After five months of lockdown, the City of Pines will finally be open again to tourists starting September 21, 2020. But here’s the catch: it's only open to those coming from Region 1. For NCR residents and elsewhere in the country, you’ll have to wait a little longer before enjoying Baguio’s fine weather.
After a meeting with Department of Tourism secretary, Bernadette Puyat, various representatives from LGUs and stakeholders, it was decided to gradually reopen Baguio to tourists in the hopes of bringing the Summer Capital’s tourism economy back on track after almost half a year of no income.
For those fortunate enough, Region 1 is composed of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan and La Union.
For motorcycle riders coming from Metro Manila and the surrounding areas, Baguio City has become a favorite Sunday “quickie” destination during the past few years. This is thanks to the development of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx) that made the city closer to Manila. Riders of expressways-legal motorcycles (400cc and above) could have breakfast at Camp John Hay and be back home before noon for lunch.
For those from within Region 1, this day trip is a possibility once again.
For the rest of us, we will still have to wait.
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