GHOST HUNTING

by Camille Estanislao

We all grew up hearing tales about our school campus being a former cemetery, morgue or hospital. However, there are real places where people brutally died in wars and in natural disasters. Some believe their ghosts continue to haunt the living. Many of these places are either derelict ruins or abandoned places with caretakers who also act as the best story-tellers.

It’s almost Halloween, so allow us to take you on a tour around the spookiest places in the Philippines.

Laperal White House, Baguio

The Laperal house is a popular ghost hunting spot in the province as it was used as a garrison by the Japanese soldiers during WWII. It was a witness to the many brutal tortures and killings. Since then, screams, apparitions, angry voices are reported to be heard and seen from the house at night and believed that they are the victims of those events.

Bahay Na Pula, San Ildefonso, Bulacan

Bahay na Pula is one of the houses taken by Japanese army. It was used as a garrison where Japanese soldiers reputedly massacred guerilla soldiers and rape the women of Bulacan. Some of the noises heard from the house were faint voices, chains dragging on the hardwood floor, and other unsettling noises are said to be heard by those brave enough to stay the night.

Balete Drive, New Manila, Quezon City

The Balete Drive in New Manila gained fame during the 80’s because of a certain lady wearing a white dress reported to hail cabs, ride for a while and then she will mysteriously disappear. There was a rumor that a teenager was raped and left for dead by the taxi driver sometime in the 1950s along this very road.

Malacañang House, Manila

Malacanang Palace witnessed the unfolding of Philippine history including wars, atrocities and deaths. In one occasion, it was reported before that the former President Aquino said that his guards reported the piano playing on its own at night. There were also stories circulating that, a kapre named Mr. Brown, is said to reside in the huge balete tree in the premises and even several apparitions of deceased presidents were sighted in the hall like the late president Manuel L. Quezon.

Diplomat Hotel, Dominican Hill, Baguio

Diplomat hotel used to be a seminary that served as school, monastery and summer retreat house for Dominicans. During World War II, nuns and priests were beheaded by the Japanese soldiers here, which explain employees and guests claimed to have been hearing strange noises inside the property. People who live close to the property swear to be having been hearing doors banging at night, despite the fact that the structure does not have doors.

Manila Film Center, CCP Complex, Pasay

The building has been controversial because of a tragic accident happened in November 17, 1981 where hundreds of people were buried alive during the height of the construction of the building. It was rumored that the former First Lady Imelda Marcos rushed the construction of the building to accommodate the first Manila Film Festival. The building has inspired countless stories and movies about the tragedy and the workers who perished, whose restless spirits have allegedly haunted the place since the tragedy.

Clark Airbase Hospital, Angeles, Pampanga

An abandoned hospital at Clark Airbase Hospital in Angeles City, Pampanga was used during World War II and the Vietnam War, the place reeks of suffering of countless soldiers who perished during the two wars. Paranormal activities like apparitions, screams and eerie voices are just some of the common incidents at the hospital.

Teachers’ Camp, Baguio

Teachers’ Camp is a popular accommodation in Baguio and a venue for trainings and seminars. A seemingly peaceful place, but locals share stories of footsteps and screams heard throughout the night. Passersby also see ghostly shadows in the camp grounds.

Herrera Mansion (Tiaong Stone House), Quezon Province

The stone mansion in Tiaong, Quezon is owned by the married couple, Isidro and Juliana Herrea and believed to be the oldest house in the area. The house was designed by Tomas Mapua in 1920. The house survived World War II, but it didn’t emerge unharmed. To this day, locals claim to see headless Japanese soldiers and an elderly couple dressed in white roaming around the mansion.

Ozone Disco, Quezon City

The Ozone fire tragedy in 1996 is one of the saddest accidents that happened in Philippine history. The fire that ravaged the disco bar burnt over hundreds of bodies into ashes, most of them graduating College students. Currently it houses food establishment in the famous Morato Area. Some people near the location hear ghostly disco music in their houses at night and see faint people dancing.

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