Vaughn Alviar

April 9, 2022 12:00:00


Headed to Baguio City? This heat justifies you.

Do make sure that you visit new or undiscovered places. True, the traditional spots like Burnham Park or Mines View have not lost their charm, but fresh experiences keep sprouting in the City of Pines.

A new draw you ought to visit is the Manduto Café and Restaurant, located within The Pinewoods, a 220-hectare masterplanned estate by trusted builder Sta. Lucia Land. Here, diners get to enjoy the clime while partaking of Filipino favorites. If you really want that “Norte” vibe, order Pinakbet, Pinapaitan or the Fried Boneless Bangus. You would be remiss not to order their Kare-Kare, supposedly the best in town. Opt for some snacks—Palabok, Pancit, Bibingka, Arroz Caldo—en route the BenCab Museum, which is just 10 minutes away on wheels.

Got more time? Enjoy the mise-en-scene for a longer period on the 18-hole championship golf course of Pinewoods Golf and Country Club.

Sta. Lucia has ensured a world-class experience by booking golf legend Gary Player to design the place. Embracing the rolling terrain, its greens are on different levels and some fairways are side by side, making the game both fun and challenging. You can access the golf course with a membership at Sta. Lucia Affiliate Golf Clubs, but they also accept walk-ins.

You might so fall in love with the country’s summer capital that, like so many others before you, you would think of relocating there or owning real estate that spares you the trouble of having to book a place to stay, especially during peak seasons.

If you want your dwelling or vacation house to give you that Station Hill vibe without denying you access to urban conveniences and the rest of Baguio and the Cordillera, The Pinewoods will be happy to take you in as Sta. Lucia Land currently offers residential lots for sale.

The Pinewoods Golf and Country Club and Manduto Café and Restaurant alone readily offer a preview of that wonderful life ahead within The Pinewoods estate. The whole place is tied together by an American colonial aesthetic, inspired by the Baguio of yore, while recapturing the countryside appeal. Residents thus enjoy life and healing in a way that is uniquely Baguio.

The site development and security are likewise superb. You are protected by perimeter walls and 24/7 security. Streets are tree-lined and pocket gardens abound.

Since The Pinewoods is a Sta. Lucia project, expect to live in grandeur. If you buy into the estate, you can keep going to the community clubhouse, the open spaces where the household can picnic and the children can play, as well as to the tennis and basketball courts. The Pinewoods also has a coffee shop and a five-star hotel where you can entertain friends. Let them try the bowling alley, video arcade, karaoke bar and so much more.

The Pinewoods will not disappoint, whether you are taking a break or staying for good.


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