Laperal Haunted House or more popularly known as White House in Baguio has been opened to the public as a tourist attraction. We were able to visit it on a Friday the Thirteenth. This was not intentional. Probably because of too much fright we put in our heads, we just realized the date when we returned in our hotel (face palm!).
Bamboo Art Exhibit
Before we go to the scary part, let’s explore some Bamboo Art Exhibit first. At the garage of the Laperal House is a bamboo exhibit which is a project of the Tan Yan Kee Foundation of The Lucio C. Tan Group of Companies in partnership with the Philippine Bamboo Foundation, Inc.
The project aims to preserve the arts and culture of the Cordilleras and to emphasize the importance of Bamboo in preventing natural disasters like landslide.
The Bamboo Art Exhibit doesn’t contain much. It just houses a few pieces of beautiful Ifugao Bamboo carvings. Surrounding the entire house is a mini ecopark where different bamboos are planted.
Laperal Haunted House or White House
The Laperal House is also known as White House since the entire house is painted white inside out. Originally owned by the Laperal family, headed by Don Roberto and Doña Victorina Laperal, it is now the property of the business tycoon, Lucio Tan. There are actually a lot of tales as to how the Laperal home became haunted.
The Basement Garage
A version of the story dates back to World War II when the basement garage of the house was used as a torture chamber. Prisoners including American, English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese were said to be tortured to death here. The tour actually starts at the basement garage where the Bamboo Art Exhibit is located. A staff also mentioned to us that for some time, it was previously used as a morgue.
From the garage, we walked our way to the entrance of the house. A short stairway leads to the door of the house where, according to rumours, a white lady can be seen standing at times.
Note that there are NO tour guides if you decide to get inside the house (Invisible tour guides, maybe? Haha). Better to visit with a group just like what we did.
Living and Dining Room Areas
A huge living room area welcomed us as we entered the house. It is a classic old house made of wood that I find simply gorgeous! I feel a bit strange the moment I step inside most especially because I condition my mind that it’s a haunted house and that I might see something scary.
A sofa positioned between two lampshades highlights the living room. According to stories, Doña Victorina can be “seen” sitting in the sofa most of the time.
One side of the living room leads to the dining area where a long table can be seen. All windows are opened where great sunlight is beaming. I’m avoiding to get photos directly across the glass panels and the huge mirrors surrounding the dining table.
On the other side of the living room is just a small room with a grandfather’s clock, a fireplace and nostalgic chairs. The staff told us that the location of the grandfather’s clock is one ‘common’ ghost spot.
A comfort room is also available directly across the living room which guests can use, that is, if anyone will dare utilize it.
Second and Third Floors
Beautiful wooden staircases lead to the second and third floors of the house. On the second floor, we sighted several opened rooms separated by narrow alleys. We also found some doors that are locked.
The rooms contained empty beds. The master’s bedroom that has a fireplace is another area in the house where mysterious things happen. According to the staff, comfort women were raped here.
And that the “Yaya” (nanny) of the Laperal’s children took suicide on the third floor where we found just empty rooms. The staircase going to the third floor gets narrower, with a width suited for one person only.
What We Found Inside the Laperal House
Nothing. We did not see any trace of spirits or ghosts in the house. Though we felt a bit strange inside which probably may sound normal thinking that we’re inside a “haunted” house.
I personally did not find any piece of evidence supporting the stories I heard (which maybe is a good thing for me, haha). If only it’s not haunted, I think the house can still be used. Despite of being old, most parts of the house including its furniture are in good condition.
It was my first time to enter a real haunted house. I can’t say it’s “fun” but definitely it’s an experience I will never forget. In case you’re a thrill seeker, there are also other haunted houses in Baguio that are open to the public. Our hotel guide even told us that you can go on a haunted house tour.
Money to Burn
Admission Time: 9AM – 6PM
Address: Leonard Wood Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet