometimes reaching 6 deg as compared to Manila with a temp of 18 (rare one) to 36 deg.

Life is simpler there, you dont have to dress up much. As long as you have the sweater or sweatshirt, you would look great. My bro-in-law uses long-sleeved polo still though since his work requires him to do so.

Vegetables and fruits are cheap and usually available. If you are not too sensitive with the wet market, then you may go there. There are a good number of groceries there in SM Mall and other not-as-big-as-Manila groceries but are accessbile and convenient. My parents in law, at this time, though, are considering another grocery/mall to avoid the crowd in town.

1. What is it like living there? I call it great! I love the cool weather!

2. How are the people towards foreigners? people are fine with foreigners. there is a good number of expats there as well because of the climate. There is Brent International School as an option for international schooling or St. Louis University to name a few (they have foreigner students esp in college).

3. What is the crime rate as compared to Cebu. I’m not very sure, but like in any other place in the world, just avoid the places where crime-makers would usually go to. In town, just be careful of personal belongings since there would be naturally a few pickpocketers but I don’t think/recall any crime such as kidnapping, murder, mob, etc done in broad daylight in places where the general public go to. I’d say I still walk the streets of Baguio calmly and confidently while keeping an alert side of me, just in case. Better safe than sorry.

4. What about earthquakes are they frequent? earthquakes are not frequent. the last big one was in 1991? if there was any, there must be one or two in my 3 years stay as a married individual.

5. What type of house should we be living in there? You can buy a good house in an exclusive subdivision or compound (I have a contact broker there) or live in condos (this will be costlier, i think). would you consider an apartment? I’m guessing, no.?

6. What is the weather and temperature like? weather! there are rainy days which make the city/temp cooler. In the morning, it will be shining so bright usually, and afternoons may bring some rain but not everyday.

7. How’s the internet connection how fast? good internet connection, (for me)! my in-laws have pldt and costs 1299 if not 999 per month. I would usually use it whenever we go home.

8. And finally what is the cost of living is it higher or about the same? It all depends on your diet and way of life. if you would go to restos every now and then, and your budget is not enough, that would be costly. but if you dont mind cooking your meals from home and perhaps just dine out once in a while, then your’re fine. Havent been to Cebu, but Baguio cost of living will be lower than Manila, for sure.

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Baguio

The City of Baguio (Ilokano: Ciudad ti Baguio; Filipino: Lungsod ng Baguio) is a highly urbanized city in northern Luzon in the Philippines. Baguio City was established by Americans in 1900 at the site of an Ibaloi village known as Kafagway. Baguio City was designated by the Philippine Commission as the Summer Capital of the Philippines on June 1, 1903 and incorporated as a city by the Philippine Assembly on September 1, 1909. Baguio is the seat of government of the Cordillera Administrative Region. The name of the city is derived from the word bagiw in Ibaloi, the indigenous language of the Benguet Region, meaning ‘moss’. The city is at an altitude of approximately 1500 meters (5100 ft) in the Luzon tropical pine forests ecoregion conducive to the growth of mossy plants and orchids. Baguio City has become the center of business and commerce as well as the center of education in the entire Northern Luzon.
According to the 2007 census, Baguio City has a population of 301,926.
The City of Baguio celebrated its Centennial on September 1, 2009. The celebrations marked the first 100 years of the Baguio City Charter, which was authored by former Philippines Supreme Court Justice George A. Malcolm.

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Students participate in the Panagbenga Street Dancing parade. photo by paul rillorta. Source: http://www.baguio.gov.ph/?q=content/panagbenga-2011-1

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Geography

Baguio City is located some 1,500 meters above sea level, nestled within the Cordillera Central mountain range in northern Luzon. The city is enclosed by the province of Benguet. It covers a small area of 57.5 square kilometers. Most of the developed part of the city is built on uneven, hilly terrain of the northern section. When Daniel Burnham plotted the plans for the city, he made the City Hall as a reference point where the city limits extend 8.2 kilometers from east to west and 7.2 kilometers from north to south. It is the highest major Philippine city in terms of elevation.

