Panagbenga Park in Baguio City: Peace and Quiet in a City’s Midst
Animal statues, chirping of birds, tall trees and colorful flowers are what make Panagbenga Park in Baguio City one haven for some serene and calm stroll.
There is so much to see in Baguio City that one needs more than a day to tour around it. And while my recent visit may be a couple of days only, I am glad I was able to get closer to nature after I had a quick visit in Panagbenga Park.
The park is located in corner Loakan Road and South Drive and is near a few food hubs and hotels like new location of Café by the Ruins, Chalet Baguio, and The Nook.
There’s also an ongoing construction of a high rise building—must a hotel or condo—across the street. The park is also a couple of minute drive away from SM Baguio.
In the heart of the park is a coffee shop and snack station for visitors. Made up of wood and neatly decorated with large vases, pots, and cemented stool, the small hut can be one’s fortress againt the prickling heat of the sun after roaming around the area.
A large bonfire place is situated in one corner while there’s a big garden of plants, each arranged like big petals that make up a whole flower.
Though relatively small, Panagbenga Park in Baguio City is still worth a visit for those who are traveling with their kids. In the park are some animal statues like deer, horse, turtle and more. I’m sure the kids will enjoy having their pictures taken beside them, amidst the colorful backdrop of lush trees and a variation of flowers. Lovers too can have share some romantic time here. I saw a couple taking pictures, a foreigner whom I assume is resting while sipping a cup of coffee by the hut.
Going there solo, I still enjoyed the place as I get to walk into its pathways, taking pictures, amused by its unassuming simplicity yet still captivating at heart.
If you’re done with strolling through the cemented pathways and around the array of flowers and Panagbenga Park also has a small Butterfly Farm. While the whole Panagbenga Park has no entrance fee, you need to pay PhP 25.00 if you want to enter the butterfly farm.
Though the park is just small and has limited space to roam around, it can still be a haven for those who just want to escape the bustling city life. Admittedly, the park seemed to need some construction and attention. Nevertheless, situated in the midst of passing cars, hotels, and restaurants, this can be one’s nature escape. If ever I’ll be staying in Baguio for quite some time, I see myself frequenting the place if ever I just need some quiet time, since it’s free and beautiful.