Rimaliza A. Opiña | Baguio Midland Courier | November 21, 2016
A coffee table book that allows readers to reminisce Baguio's colorful past and look forward to a brighter tomorrow was launched on Nov. 5 during the 20th anniversary celebration of Camp John Development's Corporation's entry into Camp John Hay as developer of the former American rest and recreation facility.
No less than former president Fidel Ramos, Mayor Mauricio Domogan, and CJHDevCo. Chair Robert John Sobrepeña greeted readers who will leaf through the 138-page book.
The book chronicles the early years of Baguio, the people who made the Baguio that we know today, and the current look of CJH.
"We are convinced that by celebrating CJH's present, and by revisiting its past and truly learning from it, we can deliver a better future for Camp John Hay… Its history is storied, and its last 20 years have, for us, been a genuine labor of love – but not without very real challenges and trials, which serves to crystallize Camp John Hay's bright future," Sobrepeña said in the book's foreword.
Ramos on the other hand, recalled that back when "PPP" was not yet a byword, development of CJH is, and continues to be an example of government partnering with the private sector to achieve a common goal – development and inclusive growth.
"I am proud to have presided over the birth of CJHDevCo. and its early development of Camp John Hay. The original lease agreement's specific objective was to produce a world class, family-oriented eco-tourism destination in harmony with an eco-friendly community. Twenty years on, the developments fittingly represent those goals… It is family oriented and first world in its truest sense," Ramos said in his message, which was made part of the book.
Fast forward to the current administration, officials of CJHDevCo. consider the trials it went through as water under the bridge and are optimistic that when a new developer takes over, it will carry out the master development plan of CJH as envisioned 20 years ago.