Call it urban legend or factual myth, but the Diplomat Hotel in Baguio is one of the scariest places if you’re going up North. Situated on top of the Dominican Hill, this former seminary house built in 1911 was said to have been a witness to the many beheadings of nuns and priests during World War II.
Just by composing this article already sends shivers into the spine!
Surprisingly, the former sanctuary was rebuilt into a hotel. scores of apparitions were reported during the height of the hotel’s popularity. Only in 1987, when it’s chief owner and spiritual healer Tony Agpaoa died, it ceased operation and has been deemed off-limits to public and visitors. The haunting sounds never ceased to scare passersby and neighboring houses who hears banging doors and windows, clattering of dishes and voices of screaming people, who seem to be agonizing. Witnesses also report of the famed ‘headless priest‘ has been roaming around the compound at wee hours of the night.
We asked these stories to the guard on-duty that we’ve met when we visited Diplomat Hotel on the first day of the Panagbenga Festival 2013. He confirmed that there are still eerie occurrence in this place that scares the wit out of him, once in a while. But job calls, he has to patrol the vicinity or else lose his job.
Here are some photos of the hotel as we have seen it.
Later on, me and the rest of the Baguio Benguet Bloggers Appreciation Tour 2013 participants decided to leave the place only to find out that the guard we were having conversations with was nowhere in sight. Our last sighting of this guy is on the terrace beside the left corner of the building. We tried looking out for him as we left the place, which only proved futile. We never wanted to conclude anything more about it.
Lastly, on our hotel room, something strange happened for two consecutive nights that quite scared the shit out of me. Better to leave that story in Baguio.
- A colorful Panagbenga Festival 2013 by LakbayBaguio.com (juantraveler.wordpress.com)
- Panagbenga Festival 2013 Day 1 (juanmanilaexpress.wordpress.com)