Information about Dominican Hill
Located in Baguio, the Dominican Hill is one of the most famous tourist spots in the city, thanks to the Dominican Hill Retreat House, which is more known for its former name, Diplomat Hotel. The structure was completed in 1915 and was originally meant to be a vacation house for Dominican priests and sisters, hence the name. Now, the property and the area is officially known as Heritage Hill and Nature Park
During World War II, the Japanese used the building as their headquarters, and it is believed that they tortured, raped, and killed civilians inside the building. When the American forces bombed the structure, the Japanese soldiers inside committed harakiri. It was eventually restored, and in the 1970s, it was turned into Diplomat Hotel. Many visitors and guests have claimed that the building is haunted, and until now, it still has that reputation.
In 2004, the structure was declared a Cultural Property by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, and in 2022, plans to turn it into a cultural hub were shared by the mayor of the city, Benjamin Magalong, and National Commission for Culture and the Arts Chairman Rene Escalante.
Tickets and entry
There is a minimal entrance fee that visitors need to pay before they can have access to the park. Adults need to pay PhP 10, while children can go in for PhP 5.
Best time to visit
The park is open from 8 AM to 5 PM. If you just want to take in the beautiful sights, it’s best to come here in the morning. If you want to figure out for yourself if the place is really haunted, go here during late afternoon.