Let's travel back in time as we walk around this Historical Core.
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.
ABOUT CAMP JOHN HAY
A former military facility, Camp John Hay draws golfers to the Jack Nicklaus-designed course at the Camp John Hay Golf Club, and the Baguio Country Club's greens and fairways. Pine trees line the Eco Trail, providing shade to joggers and hikers, while Tree Top Adventure caters to thrill-seekers with ziplining courses.
The Historical Core contains the Bell House Museum, a well-preserved American Colonial residence.
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
Bell AmphitheaterThis 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.
HISTORICAL CORE ENTRANCE
Here are the fees for touring around Historical Core:
- Outside Tourists (Standard Rate): Php 75.00 per head
- Baguio and BLISTT (Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay) Tourists: Php 48.00 per head
- Students and Senior Citizens: Php 36.00 per head
- Children (17 years old and below): Php 36.00 per head
- Children below 4 feet: Free
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HISTORICAL CORE RENTALS
Did you know that you can rent the rooms and outdoor spaces around Historical Core in Camp John Hay? Here are the rates for each accommodation:
Peak season rates (Oct to May)
- The Bell Amphitheater P 4,650.00 / per hour
- The Bell House Veranda P 4,050.00 / per hour
- Secret Garden P 3,000.00 / per hour
Off season rates (Jun-Sep)
- The Bell Amphitheater P 4,150.00 / per hour
- The Bell House Veranda P 3,550.00 / per hour
- Secret Garden P 2,500.00 / per hour
- Amphitheater Gazebo Php 1,200.00 / 4 hrs.
- Secret Garden Gazebo Php 600.00 / 4 hrs.
- Mini Gazebo Php 120.00 / 4 hrs.
- Medium Picnic Table Php 84.00 / 4 hrs.
- Small Picnic Table Php 60.00 / 4 hrs.
- Mono Block Chair Php 18.00 / per piece per day
- Table Php 75.00 / per piece per day
- Chair Covers Php 15.00 / per piece per day
- Mono Block Chair with covers Php 25.00 / per piece per day
LIST OF RESTAURANTS IN CAMP JOHN HAY
After a long walk and learning history, it's a perfect way to end your tour with a happy tummy! Here are the restaurants and shops you can find inside Camp John Hay:
- Yellow Cab - a pizza restaurant chain based in the Philippines.
- Army Navy - a fast casual restaurant chain serving fresh-made American-Mexican cuisine.
- Starbucks Coffee - American multinational and the biggest chain of coffeehouses in the world.
- Choco-late de Batirol - Restaurant set in a rainforest garden, renowned for hot chocolate & traditional Filipino cuisine.
- Le Chef at the Manor - a high-end restaurant headed by culinary master Chef Billy King.
- Delicatessen - a dainty stall that offers tasty bakes, spreads, and brews.
- Mulligan Bar - serves breathtaking views of the greens and the finest wines and pastries in the city.
- The Veranda Restaurant - This open-air restaurant also allows guests to enjoy Baguio's crisp weather for a more memorable dining experience.
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.
From Manila to Baguio, you can ride buses such as Joy Bus and Victory Liner.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Camp John Hay
- What is Camp John Hay known for?
Camp John Hay is a mixed-used development which serves as a tourist destination and forest watershed reservation in Baguio, Philippines which was formerly a military base of the United States Armed Forces.
- Is Camp John Hay open to public?
The management of Camp John Hay has agreed to the request of the City Government to open the former American Airbase to the public for recreational and leisure activities.
- Who is John Hay?
John Milton Hay was an American statesman and official whose career in government stretched over almost half a century. Beginning as a private secretary and assistant to Abraham Lincoln, Hay's highest office was United States Secretary of State under Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.
- What did John Hay negotiate?
In August 1898, Hay was named Secretary of State and helped negotiate the Treaty of Paris. His contributions included the adoption of an open door policy in China and the preparations for the Panama Canal.
- Is Camp John Hay a barangay?
It is the steward of more than 52% of the forest cover of the City. The CJHR is comprised of the 301-hectare John Hay Special Economic Zone (JHSEZ) and the 324-hectare John Hay Reservation Area (JHRA) with fourteen (14) barangays within its area of operations.
- Who is Camp John Hay named after?
John Hay Air Station was established on October 25, 1903 after President Theodore Roosevelt signed an executive order setting aside land in Benguet for a military reservation under the United States Army. The reservation was named after Roosevelt's Secretary of State, John Milton Hay.
HOTELS NEAR CAMP JOHN HAY
- Cedar Peak Condominium - Check Rates & Availability
- Austrianne Residences - Check Rates & Availability
- Hotel Veniz – Session - Check Rates & Availability
- V Hotel and Apartel - Check Rates & Availability
- Elmar Cabin - Check Rates & Availability
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You may also check Top10 hotels in Baguio on our separate blog.
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- Things to do in Mines View Park
- What to buy at Baguio Night Market
- MANILA TO BAGUIO: Bus Schedule and Fare
- PITX to Baguio (Point-to-Point) is now available!
- Experience a Luxury Trip to Baguio with JoyBus Executive Coach
- AMERICAN HERITAGE BAGUIO HOME (as seen on "Glorious" movie)
- Baguio Country Club's Christmas Village (Schedule, Entrance Fee & How To Get There)
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