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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Mines View Market (Former Park)

That’s how I viewed Mines View Park when I visited it last February 26, 2012 (at the height of the Panagbenga Festival). It’s a market located at the edge of a cliff with view of houses below.

Well, probably because I visited it in the busiest day of the year in Baguio City. It’s a struggle to get a view of the former mines. From the street, you’ll go into a narrow road with shops left and right. Truly, this is one of the most visited places in Baguio City probably not because of the view of the mines itself, but because of the items you can buy here.

You can buy all sorts of “pasalubong” (souvenir items) in this part of Baguio City: t-shirts, fresh strawberries, sculptures, ube jam, Barrel Man, ashtray (yes, the one that is inspired by the male reproductive organ), key chains, “walis-tambo” (soft broom), etc.

Mines View Market (formerly known as Mines View Park) is also famous for picture-taking. You can have your pictures taken while riding a horse or besides a St. Bernard dog. There is a famous dog there named Douglas and I can’t help but wonder if he works 7 days a week during the busy days of the Panagbenga. I hope they’re not making the dogs overwork.

You could also get your pictures taken dressed in the traditional Igorot attire. You could also take a picture of a cute guy clad in Igorot costume (which I did).

I really hope that the city government of Baguio could do something to restore Mines View Market to its former glory. I wish that they could regulate the commercial side of the park so that tourists who really wanted to see the park could see the park.

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