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February 14, 2014

Celebrating Valentine’s in the City of Pines

Baguio City, fondly referred to as the City of Pines, has always been one of the most popular local honeymoon destinations for couples who are looking for a cool and romantic getaway close to home.

With the the celebration of Valentine’s Day, the month of February, aptly called the Month of Love & Romance, is always a busy month especially in the cool and romantic City of Pines. Temperatures have dropped to a chilly 7.5 degrees Celcius just a few weeks ago giving everyone the perfect reason to chill beside a cozy fireplace or in a warm bed beside your spouse or significant other. The weather forecast for the next two weeks will range from a cool 16 degrees Celcius in the early morning to a warm, but comfortable 30 degrees celcius during the day. Ever since the 3-day long weekend that began with the Chinese New Year’s eve on January 31, most hotels and inns have reportedly been fully booked. Many of the bookings were made way in advance in spite of the frustrating travel time and horrendous road conditions due to construction and repairs along the main road of MacArthur Highway leading up to Baguio. However, once people are finally up in the City of Pines, they are cooled down by the pleasantly cool and sometimes foggy weather, the sight and scent of pines trees, and the thought of just being above the clouds. This is the type of ambience most people seek when they are up above the clouds. After all, Baguio is 5,000 feet above sea level.

Baguio City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan himself attributes the ‘temperate climate’ of Baguio as the reason why most tourists, both local and foreign, come up and is also one of the top reasons why Baguio is referred to as a honeymooner’s paradise. The mayor also claimed that the much-improved peace and order situation, facilities, infrastructure, such as newly paved and repaired road along Kennon Road and Marcos Highway, the two main roads heading up to Baguio were key contributors to Baguio’s continued popularity. Additionally, by the end of 2015 or first quarter of 2016, the new 89-kilometer Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX), which will connect from the SCTEX, should be fully completed. This new TPLEX expressway will avoid all the bottlenecks in busy towns of Tarlac and Pangasinan, as well as avoid numerous, dangerous impediments such as bicycles, tricycles, farm animals and equipment, ‘palay-drying along the roads in heavily populated areas. It will surely make Baguio even more accessible with its estimated normal driving time of 3 hours instead of the current average of 5-6 hours

One of the most popular hotel destinations in the City of Pines can be found in historic Camp John Hay. This eco-tourism and managed forest estate is home to two (2) of the top and most popular hotels in Baguio, namely the 187-room Manor at Camp John Hay and the 208-room Forest Lodge at Camp John Hay, both developed by the Camp John Hay Development Corp. (CJHDevCo). Both feature very traditional, American-style log-home architecture and offers a therapeutic, relaxing, warm ambience and log-home feel. Directly behind The Manor is an example of the old, quaint American-style architecture and building popularly known as the ‘Honeymoon Cottage’. It is available for rent to hotel guests and is a always a popular choice of both newlyweds and couples. Mayor Domogan said Baguio has always been known as a honeymoon hotspot and he said it should be kept that way. “The City of Baguio will never lose it’s charm and will always be maintained as a ‘Honeymooner’s Paradise’”, the mayor added.

Well, one thing is for sure: the ‘Honeymoon Cottage’ in the Camp John Hay Manor has already been booked for Valentine’s Day a long time ago! Now, if only the walls could talk!

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The Manor at Camp John Hay is currently offering a special “Romance Package” at a Promo Rate of P5,690.00 net per night (inclusive of all applicable taxes and charges). This includes a romantic, set dinner (by Le Chef of Chef Billy King) for two (2) persons and other complimentary amenities during your stay, such as welcome drinks, welcome amenity, free use of gym, jacuzzi and sauna, and FREE Wi-Fi access. Promo rate is valid from February 2-28, 2014 only (non-rebookable, non-refundable and full prepayment required).

For reservations, please call The Manor at Camp John Hay at (02)584-4911, (02)584-4892, (074)424-0931 to 47/50-53 or visit our website at: www.campjohnhay.ph.

Photo credit: Jason and Joanne Arquiza

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