The Diplomat Hotel is an upcoming Filipino psychological horror about a disgraced reporter seeking redemption for her career. She ends up leading her documentary crew to spend the night at the infamous Diplomat Hotel in Baguio, Philippines and to tell the story of what really happened here.
The film stars Gretchen Barretto, Art Acuna, Mon Confiado and Sue Prado and is directed by Los Angeles-based director, Christopher Ad Castillo. The film is also an “entry in the New Breed section of the 2013 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival which is scheduled to take place at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Ayala Mall cinemas this coming July 26.”
“In addition to the horror experience that the film will provide to its audience, Direk Castillo adds that “there is also an underlying social commentary that weaves its way throughout. It is how the media controls and manipulates every being and fabric of our existence.”
There are many well-known haunted places over the world; so popular that even tourists would visit these places for cheap thrills. Despite the many skeptical remarks and rumors that go about, an abandoned place or area that just remotely seems haunted due to its appearance should be a good enough reason for it to not be explored. But there are so many daring youths that just Carpe Diem‘s their way through life that even a seemingly convincing and effective background history won’t stop them.
The Diplomat Hotel is one of the most well-known haunted buildings in the Philippines and one of the most haunted hotels in the world. As in, legitimately haunted. People have gone in and explored and have come back with similar experiences and physical proof of violent hauntings. Note: violent hauntings. The topics surrounding the Diplomat Hotel goes back to the time when Japanese armed forces invaded the Philippines and took refuge here. After many reconstructions and remodelings, the Diplomat Hotel was effectively closed to the public upon the death of its last owner in 1973.
Prior to the time it was closed down, hotel staff and guests would hear strange sounds and encounter headless apparitions during their stay; and even after its closure, residents who lived nearby would clearly hear the constant banging of doors and windows, dishes breaking and classhing and eerie voices of people screaming in agony. It was a haven for thrill-seekers and ghosthunters alike.
A teaser of the Ad Castillo’s film can be viewed below and you can check out their official Facebook page for more information.