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The Igorot Garden is one of the busiest spots in the city, mainly because of its location.  From this small park, you will find yourself only a few meters away from some of the most popular destinations within Baguio – such as hotels and inns like Hotel Veniz and Harrison Holiday Inn; recreational facilities, like the Melvin Jones Football Grounds, Rose Garden and the ever-famous Burnham Lake; local diners, like Solibao Restaurant, Veniz Grill, the New Ganza and Danes Bakeshop; and of course shopping centers like Tiong San Harrison, Sunshine Supermart, Abanao Square, the Maharlika Livelihood Center, the City Public Market, the Bayanihan Wagwagan and the recently-launched Baguio Night Market.   (For additional information about thrift shopping in Baguio, we encourage you to read our features on the Baguio Night Market and on Shopping the Ukay-ukay Style.)

Aside from being a perfect place to meet your friends and relatives, the park also hosts a variety of commercial activities. For instance, if you wish to restore the shine of your leather shoes, then you simply need to look for locals who offer boot-black services. If your back is aching and you’re longing for a therapeutic massage then, you can have one from a licensed blind masseur. And if you forgot to have a mani and pedi because of the busy lifestyle you lead, you can always drop by the park and have your nails done.

Local sportsmen frequent the Igorot Garden, as it is a preferred venue for small sporting events like chess and boxing tournaments. At times, local groups-for-a-cause and even government units hold demonstrations and small events here. And during the celebration of the Panagbenga, the park is transformed into a souvenir center for tourists.

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The area is also considered the gateway to some of the famous tourist spots in the city. After all, it is surrounded by jitney terminals that will bring visitors to popular sites, like the Philippine Military Academy in Barangay Kias, the Baguio Country Club in South Drive, Camp John Hay in Scout Barrio, the Crystal Caves in Barangay Bakakeng Central, the SLU Maryheights Campus inBakakeng Sur, the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center in Governor Pack Road, the Baguio Medical Center and the Panagbenga Park in Military Cut-off, etc.

The most outstanding feature of this landmark is the Cordillera Freedom Monument. The statues represent five of the main tribal groups that settled in the mountainous region of Northern Luzon – the Bontocs, the Ibalois, the Ifugaos, the Kalingas and the Kankana-eys, all garbed in their traditional costumes, head pieces, and adornments. It was created by Toym de Leon Imao, and was formally launched on March 31, 2002. Read More