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Brigada: Adventures in Marogondon, Cavite



I was a guest and co-host for this segment of Brigada to feature Maragondon as the next travel and adventure destination near Manila. Go watch and discover what the town can offer for tourism.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Play time at the Historic Core of Camp John Hay - Azalea Residences Baguio family vacation part 11

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March 30, 2014 – It was our last tour in Baguio City, our friend tour us inside Camp John Hay, I remember that the last time I visited Camp John Hay was in the 90’s with my family and then for my first time it was in the 80’s for a Boys Scout of the Philippine Jamboree for 3 days, it was my first ever outdoor camping and this was held in the forest area of Camp John Hay.

Its great to be back here, I even forgot what to see inside Camp John Hay, all I know there’s log cabin style structures and some playground for kids. But its sad to know that those old log cabins are already gone. Some parts of Camp John Hay are being occupied by Ayala for their techno hub and mini malls.

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Meanwhile back in Azalea Residence Baguio hotel, my family are enjoying the cold breeze by the terrace and mild rays of the sun, it was a great morning in Baguio, got a bit cooler after a short downpour last evening. Our day is to prepare for another adventure in Strawberry farm and in Camp John Hay.

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It was a short ride from the hotel going to Camp John Hay. It’s a lot more easier if you have your own car and the driver knows where the exact location of this sites.


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Our friend brought us here at the Historical Core of Camp John Hay

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The Histrorical Core have some important sites like the Bell House and amphitheater, the History Trail and secret garden, the cemetery of Negativism, The Bell House libraray and the Totem Pole.

Also they have the Tree Top adventure, you can enjoy a tree top ride, zipline and tree top drop.

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take note of the entrance fee.

You can visit this camp site for your picnics and play time with the kiddies.

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Camp John Hay seal

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The Bell House Amphitheater

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The giant sunflower monument…. Panagbenga Festival was born here in Camp John Hay

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The Bell House Library

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Some macro photography shots..using my old macro lens filter.

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My lens filter is bit bigger for my mirror lens camera. I think I need to do more DIY to mount this in my camera with no hassle.

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We are now at the Bell House

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wow!!! nice living room.
High rank American officers stayed here during the American occupation.

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Donya Lace and unico hijo Ashton at the Bell House hahaha

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lots of guest arriving to check out the Bell House

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Ohh…that’s the guy John Hay

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Outside the Bell House


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Nice view here

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then…my son goes hyper mode hahahah.

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Lots of room to play and run

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Team of bloggers from Manila

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Now its time to explore the whole complex

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Let’s check out the Amphitheater

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with the Villagonzalo boys

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Nice backdrop for Ron of Team Wahpinas

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Finally..we are now alone..we can do momol stuff here at the amphitheater hahahah
ang nog nog ko na dito…kasi mainit na.

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Photo op with the boys.


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I heard that these 4 boys will beat Chicser and make them wet their pants when they see these 4 boys singing..este.. play Plants vs. Zombies 2.

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Panoramic view of the Amphitheater


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Coverage cottage

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er.. Team Converse

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Urban explorer wannabe!!
yeah..I will become one soon! watch out for it.

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On top of a ruins

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Team Vivamanilena by the ruins.

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Lovely scene…

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Awesome Totem Pole carved by Ernesto Dul-ang, these are the head sculpts of historical figures from the 1st half of 20th century.

they are:
1. Admiral George Dewey
2. Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo
3. President William Howard Taft
4. Sec. John Milton Hay
5. William Cameron Forbes
6. President Theodore Roosevelt
7. Major General Franklin Bell
8. Lt. Col. Lyman Kennon
9. Mayor James Halsema
10. General Douglas McArthur

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we’re now at the history trail..

actually we lost some of the members of our group hahaha. but we just followed the trail and we found the other team waiting at the end of the trail.

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Tree top adventure

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We just arrived in front of the Secret Garden

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Tree top adventure ride.
I heard that the fee is a bit expensive.

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At the end of the history trail.


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oh lookie..we have a new friend who followed us
hello tiny spider!

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pine cones are every where, kids loves to collect this dried pine cones.


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Another seal of Camp John Hay.


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More trees

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At the cemetery of negativism


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Macro shot


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Mini statue of Liberty

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Feels like we are in the big apple ahahaha


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Playground time in Camp John Hay!
yeahh.kids and adults love to hang out here

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see saw…up and down!

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Awesome trees giving shade to us and protecting us from the heat of the sun

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hahaaha. Marj and Cristelle

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aha!!! caught you guys dating ha! lol Isabelle and Ashton

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Team Wahpinas

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Team Lifestylebucket just chilaxing

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Ashton doing the Tarzan thing!


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w00t!! some Koreans!

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photo op with Ate Bianca

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Suddenly.. a load of Magnum ice cream bar appears infront of us hahahaha Our joke with Jonel did some good charm for our friend Vincent to buy these at a nearby store hhahhaah.


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Kids loves Magnum ice cream bar.
(not sponsored! lol )

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Okay.. here’s my part!!! yum yum yum!!

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After the tour in Camp John Hay, we’re back again in Azalea Residences Baguio hotel to freshen up and rest for the next activity.

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I’m glad that the weather is fine here in Baguio.


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Oh lookie…Ashton and Bianca running to each other..gaaa awwww!!!
Watch out for my next post about our last day stay in Baguio City!

Book your hotel stay in Baguio City at Azalea Residences Baguio
address: Leonard Wood loop, Brgy. M. Roxas, Baguio City
Manila reservation: (632) 579-4890 or (63917) 8611641
Baguio reservation: (6374) 442-8888 or email: reservation@azalea.com.ph
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Visit my Baguio City adventure blog post here at http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/search/label/baguio%20city

and my blog post about Azalea Residences Baguio here at http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/search/label/azalea%20residences%20baguio

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.


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