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“Nice to visit the Bell House....”

Bell House - Camp John Hay
Ranked #13 of 67 things to do in Baguio
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Cebu City, Philippines
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248 reviews
170 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 286 helpful votes
“Nice to visit the Bell House....”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

This old house is nice to visit. During our visit, the library is not available to visitors...it's under repair.

Nothing special on this house...just an ordinary old furnitures, piano and rooms....not quite huge. It's just an ordinary house.

Visited January 2014
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Makati, Philippines
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“Must Visit”
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”
Reviewed March 16, 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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Salem, Virginia
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“The American AND Japanese base of operations during WWII”
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”
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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