Halloween is just around the corner. The air is getting colder. The nights are getting longer. This is the best time to curl up with some scary stories. And what better way to count down to Halloween than reading a spooky stories right before going to sleep? There’s no shortage of scary stories specially here in the Philippines and the places considered to be haunted, but these are the ones I found most bone-chilling!
Balete Drive, Quezon City
Balete Drive in Quezon City has a resident ghost which any local can tell you about. A lady was raped and brutally murdered and her body was dumped in Balete Drive reportedly by a cab driver. To this very day the case remains unsolved. There are motorists who claimed that at night with a bit of trepidation that they would see the “white lady” flagging them. Hoax or not, it does not stop cab drivers from avoiding the lane at night at all cost.
Fort Santiago, built in 1593, is a citadel built by Spanish navigator and governor Miguel López de Legazpi. During World War II particularly the Battle of Manila, this is where the Manila Massacre took place. Japanese troops took their anger and frustration out on the civilians in the city by committing heinous crimes. They also forced Filipino women and children to be used as human shields. Approximately 100,000 civilians in the City of Manila were killed.
It is said that soldiers’ ghosts still patrol the area at night. Others have claimed to sight the apparitions of these civilians. Additionally, some have experienced unexplainable suddenly dropping temperatures, disembodied voices, screams and even being touched by unseen forces.
Manila Film Center
Destined to become the “Cannes of Asia,” it is now one of Manila’s most haunted buildings. Thirty nine years ago, hundreds of construction workers were buried at the site. The reason behind the tragedy? Former first lady, Imelda Marcos was in a rush to finish the building for the upcoming International Film Festival. Construction workers had to work 24/7 to finish the structure.
Because the cement wasn’t given enough time to dry, on November 17, 1981, an entire floor collapsed. It was said that she allegedly ordered to have the bodies of these dead workers covered over by an extra layer of cement, allowing construction to continue seamlessly around these entombed victims. Mysterious sounds and voices were reportedly heard.
In March 18, 1996, a fire broke out in this former discotheque in Quezon City. The fire claimed the lives of more than a hundred people, most were graduating students from universities in the city. Due to faulty club emergency exit, these partygoers were trapped and died from suffocation and burns.
At the present, Ozone Disco is already closed and has long been abandoned but there have been numerous reports of paranormal activities at night such as seeing and hearing faint disco lights and sounds, voices in agony, and silhouettes of clubbers dancing through the late hours.
Benavides Park, University of Santo Tomas
Every school has its ghost stories or urban legends, but when it comes to a centuries-old institution that was once an internment camp, you can expect a bit more. While I was taking up my Masters degree in UST, I’ve heard so many ghost stories from the staff and other students, like the wandering headless priest, wailing noises, white ladies, ghostly soldiers, and a piano playing by itself.
But two of the most popular were a man dressed in Dominican Habit walking around Benavides Park (also known as Lovers’ Lane) at night who would later disappear. And a girl who allegedly hung herself in one of the restrooms in the Main Building.
The Diplomat Hotel, Baguio City
In 1913 the Dominican Hill Retreat House was built and became a refuge for some Dominican Priests and Filipinos during the Japanese occupation from 1942 to 1945. In 1945, the Japanese secret police also known as Kempeitai took over the retreat house and reportedly tortured and killed the residents. During the liberation, the Americans bombed the place and the surviving Japanese police committed suicide.
At night, some reported to have seen headless apparitions, ghost of children running around the fountain area, there were also screams, cries and other strange & desperate noises.
|Check out my visit to the Diplomat Hotel in Baguio by clicking the link below:
“Travel Guide: The Diplomat Hotel in Baguio, Philippines”
Laperal White House, Baguio City
Built and owned by Don Roberto Laperal in 1930s, The Laperal White House served as a vacation home for him and his family but was later seized by Japanese soldiers and used it as a temporary garrison during World War II. The troops reportedly raped women, tortured and killed suspected spies working for the United States and their allies.
