Welcome 2021 with loads of excitement for local travel and discovery of island destinations. Keeping all health and safety protocols as top priorities, travel within the country is now possible and helpful to local tourism that needs all the support it can get.
Showcasing an incomparable mixture of ecological charm, breathtaking scenery and architecture marvel, Baguio City is now open to all tourists from any part of Luzon. The Summer Capital welcomed leisure travelers from the Ilocos Region only, as part of the ridge to reef campaign that created a tourism bubble within Region 1 and Baguio. But thanks to the City of Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong and his team, Baguio has become one of the model cities to follow with its organized and systematic “new normal” travel requirements.
As the “Tourism Mecca” of the North, Baguio was one of the top Christmas holiday destinations among my friends. Visitors are required to sign up for a Baguio Visita account, schedule their visit, undergo COVID-19 test verification, and follow the health protocols during their stay.
Start your Baguio vacation with travel plans and registration through Visita.baguio.gov.ph to secure a QR code given by the local government. All tourists must undergo triage when they arrive at Baguio City for health and COVID-19 test verification. Best to already have a RT-PCR test or Rapid Antigen test result (72-hours max limit) to be verified at the triage along with your health declaration. The confirmation and validation done by the medical staff will take only 3 to 5 minutes.
Testing is not mandatory for tourists below 18 years old at the triage unless they have symptoms. Otherwise, parents or guardians can decide if the minor will undergo a COVID-19 test. That’s great news for traveling with the entire family.
There are many accredited hotels in the City of Pines. My favorite land development there is Alphaland Baguio Mountain Lodges (ABML), a masterplanned 82-ha development of 300 lodge-style log homes. Visit its Instagram account @alphalandbaguiomountainlodges for amazing photos.
At Alphaland Baguio Mountain Lodges, it is easy to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle even when you’re on vacation during this pandemic. Here are some factors in keeping healthy this new year.
Delicious food with fresh produce
More than ever, we’re reminded that health is wealth, and one of the best ways to achieve good health is through a healthy diet. Enter the Baguio market, popular for its fresh, abundant and affordable produce (not just strawberries!), making it one of the must-visit places when in Baguio for those who love to cook. The Clubhouse Inn also offers delicious and healthy dishes for your convenience.
If you prefer exercising outdoors, your log home deck is spacious and conducive to various workouts, such as yoga, boxing and high-intensity interval training. On top of that, the glorious view of the mountains will motivate you to keep going. You can brisk walk and jog around the property as well, breathing in the fresh mountain air while enjoying the view. Best to do this at sunrise. If you’re lucky, you might be able to witness the sea of clouds.
Tranquility for your well-being
Don’t forget to take care of your mental health and spirituality. Practicing mindfulness a few minutes every day, in which you deliberately pay attention to what you’re sensing, feeling and thinking, helps improve your self-understanding which can help offset the negative impact, such as the pandemic. Whenever you feel exhausted physically and mentally, visit the chapel with its breathtaking view.
A good night’s sleep
With sleep playing a vital role in good health and well-being, it’s essential to abstain from using electronics for at least an hour before bed, get light exposure in the morning around 7 a.m., prioritize regular exercise and connecting with loved ones, and stick to your sleeping schedule. The cool, clean mountain air is likewise known for promoting deep sleep, while the beds, mattresses and linens at Alphaland Baguio Mountain Lodges are of premium quality so you can get a restful night’s sleep in your cozy, quiet bedroom.
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Article and Photo originally posted by Inquirer last January 9, 2021 3:35am and written by Tessa Prieto-Valdez. Minor edits have been made by REBPH to cater to its own readers.