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The 13 Most Haunted Places In The Philippines That Aren't For The Faint Of Heart

We Filipinos have a fondness for scary places, urban legends, ghost hauntings and creepy destinations. Although our country is an archipelago of 7,107 islands, it has a number of noted hauntings documented and wide range of terrifying stories that can be heard from anyone who has experienced haunting encounters with supernatural beings.

These hauntings range from smoky to full-bodied apparitions, may it be a white lady in Balete Drive, a black lady in Malacañang, the headless priest in Baguio, as well as the ghosts and spirits of dead people who perished in a tragic way.

With the long weekend and Halloween season coming up, why not dare to visit some of the most haunted places in the country? I know there’s nothing like visiting a spooky place or two, for a good scare!

Here are the top 13 most haunted and scariest places in the Philippines that could scare you to death:

1. Balete Drive (New Manila, Quezon City)

Balete Drive is a residential area in Cubao, Quezon City that is well-known for the apparition of a white lady. The street is surrounded by balete trees that are favored by evil spirits, and the colonial-era houses found along it are allegedly haunted.

Stories told that there was a young female student who was raped and decapitated by a taxi driver sometime in the 1950s. Her death was so horrifying that her soul apparently never left the area.

Since then, there are at least three cab drivers who are said to have been found decapitated along Balete Drive. It is believed to be the work of the teenager’s spirit. People have testified seeing a white lady standing at the side of the road, usually around three in the morning.

Moreover, some said that when walking along Balete Drive, they suddenly feel cold as if they’re being watched. Drivers also reported that they have seen a headless woman appear in their passenger seat when driving down that street.

2. Manila Film Center (Pasay City)

The Manila Film Center at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) probably has the most legendary scary story.

During the time in power of President Ferdinand Marcos back in 1981, the First Lady Imelda Marcos hosted the International Film Festival. Requiring a building impressive enough to house all the visiting movie stars, she constructed the Manila Film Center. The building had to be done in a rush, so people were working all day.

One night, the scaffolding collapsed and trapped the workers. Story has it that more than 150 workers were buried, although most were dead, some could be heard calling out for help. Since the workers are beating a deadline for the approaching festival, the First Lady ordered the workers to leave the bodies buried inside the cement and just cover it with another layer of cement.

Today, bizarre sounds can be heard coming from the building. People who walk inside get goose bumps for no reason. The Film Center is a sure stop for ghost haunters who want to send shivers down their spine.

3. Ozone Disco (Quezon City)

Ozone Disco is a nightclub in Quezon City that caught on fire in March 18, 1996. Due to mass panicking and lack of proper fire exits, nobody was able to get out.

Around 150 people died and 95 others were seriously injured. Most of the victims were teenagers. When the fire was put out and firemen were able to go into the building, most of the bodies they found were piled near the locked exits, trying until their very last breath to get out and escape the fire.

Until now, the Ozone Disco tragedy remains the most horrifying fire accident in Philippine history. Some people near the location claim to hear eerie disco music, muffled voices and screams from the deserted building. What's more frightening is that ghostly figures are also seen dancing in the area late at night.

4. Manila City Hall (Ermita, Manila)

Manila City Hall, located in the historic center of Ermita, Manila, is famous for its coffin shaped building and also has its fair share of mysteries hiding on its walls.

Employees of the building often share stories of how they hear footsteps and whispers behind them at night, only to realize that they are alone.

5. University of Santo Tomas (España Blvd, Manila)

University of Santo Tomas in España Blvd, Manila is a 403-year-old Asia’s oldest University. No doubts, each building in this University has ghost stories to tell.

The University was an imprisonment camp in the 1940s, where prisoners of war were murdered while some died of starvation and others committed suicide.

One of the most famous stories about this school that circulate among the student body is that of the girl who haunts the Main Building's restroom. People say she took her life in one of the cubicles. If this doesn’t scare you, wait for the headless priest and a nun who also appears in the mirrors.

6. UP Los Baños Campus (Laguna)

The University of the Philippines Los Baños, located in the towns of Los Baños and Bay in the province of Laguna, is recognized as the home to the infamous Baker Hall, a former Japanese war camp where spirits of strangled prisoners appear.

The University, also situated at the foot of the mysterious Mount Makiling, is said to witness the cruel killings that happened during World War II. Without doubt, a good combination for spine-chilling and paranormal events rolled into one.

Locals claim that they see a ‘kapre’ (a tree demon with human features) at nightfall. The school campus also has bridges that seem a lifetime to pass by during night-time.

7. Baguio City

Baguio, a highly urbanized city located in the province of Benguet, is considered as the most haunted spots in the Philippines. This might be because the city was once occupied by tribes who were forced out or executed by the American colonizers, or because dwellers of the city were tortured and slaughtered by the Japanese forces.

Aside from the Philippine Military Academy, the Teacher’s Camp, and the Diplomat Hotel, there are other haunted places scattered throughout the city, such as cemeteries, old hotels and other locations where structures used to stand, until the 1990 earthquake brought them down, injuring and killing the people inside.

Philippine Military Academy

The Philippine Military Academy is the Philippine military school of the Armed Forces of the Philippines established on December 21, 1936. In this academy, phantom platoons can be seen and heard marching on the grounds. Apart from that, ghosts of cadets can also be seen in the building.

