SM City Baguio formally opened its Sky Terrace Baguio for residents and visitors wanting to see new attractions in the city amidst the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Sky Terrace looks like an elevated garden, much like similar structures in SM North EDSA and SM Aura Premier. The post on SM Baguio's Facebook has so far gotten nearly 4,000 reactions and 2,500 shares.
Restrictions on business and physical activity outdoors are getting looser because the risk of catching the virus is lower in open spaces. In Metro Manila, where movement is still limited, parks have begun to reopen for jogging, calisthenics and Zumba.
The garden was zoned in a way where its major space exhibits the cultural heritage of Benguet and is also envisioned to cater to the different age groups with its diverse functional elements from playgrounds to performance stage to private seating areas and wide lawn turf for bigger groups interested to use the area for future gatherings.
Iconic to the Sky Terrace are the Palawan cherry trees to honor the Northern Blossoms in Atok, Benguet where the Japanese government gifted cherry blossom trees in celebration of its friendship with the province.
The Palawan cherry blossom trees were carefully nurtured for months before being transplanted to the garden at the top of the mall’s expansion and pay parking area and serves as the major design element s and ties in the details.
Once the trees blossoms in the coming months, the visitors and residents will experience a parade of pink and white flowers that will reminiscent of the famous cherry blossoms both in the foreign and local settings.
The Sky Terrace will also retell the Golden Deer Folk Tale of Ibaloy and its sculpture portraying deer in different scenes that will be made by local artists.
The sculptures aim to recite the folk tale that is also locally believed to be one of the origins of the Baguio name where the deer used to eat ‘bag-iw,’ the local term for moss.
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open to the entire Region 1 (Ilocos Region).
The Sky Terrace Baguio envisions that may the Palawan cherry blossom trees bloom to resonate the resiliency and optimism of the Filipinos during the trying times similar to the existing crisis situation in the country.