After having our second light breakfast at Choco-late Batirol, we were supposed to go to our third food stop until we saw this ancestral home while traversing Leonard Wood road.
Laperal White House in Baguio
We decided to visit the place when we saw that this mysterious ancestral home is now open to the public. The Laperal Ancestral White House is a unique place with a unique history. For a long time it’s been called the White House or Haunted House, because of the stories of its past.
Laperal Ancestral Home
If you enjoy ghost histories and are curious about the supernatural, this is a place that will give you the goosebumps you’re looking for. I’m not typically superstitious, but this place made me want to stay with a group and not fall behind.
Laperal Ancestral House
The atmosphere inside is definitely quiet and a bit daunting. Of course, even though people were chattering outside with excitement, once we got inside a hush fell over our group. We enjoyed the Bamboo Carvings Exhibit at the ground floor, but it’s hard not to be taken by the stillness of the house itself.
One of the rooms in second floor
But I was quickly distracted from ghostly thoughts by the absolute beauty of the Laperal Ancestral House. The Victorian look on the outside is complemented by fine wooden banisters, incredibly maintained and cared for. The walls are wooden panel and although they look like new from the varnish, it’s clear that this kind of work is not done today.
Wooden Stairs to the second floor
The Laperal Ancestral House is a relic of times past, of people who had money and great taste and wanted to live in a beautiful environment. The rooms are all worth seeing and the good taste in each area of the house is evident. And just because you have to climb a very narrow, winding staircase, you should not miss the attic. I didn’t see any ghosts, so you should be fine.
Childrens Playground beside the house
The ghost stories aren’t just the result of the haunted-looking house. In fact, the stories were passed down by the long time caretaker, who described the problems starting when Japanese soldiers took over the house during World War II.
Bamboo Wood Carvings Exhibit
The tales of that past are very real, and the resulting creepiness of the house is understandable. Torture, interrogations, rape, and even suicide are in the history of the house. The spirits in the house may well be restless.
Bamboo Wood Carvings Exhibit Curator and Wood Carvers
The Bamboo Carving Exhibit is also worth seeing. The Asin Bamboo Carvers Guild Inc has been bringing life and art into the Laperal Ancestral House and it helps to make it feel alive again. At the ground floor of the old house, a lot of beautiful Bamboo Carvings are displayed. Theres even souvenir shop available inside the ancestral house that sells products made from bamboo.
Ed Manda showing one of the Bamboo Carvings
The Ifugao Bamboo Carving Exhibit was a brainchild of Philippine Bamboo Foundation in partnership with Tan Yan Kee Foundation. The organizers goal is to raise funds for the information drive in Cordilleras reforestation.
Fire Place in the Master Bedroom
While looking at the Bamboo Carvings, I noticed that the design are mostly showcasing Ifugao Culture, the ifugao houses, the Igorots and other designs like rice gods etc.
Souvenirs made from Bamboo
Most of the finished products being showcased in the exhibit are made by Ifugao wood carvers who are mostly based in Tuba town in Benguet.
Travel Bloggers with Mr. Ed Manda
During our visit, We met Ed Manda – the president of Philippine Bamboo Foundation. Trough this Ifugao Bamboo Carving Project, the foundation believes that this project will help wood carvers to continue their art without cutting trees.
Due to decreasing supply of wood, Members of the Asin Bamboo Carvers Guild Inc. (ABCGI) decided to shift to bamboo to offer unique and quality products to the market and to help the environment too.
Laperal White House & Bamboo Carving Exhibit
#4 Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City
Open Weekends and Holidays, 10AM-6PM
Entrance Fee : 50 Pesos
Organized by : Tan Yan Kee Foundation and Philippine Bamboo Foundation, Inc.
Have you you seen this Ancestral Home in Baguio? Feel free to ask questions and share your thoughts in the comment section below.