The Nerdy Rover is wishing everyone prosperity and good fortune this year of the Wood Horse. To usher in the Lunar New Year, we will be rovering in the Northern part of the Philippines and explore one of the tourist spots of the region that is worth visiting for and a must on your travel list.

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.
I've been to the “City of Pines” numerous times, from a backpacker’s usual visit to family tour, the place has been a favourite here in the North.

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
Famous not only for its sweet–smelling strawberries, freshly handpicked vegetables and honeyed delicacies like lengua de gato, peanut brittle and ube jam but also the many attractions and tourist spots ― the Igorot Garden, Wright Park, Mines View Park, The Mansion, Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto and the City Camp Lagoon.


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.

Bell Church
The area is surrounded by structures with exceptional designs unique to the Chinese architecture, the style and the art of calligraphy. Red arches adorned with dragons and church bells, the towering pagodas on the side of the hill and pavilions wherein Chinese pillars are enshrined as well as a gazebo tinted with great phoenixes.

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!

2 comments:

  1. Thank you Nerdy Rover for sharing this inviting post, your travel blog is definitely an informative one and the published pictures alone are remarkably captivating. Again, many thanks and Happy Moon Cake Festival as well!

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    1. Still, a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to you and your family, Lee! cheer

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