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March 2, 2016

Baguio Balai Bed&Breakfast, Awesomeness Beyond Expectation

by Pangga Gen
The door of Balai welcomed us.

The door of Balai welcomed us.

My sister Pearl & I backpacked Baguio for two nights this February. We left Manila a day before the 30th year anniversary of EDSA, the night of Madonna’s “Rebel” concert. Victory Liner’s deluxe bus is highly recommended: the wifi worked, clean, comfy, non-stop. We covered the must-have tourist spots for Pearl’s first-time: Hill Station, Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Cafe by the Ruins, BenCab Museum, Burnham Park, Mine’s View & Good Shepherd for jams and cookies, Cafe de Batirol & a tour of Camp John Hay, strawberry picking at La Trinidad and a hike of Tam-awan Village, Forest House for bagnet & pastillas, and Narda’s.

And this post is a shout out to Baguio’s Balai Bed&Breakfast at Interior A Balacbac, owned and managed by mother-daughter team: Nanay Rose and Tess. A random click of a Facebook ad turned love at first sight, and intuition says this one is for a long haul. A case of “ohmy, it’s a small world!” Serendipity. Tess happened to be a very good friend and kumare of our lovely kababayan and UPV batchmate, who also happened to be Pearl’s college instructor. Indeed, “balai,” a Visayan word for “house”, became exactly that for us, and we were grateful.

My sister Pearl on the eve of our arrival at Balai.

My sister Pearl on the eve of our arrival at Balai.

Our beds in the Alba Room.

Our beds in the Alba Room.

A Filipino breakfast at Balai.

A Filipino breakfast at Balai.

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