It is a well-known secret that Baguio is a ghost town…
I haven’t been to Baguio for more than a decade. I have lost interest visiting the place after seeing the hillside that used to overlook a lush of greens now looked like a mountain of “garbage” because of the houses built there. I knew Baguio before it was filled with houses and became populated. I used to go to Baguio a lot when I was a child as my brother used to be a PMA Cadet. I used to cover the Supreme Court in Baguio every summer coz that is where they like to hold office every summer coz it is way cooler than here in Manila.
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One little known secret about Baguio is that the city is haunted. There are many places in Baguio that are believed to be inhabited by the supernatural beings. Many paranormal things have been reported in several establishments and tourist spots. This is because Baguio experienced so many deaths in its history. From World War 2, so when the Americans immigrated to the city and drove away from the local tribes, to the devastating earthquake in the 1990’s, all the tragic killings and casualties left distressed souls. They are the ghosts of Baguio. I was very excited to explore Baguio in a different light. The fright tour was one of the activities I was looking forward to during our entire trip. While I am a scaredy cat, I want to conquer my fears. This is the first time I am doing an actual horror expedition a.k.a. fright tour.
Our first stop was the Baguio Cathedral
At first, I thought we were there to pray for guidance and protection from all the evil spirit we might encounter or cross paths during our excursion. I was wrong. We were there because the Baguio Cathedral was one of the known haunted places in town.
During the World War 2 it became the shelter for the folks of the town thinking they will be spared from the killings because they are inside the house of God. They were wrong, everyone inside the church was executed, even the parish priest who stood for the parishioners. This exact priest is said to be the ghost of the church. The priest rumored to be seen at the confession room where he would often listen to some parishioners confessing finding out later no priest was inside!
The campground used to be the place where the early Americans who settle in the town pitch camp. This was the same ground where a “powerful woman” was killed by the Japanese by beheading her during those time. The campground since became a haunted place where a headless woman in white appeared every night from 11pm to dawn. This ghost was reported to be wicked as she would chase people in the ground whenever she shows up and be seen by the guards or visitors.
Another uncanny place in Teachers Camp is the Cottage 101. Something eerie happened in the cottage when a group of Americans rented the place. One of them died in the cottage and the room to your left is the room he was killed. How he died and how he was killed was still a mystery. But anyone who rented the cottage experience horrifying things. The ghost of the white guy would be seen. He became a poltergeist who hurt and become violent to those who will try to rent the area. They will be pulled out of bed, swing around, get scratches and stuff. Nobody last for a night inside the house. It has not been booked for years.
The Laperal House
Many stories have been told about this house. Family members of the Laperal family have died in the house. Apparitions of an old lady would be seen walking the stairs to the dining area. Fixtures in the house would be seen disarranged every morning. Eerie sounds would be heard and images would be accidentally captured on tourist photographs.
Also, there is a myth circulating among the Baguio Locals that whoever enters the house will die a horrible death. Enter the house if you dare!
Take a look at these videos taken inside the Laperal House if you dare!
The Japanese Tunnel inside the Botanical Garden
This was not included in our itinerary as well but I haven’t been in here in ages. I haven’t checked the Japanese Tunnel inside the garden and since we went noontime we did not hesitate but get inside. The place gave me creeps. It used to be the hiding place of Japanese soldiers and where the Golden Buddha and Yamashita Treasure was found the guide said. It was kinda creepy inside so I decided to turn on my camera and film it.
Culture, Arts and Heritage Tour
Ethnic Art such as idols and icons, furniture and fixtures from the old inhabitants of the Cordillera Region are displayed in the Museum.
This is where college students from Baguio wear Igorot costumes and do cultural dances to educate visitors of the ways of the tribe back then. This is to preserve their heritage and keep the tradition alive. Old Igorot houses can be found in the Village, also known as the Garden in the Sky. It is such a beautiful place to learn more about the Cordillera people.
Eastern Weavers Cooperative
The main handicraft practiced in the Cordillera region is weaving. Baguio’s Easter Weavers Cooperative houses hundreds of weavers who make their weaved handicrafts. You can see the intricate details and design and how hard it takes to finish an entire spread, it takes about 3 days to finish one design. One design is designated to one weaver and one weaving machine.
Local Food Trip Trying out the Local Cordillera Dishes
Baguio’s popular food is strawberries. Their most famous take-home food items are peanut brittle, Ube halaya, and lengua. There are restaurants and coffee shops along the Session Road that is popular with their desserts. But most of them are Western foods.
We had dinner at Cafe Yagam where we tasted local Cordillera Dishes such as Pinikpikan, Pinuneg, Binungor, Kiniig, and Kankanaoy. We also had the Sagada Coffee and Mountain Tea.
Casa Vallejo, Mt. Clouds and Hillstation
A trip to Baguio is not complete without going to the market to buy pasalubong or coming home gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones or yourself. Baguio is famous for their brooms so yes we got that there. They are also famous for their cheap vegetables so yup I went all-out shopping for veggies.
They sell the best Ube Halaya/ Ube Jam in Baguio. They are a bit expensive compared to the market but the quality and the charity is what you are paying for as part of the sales goes to the convent operation.
As of October 2017 Azalea Baguio no longer encourage ghost tours but the Department of Tourism (DoT) in Baguio do take tourist for a mystical tour in Baguio. I was able to try one again during my last visit sometime in July 2017 with a DoT Tour Guide we paid for who took us around mysterious places in town.
How about you, have you tried the fright tours in Baguio yet? If not would you like to?
Stay gorgeous everyone!