Trouble's Away at Camp John Hay

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Flag of Philippines  , Luzon,
Friday, April 30, 2004

Used to be off-limits to ordinary Filipinos, Camp John Hay, the former R and R hideaway of the American armed forces, has been opened to the public after its turnover to the Philippine government in the early 1990s.

Currently managed by a private realty developer, it has been converted into a recreation center that boasts of many sports facilities.

I've made it to the camp during my two trips to Baguio but I can't seem to get enough of it for the ways to pass time there are numerous.

You can wander and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings while breathing in Baguio's soothing pine-scented air. Or snap your yourselves all day long at any of the botanical gardens there. Or simply laze around, read a book and meditate at any of the pine tree-shaded picnic grounds.

Inside the camp, the social realities that plague Baguio — heavy traffic, environmental decay, tribal discrimination, urban blight — don't pester you. Sometimes, it really feels good to have a break from all the fray, if only for a day.
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