Update 11/23/2012: The BCC Christmas Village is once again open to the public.
The Baguio Country Club’s employees put together this so-called Christmas Village as part of their cost-cutting, thus the recycled materials used in almost all the miniature houses, synthetic snowman figures, and Christmas trinkets found in the circular enclosure in front of the BCC’s main building.
As is volunteered at the entrance, recycled materials used in this village were used soda tins and caps, paper cups, empty wine and water bottles, paper (including tarpaulins), lumber and plywood, sawdust, plates, tissue holders, Styrofoam containers and other boxes, oil cans, wires, and even construction debris and fallen pine cones, tree barks, and branches.
This gingerbread house–which sells BCC’s pastries–has an edible facade made of icing. They also serve delectable, soft, piping hot bibingka for P80. Hands down–I loved it. We also sampled their pesto and cheese roll (P45), cream puff (P35), and of course, their coffee. THAT was the highlight of this night, really–the food part. Try having coffee and bread on one of the benches surrounding the Christmas tree, with Christmas songs playing–oh well, you get the point–it’s rather enjoyable that way.
A battery-operated train car roves around the middle. If you can shove Santa off the train, and fit yourself into the driver’s seat, you can drive this noiselessly around (assuming you don’t have competition from overzealous kids).
It didn’t have as much of the lights we expected it to have (after all, it was the Baguio Country Club), but I think this is something really for the kids. Anyhow, if you plan to drop by, I think an hour or so wouldn’t be a waste of your time.
The BCC’s Christmas Village is located just across the country club’s entrance. A fee of P30 for adults and P10 for children 4 to 12 years old is being collected. BCC members get in for free. It’s open until January 6, 2012, 9 AM to 10 PM (obviously you have to go when it’s dark if you really want to enjoy).