Baguio is situated amidst the mountainous region of Cordillera approximately
250 kilometres north of Manila, in the Province of Benguet.
The city is one of the few places in the Philippines blessed with a cool climate.
On average, Baguio is at least eight degrees cooler than any place in the lowlands. No surprise then that Baguio is considered the "summer capital" of the country.
In the early 19th century the Spaniards, during their long occupation of the area, were able to establish order, built churches and schools, made trails and introduced coffee.
The arrival of the Americans at the beginning of 1900 spurred development in Baguio. Their best administrators and teachers were fervent boosters and promoters: Worcester, Wright, Forbes, Pack, Barrows, Eckman and others who together with Filipinos committed to make the place heaven.
The events of the Second World War stalled all development, leaving Baguio in total devastation. However, the war changed course and on September 3, 1945, General Yamashita formally surrendered to the Americans and the city immediately set to the task of rehabilitation.
Baguio today is a wonderful and modern city, performing a multiplicity of roles, as an educational, trade, tourism and administrative centre.
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