Session Road is six-lane major road and commercial center of Baguio City spanning a length of
1.7 kilometers. It is also the city’s most crowded and busiest spot, as it connects most of the
major roads in the city and houses most of the business establishments.
Lining each side of the road are a variety of stores, shops, and offices. Here, you will find
department stores, boutiques, hotels, bakeries, bazaars, old movie theaters, bars and
restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores. Almost all of the banks functional in Baguio are located
here, along with several workplaces, book stores, newsstands, and drug stores.
These structures showcase facades inspired by a mid-20 th -century American town, some of
which are Art Deco buildings. This architectural style made Session Road distinct from the other
commercial centers in the Philippines. Session Road is divided into two parts: the Upper
Session Road and the Lower Session Road. The latter part is known to many since it is where
the commercial establishments are found.
The name of Session Road originated from the fact that the old Baden-Powell Hall can be
reached through this highway. During the American occupation in the country, the hall was
where the second Philippine Commission conducted sessions from April 22 to June 11, 1904.
This was appointed by President William McKinley to exercise the legislative and limited
executive powers in the Philippines.
As a result of those sessions, Baguio City has been officially introduced as the Philippine
Summer Capital. A historical marker was then placed near the now Baden-Powell Inn in
Governor Park Road signifies this historical event.
Located near Session Road is the Baguio Cathedral, the biggest Catholic church in the city. It is
among the most visited attractions in Baguio as it has a rather unique rose-colored exterior, twin
steeples, and the standard stained glass windows.