Monday, August 31, 2009

diplomat hotel - baguio city

the only sound were just raindrops. the floors were all wet and we were standing right infront of its lobby. no one else was there just the two of us and the fog surrounding the hill.we've heard so many stories about this structure, which made us curious how it looks like today. known to many as a haunted place over a hill. a structure built in 1915 under the Dominican order over a 17hectare land on top of Dominican hill overlooking the city of Baguio.constructed first as a vacation house but was then converted into a school then later turned into a vacation house again. it was during the World War II when several refugees were killed there. just few years after the war ended, it was reconstructed with its original framework and design almost restored.during the early 1970s, it was transformed into a hotel, the Diplomat Hotel Baguio. after several years, it ended its operations and was closed in the 1980s. as it was degraded through the years, many claimed that it has became a haunted place.it was drizzling when we arrived at the place, the gate was closed but then a security guard approached us and allowed us in. we registered in the log sheet and went around its compound.since it was now raining, we entered the main lobby but still drops of water were falling from the ceiling. the place seem to have been abandoned through the damaged walls but the flooring was relatively shiny and clean.no matter how old it was, the structure remains to be elegant through the look at its framework. two small garden fountain inside the building remains to be beautiful. a nice circular stairway can also be seen on one side of the garden.though the place seems to be abandoned and damaged, it still is a beautiful structure. looking at the design of its windows and walls, one can still be awed at how beautiful it could have been before it was abandoned.since the place is believed to be haunted, we made sure that we prayed for the souls of the people who died there. there's a small prayer garden just outside the building. today, we've heard rumors that some Koreans were interested in buying the place because of its beautiful overlooking view of the city. others say, that the a group wanted it to convert into a museum.it has a resemblance of Bacolod city's The Mansion Ruins, which is now a beautiful tourist spot in that region and so i hope that whatever is the plan, they will still retain the structure's design.here ends my Baguio trip with my cousin Claire and I'd like to thank Tito Roland and Tita Jul for this trip. it was my nth time in Baguio, but it still is a city one needs to explore.

48 comments:

Lawstude said...

wow. tapang mo dong, nakakatakot kaya jan. wala ba nagpakita?

Antoine Greg said...

ohmygush~ i've been here!
our family has been to this place... i really thought it's very creepy!
hahahahhaahah

grat post dong! I was really amazed!

Vic said...

hi dong! ;)

yes, the place is indeed interesting and... creepy! promise! haha! :)

thanks for sharing those photos! i wonder if there are some uninvited ones on your photos. hehe.. :)

aiLee920 said...

yikes, katakot naman dyan.... i will not go there.. without a buddy... woooohh.... grabe....

gillboard said...

looks scary... hehehe

I am Xprosaic said...

Wee! mukhang masaya nga jan! parang thrilling! jijijijij... kapag marble ang flooring talagang it lasts... ganda pa rin saka tama ka yung halaman sa fountain galing noh?! well sana mapreserve pa din sya sa future...

backpacking philippines said...

eerie...would love to go there at night for some adventure hehe

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

What a pitty! THe architectural details look grand ... (It must have been a great place.) Why isn't anybody interested in acquiring and restoring it? I mean, Baguio is a beautiful place and a tourist attraction ... Restored this hotel could be a hotel of its own class.

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

What a pitty! THe architectural details look grand ... (It must have been a great place.) Why isn't anybody interested in acquiring and restoring it? I mean, Baguio is a beautiful place and a tourist attraction ... Restored, this hotel could be a hotel of its own class.

nuts said...

nakup. takot ako. di bale nang di matapang. :)

Layrayski said...

Creepy and a very interesting abandoned building makes for a good post! I especially love the 9th photo, dong.

dylan dimaubusan said...

Was that at the top of Quezon Hill? Tumira kasi ko sa Dominican Hill jan year 2004. We also visited the place. Habang paakyat kami yung mga nakakasabay naming malapit lang sa lugar ang dami ngang kwnto.

The great part is, overlooking ng ang city from the top. Sobrang ganda. Hopefully it can be restored but still maintain the structures.

If I was nt mistaken naging hospital pa daw yan before t beacme a church and hotel.

Isa yan sa tourist spot ng Baguio..hehe.. SInu daw may-ari ngayon yan?

Pietro said...

Interesting structure indeed, what a pity it's abandoned. Given the nice view over the city, it could be re-transformed into a nice and comfortable hotel.

dyosa said...

