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“Must Visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bell House - Camp John Hay

Bell House - Camp John Hay
Historical Precinct, Camp John Hay, Baguio, Luzon 2600, Philippines
63 74 423 5402
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Ranked #14 of 49 things to do in Baguio
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Makati, Philippines
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“Must Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

It lets you see a house that shows a glimpse on the American History of Camp John Hay. It's nice and well maintained. Perfect to visit during the Summer because the flowers on the amphitheater is TOO BEAUTIFUL.

Visited April 2014
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La Trinidad, Philippines
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“Heritage Home”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

There are a lot of heritage sites in Baguio and one of them is the Bell House in Cam John Hay. It used to be one of the vacation houses of the American soldiers when the Philippines was under the colony of the Americans and it is now a museum.

It was named after General Bell, the man behind converting the military camp into a military resort.

When inside the museum, it is like you time travelled to the past. You will see preserved artifacts like furnitures and paintings.

Visited December 2013
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“The American AND Japanese base of operations during WWII”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Originally built as a hospital and rest facility around the turn of the century for soldiers suffering from disease and heat-related illnesses of fighting in the tropics, the Bell House later became quarters for general officers of both the American and Japanese armies during WWII. Marvelously restored, it is well worth seeing.

Visited February 2014
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“yes, get a guide”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Our group of 14 went around this place with TWO guides. How lucky can we get? There were not many guests when we went (we went close to 4pm). The guides provided a better understanding of the whole place. From the cemetery to the main house, to the amphitheater, to the garden, and even who's and why's sponsorship of the pine trees. The house itself, as explained, was more a replica than the original furnitures. It was good for them to make it look as authentic as when it was way back then. I wax expecting it to be more plush than the way it is, but maybe back then, this was considered luxurious already. Having a guide also helped explain why there was a panabenga sign at the Bell house compound, only to realize Panabenga originated here/there!

So yes, tour the place with a tour guide. It will provide the guests a much better understanding of its relevance. It helped a lot though, that my group is a bunch of crazy, funny people. Makes the tour even a lot livelier. I hope no one found us too rowdy, though.

Visited February 2014
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“Quaint and interesting but of little value w/o tour guides”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

The history behind Camp John Hay itself is interesting, and even the development of Baguio by the Americans is interesting in itself. The Bell House, on the other hand, is a testament of the beauty of American architecture.

The house is well-maintained, the rooms look untouched by the years, and even the wallpaper looks as if not a day has passed since the last occupants lived there.

However, I wish there were signs in each room to guide the visitors, instead of us having to wait for someone to tour us. There were a couple of groups that went ahead of us, so we navigated our way around. I feel like our experience would have been more complete had we learned more about the history of the place.

Nonetheless, it's a great place to take photos and to be transported to the past. The flowers surrounding the area are really pretty. It is also right beside the Cemetery of Negativism, which is an interesting place to see, but easily by-passed if you opt to.

Visited February 2014
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