Last February, I wrote about a pet cemetery located in Clark airbase, a K-9 cemetery for dogs, established by Americans before they left the US Airforce base in Clark Pampanga. This time I am going share another peculiar cemetery in Baguio, located in the outlaying area of Camph Jonh Hay – The cemetery of negativism. This cemetery is another heritage from the Americans in their stay in Baguio City.
I was apprehensive when J told me that we will visit this cemetery. It sounds weird, what I had in mind was some spooky, creepy, and horrible place. It was my first time to know about the historical core inside the Camp John Hay. Historical core include: Cemetery of Negativism, Bells House, and Bell’s Amphitheater.
This is the "welcome" statue in the cemetery.
There are about 16 scattered tombs with humorous figure on top coupled by intriguing epitaphs evoking witticism.The idea behind negative cemetery is attributed to John Hightower, an American general, who is remarkable because of his leadership style. He empowered the thoughts of his soldiers to boost their day-to-day performance, by performing a mock funeral, to bury their negative feelings and to transform it to positive thinking. The essence of this cemetery is simply to tells us not to be negaholic. Throw negative vibes and bad experiences, instead spend more time focusing on the positive things about life.
There is a saying that has found its way to posters : “If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” ~Mary Engelbreit . In short, bawal ang negastar!
When you find yourself visiting Camp John Hay, try to find time to explore the area, amuse yourself by visiting the cemetery of negativity. If it happens that you are feeling nega-star that day- leave and bury them too in this so called cemetery.