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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Camp John Hay - Baguio

Camp John Hay is today's one of the most popular visited attraction in the city of Baguio. It is situated on the southeast side of Baguio. It used to be the former rest and recreation facility of the US Armed Forces, making Baguio City became known as "little America."
It was actually a major hill station and designated as a communications station, and was run by the US Air Force in its last days before it was finally turned over to the Philippines in 1991 when the expiration of the RP-US Bases Agreement ended.

Camp John Hay used to be considered as the US Military and Department of Defense base since 1903 and also was used as a concentration camp by the Japanese for both British and American soldiers during WW2, and as a military headquarters when Gen. Yamashita went up north from Manila during the coming end of the Japanese reign in the Philippines.

Camp John Hay got its name after President Roosevelt's Secretary of State, - John Milton Hay. It has an average elevation of 5,000 ft., and is a 690-hectare property.
Philippines began managing the former US Air Force recreational facility from the year it was turned over in 1991 until 1997, and turned it as a resort and ultimately developed as private vacation houses, lodgings, famous Baguio hotels, a shopping center and some restaurants, stores and golf courses.

Below are some photos of me and my family while touring inside Camp John Hay's compound.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Tam-Awan Village

In 1998, Chanum Foundation, Inc. was founded and began constructing huts of Ifugao and Kalinga tribes using original materials, with a goal to showcase model villages to people who are visiting the interior parts of Cordillera region.

Traditional artists reconstructed the houses making them resemble the design of a traditional Cordillera Village. Nowadays, being called Tam-awan village is now also called "a garden in the sky".
More huts were added into the village and are open for lodging with reasonable rates. The entire village today is now a popular place for workshops and exhibits, showcasing the cultural heritage of the Cordillera people. It shows blending of exquisite and aesthetic Cordilleran craftmanship with the concept for a village that adapts with Baguio setting.

The village right up the entrance

Tam-awan Village is also an ideal location for other cultural and art activities enhancing the culture and history of Cordillera life. The word "tam-awan" came from a local word which means "vantage point."

Interested to visit? Check them out at There is an entrance fee to enter the village.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Quick Visit to Baguio Strawberry Farm

I and my family

A tourist's visit to Baguio, Philippines isn't complete without strawberry picking.

Strawberry Farm is located 30-minutes away from downtown Baguio situated in La Trinidad, Benguet. It is a unique experience for the whole family picking fresh strawberries direct from the farm itself which is chargeable at a different rates at times. The charging rate is based on weight of how much you have picked per person.

Take note that there are months when the farm doesn't have enough ripe strawberries ready to be picked, so be sure to do your research ahead of time prior to visiting.
Normally, the farm is open for strawberry-picking activity from November to May yearly, but it can change depending on weather conditions such as when typhoons occur that can easily destroy the fruits. If fruits are not available for picking at the farm, there is always the market as an option to buy strawberries. They may not be as fresh as when you pick them directly from the farm, but they still sell good quality strawberries as an option!

You can also get to taste strawberry ice cream, and some popular food sold in the market, including various souvenirs; - T-shirts, trinkets, fruit jams and jellies, etc...
So, if you love strawberries, you get a lot of them in Baguio, be it direct from the farm or not!