Baguio Series: PMA and Chocolate De Batirol

February 09, 2016


The Philippine Military Academy is yet another personal favorite of mine among the many tourist attractions in Baguio.  There's really nothing much to do here except view the relics point, museum, monuments, and outdoor aircraft exhibit.  I know that sounds boring and you're probably wondering how come I have found such place interesting. Well, the answer to that is -- simply because I am, indeed, a really boring person.  Lol!

PMA Baguio
PMA Baguio
PMA Baguio
PMA Baguio

Kidding aside, there are actually THREE good reasons why I love PMA Baguio and these are the following:

1.  The place is super clean and orderly.  I have an OC personality which makes my number one reason very much self-explanatory.  Well, who doesn't love a clean and orderly community?  I dunno.  All I know is that, DISCIPLINE obviously makes a BIG difference!

2.  It is not crowded.  Aside from being OC, I also have an introvert personality type which explains my preference towards less populated attractions.  PMA is a huge property, thus giving you more space to breathe and enough privacy when touring around.  And I guess, that's just what introverts like me need!

3.  It's perfect for nature-lovers.  This place never failed to give me that "Baguio feel" -- and by that I mean fresh air, towering pine trees, and a great view of the mountains covered with lush greens.  A peaceful and relaxing place with a scenic view of nature, that's PMA!

This famous tourist destination is open to the public during daylight hours, seven days a week.  However, do take note that the museum is closed for a lunch break between 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm.  In addition, please be reminded to wear shoes when visiting the premises because flip flops are strictly prohibited in the area.


Choco-late de Batirol Baguio

After strolling around PMA for our daily dose of exercise, my family and I went next to the renowned Camp John Hay.  Unfortunately, the attractions in the camp were undergoing renovation, so we just decided to stop by the popular Chocolate De Batirol to have a gastronomic adventure instead.

Choco-late de Batirol is actually a garden restaurant which can be found in the middle of Camp John Hay, giving it a relaxed and peaceful ambiance.  We went here during the month of November, so basically, the air continuous temperature of the restaurant seemed comfortable enough.  I just cannot guarantee that it would feel the same during the summer season when it can get really hot and humid in the Philippines.

Anyway, this casual al fresco restaurant located at Scout Hill has become a favorite dining place of tourists who wish to satisfy their cravings for native delicacies like bibingka, suman sa lihia, and tsokolate batirol.  Aside from their best-selling merienda menu, they also serve traditional home-cooked meals which makes it an ideal venue for a scrumptious breakfast, lunch or dinner with family and friends. 

Choco-late de Batirol Baguio
Bibingka is a type of Filipino rice cake lined with banana leaves and topped with grated coconut.  This dessert is usually cooked in clay pots or "palayok" and is most commonly served during the Christmas season.

Choco-late de Batirol Baguio
Suman sa Lihia is a rice cake made of glutinous rice or "malagkit" topped with grated coconut and brown sugar.

Choco-late de Batirol Baguio
Their best-selling Tsokolate de Batirol made from cacao beans is hot, thick, and creamy -- an absolute winner, indeed!

Choco-late de Batirol Baguio

Being the balik-bayan that we were, I guess, it's pretty obvious that we missed eating traditional Filipino food.  Good thing this restaurant did not disappoint!  I really had a great time savoring every bite!  Not to mention the staffs had been so warm and accommodating to us as well.

Overall, I would say that Choco-late de Batirol is definitely a must try restaurant in Camp John Hay!  It's the perfect restaurant for OFWs, balik-bayans, and foreigners who want to have a taste of a typical Filipino dish!


You have read Part  6 of 7 of my travel blog posts about our family's trip to Baguio.  Should you wish to view the rest of the blog posts under this series, feel free to click any of the links below:

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