Sunday, August 23, 2009

the summer capital of the country - baguio city

many other cities in the country has already bloomed as great tourist capitals but the city of pines remains to carry the title as the summer capital of the Philippines. the city has been the rest and recreational area of the American soldiers way back 1903. developed by the American urban planner Daniel Hudson Burnham under the approval of the former US president Theodore Roosevelt. before the American occupation, the city is known as Kafagway, an Ibaloi village. it was designed for a population of 20,000 but it's current population has already reached 300,000."away from the traffic and snarled city, Baguio is airy and pleasant" as the book Lonely Planet Philippines describes. two of the most significant places would definitely be The Mansion and the John Hay Air Station or now known as Camp John Hay.significant because these were the places where most of the American officials stayed during their vacation. it was not spared during the World War II, where the Mansion was used by the Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita as a headquarters.after the war, it was endorsed to the Philippine government and was then declared as The Mansion or sometimes described as the Malacanang of Baguio. it has a giant gate and is strictly guarded by the military. one can enter the area but only up to the gate entrance part for photo shoot.Camp John Hay or sometimes considered as Club John Hay holds some of the most beautiful structures in the entire city. from old mansion houses to hotels, all elegantly located within the area. one should know that one third of the city is Camp John Hay. very few knew that this was named after John Milton Hay who was an American diplomat, journalist, private secretary and assistant to Abraham Lincoln.
the whole camp has 246hectares of century old pine trees, golf course, old camp sites, and jogging areas. it remains a must-visit spot in Baguio.

42 comments:

taympers said...

nalulula ako sa ganda ng place kuya.

ACRYLIQUE said...

Very haunting pictures. Love it!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

From 20,000 to 300,000? No wonder Baguio is bursting at the seams. Last time I was there, I saw more houses than trees on some of the hills - one wonders if the local government is doing something about this.

gillboard said...

ganda na pala ng Baguio ngayon... sana makabalik ako dyan this year...

Lalaine said...

hay naku.. namimiss ko na talaga mag baguio dahil sa mga post mo. sarap dyan eh, lamig!

dong, palagay naman ng bago kong blog sa blogroll mo. :D salamat :D

Lalaine
www.lalaineski.com
http://lalaine.gameops.net

Gmirage said...

I miss going up there and wandering alone! hope i can get back soon....err and longer. love the greeneries, napakatahimik pa din tingnan!

Borneo Falcon said...

It goes to say that the American soldiers' welfare were well taken care as there was a recreational park just for them back then.

Hilda said...

You made CJH look so pristine by not including all the roads and shops! Hehehe.

alicesg said...

Looked like a nice city with a golf course.

Lawstude said...

i cud already feel the breeze by just looking at the photos. i miss old baguio.

sheng said...

I wanna go there!

luna miranda said...

i love your angle shots of the gate. i prefer the Baguio in the 80's, it was not as crowded and not as polluted as today's Baguio. but there are places like Camp John Hay that has kept the old Baguio charm. great job!

PUSANG-gala said...

iba parin talaga ang epekto ng PINE TRESS....just the view gives me a good feeling talaga.....

aiLee920 said...

hahaha:D did you know that I was made in Baguio!! hahahah LOL

Sidney said...

Looks beautiful... I could use some fresh air right now ! ;-)

Ely said...

Ahhhhh! Nostalgia!

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

pwede pa ba maghukay dyan.he he he.

gumanda ang lugar dahil sa mga kuha mo dong!..:)

bluedreamer27 said...

wow sobrang ganda talaga ng bagyo hopefully ma preserve nila ang ganda nito hanggang sa mga sumusunod na generation.... im afraid that Baguio is becoming Like Boracay,.... na sobrang crowded at napakarami ng commercial buildings and establishment,..
thanks po kuya for dropping by sa site ko^^
nabanggit nyo po na dati kayong comic illustrator...kakainggit naman hehe thats my dream

cebu pictures said...

Baguio City is nostalgic in nature but the baguio people is not hospitable

SandyCarlson said...

Your country has had so many "visitors"! Goodness. It is interesting to see urban planning under Roosevelt's direction. Nice to see so much green.

Reena said...

now ko lng nalaman yung kay yamashita and the mansion. baka nandun yung treasures!!!

basta, i always go to PMA. lol. now you know. :)

Eli said...

Your pictures never fail to capture the beauty of the city. Thanks 4 sharing those photos and i must say, thanks also 4 the important infos abt baguio.

aiLee920 said...

yup, i was sorta made in Baguio and i always love going there... hehehe

Bengbeng said...

luckily it wasnt destroyed during the Japanese era

ivan man dy said...

Baguio was called 'summer capital' because during the American occupation of the Phils, a good chunk of of the colonial bureaucracy would troop to the hills (Baguio) to escape the heat of the lowlands.

Filipino bureaucrats dont do that anymore these days, they troop to Bangkok, Shanghai or even San Francisco.

In a lot of ways, Baguio reminds me so much of Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, cool, leafy and with so much more less population density.

Still, a trip to Baguio is always a welcome respite.

bertN said...

I can see from your photos Baguio has changed a lot since the last time I was there. And rightly so! Ang tagal tagal na kasi nuon.

darkhorse said...

ganda naman lalo na yun golf course!

Andy said...

Your post suddenly made me want to go to Baguio. The weather here in QC has been very humid lately. Sarap siguro magpalamig ngayon sa Baguio. :D

I am Xprosaic said...

Kahit na may areas na masyado na ring matao sa baguio pero sa shots mo nagpapakita pa rin na may mga lugar na mahahanap mo yung peaceful environment... nakakarelax... jejejejejje

princess_dyanie said...

ganda talaga diyan! woot woot!!!

Photo Cache said...

baguio will remain magical to me. it was my first "abroad" experience. ang lamig kasi eh :)

Pietro said...

Nice pictures and very good information. I'd like to go there!

Skippyheart said...

I love it there...napatira kami for a while dyan sa Baguio =)

btw, nice to see you back at my blog dong! thanks for visiting again...hope all is well. Ingat ka lagi. =)

REDLAN said...

Ang mansion sa postcard ko lang nakita. tsk tsk. Parang postcard rin yung kuna mo Dong. Maganda pa rin ang Baguio. Walang kupas gaya ng mga kuha mo. Keep it up.

Allen Yuarata said...

ang ganda ng lamp post. may lumot. haha.

excited na tuloy ako sa october. tsk tsk.

Thanks for that Kafagway info. I really like knowing unusual information. It makes me...umh... smarter than my friends. haha.

witsandnuts said...

Great pictures! Direct linking to Flickr really makes a difference. I can't wait to revisit Baguio.

KRIS JASPER said...

looking at those fotos... parang nag relax din mga mata ko.

dodong flores said...

Nice photos, donG hO. Hmmn... I can still smell the air in Baguio through your photos.
But what I miss is the experiences in Baguio in the dark - the evening or the early morning when you get off from the bus. It's a different classical sight that I will always remember. It's a different thing na kasi during day time and the city is already crowded with lots of tourists...

Lalaine said...

dong... nalagay na kita sa blogroll ng bago ko bahay :D. padagdag na lang yung sakin. uupdate ko pa din gameops ko kaya padagdag lang :D

salamat :D

benghui said...

every thing is very beautiful :) i wonder what Philippines language sounds like you have any youtube Philippines song for me to hear?

bw said...

nice pictures. I hope to play at the Camp John Hay golf course sometime :)

Ayie said...

the only thing i remember about wright park is the horses! hehehe

my family was there in baguio last june though

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