The house’s longtime caretakers have reported seeing apparitions coming to and from the house — specifically, of a woman in white and a little girl.
|Check out my visit to the Laperal White House in Baguio by clicking the link below:
“Travel Guide: The Laperal White House in Baguio, Philippines”
Bahay Na Pula, Bulacan
Bahay na Pula, also known as the Red House in San Ildefonso, Bulacan was used as a base for Japanese soldiers. During World War II, it was reported that the Japanese soldiers starved the Filipino guerrillas before killing them within the property. They also bring local women in and took turns in raping them inside the house.
It is currently abandoned but nearby residents reported hearing screams and cries for help, and seeing ghostly apparitions of soldiers roaming around the area.
Kalayaan Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman
One of the many stories shared by my brother during his stay at the Kalayaan Residence Hall in his first year: A freshman was on her way to her PE class when she was raped and killed in a grassy area near the Department of the Military Science and Tactics. Her body was found a day later.
What was creepy was that the Kalayaan resident assistant saw her walking to her room and reprimanded her for trailing water in the hallway. The RA called her attention but she kept walking. Frustrated, the RA followed her to her room and upon opening the door, found no one there.
Clark Air Base Hospital in Angeles, Pampanga
Clark Air Base Hospital was built in December of 1964 for the care of U.S. military personnel and served as the primary healthcare facility for soldiers not just in the Philippines, but all over Southeast Asia during the last few months of World War ll and also served as support during the Vietnam War.
Reportedly even when it was open and in operations, nursing staff and other employees reported doors opening and closing. They would also see people standing by who would just simply disappear into thin air.
Screams and babies crying are also often heard as well as countless reports of ghostly apparitions walking or floating throughout the building of what looks to be long dead soldiers bearing battle wounds.
Herrera Mansion, Tiaong, Quezon
The Herrara Mansion is the oldest house in Tiaon, Quezon and it was designed by a renowned architect Tomás Mapúa in the late 1920s. Locals reported that an elderly couple can be seen walking around the property, headless soldiers were also seen to walk to and from the gates and visitors reported hearing chains being dragged around the house.
Malinta Tunnel, Corregidor
The Malinta Tunnel is a tunnel complex built over a ten year period from 1922 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines. In 1945, Japanese soldiers had been trapped in the tunnel after the entrance was blocked as a result of gunfire. Instead of surrendering, many Japanese soldiers committed suicide within the tunnel and it is said that around 3000 soldiers died there by purposely detonating explosives within.
Thanks to its bloody history that stretches through the World War II, there have been many reports of supposedly haunting, including dark shadow figures and even those dressed up as soldiers. Locals have also claimed to hear voices even if no one is around, describing it as though screaming in terror as if they are trapped.
Teacher’s Camp, Baguio City
The Teachers Camp in Baguio was established on December 11, 1908. During the Japanese occupation from 1942 to 1945, the occupying forces used the camp as their hospital. It was left damaged after the war but was repaired and reopened in 1947.
The Albert Hall which is commonly used as dining area is said to be haunted. A white lady was reportedly seen walking around the hall’s lobby. A sound of chain being dragged by foot can also be heard in that same hall.
Balay Negrense, Negros Occidental
Balay Negrense also known as Victor Gaston Ancestral Home is a museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental that houses artifacts showcasing the kind of lifestyle of a late-19th century sugar baron in the province. It was built in 1897 where Gaston, his wife and twelve children lived a comfortable life.
Some visitors to Balay Negrense report paranormal experience while inside the house such as the feeling that as though someone was watching or following them around while exploring the area. Some also reported seeing people dressed in old-fashioned clothing partying in the house’s ballroom.
Baker Hall, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna
This is arguably the most haunted place in the entire UP Los Baños. It was built from 1927 to 1938 and was used by the Japanese soldiers as an interment camp where they tortured and killed prisoners of war & civilians during World War II.
Cries, shouts, and screams were reportedly heard from the hall at night. Sometimes, a platoon of soldiers were also seen marching around the hall.
Got goosebumps yet?
This concludes the top 15 most haunted places in the Philippines. How many have you been to and how many would you? Do you know some haunted places to visit in the metro? Share it with us, comment below guys!