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Nestled within the verdant mountains of the Cordillera Central range in the northern part of Luzon island in the Philippines, Baguio City stands as a testament to nature’s breathtaking beauty and man’s ingenuity. Commonly known as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” and “The City of Pines,” this picturesque city has captivated travelers for generations with its cool climate, stunning vistas, and rich cultural tapestry.

According to the Provincial Product Accounts (PPA) released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Baguio City recorded a per capita gross domestic product (GDP) of P420,016 during the period of November to December 2023, marking the highest figure among the 82 provinces and 17 Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs).

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The report highlights the economic achievements of provinces and Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs) by evaluating their per capita GDP.

In 2022, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) revealed notable increases in per capita GDP across nearly all regions of the Philippines. Aklan demonstrated the most rapid per capita GDP growth, reaching 21.5 percent.

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Similarly, other provinces and HUCs mirrored the economic strides of the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Cities such as Cebu City, Davao City, Mandaue City, and provinces including Laguna and Batanes boasted per capita GDPs exceeding the national average. Below is the official roster of the wealthiest cities beyond Metro Manila.

  1. Baguio City
  2. Cagayan De Oro City
  3. Lapu-Lapu City
  4. Iloilo City
  5. Bataan
  6. Cebu City
  7. Laguna
  8. Mandaue City
  9. Davao City
  10. Batanes

In 2022, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported an uptick in the per capita GDP of nearly all provinces and Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs) across the country. Following Aklan, notable increases were observed in cities such as Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, and Nueva Vizcaya, registering growth rates of 12.8 percent, 12.1 percent, and 12.0 percent, respectively.

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Per capita GDP serves as an indicator of economic advancement on an individual basis within a specific area. ABS-CBN News notes that it also serves as a gauge of wealth or poverty within a locality.

Tourism is a major driver of Baguio City’s economy. The city attracts visitors not only from within the Philippines but also from other countries, particularly during the summer months when the lowland areas experience hot temperatures.

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Agriculture, particularly vegetable farming, also plays a significant role in the local economy. It also offers a variety of attractions for visitors. Some of the most popular include Burnham Park, Mines View Park, The Mansion (official residence of the President of the Philippines in the city), Camp John Hay, Baguio Cathedral, Botanical Garden, Igorot Stone Kingdom, among others. 

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In conclusion, Baguio City stands as a testament to the harmonious coexistence of nature and civilization, offering a sanctuary where visitors can reconnect with the earth and immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Philippine culture. Whether you seek adventure in the great outdoors, inspiration in the realm of art and creativity, or simply a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life, Baguio welcomes you with open arms and promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of the mountains.

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