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September 13, 2013

Camp John Hay… Wasn’t Built In A Day

There are some who have the impression that Camp John Hay has been an easy project. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have been through a lot of ups and downs. But the good news is that we have taken it all in stride and today we maintain and continue to develop this beautiful piece of land that is one of Baguio’s most impressive and still most promising developments.

Camp John Hay Mess Hall in the 1940s

Camp John Hay Mess Hall in the 1940s
Photo credit: Philippines Travel Guide

Fifty-Year Lease

Camp John Hay Development Corp., of which I am the Executive Vice President, was in fact not the winning bidder for this project. We came in as the second highest bidder. The winning bidder was the Manuela Consortium, a group of former Senator Manuel Villar, a developer himself. However, eventually, they backed out.

So, on October 19, 1996, the Fil-Estate/Penta Capital-led consortium now known as CJHDevCo was awarded the lease contract to develop, manage, and operate Camp John Hay up to year 2046 or a total of fifty years.

From year 2000 to 2007, total investment for Camp John Hay reached the P2 Billion mark.  Projects including a Jack Nicklaus redesigned golf course, golf clubhouse, the 189-room CJH Manor, Country Homes, CAP Convention Center, & the Eco-Tourism Phase 1 were 100% completed. Other projects such as the Forest Estates, Scout Hill Forest Cabins, EcoVillage Town Center and CJH Suites-Phase 1 are nearing completion.

Billions Invested

To date, CJH Devco has pumped in over P2.6 Billion in investments towards developments inside Camp John Hay.

CJHDevCo also partnered with Ayala Land Inc (ALI) in July 2008 to build a commercial and office (BPO) and retail commercial complex dubbed as the Ayala Techno Hub on a 12-hectare property within Camp John Hay.

The Manor at Camp John Hay

The Manor at Camp John Hay
Photo credit: What’s News PH

Sustainable Development

Despite all these plans for vertical and horizontal development, Camp John Hay’s developmental master plan remains focused on the preservation and enhancement of the environment.  The Camp John Hay skyline, dominated by towering pine trees will remain unchanged, even as facilities are enhanced to offer more leisure activities.


Located in the heart of the country’s summer capital, Camp John Hay transports you to an entirely different world – a paradise that boasts of its natural beauty and charm.

Undoubtedly, the only remaining pine forest in Baguio City, Camp John Hay has been and is continuously being developed as a world-class, family-oriented Eco-Tourism destination.

More on Camp John Hay as an eco-tourism destination next week!

Photo credits: Philippines Travel Guide, What’s News PH

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One Comment on “Camp John Hay… Wasn’t Built In A Day”

  • Keith Owens says February 20, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Mr. Yniguez,

    Mabuhay! I lived at John Hay Air Base in the 1970’s, and had the privilege of attending Brent School for three years. I made several friends while living in the Philippines, and occasionally look on the internet to see what progress has been made at my old home. It appears that the conversion from a military base to an actual asset to the Philippine people has been successful. Congratulations to you and your group in its efforts!!

    Good luck on your endeavors,

    Keith Owens



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