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Apr
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The Baguio Diplomat Hotel (photos)

The Diplomat Hotel in Baguio | One of Baguio's Most Haunted Places

The Diplomat Hotel in Baguio, one of Baguio's most haunted places | Sheenahism

In May 1911 the Dominican Order of the Philippines decided to build a vacation house atop the Dominican Hill. The 17-hectare property was acquired by the Dominicans from the Americans. The building was inaugurated on May 23, 1913. In June 1915, the Dominicans opened a school called Collegio del Santissimo Rosario but was closed a couple of years after.

Refugees occupied the Dominican Hill during World War II, which resulted to massive damage in the structure of the building by the Japanese Army Liberation Forces. Reconstruction commenced in 1947 and was finished a year after.

In 1973, Diplomat Hotels took ownership of the building. The building’s grandiose design was retained in the 33-room hotel. Tony Agpaoa, a Baguio-based entrepreneur managed the hotel until it stopped its operation in 1987 due to his death.

The building, now in its dilapidated state, is believed to be haunted. Nearby residents claim to have heard noises at night and many tourists and local residents have their own share of the horror story. The Diplomat Hotel was off-limits to guests and visitors, but is now available for public viewing.

Finally, I got to see and photograph the Diplomat Hotel, one of Baguio’s most haunted places. It was a dream come true for me since last year, the guard did not let us in. This time, without hesitation, the guard opened the gates and let us in. Thanks to my cousin.

The Baguio Diplomat Hotel, one of Baguios most haunted places

Me at the hotel ruins front door (by Jeremiah Himor)

I had predicted the place to be downright creepy. I tried to shrug off the spine-chilling feeling to go on with the photoshoot. Initially my camera would not focus so we had blurry photos.

The Baguio Diplomat Hotel, one of Baguios most haunted places | Sheenahism

Me at the fountain (photo by Jeremiah Himor)

Upon entering the building, one can already visualize how beautiful the place was. On the left side from the entrance is a moldy fountain.

The Baguio Diplomat Hotel, one of Baguios most haunted places | Sheenahism

Me on one of the moldy concrete walls (photo by Jeremiah Himor)

Almost every concrete wall in the hotel is filled with orange molds. A strong sign of decay, these molds give color to the grey building. The place smelled like a typical abandoned building, only a bit pleasurable due to Baguio’s infamous fog.

The Baguio Diplomat Hotel, one of Baguios most haunted places | Sheenahism

Me inside the fireplace (photo by Jeremiah Himor)

At the entrance one can already see a very distinct, Medieval-inspired fireplace. The floor was filled with ashes, coal and burnt stuff I don’t want to know what.

The Baguio Diplomat Hotel, one of Baguios most haunted places | Sheenahism

Me on a red brick wall (photo by Jeremiah Himor)

At some portions of the building are red brick walls.

The Baguio Diplomat Hotel, one of Baguios most haunted places | Sheenahism

Me outside the hallway (photo by Jeremiah Himor)

The hallways do not have windows or grills, only graffiti and molds. The building is considered a haven for airsoft players and couples doing prenuptial photoshoot.

The Baguio Diplomat Hotel, one of Baguios most haunted places | Sheenahism

Me at the second floor (photo by Jeremiah Himor)

The second floor has more rooms. There is a spacious area at the second floor where there is a better view of the garden and some parts of the Nagilian Road. There is also a particular spot near the stairs to the third floor that I couldn’t stand lasting for so long. It sent shivers down my spine and gave me this really cold and heavy feeling. I knew there were entities there and so I left.

The Baguio Diplomat Hotel, one of Baguio's most haunted places | Sheenahism

Me on the chimney (photo by Jeremiah Himor)

In the third floor is a very distinct and big chimney. Some people who have been there believe that it is a hot spot for entities. I felt them but the chimney is too beautiful to be missed.

I recommend exploring the Diplomat hotel if you are up to an unusual trip in Baguio. The gates are open from 6AM to 5PM daily. The security guard, who hails from Mindanao, is warm and friendly and he also has his share of scary stories in the building.

The Diplomat Hotel’s nearest landmark is the Lourdes Grotto. Turn left from there and follow the steep road. I suggest riding a taxi to get there. Without traffic the taxi fare from Session Road costs a little more than fifty pesos.

After the photoshoot, we went down by foot. We passed by houses and mulberry trees, and when we got to Lourdes Grotto, I had my favorite Baguio street food: the toasted one-day-old chicken.

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