Did you know that Camp John Hay used to be the major hill station used for rest and recreation by the United States Department of Defense employees and their dependents. Although it was officially designated as a communications station. It was named after Roosevelt’s Secretary of State, John Milton Hay when President Theodore Roosevelt signed an executive order settling aside land in Benguet for a military reservation under the United States Army on October 25,1903. Thanks Wikipedia! 🙂
Now Camp John Hay is one of the famous tourist attraction in Baguio. So what to expect when you go to Camp John Hay Historical Core?
1. The Bell House was named in honor of Gen. J. Franklin Bell. The house was originally the vacation quarters of the Commanding General of the Philippines. It was General Bell who essentially transformed Camp John Hay into a major military resort. Today, the Bell House serves as a modern museum of colonial architecture and lifestyle. A portrait of John Milton Hay is set at the center of the living room, while the walls adorn images of Camp John Hay history.
2. Bell Amphitheater, this structure was also designed by and named in honor of General J. Franklin Bell. It’s an auditorium that can seat four thousand people throughout which a whisper can be heard. This is now being utilized for religious services, concerts, lectures, theatrical performances and other forms of public entertainment. Indeed, the Amphitheater serves as an engineering marvel; no wonder that this site offers the perfect backdrop for all occasions.
2. History Trail. Take a walk under the pine canopy while learning the 100-year history of Camp John Hay through the History Trail. The winding path along the flower beds beside the Bell House has history boards that post the highlights of Camp John Hay’s story. The trail is a 30-minute stroll that ends at the Bell Amphitheater.
3. Liberty Park.
4. Treetop Adventure. If you’re an adventure junkie, be sure to visit this place. Visit their website for the full list of adventures (packages) and price – http://www.treetopadventureph.com.
5. Cemetery of Negativism. See my post at: https://journeywithroan.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/camp-john-hay-cemetery-of-negativism/