Baguio is one of the most urbanized cities in Philippines and is a vacation hot-spot for both locals and foreigners alike. Situated in the mountains of Philippines, its cool climate and numerous shopping and dining opportunities have earned Baguio the title of being the Summer Capital of the country. In contrast to its contemporary city design by American architect Daniel Burnham, Baguio also boasts a rich and colourful history: in 1945, the official surrender of Japan which marked the end of the Second World War took place in Baguio.
Tourism and education are highly focused on in Baguio, with almost half of the population comprising of local and international students. Baguio is also home to many immigrants, making it a very culturally diverse city with numerous languages being spoken widely. The majority of residents are Roman Catholic but Baguio is also home to a sizeable Muslim population of different ethnicities.
Due to the large number of tourists, Baguio has many hotels and inns for visitors to choose from. Baguio is a haven for shopping and food; small boutiques and curio shops are littered throughout the city, displaying a variety of unique trinkets and souvenirs. Culinary delights are also found prominently in Baguio, with a wide array of international cuisine to choose from.
Loakan Airport is the main airport that serves the area surrounding Baguio and it focuses on operating with smaller airplanes that fly in from destinations such as Batanes and Cebu. The airport is located only a few kilometres away from the main city centre and offers numerous taxi services just outside the airport. A flight from the Metro Manila to Baguio city is approximately 45 minutes long.
Due to the sizeable Muslim population in Baguio, visitors are offered a number of halal food options to choose from. However it is advisable to have a quick chat with the restaurant owners in order to confirm that the items on the menus are Halal food. Halal food in Baguio is also available at the local market which opens from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
There are a number of mosques in Baguio city, including the Baguio Grand Mosque and the Darul Arqam Mosque. Also known as the Al Maarif Mosque, the Baguio Grand Mosque is located at 7 Roman Ayson Rd (around 300 metres away from the main city centre) while the Darul Arqam Mosque is located at Cospal Bldg., Upper Mabini Street.