Where: Dominican Hill, Diplomat Road, Baguio City, Benguet
Operating hours: Open daily, 8AM-5PM
Estimated travel time: From the city center, 30-40 minutes via commute; 15-20 minutes via private car
The list saved the best for last: before being famous as the Diplomat Hotel, the 17-hectare area was the lot of the Dominican Hill Retreat House, built in 1913.
During the second World War, the Japanese secret police force Kempeitai raided the retreat house which served as a refugee camp at the time. They brutally raped, massacred, and even beheaded most of the refugees and the tending priests and nuns.
When it was reacquired by businessman and known faith healer Tony Agpaoa in 1973, he turned it into the Diplomat Hotel, a 33-bedroom accommodation for recuperating patients. However, it was closed down in 1987 after the businessman had a heart attack inside the hotel and eventually died.
Records also show that a fire broke out in the hotel, killing trapped guests and caretakers. One of them was also reported to have committed suicide by jumping off the rooftop.
Those who dared to walk the hotel ruins report seeing headless priests, dark apparitions, the old fountain flowing with blood, or hearing agonizing screams, doors and windows banging, and maniacal laughter. Good luck surviving this one.
Tip: The surrounding area is now transformed into a heritage park which closes at 5PM, so it is advised that you schedule your ghost-hunting visit ahead.
How to get to Diplomat Hotel: via commute: From the city center, walk towards the jeepney terminal by taking a right from Harrison Road at the intersection of Abanao Square towards Zandueta Street. Turn left towards Kayang Street, there should be a terminal of jeepneys that directly go to Lourdes/Dominican Hill; via private car: From the city center, head towards Bauang-Baguio Road then left towards Naguilian Road, then left towards Dominican Hill Road. Follow the road towards the end, as it will take you straight to Diplomat Hotel.