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URBAN CLEAN-UP – Pupils from the Rizal, San Vicente and Roxas Elementary Schools, their teachers and volunteers clean up the city’s main street in their “Urban Walk” last August 21, also to mark the death anniversary of Sen. Benigno Aquino, Jr. Schools and groups wanting to join the “Eco-walk” in the urban setting may call the information division of the city mayor’s office (442-2502) or the YMCA of Baguio (442-4766).-Monch David photo. Source: http://www.baguio.gov.ph/?q=content/urban-clean

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Climate

Baguio City features a subtropical highland climate under the Koppen climate classification. The city is known for its mild climate. It is because of this that Baguio is nicknamed the “Summer Capital of the Philippines”. Owing to its high elevation, the temperature in the city is 8 degrees Celsius lower compared to the average temperature of the rest of the country.[4] Average temperature ranges from 15 to 23 degrees Celsius. It is usually lower during the late and early months of the year. The lowest recorded temperature was 6.3 degrees Celsius on January 18, 1961. This is in contrast to the all-time high of 30.4 degrees Celsius recorded on March 15, 1988 during the 1988 El Niño season.[5] Baguio seldom exceeds 26 degrees Celsius even during the warmest part of the year.
Like many other cities with a subtropical highland climate, Baguio sees noticeably less precipitation during its dry season. However, the city has an extraordinary amount of precipitation during the rainy season, with the months of July and August having on average more than 1,000 mm of rain. Baguio averages over 4500 mm of precipitation annually.

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[hide]Climate data for Baguio City, Philippines
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 26
(79)
27
(81)
28
(82)
29
(84)
27
(81)
27
(80)
27
(80)
27
(80)
26
(79)
27
(81)
27
(80)
27
(80)
29
(84)
Average high °C (°F) 22
(72)
23
(73)
24
(76)
25
(77)
24
(76)
24
(75)
22
(71)
22
(71)
22
(71)
23
(73)
23
(74)
23
(74)
23
(74)
Average low °C (°F) 11
(52)
13
(56)
14
(58)
16
(60)
16
(61)
16
(61)
16
(60)
16
(60)
16
(60)
16
(60)
15
(59)
14
(57)
15
(59)
Record low °C (°F) 6
(43)
8
(47)
11
(52)
10
(50)
14
(57)
12
(53)
12
(54)
13
(55)
14
(57)
11
(52)
9
(49)
8
(46)
6
(43)
Precipitation mm (inches) 22.86
(0.9)
22.86
(0.9)
43.18
(1.7)
109.2
(4.299)
401.3
(15.799)
436.9
(17.201)
1074.4
(42.299)
1160.8
(45.701)
713.7
(28.098)
381
(15)
124.5
(4.902)
50.8
(2)
4,541.5
(178.799)
Source: Weatherbase [6]

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Country  Philippines
Region Cordillera Administrative Region
Province Benguet
Barangays 129
Congressional Districts Lone District of Baguio City
Incorporated (city) September 1, 1909
Government
 • Congressman Bernardo Vergara(Timpuyog Ti Baguio-NPC/Lakas-Kampi-CMD)
 • Mayor Mauricio Domogan(Timpuyog Ti Baguio-Lakas-Kampi-CMD)
 • Vice Mayor Daniel Fariñas (Timpuyog Ti Baguio-Nacionalista)
Area
 • Total 57.5 km2 (22.2 sq mi)
Elevation 1,500 m (4,921 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 301,926
 • Density 5,251/km2 (13,600/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Area code(s) 74
Languages IbaloiKankana-ey,TagalogEnglishChinese,KoreanPangasinan,Ilocano,and Kapampangan.
Website http://www.baguio.gov.ph

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baguio.

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Friendly, Smiling faces in Baguio City

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Baguio, City of Pines, Thanks to: http://iamjoe.wordpress.com/

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What I miss in the Philippines, Haven't found a hot-dog here I like yet. I sure wish I could have one right about now. Doesn't that look soooo good.


 

 

2 comments

  1. Hello, Im from the U.S and a young Veteran, Im pinoy but haunt been to the philippines since i was 5 years old, i plan on moving to Baguio to attend the college there, since its cheaper than finishing my college here in the States. I was wondering as of right now, what is the cost of living there? I will be using my GI BIll for school, and of course we have a monthly allowance of 1,300. Can you give me detailed list please, like the kind of list thats required in a military inventory lol. ty

    1. It’s a lot cheaper than the US I can say that for sure. For instance you can live in an apartment here from P4000 to P12,000 on average and of course it goes up from there. I am only paying P6,500 for a 2 bedroom apartment in a secure area. Food is cheap unless you buy a lot of imported stuff. Read my 7 reasons here: http://retiringphilippines.org/ for more information.

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