Tagaytay vs Baguio

Tagaytay versus Baguio?

I never thought I could stay in Baguio in my entire life, much more had I thought of staying there for a long period of time. But destiny brought me at said place for 5 consecutive years. Thus somehow, even if I am not born or raised up in Baguio, i have handful of knowledge about the summer capital of the Philippines.

I love Baguio. The weather is so nice, very cold indeed, and the people are so friendly. Its like most of the people there are your relatives. I remember riding a taxi before and was metered P62 pesos in my trip home, but my cash on hand was only P60. As soon as we approached my house, I told  the driver to just wait as I get my money inside. To my surprise, the “manong driver” told me in local dialect not to worry because its just 2 pesos. What amazed me more was he was even smiling as he left. How I wish all taxi drivers are like him. Also, I witnessed a taxi driver who was bullied and shouted at by fellow taxi drivers because he did not entertain a commuter who just arrived from Victory Liner Terminal Bus. I then couldn’t help compare taxi drivers in Manila. Manila really has so full of “foolish taxi drivers.” In as much as they can take advantage of their passenger, they would really do it without hesitations.

Anyway, Baguio is really one of the ideal place to stay especially if you want to escape from the agonizing heat and pollution of Metro Manila. Its exactly the place where you can relax and cool off your mind. You have lots of place to visit like Grotto, Burnham park, Camp John Hay, PMA(the best), mines view, etc. not to mention the cool architectural design of SM Baguio. Its definitely, one of the must visit place before you even think of going out from the Philippines.

However, since Baguio is hundreds of kilometers away from Manila, you have to travel like 6-7 hours. Thats a bit sacrifice on your butt 🙂 But I bet the price in trading 7 hours of “BUTT-discomfort” is worth it. (Hehehe)You may also travel through plane via PAL(just duno if it still has flights to Baguio). The only problem is, Flights are scheduled once a week only. Or if you want, you can rent a plane at your own expense hehehe!:-)

Meanwhile, Tagaytay, named as “little Baguio”, is also a nice place to relax. You also have lots of place to visit like People in the Sky, Tagaytay Highlands, picnic grove, etc. The people there are also nice but not as nice as Baguio. And for the Taxi drivers/ Many are from Manila so you know what i mean.

Anyways, all in all, Baguio is still better place to hang out. Yet since Tagaytay is nearer to me(from Manila), I often visit Tagaytay than Baguio.

Posted under Travel by brix on Monday 10 November 2008 at 5:00 am


  1. Comment by arj — November 8, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

    i grew up here in baguio. as time moves along, there are lots of development made. some are even migrating in the city and dwell permanently. i miss the old ambiance of the city where you can still smell the scent of pine trees. since baguio is already developed, there are a lot of alternatives to go other than the city itself

  2. Comment by coleen — December 5, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    I agree with the writer Baguio is one of the most historical place in our country but i go to Tagaytay…..Yes,sometimes they have the same like cold weather beautiful tourist spots,etc…but i love Tagaytay than Baguio….:)

  3. Comment by oliver — February 15, 2012 @ 2:40 am

    I terms of which is cooler, just look at the daily temperatures of both cities then compare. Baguio is not just the country’s premier tourist destination but also the educational center of the north. Many tourist destinations have been introduced not to mention those places trying to imitate what is or in Baguio (namely Tagaytay), but still Baguio is the undisputed Summer Capital of the Philippines. Nothing compares it from the rest of the country. Its unique and beautiful. One more thing, if you can observe, Baguio is not the same as before as they always say, well it is indeed difficult to stop people who wants to flock on this mountain resort to live and enjoy. Go Baguio- My beloved Hometown

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