Diplomat Hotel Baguio; Creepy and Beautiful
When I was a kid, I admit, I was sh*t scared of ghosts. Every Halloween, together with my brothers and cousins, we watch Magandang Gabi Bayan’s special Halloween horror treat. It was so painfully scary that some of their episodes haunts me up to now. I won’t forget the black lady at the back of the classroom, the Kapres and white ladies who lives in the Balete tree and the Gold Tikbalang (wtf right? Why is that thing Gold?).
Then I grew up, and don’t believe in ghosts anymore but sometimes you can’t help but think if those mystic creatures really exist or is it just people’s imaginations (worse, hallucinations).
Since it is the time of the year again and I actually haven’t blogged about anything related to this occasion, I might as well do one. Last year, we went to visit the Diplomat Hotel in Baguio. I’m sharing some pics and what I thought about this abandoned, spooky Hotel.
Situated atop Dominican Hill, this Hotel is tagged as one of the most haunted places in Baguio City. Walking in its facade alone would send you chills down in your spine and might make you turn your back and run away. But of course, don’t do that. We didn’t do that. Face your fears and enter the Hotel! It’s quite fun actually.
Ok, some spooky info first… During World War 2, the Japanese forces seized the Hotel and turned it into their headquarters and garrison. Horrible events happened then. Barbaric acts were committed by the Japanese soldiers such as torturing, raping and decapitating priests and nuns. The horrors of war 🙁
After World War 2, the Hotel was remodelled, renovated and became operational when it was acquired by Diplomat Hotels, Inc. It was then claimed by the employees and guests of the hotel that there were paranormal activities happening there. Looks like the souls of those who died in the war still haunts the place, maybe up to now. They said that they heard doors banging (even when there are no doors), clattering of dishes and voices of people screaming in agony.
Actually, before I wrote this piece, I scanned my photos and meticulously searched for a floating nun, headless priest, a zombie kid or even a dwarf. I thought I might find one and maybe send it to ABS-CBN for a TV feature but unfortunately, I didn’t find any. Maybe because we went there during the day? I sure hope Lady Luck (or a White Lady) will smile on me the next time I visit.
Good thing the blessed Pope is here to ward off evil spirits that lurks in this creepy Hotel.
But seriously, the Hotel really looks majestic only If you will close your eyes and imagine it as beautiful as it can be. Not to mention that it is on high ground and has an overlooking view of the city. It feels like sleeping there is very peaceful and cozy. Just don’t mind the shadows and the tiny voices that whispers in your ear. It’s all good coz Mr. Kapre is there, lazily sitting in a tree, puffing his big tobacco while watching you sleep.
The government of Baguio is doing a good job in maintaining the place. They even planted beautiful flowers, plants and trees there for people to enjoy. It is a nature park after all.
The place is perfect for photo ops, both the creepy side and the beautiful side. I for one would like to take pictures again coz I know, my pics suck and I didn’t find any spirit orbs. I don’t have a good picture of the overlooking view of the city, but here it is:
Just a little walk from the Hotel, you can go to the biggest Ten Commandments tablet you’d ever see.
In all honesty, we enjoyed our Diplomat Hotel visit. It’s creepy but it exudes an unexplainable charm. Maybe next time we’ll go ghost hunting during the wee hours of the morning with a paranormal expert. That’d be more fun. And I don’t know, but the first time we attempted to go there (back in 2010) with my friends at around 6PM, we weren’t allowed to go inside. Maybe they don’t open the hotel yet during the night without a ‘guide’. I just don’t know what the current regulations are.
So yep, to those who haven’t been there, make time to visit this haunted-but-not-so-haunted place. The whole visit would only take you a small amount of time. Wear your jacket, you might catch a cold.
To go there
You can ride a jeepney going to Dominican Hill Road and tell the driver to drop you off to the path going to Diplomat Hotel or just hail a cab, much easier.
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