One of the places you shouldn’t miss going to when in Baguio City is, Camp John Hay.
Camp J0hn Hay used to be an air base of the Americans during their occupancy in the Philippines. Elevated at 5,000 feet above sea level, it is one of the coldest places in the country, making it more like “home” for Americans acustomed to their climate back in the United States.
Currently, Camp John Hay serves as a tourist attraction to many local and foreign tourists. Not only for the old structures that the Americans built there, but also the natural resources that inhabited the place.
Inside Camp John Hay
If you are to go inside Camp John Hay, you are required to pay Php 60 as entrance fee. Special rates apply to residents coming from Cordillera at Php 40. While students and senior citizens are charged at Php 30.
Those who intend to take photoshoots or videographies within the vicinity, which are not intended for commercial use, can avail of the place for Php 1,000.
Once inside Camp John Hay, you see an abundance of plants, flowers and trees flourishing around the camp. This make me wonder if this was really a camp or a botanical garden before. You have to give credit to the good weather of Baguio to nourish plants all around.
One attraction inside the camp is the former home of American top officials when they stay inside the camp. You can picture the American touch on the design of the whole building – both inside and outside – as if watching an American film shot in their countrysides.
Camp John Hay Secret Garden
Another attraction is the Secret Garden within the camp. (It is not anymore a secret right? Since I revealed it already, Lol!)
The Secret Garden is a walkthrough up to the middle of Camp John Hay where most of the pine trees are located. It is also the place for some outdoor adventure such as
Cemetery of Negativism
You may find this next attraction within Camp John Hay odd and overlook it, but hey, do not.
The Cemetery of Negativism is a collection of thoughts to counter negativism is a more creative way. This cemetery puts to “death” all the negative thoughts that hinder any human mind.
It may look odd, but, it makes a lot of sense.
Open Ground – Playground
And if the whole tour and walk around the attractions are not enough for you or you just want to rest or maybe bring your kids to a short play experience outdoors, then better proceed to the open grounds.
This is just a few meters away from the Cemetery of Negativism, just right the roads leading to the main road away from Camp John Hay.
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