Monday, June 2, 2008

The Place formerly called The Diplomat Hotel

Baguio has had a reputation for being haunted ever since the 1991 earthquake. There are a lot of ghost stories that have been passed on to every visitor. In search of a venue for an activity for an event, we decided to head out to one of the noted haunted sites in Baguio, the place formerly known as the Diplomat Hotel.




I don't know much about the Diplomat, only that it was a landmark in the early days. It is now a condemned building, after fires and the earthquake literally put the hotel in ruins. This was the highlight of our trip. The mysterious and eerie sensation that engulfs the entire structure was definitely an experience to remember. The fog was even thick as it has just rained.



The place was both picturesque and somber. I was imagining having pictorials and video shoots in the confines of the hotel. The fountain gardens on both wings of the hotel made it look like a scene from the movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The headless and armless angels on the fountains were spooky. The hotel itself had a cross on top of its entrance, making it look like a tomb.




The Diplomat Hotel is indeed an experience I will remember. It was my first time to really immerse myself in the haunted side of Baguio. We tried passing by the Hyatt, but the structure is already gone. My crew at Mile Hi Inn can't help but share a ghost experience as well when they were there. Nevertheless, I always tell myself, when I see a ghost, I hope to capture it on camera. So, I took many pictures while I was in the Diplomat, hoping to capture a spirit. And I did I think. Just notice the left side of the picture below...

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