Known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio city has also been attributed to haunted places and ghost stories. With trees around and mist all over especially before sunrise, how could this place not be scary? Rising atop the Heritage Hill is an old building haunted with ghost and paranormal, known as Diplomat Hotel.
The Diplomat Hotel was previously a vacation house turned into a school before becoming a hotel. It was believed that its construction started in 1913 on top of what was presently called Dominican Hill. And to take advantage of tax exemption a school named as Collegio del Santissimo was opened in June 1915. Because of the small enrolment, it has been closed after two years and reverted back to a vacation house.
When refugees coming from the Japanese Liberation Forces used the hill during the 2nd world war, it has been bombed by Japanese forces which create a widespread damage of the structure and its surrounding area.
In 1973, the Diplomat Hotels, Inc. acquired the ownership of the property and reconstructed it into a 33-bedroom hotel. It was managed by Tony Agpaoa, whose said to be an entreprenuer and faith healer based in Baguio. But in 1987, the operation of the hotel has been stopped when Tony died from a heart attack and the hotel has been abandoned from then on.
Today, the Diplomat Hotel has been said to be a haunted place.
How to get there? The Diplomat Hotel is now an abandoned hotel situated at Dominican Road in Baguio City. It is situated few kilometres away from Our Lourdes of Grotto. One can take a cab to get to this place. The Diplomat Hotel is now open to the public from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
There were only few visitors when we got to the Heritage Hill. We went inside the abandoned Dominican Hotel and there was some constructions on-going. I have no idea yet if what’s the construction was all about. Probably, they would be reviving it to a hotel again or completely making it as a tourist spot in Baguio City.
The Diplomat Hotel has 3 floors and a roof deck. Inside of it were worn out structures. The rooms are damaged. The stairs are ruptured. The walls are broken. It was creepy walking down through the hallway. Peeking in each room feels like someone’s going to startle you.
One must be cautious when walking around the abandoned hotel as the structures were already damaged. You must be aware of the spots you're standing at or walking at. Avoid excessive movements and horse playing as there might be some structure that could already be decayed or fragile.
After roaming around the three levels of Diplomat Hotel, we went to the roof deck and explored the area.
There's another deck atop the rooftop but the stair to get there was already gone.
The cross has remained through out the years since this building has been constructed.
And the magnificent view of the central district of Baguio City could be seen from the roof deck of Diplomat Hotel.
The Diplomat Hotel may be popular because of its being haunted but I suppose this abandoned building is more than that. We may not have experienced any frightening moment inside but I have seen history and stories behind its walls and its four corners which I think the better way to discover this building especially for those who aren't brave enough to encounter unusual and weird things.