I’ve been to Baguio several times but I’ve never been to Diplomat Hotel, situated on top of Dominican Hill pretty near the previously-featured Lourdes Grotto. Like the Laperal White House, Diplomat Hotel is one of the popular “haunted” places in Baguio. But unlike the Laperal house, Diplomat’s storied history definitely merits its haunted reputation.
In 1911, the Order of Preachers, popularly known as the Dominican Order, wanted to have a vacation house in Baguio and they chose what was later called the Dominican Hill as the location, purchasing land from the former American owners. There they built a majestic building overlooking downtown Baguio. During World War II, the building became a refugee hideout until the Japanese bombed the place resulting to damage and was reconstructed in 1947 following the war.
In 1973, Tony Agpaoa, a local businessman and faith healer acquired the property under his company Diplomat Hotels, Inc., and converted it into a 33-room hotel. The hotel mostly served his faith healing patients, many of which were foreigners. Unfortunately, Agpaoa’s death in 1987 caused the hotel to close and it has since been left abandoned to this day.
You can read a more extensive history of the Diplomat Hotel from the City of Pines website.