Session Road

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Session Road
Session Road looking south near the Baguio Cathedral
Route information
Maintained by Department of Public Works and Highways – Baguio City District Engineering Office
Length 1.7 km (1.1 mi)
Major junctions
North end N231 (Shanum Street)
South end N231 (Loakan Road)
Major cities Baguio
Highway system

Roads in the Philippines

Shops along Session Road

Session Road is a major road of Baguio City in the Philippines.

Route description[edit]

Session Road is the main thoroughfare of Baguio in the Philippines and is the main hub of what is called the Baguio Central Business District.


Located at the city center, it is actually divided into two parts: Lower Session Road and Upper Session Road.

Lower Session Road[edit]

This section extends eastward from Magsaysay Avenue (opposite the Plaza or Kilometer 0 and Malcolm Square) running through the BCBD until the intersections of Father Carlu Street (towards the Baguio Cathedral and Upper Bonifacio Street) and Governor Pack Road. This is the area where businesses are located, among others banks, shops, restaurants, bakeries, hotels, newsstands, boutiques, and studios.

Upper Session Road[edit]

This section extends from Post Office Loop, Leonard Wood Road, and the foot of Luneta Hill (where SM City Baguio is located) to the rotunda cutting toward South Drive (towards Baguio Country Club), Loakan Road (towards Camp John Hay, Loakan Airport, Philippine Military Academy, Baguio City Economic Zone, and the mine areas of Itogon, Benguet), and Military Cut-Off (towards Kennon Road).

Route numbers[edit]

Under the implementation of the new route numbering system by the Department of Public Works and Highways in 2014, all sections of Session Road are the component of National Route 231 (N231) of the Philippine highway network, which also includes some parts of Shanum Street and the entire section of Loakan Road (up to Kennon Road)[1].


Historical marker in Baguio City commemorating the first summer session of the Taft Commission to be held in Baguio, the namesake of Session Road

Session Road derives its name from the fact that it used to lead up to the old Baden-Powell Hall, where the Philippine Commission held its sessions from April 22 to June 11, 1904 and officially initiated the use of Baguio as the Philippine Summer Capital. The Commission was composed of Governor General Luke E. Wright, president, and Commissioners Henry Ide, Dean Conant Worcester, Trinidad Pardo de Tavera, Benito Legarda, Jose de Luzuriaga, James Francis Smith and William Cameron Forbes. A marker by what is now Baden-Powell Inn, right beside the enormous bus terminals on Governor Pack Road, stand as the only visible evidence that anything of historical significance ever took place on Session Road.

In popular culture[edit]

Nowadays, the only session that regularly take place in the vicinity are the jam sessions at Kikkan (Formerly known as Ayuyang), a favorite watering hole of reggae, folk, and indigenous Filipino music fans and artists alike. A local Philippine band called sessiOnroad based their name on the famous thoroughfare.


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