Are you up for one scary story that will make you awake the whole night?
In the spirit of Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day (Oct. 31, Nov. 1, and Nov. 2, respectively), we are sharing with you one story that will send goosebumps and shiver to the spines. This one particular story happened in Baguio, and you know this place. Countless stories has been shared by almost everyone who visits the summer capital of this country. Is it because of the many urban legends, myths, and without the exemption of World War II stories, that labeled Baguio as one of the scariest place to visit in the Philippines?
Our story happened in 2013 when we visited Diplomat Hotel on top of Dominican Hill passing by Dominican Road in Baguio City. The hotel was first built as a seminary house by the Dominican Order of the Philippines in 1911. During World War II, the seminary was a silent witness to priests and nuns beheading, which is probably the reason why the building became one of the spookiest and haunted place in the City of Pines.
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.
Since then it has long been closed for operation but open for tour visits. There are guards manning the area and will allow people to take a look inside and freely roam around the haunted Diplomat Hotel.
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. The guard 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.
After an hour or so, the Baguio Benguet Bloggers Appreciation Tour 2013 participants decided to leave the place only to find out that the guard we had conversations with was nowhere in sight. Our last sighting of this guy was on the terrace beside the left corner of the building. We tried looking out for him as we left the place, but we never got the chance to see him again. We never wanted to conclude anything more about it.
That was our scary experience that we will never forget.
Back in our hotel room, something strange happened for two consecutive nights that we just rather leave (that scary story) in Baguio.
For complete details and more photos of Diplomat Hotel that we took during the scary visit, visit http://juantraveler.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/have-you-ever-been-to-the-diplomat-hotel-in-baguio/.
Ghost hunting, anyone?
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