Dominican Hill Retreat House/Diplomat Hotel: One of Baguio’s Most Haunted

Going to Baguio in Benguet often means visiting the usual touristy spots of Burnham Park, Botanical Garden and Mines View Park. But for thrill seekers, an abandoned building on a hill offers not just a breathtaking panoramic view of the city but also possible sightings of Dominican friars and nuns beheaded during the World War II. This is the story of the century-old Dominican Hill Retreat House, formerly known as the Diplomat Hotel, one of the most notoriously haunted places in the Philippines.

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This episode’s companion photos:

References:;;;; “City Profile: Baguio” by Ronald C. Estoque and Yuji Murayama (; Kapuso mo, Jessica Soho 2016 Halloween special “Rember Gelera’s Diplomat Hotel: Gabi ng Lagim IV”

Music: “This House” and “Echoes of Time v2” by Kevin MacLeod (

(Photo above via Flickr)

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