Wow, the place looks definitely haunted. It gave me the creeps just by looking at the photos. Ang tapang mo. :-)

Photo Cache said...

the marble floors look like they are still in very good shape.

i wish someone would buy this place and restore it. it's such a shame to let it decay like this. its hilltop location alone should be a selling point.

Chyng said...

scary! goosebumps all around!

umulan din sa baguio nung weekend. tambay lang tuloy kame sa SM. ;D

Borneo Falcon said...

This place looks haunted. Lucky you guys don't have any paranormal experience on the day of the visit.

r-yo said...

grand...but spooky. :-)

fufu said...

i like to visit this kind of place without groups of tourists so i can slowly appreciating the history and architecture peacefully and also snapping pictures with my own speed =p

BlogusVox said...

Ito ang magandang location, if ever there is a next sequel for the "Shake, rattle and roll" series.

I've been to Baguio lots of time but never heard of this one. Thanks donG.

luna miranda said...

i saw this hotel in a TV show a few years ago---a group of "psychics" visited the place to communicate with the spirits. i've always wanted to see this place...great post, dom.

coolwaterworks said...

Dong, I enjoyed this series particularly this last post... Two thumbs up on your composition with frames!!!

I miss Baguio...

PUSANG-gala said...

kakatakot Dom---creepy pictures of the place---I cant imagine myself there at night---sana kumuha ka ng night photo's ---lol

Dennis Villegas said...

wow grabe...one of the scariest places on earth!

jeanny said...

looks haunted hahaha indeed...great shot!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Ghosts or no ghosts, these ruins can definitely benefit from some investor's money. It may look creepy now but it has great potential.

Nash said...

awwwoooo looks so scary. But i love the floor tiling still looks very elegant haha

Ax said...

mga pinsan ko lumaki sa baguio. they would tell me stories about diplomat hotel. akala ko creepy and so old yung place. di pa kase ako nakapunta.

pero maganda naman pala, although creepy pa rin. maganda, meron pang mga flowers!

bakit ganun, lahat ng featured post mo gusto ko mapuntahan lagi!

REDLAN said...

Awoooooo. Hindi ba kayo nakarinig ng ganyan pagpunta nyo. Parang nagi-echo? Kaso malakas ang ulan hindi nyo siguro narinig. joke! I always love the story behind the place. Thanks for sharing. Lalong maganda ang photo kapag may model ng tao.

taympers said...

wow! dati ko pang gustong puntahan yan. di ba nakakatakot?

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

tahimik na lugar, parang may hangin sa balintataw!

Allen Yuarata said...

creepy! masarap siguro pumunta jan pag gabi. wahahahaha.

bid yan said...

uh-mazing!:D

Raft3r said...

i like old spooky abandoned buildings
=)

eunice said...

sounds eerie when u mentioned ppl were killed there n only the 2 of u were in that place! no security guards around? I noticed the marble flooring too and it still looks good in the pic! next time I hope to get marble flooring for my future home if it's more durable hehehe (but more expensive man!!!)

dencios said...

ang creepy ng hotel hehe

pero nice shots. i like the 3rd one

optimistic dora said...

parang hindi lang horror! hehehe...

AJ said...

hi s' dong,..longtime! bkt di mo nako ko pinapasyalan :(

nakakakilabot naman itong ex-hotel na ito. im 100% sure na maraming kaluluwang nagpapakita dyan..

tama si lawstude, ang tapang mo.:)

Sandy B said...

What a shame to let this beautiful structure go to ruin. Sad.

Anonymous said...

cool. the best time to go there is after 6pm. to have a real creepy experience...

romualdo said...

try to visit other creepy places in Baguio like the vacant lot where hyatt hotel used to stand and the laperal white house near teachers' camp and did you know that there are also ghosts in SM-Baguio.....

jepayd said...

I want to see this place, paano po puntahan - public transpo? thanks!

the donG said...

jepayd, take a jeep that goes to lourdes grotto and you just walk up the road that leads to the diplomat hotel. about 20-30minute walk. it is still best to go there taking the fx.

Jeng said...

wow! nice pics!:) ang ganda ng pagkakagawa ng hotel pero un nga lang inabandona na...mabuti at walang nagparamdam sa inyo. btw, napansin ko na nung pumunta kau umuulan tapos nakakatakot pa yung lugar. parang horror movie ang setting.:)

dong ho said...

wow! you went there. next time ill go there i should try going to the second floor.

but yes diplomat hotel has a nice design.

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wis said...

Nice blog. And such brave souls in entering what seems to others as haunted. Thanks for showing that to the world!

Anonymous said...

They are now renovating the place...

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