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December 28, 2012

The Mansion House in Baguio

Every Christmas season, people would visit Baguio City to enjoy it's subzero-degrees environment. It is not only the Summer Capital of the Philippines but it is also a Winter-getaway for many. Even the President of the Republic would also spend the Holidays in Baguio. If the American President has Camp David, then the Filipino Head of State has The Mansion House.

The Mansion House was built in the early 1900's as a residence for US Governor-Generals during the time the Philippines was under the American government. Wikipedia would describe the place as consisting of "an elegantly-designed Spanish Colonial Revival main building and a guest house. The elaborate main gate, made of ornate ironwork, was earlier reported as a replica of one of the main gates at Buckingham Palace in London, which is false. The front gate is still one of the most photographed section of the property. Tourists can visit the Mansion's museum containing presidential memorabilia. Across the road from the Mansion House is Wright Park, a quiet promenade with a long reflecting pool lined with pine trees. A long stairway lead visitors to the back where ponies for children are available for hire. Dotted all around the nearby hills are vacation homes and small inns." 

Last summer, we were fortunate to visit the place. It is definitely a landmark of its own. Tourists would flock at its gates for a photograph of this historical site. 

Walking towards the gate of the Mansion House
The front yard of the Mansion House
Tourists flock at the Gate to take pictures of the Mansion House
Outside the Historical Mansion House
Entrance to the Mansion House. Security can be very tight.
Front lawn of The Mansion
The Mansion House has been the venue for various international events. It is officially the President's Resthouse in Baguio City. The Mansion House is located on the eastern part of Baguio City, along Leonard Wood Road right across the Wright Park. 

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