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Geography and Land Area
Baguio City, approximately 250 kilometers north of Manila, is situated in the Province of Benguet. The area of the city is 49 square kilometers enclosed in a perimeter of 30.6 kilometers. The developed portion of the city corresponds to a plateau that rises to an elevation of 1,400 meters. Most of it lies in the northern half of the city.
There are two great valleys found in the south and north of the city. The more famous Guisad-Lucban Valley has an elevation that ranges from 1,300 to 1,400 meters and is centrally located towards the north. The southern valley is composed of long and narrow vales surrounded by low hills and transected by a network of hills. Some of the more important vales are Camp 7, Loakan, Bakekeng and Crystal Cave. These valleys are arables as they are rich with alluvial deposits.
away from Manila (Rizal Monument)
Source of Information: Department of Tourism, Philippines
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The summits on the plateau offers panoramic views. The summits that face the west : Quezon Hill, Mirador-Dominican Hill and the Bureau of Animal Industries Stock Farm offers splendid view of the Ilocos Coastal Plain, Lingayen Gulf and the South China Sea during cloudless days.
Another famous promontory is Mines View Park which overlooks the mining towns of Itogon and offers a glimpse of the Amburayan Valley. All over the city, however are sporadically scattered steep side hills and mountains. About half the area of the City has a slope of 25% or more.
Baguio is 8 degrees cooler any month on the average than any place in the lowlands. When Manila sweats at 35 degrees centigrade or above, Baguio seldom exceeds 26 degrees centigrade at its warmest. The lowest temperature reading made by the local weather bureau was 6.27 degrees centigrade, recorded in January 18, 1961.
Baguio is very wet during the Philippine rainy season which is from June to October. It gets the biggest amount of rainfall in the country, twice the volume of rainfall as compare to Manila. The record for the heaviest volume of rainfall occurred in Baguio in July 1927 when it measured 4.77 meters.
However from November to May, Baguio becomes a tropical paradise, a refreshing break from the hot and humid Philippine climate. Christmas season is when Baguio glows with the nippy winter air. Nights are good for bonfires.
Don’t worry; this doesn’t involve catching bugs just finding them. You will need a piece
of paper for each child that is playing, crayons or pencils and stickers. Divide each piece
of paper into nine squares with three columns and three rows. The middle square is a free space.
In each of the other eight squares draw a picture or write the name of a bug that can be
found in your backyard. Send the children out with the stickers and their bingo cards to
find the bugs. As the child finds each bug they can place a sticker on the appropriate square. The only rule that should be reinforced is that the bugs are not to be touched (or
squashed, squished, etc.). Bug Bingo
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