Baguio City is a great place to visit and you will find plenty to do there, but even in the midst of a wonderland you can sometimes find yourself without anything special to do. Sure, you could wander through the botanical garden or go to Asin Hotsprings, but wouldn’t you rather do something really out of the ordinary?
Baguio Cathedral at Night
How about ghost hunting? One of the best places to do that is at the more than a century old Teacher’s Camp which incidentally hosts a Department of Education Halloween Festival each year and is reputed to be haunted by more than a few otherworldly creatures. Oddly enough, Teacher’s Camp tells visitors that they shouldn’t engage in ‘ghost hunting, going on spirit quests or playing spirit of the glass during their stay’ which to me is an obvious invitation to do so.
Camp John Hay
Teacher’s Camp isn’t the only haunted spot in Baguio though. The ruins of the Diplomat Hotel are another ghost hot spot. Sitting right at the tip of Dominican Hill you can look down on the city of Baguio which is quite pretty at night, as long as you aren’t being killed by a ghost! Make sure that you check in with the guards before you head up there though. According to legend, there were plenty of diplomats and missionaries who stayed here during troubled times thinking their prayers would protect them from being butchered…but they didn’t. Instead they were slain while they invoked the name of God and after that were left to wander the earth in misery.
Diplomat Hotel at Dominican Hills
It’s during the very early hours of the morning that the ghosts like to come out, like the ghost of Hamlet’s father, they don’t realize they are dead and as such, these priests and nuns are often on the way to try to convert you…into another ghost!
Those who are truly brave should head to the Baguio Cathedral in the late night hours and they are certain to hear the suffering and moans of the dead nuns and priests, but if you make a sound, the ghostly noise will disappear.
Former Site of Hyatt Hotel Baguio City
The Vermen Pines ghosts near Bakakeng Road have been showing themselves to the living for nearly fifty years now and if you wander over to the entrance of Camp John Hay, you will find the Nevada Hotel guests who never left. Once the building was torn down, the ghosts moved into Nevada Square where partiers have come across them time and again.
Old House in Nevada Road
Another former hotel that was haunted is the Hyatt Terraces Hotel over on South Drive. At this spot, motorists will honk their horn when passing to make sure all the spirits get out of the way! The ghosts are said to be those who died and were not recovered after the earthquake destroyed the hotel. A fringe group called Sprit Questors visited the site and claims that they released some of the ghosts and allowed them to move on to the next life.
Spooky Bakakeng Road
The Pines Hotel ghosts are another bunch that stuck around after SM City Baguio was built on the site of the formerly haunted hotel. The hotel burned down and killed guests and four firemen but since the mall was built visitors have seen strange faces in the bathroom mirror and even a fireman in the ladies room who disappeared!
So, if you are looking for something to do in Baguio City, it might be a good time to visit the dead or maybe Ghost Hunting?.