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Type
Parks
Location
Centennial Park, Camp John Hay, Baguio, Benguet, Philippines
Distance From City Center
462 m
Family Friendly
Yes
Average rating
5.0
Number of reviews
1

Centennial Park

Dubbed as one of Baguio’s last frontiers because of its lush greenery and ecological beauty, Centennial Park is a botanical garden with greenhouses and nurseries. It has once been a zoo named as a Botanical Zoological Garden. 

It has also been called different names in the past such as Igorot Village (because of the Cordillera huts and statues that can be found in the park), Imelda Park (after the country’s longest First Lady Imelda Marcos), and Baguio Botanical Garden. But most recently, it has been renamed to Centennial Park in celebration of Baguio’s centenary.

As a botanical garden, Centennial Park boasts of towering pine trees and other lush greens. It also houses several greenhouses and nurseries for propagation of different species of plants and insects ensuring ecological balance in the summer capital of the Philippines.

 

How to get there

Centennial Park is located between two other tourist attractions in Baguio namely Teachers Camp and Wright Park, along the scenic Leonard Wood Road, just a kilometer away from Session Road. You can ride a jeepney or taxi going to the park, or join a guided tour that includes this attraction.

 

Best time to visit

It is a highly-recommended all-year round destination. The park is open daily, but it’s best to visit it during off-peak season to avoid big crowds.

Frequently asked questions

Is there an entrance fee to Centennial Park?

No, there is no entrance fee to the park.

What are its other features aside from green spaces and trees?

Centennial Park also features several sculptures like the bas relief sculpture depicting the rituals of the Cordillera tribes which is found at the entrance. A bronze sculpture by well-acclaimed Filipino artist Ben-Hur Villanueva is the newest addition to the park, which portrays the builders of Baguio City including natives from the Cordillera region working with Americans, Chinese, and, Japanese nationals.

What is the significance of the tunnel inside Centennial Park?

Inside the Centennial Park is a man-made Japanese Tunnel that is best for thrill-seekers. It is one of the many tunnels constructed by the Japanese Army during World War II and was originally used as a passageway to transport supplies during the war.

What is the significance of the ‘Friendship Garden’ inside Centennial Park?

The park features a Friendship Garden where pavilions commemorating the relationship between Baguio City and other countries are mounted. A small replica of the Golden Gate Bridge representing the US, a Chinese gazebo for China, and statues of elephants for Thailand can be found in this friendship section of the park.