Monday, January 18, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016
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An iconic stay in Baguio is one that evokes the old highland charm of the city. You have not really experienced this side of Benguet if you've only managed to spend the night there inside a modern hotel that has a design issue with the terrain. After all, the place is historic and an American-style home like the Peredo's Lodging House is what fits this rumination. Having recently been declared as a national heritage site by the National Museum, it's considered to be both an important cultural property and treasure.

Enduring Structure

Built in 1915 by Japanese craftsmen under the supervision of owner Roque Peredo with Mr. Hashiguchi as contractor, the century-old house has endured a lot of challenges. From a global depression to a couple of world wars, it came out unscathed. It also survived the destructive 1990 earthquake that damaged more than 30 establishments in the city, making it an expedient sanctuary for the owners' friends and relatives whose homes were destroyed.

The living room
(left) Part of the living room; (top right) A guest room at the second floor; (bottom right) The balcony view
The second floor balcony



Roque Peredo's Fruit of Labor

Beyond its evident resilience, the highland lodging was once home to the Peredo family. The lot on which the heritage house stands is the fruit of Roque Peredo's hard work and perseverance as a draftsman at age 29. As a doting husband to Rita, he felt responsible enough to have her and their two kids live in a cottage that he envisioned for them.

Home Improvements and More

As addition to the lumber used from pine trees that had to be felled, the first set of which had to be delivered using a carabao-drawn cart. Soon, nine more kids came as he became an Acting District Engineer and various additions were made to the original structure. The nondescript balcony railings of the facade were transformed with elaborate square details and the original stairway was improved.

When the second world war broke out, the rest of the family fled to Tuguegarao, Cagayan where Roque was assigned as District Engineer. His younger brother, Jose, stayed behind to keep watch over the house as it was unfortunately chosen to be as one of the residences of the Japanese Imperial Army.

Booked For A New Year

For part 2 of my "Benguet On A Budget" Tour (see part 1 here), I booked myself and a friend a room at the lodging house for a couple of nights early this year. It was to be our base for a day hike of Mount Ulap in Itogon. I was informed by a staff that it was the exact room used by actor John Lloyd Cruz when the production crew of the movie Honor The Father rented the whole house for a shoot. The room rate was inclusive of complimentary Continental Breakfast with access to unlimited Benguet coffee and free use of the kitchen. Wi-Fi access inside the room and all over the house was reliable.

The first floor balcony
The heritage site marker
Chillin' at the garden of the lodging house



Lodging Details

Looking around at the living room and dining area, I've never seen this vintage side of Baguio City before. My favorite item at the lodging house is the large oval dining table made of narra which Roque himself made from a single tree root.

Peredo's Lodging House has a total of two floors with two rooms at the first floor and four more at the second floor. Originally built on a rubble of masonry, it gained a proper enclosed basement after World War II when Roque decided to make use of the open space. The same space now serves as the lodging house's office and receiving area for guests on check-in.

The dining area with the large oval table
Parking Space

Unlike most establishments in the city, it has a spacious front yard that's surrounded by sturdy trees. The quaint space serves as a parking lot for guests with cars as it's accessible from a busy road.

Book The Whole House

For those who plan to bring a big group of people to Baguio City, the whole house can be booked for 17 to 25 guests at P8,000 (lean season) or P10,000 (peak season).

You don't have to travel all the way from Manila or other parts of the country just to see another colossal hotel with an imposing cement finish. Peredo's Lodging House is truly a cultural treasure of Baguio City where you can spend a night or two. It's a unique accommodation where you can imbibe the city's past and reconcile it with its present.



Peredo's Lodging House

Official Facebook fan page of Peredo's Lodging House

Check-in/ check-out: 2:00pm/ 12:00pm
Address: 5 CM Recto Street, St. Joseph Village, Baguio City, Philippines 2600
Phone: (074) 442-5091
Mobile: 0926-4055115 or 0922-9420698
Email: peredoslodginghouse@yahoo.com

2 comments:

  1. Went up to Baguio 2 weeks ago, a spur of the moment thing. Wanted to stay here but when we got up, it's closed with no one around that we could talk to. My friend is looking for a place to stay in in Feb. Her whole family is going and they are a big group.

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    1. You can also try the relatively new Baguio GM Apartel which is perfect for long stays because of the affordable rates.

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