Baguio City is not only known to many Filipinos as the Summer Capital of the Philippines. In fact, most Pinoys from the North know Baguio City as the Ukay-Ukay Capital of the Philippines. Everywhere you go, it’s almost impossible not to see an Ukay-Ukay store inside a building or along the sidewalks.
These Ukay-Ukays are a big hit to Pinoys and foreigners especially these days of global recession. These stores showcase imported clothes, shoes and other personal stuff sold for low low prices. Most of these items are second-hand though. Also, if you are a shopper and happen to be in Baguio City, I’m pretty sure you’ll want to stay in Ukay-Ukays a little bit longer. The good stuff sold in most Ukay-Ukays are mostly beneath the heaps of clothes so it will take some time “digging” into the pile of clothing to get to the finest items.
Some photos of fairly organized Ukay-Ukays can be found at Mines View Park where my wife and I shopped for some souvenir items before going back to Laoag City after a two-day trip there to file an application for a Professional Nursing License.
If you’re going to Baguio City for a short break, you might want to read my article on Where to Stay in Baguio City: An Update on Things to Consider. The article discusses some tips on traveling to the place known for its cold climate (but not always these days, kudos to global warming).