Baguio, PH – Most local and foreign tourists know Baguio City for its attractions such as Burnham Park, Camp John Hay, Tam-awan Village, BenCab Museum or the mostly crowded City market.
This city is also the ‘Educational Hub of the North’, a home to some of the finest universities in Northern Luzon drawing thousands of young intellectuals and seasoned professors from all over the Philippines.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that 115,000 of Baguio’s 330,000 population are students.
So, if you are looking into doing an intellectually romantic tour during your next Baguio trip, consider to drop by in some of these institutions.
You may contact their admissions office to acquire a gate pass for a campus tour.
Though our list isn’t comprehensive, here’s our editors’ top five historical & intellectually romantic university campuses in Baguio:
#5. UNIVERSITY OF THE CORDILLERAS
Founded on June 19, 1946, Baguio Colleges, as the University of the Cordilleras or UC was earlier known, pioneered tertiary education in the Cordillera region rising from the devastation during the Second World War. Currently, the University of the Cordilleras has over 21,000 students.
Conveniently located at General Pack Road, a major thoroughfare in Baguio City, the UC campus can be viewed overlooking from SM Baguio’s veranda.
#4. UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES BAGUIO
Founded on April 22, 1961, UP Baguio is one of the fastest-growing campuses of the University of the Philippines system in terms of infrastructure development. This university houses the Cordillera Studies Center (CSC) which is the University’s main research unit.
Located inside the UP Baguio campus is Museo Kordilyera. This three-story museum is the first ethnographic museum in the Northern part of the Philippines. One helpful tip, there’s a Good Taste Café & Restaurant near the UP campus.
#3. THE PHILIPPINE MILITARY ACADEMY
According to its website, the Philippine Military Academy began on October 25, 1898, with the establishment of the Academia Militar in Malolos, Bulacan. On February 17, 1905, the Philippine Constabulary was established at the Walled City of Intramuros in Manila. It relocated three years later to Baguio City, initially at Camp Henry T. Allen, and subsequently at Teacher’s Camp. The Philippine Legislature on September 8, 1926, renamed the school the Philippine Constabulary Academy, PMA’s predecessor.
One traveler wrote in Trip Advisor recommending tourists to experience the PMA’s drill. According to the traveler’s post, the schedule of the drill is at 10 am and 2 pm. If you are commuting, there is a jeepney at Burnham Park with PMA signage. Fare is 18 pesos.
#2. UNIVERSITY OF BAGUIO
The University of Baguio (UB) is a private university founded by Dr. Fernando Gonzaga Bautista and Rosa Castillo Bautista on August 8, 1948, as the ‘Baguio Technical and Commercial Institute’ with 80 students. Current, UB has about 18,000 students in its tertiary, secondary, and primary levels.
Through the efforts of its alumni and the university administration, modernization projects are on its way including upgrading its old audio-visual room into a smart classroom.
UB’s growing campus is at Gen. Luna Road.
#1. SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY
Located in Bonifacio Street, Baguio City, SLU is the largest university north of Manila with more than 40,000 students (combining the elementary, high school and college levels) as of the academic year 2018-2019, according to its website.
Its main campus is centrally situated in a 6-hectare (15-acre) campus in the heart of Baguio City and has more than 30 buildings.
The mayor-elect of Baguio City and Former Deputy Chief for Operations and Former CIDG Chief of the Philippine National Police, Benjamin B. Magalong is an SLU alumnus. Among many other notable alumni include Kylie Verzosa – Ms. International 2016, Marvic Leonen – 172nd Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and Victor Bruce J. Tolentino – Member of the Monetary Board and Former Deputy Director of the IRRI.
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Featured image credit: Mr. Vince Pestano