I chose the Diplomat Hotel as my entry for this Week’s Photo Challenge because of its interesting history and haunted walls.
In 1915, during the occupation of the Americans in the Philippines, American and Spanish priests constructed a retreat house atop Dominican Hill in Baguio City, Philippines. Originally, it was planned to be a vacation house before taking seminarians to share the building with.
When World War II broke in, Japanese soldiers occupied it. They killed, decapitated priests and children with their bayonets. Nuns were raped and shamed.
After the war, the building underwent restoration and was bought by a businessman naming the building, the Diplomat Hotel.
The old structure of the Dominican Hill Retreat House was retained except for few more rooms added to accommodate customers. Aside from being a businessman, the owner of the hotel was also faith healer; he practiced psychic surgeries and healing. When the owner passed away, the building was left abandoned, looted and destroyed.
From then on, reports and testimonies of supernatural sightings and experiences by employees and hotel guests circulated. Strange sounds, headless apparitions, doors banging, screams and cries of agonizing people could be heard in the corners of the hotel. Until the now, the paranormal activities are still believed to be existing.