It's known for its pine–scented and cool–hazy climate, a top tourist destination in the Mountain Province and dubbed as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” ― Baguio City.
|Panoramic view of the Cordillera Mountain Range as seen from the Mines View Park.|
Baguio is the gateway of the mountain region. It’s a 6 ½–hour and at least 7–hour travel if you’re from Metro Manila through the Kennon Road and Marcos Highway respectively; where you will be welcome by the great Lion’s Head and experience the scenic sea of clouds, folds of the mountains and riverside of Benguet.
|Baguio ― City of Pines|
Aside from the beautifully landscaped gardens, parks and roads; American built headquarters and old cathedrals such as the Session Road, Camp John Hay, The White House and the Our Lady of the Atonement Church, a hidden gem known to only a few situated along the green vegetation and foggy hills of Baguio and La Trinidad, Benguet is also a must visit site ― the Bell Church.
Not common among tourists, whenever we visit the well–known strawberry farm of Benguet, we barely notice the Taoist church entrance; the fact that the grounds’ concealed by blocks of structures.
|Your mark to find the Bell Church sandwiched between Baguio downtown and Benguet, is the welcome arch going to La Trinidad.|
The Bell Church is not just exclusive to the Chinese community but it’s also open to the public. Through the influences that both culture shared for so many years, besides the Chinese really believes in good luck, the same with Filipinos, they’re as well religious.
|Main arch decorated with church bells, lions and dragons.|
In addition to the grounds’ springs ornamented with a dragon fountain and lotus blooms, the Bell Church is also carpeted with beautiful greens, pine trees and ponds in which the red–tails, ryukins and koi carps are playing serenely.
|Van modeled along the scenic grounds of Bell Church and picturesque mountains of Cordillera.|
Although I travel Baguio every so often, it was my first visit in the place along with family. With its solemnly quiet setting, the Bell Church is indeed a noble sanctuary to pray and contemplate, and will be considering it my second home for my prayers and spiritual needs.
|One of the Chinese lion statues–pillars said to be the protector and keeper of the Bell Church.|
This article is in line with the celebration of the Spring Festival, widely known as the Chinese New Year. So, to all our Filipino–Chinese friends, Kiong Hee Huat Tsai!