Creep Inside the Haunted yet Lovely Diplomat Hotel in Baguio

The Diplomat Hotel is an old abandoned hotel situated in Dominican Road, Baguio City. To date, it was actually one of the Top Most Haunted Hotels in the world.

Diplomat Hotel, Baguio

According to history, it used to be a vacation house and a seminary way back in 1911. Since it was established by the Dominicans, the place was called Dominican Hill. However, during the World War II, it was occupied by the fleeing refugees from the Japanese Army Forces. Japanese Forces later bombed the entire place resulting to an extensive damage. It was then reconstructed in 1947.

Diplomat Hotel, Baguio

In 1973, Diplomat Hotels, Inc. acquired ownership of the place and remodeled thoroughly the interior into a 33-bedroom hotel but still retaining the unique and distinct personality which was earlier established by the Dominican friars. The hotel was managed by Tony Agpaoa, a Baguio-based spiritual healer. Since his death, the hotel ceased its operation and was closed to the public.

The Diplomat Hotel, Baguio

Posing outside the beautiful abandoned Diplomat Hotel

Spooky and macabre tales from folks

At time the hotel was still operational, the employees and guests claimed that they have been hearing strange sounds and headless apparitions can often be seen during the night inside the hotel. According to folks, this could have been the ghosts of nuns and priests who were beheaded during the World War II.

Diplomat Hotel, Baguio

Diplomat Hotel, Baguio

Diplomat Hotel, Baguio

Diplomat Hotel, Baguio

Some years back after it was closed to the public, local residents who also live nearby claim that they could hear strange noises in the middle of the night. For instance, despite the fact the hotel doesn’t have doors anymore, they could hear banging doors , windows, clattering of dishes, and voices of screaming people who seem to be agonizing.

The Diplomat Hotel, Baguio

Diplomat Hotel, Baguio
Find the heart

A haven for models and photographers

Due to its rustic feeling of beautiful interior and exterior, the old Diplomat Hotel turned out to be a great photoshoot location for photographers and models. When our group visited the Diplomat Hotel, there was a cosplay photoshoot going on. It was very interesting when we found out that no one charges them to shoot inside the old hotel which is unlikely in some parts of Manila, Intramuros to be exact.

I have also learned that from time to time, there are group of photographers conducting photography workshop involving models inside the haunted hotel. Maybe sometime I’ll join this interesting workshop and it won’t give me the creep since I will be with bunch of people.

Diplomat Hotel, Baguio

Diplomat Hotel, Baguio

Diplomat Hotel, Baguio

The Diplomat Hotel Film

An upcoming Psychological Horror film directed by Christopher Ad. Castillo will soon hit the theaters. The Diplomat Hotel Film is one of the Cinemalaya 2013 finalists that will be premiering in July 2013.

The Diplomat Hotel Film

The story is about a disgraced reporter who seeks redemption by leading her documentary crew to spend one night and tell the story of what really happened at the haunted and infamous The Diplomat Hotel [2]. This film is something to look forward to as Psychological Horror films are very rare in the Philippine film industry. You can Like them on Facebook too.

Another rumor of reconstruction?

Some years back there was a plan to install a cable car system linking Dominican Hill and Burnham Park; however, perhaps due to the lack of investor funds necessary to put up the project, this plan did not materialize[1].

Recently Baguio City government announced their plan of spending PHP 35 million to reconstruct the old Diplomat Hotel and convert into a wedding and conference venue on Dominican Hill, which was according to Councilor Philian Weygan-Allan.

Diplomat Hotel, Baguio

Diplomat Hotel, Baguio

“This place is open for weddings and concerts. The halls can be rented for PHP 200 an hour (or P2,000 a day). The activities should be legal and moral (and never) political. This is one of the guidelines which were agreed upon by the Heritage Hill committee in the city council. The property should be developed,” Allan said[3].

Allan said that they will retain the rustic feeling of the place, that in fact, they already designed a plan which will make use of brick walls, wooden panels and floors with the help of their city architect.

The Diplomat Hotel, Baguio

Diplomat Hotel, Baguio

Diplomat Hotel, Baguio

The announcement made by Allan took place last year of May. However, when our group went there last year of November, there isn’t much reconstruction or major face-lift going on. It was comparable to a wart that was just removed from genital — nothing noticeable.

“PHP 80 million to fulfill a master development plan for the property,” Allan said.

All of a sudden, I wondered if this another government project would soon lie idle and end in corruption. I hope not. Some part of me though is hoping that they should just abandon the hotel let alone be tourist spot known for its unexplained entities like the Edinburgh Castle.

What do you think of the government converting the Diplomat Hotel into a wedding or concert venue? Do you think it would benefit us or them?

Sources:
[1] City of Pines
[2] The Diplomat Hotel Film
[3] Philippine Daily Inquirer

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  • http://twitter.com/kaiyepallarco Kaiye Pallarco

    Ang creepy pero ang cool pumunta dyan! ^__^

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Super creepy!

