Located inside Camp John Hay, the historical core was established for the people to reminisce and see the role that Camp John Hay played in the history of Baguio City and the Philippines.
Several structures that were constructed during the time of the Americans in the Philippines still stands and remains to be a reminder of the friendship between the Philippines and the United States.
Inside the Historical Core you will find the following:
- Liberty Loop
- Panagbenga Flower and Totem Pole
- Bell Amphitheater
- Bell House
- Cemetery of Negativism
- History Trail
- Secret Garden
This structure was designed and named after General J. Franklin Bell. Today, the amphitheater is used as venue for weddings and other activities. You can reserve the use of the amphitheater by getting in touch with the John Hay Historical Core office.
Again named after General J. Franklin Bell this used to be the home of the Governor Generals of the Philippines. This American designed home today is a museum where you can appreciate the interior of an American home still with some of the furniture that were used when it was first built. You can enjoy the view of the pine forest at the balcony of the Bell House.
Cemetery of Negativism
This is not a “real” cemetery, it was built for people to bury any negative thoughts they have, because of its serene location you can enjoy your alone time while dispelling any negative thoughts.
The history trail is a walk through the history of Camp John Hay. Being an American base this place has a rich history that is worth knowing. Did you know that Camp John Hay was the site of surrender for General Yamashita and his army during the end of World War 2? You can learn more by walking through the history trail.
Upon entering the Historical Core, you will be welcomed by this site inside Camp John Hay wherein a replica of the Statue of Liberty, the endearing symbol of American Heritage, can be found.
Panagbenga Flower and Totem Pole
Two significant structures can also be found inside the historical core which symbolizes the culture and face of leadership in Baguio City. One is the big sun flower which represents the festivity in Baguio City, Panagbenga Festival (pronounce as panag-bunga) which is being held every February. The other one is the totem pole, carved by Ernesto Dul-ang. The pole is a wood sculpture of human heads put on-top-of-the-other. These are the men who shaped the development of Baguio.
You can access this place via the small “hidden” path beside the steps going to the Bell house. If you want to have your alone quiet time communing with nature this is the place to be.
There are a lot of things to do, see and learn at the Camp John Hay Historical core and it is truly a must place to visit when you are in Baguio City and if you are fond of history and quiet places that is.
HOW TO GET TO CAMP JOHN HAY
There are two way to commute to Camp John Hay in Baguio City: jeepney and taxi
Via Jeepney: There's a jeepney terminal to PMA located in across Hotel Veniz. At the same jeepney terminal where your ride a jeepney to PMA, ask the barkers in the area on which jeepney travels to Camp John Hay. This bears a route of BAGUIO-PLAZA-SCOUT BARRIO v/v.
Via Taxi: there are plenty of taxi cab around Baguio City where you can rent going around and outside the city.
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