Diplomat Hotel is an old abandoned former hotel located at Dominican Road, Baguio City, Philippines. It is famous for being a haunted place. Here’s some history:
The Dominican Order in the Philippines decided in May 1911 to construct a vacation house on top of what was later called the Dominican Hill. It was a 17-hectare property the Dominicans acquired from the previous American owners. Construction work was believed to have started in 1913 under Fr. Roque Ruano and the building was inaugurated about two years later on May 23, 1915. To take advantage of tax exemptions, a school called Collegio del Santissimo Rosario was opened in June 1915 but due to the very small enrollment, the school closed two years later and the building was reverted back to the original plan of setting up a vacation house.
During the 2nd World War, Dominican Hill was occupied by refugees fleeing from the Japanese Army Liberation Forces. Later the Japanese forces bombed the refugees out which resulted in extensive damages to the main structure and the surrounding area. Reconstruction work started in 1947 and was completed in about a year.
Diplomat Hotels, Inc. acquired ownership of the property in 1973 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. Even the large white cross on top of the building was retained. The hotel was managed by Tony Agpaoa, a Baguio-based entrepreneur and faith healer whose guests were mostly his patients from Europe. Diplomat Hotel ceased operations with the death of Agpaoa of a heart attack in 1987 and has since been closed to the public.
I’ve been in this place for several times to give tour for my family and friends who visit me from time to time. Yeah, the place is eerie…but I didn’t see or felt anything unusual! Good thing, I have no six sense…but a sick sense as my friend Lei used to tease me when we went there.
Before, you can actually go up and take photos at the cross, but due to the renovations made for the 2013 Cinemalaya Indie Film (The Diplomat Hotel), it’s now prohibited.
with my good friends – Alelie “Lei” Guevarra, Magdalena “Lecat” Trapse and Maria Rouchella “Ching” Adap.
Aside from the hotel, you can also see the Guinness World’s Largest Ten Commandments Tablet beside it which was inaugurated last Oct 2011. This is to remind people of the best behavior that we should have.
What are you waiting for? Come and visit Baguio! 🙂