Say 'I Do' to a Baguio Wedding
By Jonathan Dionisio
22 Ocotber 2010
Even before the concept
of destination wedding came to mind, many Filipino soon-to-wed
couples have been fascinated with the idea of having their
Philippine wedding at the Summer Capital of the Philippines
– Baguio City. More than just a tourist destination,
Baguio City has everything that a soon-to-wed couple dreams
for their wedding.
to the Pines City
Baguio City is approximately 250 kilometers north of Manila,
situated in the Province of Benguet. The most common way to
get to the Pines City is travelling by land for six to eight
hours via the North Luzon Expressway going through Marcos
Highway and finally, Kennon Road.
Baguio is 8 degrees cooler
on the average than any place in lowlands. When Manila sweats
at 35 degrees centigrade or above, Baguio seldom exceeds 26
degrees centigrade at its warmest. Baguio is very wet during
the Philippine rainy season, which is from June to October.
It gets the biggest amount of rainfall in the country, twice
the volume of rainfall in the country as compared to Manila.
However from November to May, Baguio becomes a tropical paradise,
a refreshing break from the hot and humid Philippine climate.
Christmas season is when Baguio glows with the nippy winter
air. In the summer month of March, April, May, Baguio lives
up to its title as the “”Summer Capital of the
Philippines when thousands of visitors from the lowlands and
Manila take their annual exodus to the city to cool off.
This 100-year old city is
famous for its destinations such as Burham Park, Wright Park,
Botanical Garden, Mines View Park, Camp John Hay, Ifugao Woodcarvers
Village, Lourdes Grotto, Baguio Cathedral and more.
Church Wedding Venues
Much like any other place here in the Philippines, Baguio
City has numerous Philippine church wedding venues for Catholic
soon-to-wed couples. The most famous of which is the Our Lady
of Atonement Cathedral or simply, Baguio Cathedral.
Located at Mount Mary at
the Cathedral Loop, adjacent to Session Road, in Baguio City,
this rose-colored cathedral is one of the most photographed
landmarks in city and the seat of the Diocese of Baguio. The
cathedral is famous for its beautiful structure - its distinct
pink facade with a rose window and twin spires, serving as
bell towers. The cathedral is accessible to pedestrians from
Session Road through a 100-step stone staircase, or through
the adjacent campus of Saint Louis University. The Our Lady
of Atonement Cathedral is the biggest Catholic Church in Baguio
and is the center of religious activities in the city, like
weddings. However, the Cathedral only hold weddings here every
Aside from the Baguio Cathedral,
there are other Philippine church wedding venues here such
as Immaculate Conception Church in Aurora Hill, Holy Family
Church in Bakakeng, St. John Bosco in Lucban, and St. Joseph
in Pacdal. Couples may also check the St. Louis University
Parish inside St. Louis University or the St. Ignatius Chapel
located at the Philippine Military Academy grounds.
Wedding Reception Venues
Most Baguio wedding receptions are held in hotels found throughout
Baguio City. These Baguio hotel wedding venues also offer
complete wedding packages, similar to Manila hotel wedding
venues. What’s good about holding a wedding reception
in a hotel is that it’s weather-proof and their wedding
packages comes with a lot of free items; some even give big
discounts for honeymoon packages. As for Baguio garden wedding
venues, the most common venue is Camp John Hay and Baguio
Country Club. They also have wedding packages for 100 guests
Planning a Baguio wedding
is no different in planning a destination wedding somewhere
else. You should always be aware of logistics concerns, manage
your time well, hire Baguio wedding suppliers, whenever possible
to avoid out of town rate charges, and most importantly, enjoy
planning your special day. Happy planning!
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would like to acknowledge the following sources for this article:
Baguio City Official Website.
About Baguio City (Posted December 1, 2006) Retrieved October
16, 2010 from
Wikipedia.org. Baguio City.
Retrieved October 16, 2010 from
Baguio Insider. Plan a Baguio
Wedding (Posted March 29, 2009) Retrieved October 16, 2010
Go Baguio! Baguio Churches
and Parishes. Retrieved October 16, 2010 from