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Supposedly a Spooky Place in Baguio


Hallway at Recto Hall.

Bathrooms are clean and with hot water.

Our home away from home. Pardon the mess.

Yes, we stayed at the Teacher's Camp. Actually we wanted to stay at Peredo's Lodging House, but alas, there were no more available rooms. If we are to believe Filipino urban legends, the place is swarming with ghosts. According to my older brother, one of the smartest people alive, a ghost wandering the hallways of one of the dormitories has a nasty habit of pelting guests with a wooden rosary. White ladies abound the grounds, supposedly. A quick Google search on the net will provide all pertinent information. They said the ghosts are actually the restless spirits of those killed in the second World War. It's true that the Teacher's Camp was used as a hospital by the Japanese during the Occupation, but hey, lodging there is cheap and our wallets were near penniless. It was the perfect combination.

Dormitory-type rooms are available for 209php per night, per head. There are 5-person and 7-person dorms. Our group of four decided to take the dorm room for five people and used the extra bed as a makeshift table for our stuff. We got a room at the Recto Hall, the Hall nearest to the gate, which was a relief because the Teacher's Camp is hilly, huge and walking to the gate is not advisable. Total cost: 1045php, 2090php for two nights, 522.50php per person. Even to my miserly self that was dirt-cheap. Cottages are also available for 1600php per night.

I had no complaints about the place save for mosquitoes, however we solved that problem with good ol' katol. The rooms are bare and there are no complimentary towels or toiletries. The pillows are paper-thin. You really cant expect much for only 209php a night, but if you're just looking for a clean place to sleep and rest after a day of touring Baguio, the Teacher's Camp is a cheap place to stay. The grounds are quiet, near the city center, the landscaping is nice and the staff are friendly. Best bang for my buck.

I encountered no ghosts, white ladies, or any other supernatural occurrence during our stay at the Teacher's Camp. I had a good night's sleep. A magtataho passes by the place at around 4am. It was so quiet we had to buy cheap speakers just so we could play music to make the place seem less empty.



We ate at the famous 50's Diner located near the Camp. The servings were huge and extremely filling. I surmise the burger I ate was equal to roughly a day's worth of meals for me. If you're traveling with someone who has a near bottomless gullet, take him/her here, but you can share most meals with another person if you're not much of a glutton. The family of five at the table beside ours shared a single order of pancakes; that's how big their servings are. They have an extensive menu, from sandwiches to steak, with prices ranging from 70php to 400php. Of course, any self-respecting 50's diner would definitely serve milkshake. The chocolate milkshake was superb. Very milky and just the right sweetness. Their spaghetti is also sweet and tastes like Jollibee's, but I prefer my spaghetti tangy and Italian-style, therefore I'm not a fan.

All in all, I spent about 2500php for the three days- two nights stay at Baguio, bus tickets and shopping included. That's just a night's stay at the popular hotels and inns in Baguio. Sure, those places are nice, but we are students on a budget, living on our parents' good will and credit. Maybe someday.

Things to know:

- The admin building of the Teacher's Camp is the first building to the left from the gate. You check in there.
- How great is the 25php flag down rate of Baguio taxis? Our merry group rode taxis to practically everywhere. If only Manila taxis were this cheap...
- The hot water setting for the shower at the dorms (or at least the one we stayed in) requires a lot of experimental knob-turning and a bit of patience, but it works.

1 comment:

  1. you seem to have had a great time...am a Baguio dweller meself and super in love with this city. Can't wait to read more of your adventures!

    Aileen Kim of The House of Isla

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