If you think that the water at Children’s Island is white, wait till I post the white beach at Bolinao. It is not just white, but sparkling white. This is Children’s Island.
By the name itself, you would think that the beach is child friendly, and you are correct. Children’s Island, as the name implies, is for children because it is shallow and no undercurrent water. The view of the neighboring islands is amazing. You can go to other islands by kayaking or by other means, walking or swimming.
A lot of stories have been written about this house in Baguio, Laperal Mansion, somewhere along Leonard Wood Road in Baguio City. It not included in our place-to-visit list that day but when we passed by here, we couldn’t help but stopped by for photo op.
The white house was formerly owned by Laperal’s Family, the oldest clan in Baguio City way back 1920.
It was reported that many supernatural occurrences happened inside. Most members of the the family were reportedly brutally killed by Japanese soldiers during World War II. I saw a few photos on the internet and watched a documentary that features the said house and whole interior is well maintained.
Nearby residents and other local folks said that the place is being haunted by a ghost of young girl seen on the steps of the house. The white house is now owned by multi-billionaire Lucio Tan.
Diplomat Hotel, known to be the most haunted place in Baguio sits on a hill overlooking the City of Pines. Locals and tourists believe that the place is haunted as they testified that they actually heard strange and agonizing sound and captured creepy images inside. During WWII, numerous nuns and priests were beheaded in the said hotel. The place is used to be a rest house and seminary way back 1911. Locals and other people who live nearby would sometimes hear disturbing sound and banging of doors and windows coming from the hill at night.
I already know a lot about Dominican Hotel from documentary shows which made me think that the place is really creepy. The documentaries that I’ve watched have sound effects and ghost haunting stories that mostly happen at night.
Before going to Baguio, the idea of visiting Diplomat Hotel was not included in our itinerary because we travel with kids and we thought that they might get scared with the place. On the last day of our trip, through recommendation of locals, after visiting Lourdes Grotto which is just a few minutes away, we then headed to the haunted hotel for a quick visit.
The place is located in Dominican Hill. Some say it’s a silent hill.
It was literally silent. There were only few visitors where I could count on my fingers and some of them only stayed outside for photo op.
You can tell how beautiful the place was even if it’s old and ruined. You can picture by yourself how beautifully engineered the place despite its old appearance.
I was curious if there’s really a ghost and captured myself in the mirror where ghosts are believed to be trapped. It is said that ghost can be captured using a camera. I closely examined the photo of myself in the mirror trying to find some creepy images and this is what I found out after zooming in my image. See encircled above. I wish I’ve taken a video instead to capture clearly what I’ve heard from others story.
And that’s not the end of my story because my older daughter said she heard and felt something strange that gave her a goose bump. We kept it to ourselves and entertained our thoughts that it wasn’t real and didn’t tell them what we actually felt so as not to freak them out. I wonder why Mendiolables seemed to be calm and not scared unlike us. Maybe because we knew a lot about the place before even visiting the place. The ghost stories were on our minds as we already watched them on YouTube.
The hotel remains to be mysterious. If others claim the place to be creepy, I think I should agree with them this time. If you want to ghost hunt, this place will surely give you goosebumps. It is creepy if you visit the hotel maybe after sunset at around 6:30pm and during foggy night. That scene alone would definitely give you an adrenaline rush. When you visit the hotel, please remember to offer a prayer for the souls.
Home is where your heart is. You can say that you’re home when you feel most relaxed. When we visited Casa San Pablo, I felt like I just visited my relatives in my hometown. I’ve read a lot of wonderful stories from families who stayed in Casa San Pablo and my own experience just proved how it was like having a vacation at the resort.
Casa San Pablo is a cozy bread and breakfast inn inside a family compound. There are many things that can make Casa San Pablo different from other B & B is their modernized yet traditional setting, grand in nature and a place that will take you back to your childhood days. Every room has a unique theme and the old set of antique furniture will make you feel nostalgic. Boots Alcantara, an avid art collector and hobby enthusiast and his wife An Alcantara, a writer and magazine editor run Casa San Pablo. The B & B inn is surrounded by a hundred year old trees and and were planted even before the house was built. The pine trees will make you feel like you’re in Baguio and the portable hammocks under the trees will give you a very relaxing feeling. Imagine yourself in a swing with your favorite book or just walk around the green yard with your kids. Truly home that is!
During our stay, the kids also got the chance to play part in native cooking demo. It was rare because this kind of activity is not only interesting but educational too. The owners/innkeepers, Boots and An Alcantara, (innkeepers as what they call themselves) are very warm and always make sure that their guests are comfortable during their stay.
Native Cooking Demo
When in Casa San Pablo, you have lots of activities to do.
Clay Art Making
Oh there’s more. Here’s a video that I want to share what to do at Casa San Pablo.
Casa San Pablo
Barrio San Roque, San Pablo City, Laguna Philippines
When we headed north, I was puzzled why Joy’s husband drove at this speed, 100km/hr. So tempting to 180/km but they safely follow the sign. We own the road. No vehicles. No pedestrian. No traffic officer nearby.
Drive at the speed of 100km/hr at the max and 60km/hr min. That would be the safest. Tempting to hit the but you must follow the rules,
or be surprised when caught by a speed checker by radar.
Imagine, if you came from Manila with a heavy traffic and you see this tempting wide and lonely empty road. Parang kaka hinayang lang lang di ba. You know what I mean, at your own risk.
SCTEX is more progressive than with the south. The road was quite smooth with great view everywhere. The mountainous side gives a refreshing feeling while the smooth road will make the passengers fall asleep.