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  • milet_miranda

    I remember the old days. Hindi nawawala sa itinerary to kapag pupunta kami ng Baguio. :)

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Yes, gusto ko itong balik balikan din if ever magawi ulet ako sa Baguio. ganda magphotoshoot kasi woot

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Shugah Shugah Pauline Diez Gonzales

    gooodness gracious. it gave me creeps! Hahaha imagine im reading this at 12mn! :) But its beautiful. would love to visit diplomat hotel in the future <3

    WANDER SHUGAH

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    HAHAHA!! I know right!! I stopped writing about this in the middle of the night and decided to continue it the other day lol. Ayan na siya woot!

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  • http://www.senyorita.net/ Micamyx|Senyorita

    Ambilis ko mag-scroll dahil takot ako sa pics baka may something bigla wahaha :))

    Excited din ako sa movie version :D Sana matuloy yung isang artista na kinonsider nila for one role :D

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    BULAGA!!!! Ako yung artistang iyon don’t you know? I’m the reporter teh. =))

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  • http://twitter.com/TheHogga Lindsay Hogg

    I love places like this! Well, reading about them. I’m pretty sure if I went there I would be crying. A lot. lol

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    I explored this hotel alone and I only lasted for like 10 minutes. I needed to go back to the group as I have been feeling really weird and the air started to get a little cool. Goose bumps!

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  • kurtzky

    Medyo nakakatakot sya ah, partida maliwanag pa yang lagay na yan. Ma-try ngang mag overnight camping dito. Hehe.

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    AHAHAH!!! Scary iyon koya!!

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  • http://twitter.com/Bonzenti Bonzenti,Con Tour

    Yong mga headless ghost lang. creepy na ada ang nakakapanindig ng balahibo when I read this post here in our office. :-). Tama ka, magandang site for photoshoot at dapat may appropriate fee sila nito….At kung ituloy man ito as government project. dapat mahiya na sila sa sarili nila na wag i-corrupt ang funds. ang mangyari niya, short ang budget affected ang magiging design ng rehab.

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    yes! November ba wala paring improvement :-| I really hope this does not end in another corruption. Or better just cancel that project.

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  • disqus_MZSJIh7685

    Heyyyy!! I like your blog! Post ka pa about mga haunted places!! Your pictures are good too!! *clap clap clap ^_^

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Thank you!

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  • Nolard03

    The reconstruction of this Haunted Hotel has started already when I and my wife visited this place on February 23-26,2013.Yes,it’s true,the place was creepy.Nakakangalisag ng balahibo kung mag-isa ka lang papasok sa loob kahit maliwanag pa sikat ng araw.Ano pa kaya kung gabi na? Two thumbs up for Mam Ada for this educational blog,this was an additional promotion for country’s tourism.

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  • mark

    overnight is not allowed at diplomat, but you can visit it every night. all you need to do is to give tip to the guards at diplomat. this hotel is not scary

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  • Abie Maron

    may entrance fee ba dito?

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    No entrance fee ;-)

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  • Randy Masil

    Hi,I would like to know if the place is open for public? I heard there are renovations on the place. If there’s a fee to rent the place, do you know any person we can contact? Thanks in advance.

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    When I was there it was open for public, I think until it is. And yes, renovation is undergoing but they stopped due to lack of budget.

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  • Bruce Wayne

    I think I captured something really eerie in the Hotel.. I’m scared shitless

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  • Bruce Wayne

    PS: There’s an image in your last photo 2nd window from the right.. Zoom in.. Same location where I saw “the woman”

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    You’re creeping me out!!

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    Bruce Wayne Reply:

    I’m sorry Ada

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    Ice prinCEss Reply:

    I have a photo of it in my phone! Which I apparently can’t find now. lol

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Maybe, it was deleted supernaturally!

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    Ice prinCEss Reply:

    omg nooooo! O__________O *fingers crossed* I hope not!

  • Ice prinCEss

    Well, I went inside alone, leaving my group who were eating snacks outside. There was nothing really. lol. And I was just a girl teenager taking selfies on all corners of the hotel.

    The photos I took seem to have some “ghostly” image especially at the window at the second floor but I guess it’s just some lighting effect caused by the sunlight or whatever factor is there. I even went inside alone many times coz our group was at the place the whole afternoon until we were asked to leave coz it’s late already. Crosses and some graffiti can be found. But I’m so disappointed, I didn’t see anything or even felt something weird. I mean I didn’t even feel scared..? Too much for a fourteen year old girl touring in a ghost hotel alone. haha. I love the place, btw :D

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  • coolaid

    Hi Ada, i just noticed something; what is that on the upper right corner of your last photo?

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  • Bangwi Agpaoa

    Our family used to own this place and I remember visiting this place every time we go to Baguio. It is very spooky and the setting is perfect because its on top of the Dominican hills

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