Even if I've been to Baguio City many times before, the mystique this place exudes never fails to amaze me. The recent Baguio trip I had with a few of my friends was no exception.
I've never visited the abandoned Diplomat Hotel before (I kept calling it Dominion hotel, lol), so I was pretty excited to visit this "haunted" place in Dominican Hill. From what I've read online, this place was a witness to the beheading of nuns and priests during World War II, so some people have reportedly seen headless ghosts roaming the hallways with their severed heads on a platter.
Adding to the eery feel was the heavy rain and fog that covered the whole area. We were the only ones there, except for 2 guards that man the compound, so we were able to explore the place on our own and got to take photos without tourists peppering the shot.
For me, one of the scariest part of the place was the stairs. There was a marker on the wall that looked like an inverted cross in red (see the photo below), and behind that wall was an area with a cement cabinet that resembled tombstones (my imagination was active that time).
We walked out of the hotel, went to the area behind it and saw a walkway with huge pine trees. You will see the scale how big the trees are in the last photo below, with my dear friends from Manila (the #PSGs, Princess Security Group, we call ourselves. Hoping for more adventures next time, and the others who weren't able to join us were seriously missed).
While there is a scary feel to some parts of the area, there is a sense of calmness and serenity still. I thought the place was very beautiful, though of course, I wouldn't want getting stuck there overnight all alone - just to be safe.
Since there were 9 of us, we hired a van for the whole day for our Baguio tour. I'm not sure how to get here by commute, but I saw some jeepneys on our way to this place that day.
Location:Diplomat Hotel, Dominican Hill, Baguio City, Philippines
Camera Used:Canon EOS 400D
Date:August 18, 2012