Diplomat Hotel

Diplomat Hotel is an old abandoned former hotel located at Dominican Road, Baguio City. This place is a most wanted destination of paranormal explorers for the reason that it is believed that a lot of headless priests can be seen and chilling cries of babies are also being heard.

Apparently, for the period of World War II, this hotel was attacked by Japanese forces and several priests along with babies were brutally murdered. Last 2012, this haunted hotel was renovated and renamed The Baguio Dominican Heritage Hill and Nature Park.

Teacher’s Camp

Teacher’s Camp is a training center and vacation areas for teachers and school staff alike built in 1908. The place is a popular location for school seminars and company meetings. This camp was built as a tent-city for teachers during the American period; on the other hand, it was turned into a battleground for the aboriginal citizens of Baguio. Legend has it that the warriors who have lost their lives in this site have never left.

8. Clark Air Base Hospital (Pampanga)

Clark Air Base Hospital in Pampanga is also considered as one of the most haunted place in the Philippines. There are reports of spine-chilling screams, apparitions, hair-raising voices and footsteps by both guards and visitors.

During the World War II, the hospital is served as a place of sanctuary for dying and wounded American militaries; therefore, it is no wonder why it is being haunted by restless spirits.

Ghost hunters believe that a ghost of a woman wearing white is said to haunt the base. People driving around the area have shared spooky stories of the woman crossing the street and mysteriously vanishing. Others even say that the white lady has the habit of sitting in the vacant backseat of your car as you drive past the air base's hospital. What’s more, locals say that she’s just one of the many ‘playful spirits’ living in the base.

9. Fort Santiago (Intramuros, Manila)

Fort Santiago was built by the Spaniards in 1571 on the site of the settlement of Filipino Tribe Ruler Raja Soliman. This establishment has played a part in the history of the Philippines and used as a base for the US Army in 1898.

Unfortunately, the fort was taken by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. When the Americans attacked the Japanese in 1945 and seized back the fort, thousands died when the city turned into ashes.

Presently, as soon as night falls, ghost soldiers are seen to patrol at night on top of the actual guards on duty. What’s even terrifying is that screams of tortured and persecuted people are said to echo throughout the walled city.

10. Malacañang Palace (Manila)

The Malacañang Palace, built in 1750, is the official residence and principal office of the President of the Philippines since the reign of President Manuel Quezon.

This building has definitely withstood the test of time and indeed lots of hair-raising and spine-chilling stories that can be heard from witnesses.

Among them are the spirits of former President Quezon and Magsaysay, whom some Palace employees say still roam the hallways. Other mystical creatures that can be seen inside the building are the black lady of Mabini Hall, the apparition of an American chaplain named Father Brown, a kapre, a headless ghost, and some have also reported their experiences wherein they saw the paintings in the Palace move.

11. Central Philippine University (Iloilo City)

Central Philippine University (CPU) in Iloilo City was founded by American Missionaries and many of whom were reportedly killed by the Japanese during World War II.

There are half a dozen or so ghosts that are frequently sighted by students, teachers, and even the school president particularly in the Football Field, the Roblee Hall and the Valentine Hall.

Based on stories from the students and faculties of the school that in the University’s Football Field, there was a young lady who strikes up a chat to joggers early in the morning and when she passes a certain spot on the track, she abruptly disappears.

While in the Roblee Hall, it was reported that cold spots and moving furniture in one of the classrooms and at times feel like they are being pushed or tripped while walking. Some nights after the doors are locked, the classroom’s lights suddenly turn on and weird elf-like creatures have been seen running around the room.

Whereas in the Valentine Hall, some testified seeing a ghost of a woman in the ladies’ lavatory of the hall. If that wasn’t enough to fright you, the headless shadow of the Reverend Valentine can be seen on some nights standing at the entrance of the building dedicated to him.

12. Corregidor Island

Corregidor is a small island located at the entrance of Manila Bay where the Spaniards built a lighthouse to help guide the ships around the Bay. During the American era, the island became an American outpost to watch for intruders.

When the Japanese came, they overpowered and outnumbered the Americans, causing some American soldiers to kill themselves. Those who didn’t commit suicide were enforced to submission and were tortured by the Japanese before being executed.

These fallen soldiers are said to haunt the island, from the ruined hospital to the remnants of the old theater that used to play Hollywood movies for American and Filipino soldiers. Aside from the war's victims that still roam the island, there are also alleged to be about 60 more souls killed in the Jabidah Massacre who were murdered by the Marcos regime.

Now, the island is a tourist attraction with its well-preserved relics and the remaining American weaponry. At dark, there have been stories of ghosts and invisible presences.

13. Ateneo De Manila University (Quezon City)

The Ateneo de Manila University is a private, coeducational, Roman Catholic, Teaching and Research University located in Quezon City and was established in late 1859 by the Society of Jesus. The school is the oldest Jesuit educational institution and the third-oldest University in the Philippines.

The property where the University now stood was actually either a prison camp or a war hospital during the Japanese occupation in World War II. Many believe that the University was haunted due to occurrences reported by the students and even Instructors.

There’s this incidence in the hallway of the ladies dorm building that a certain woman was crying. It will be getting louder and louder for about 15 minutes and then it will end, however after you would hear her cry, a howling dog will be the next thing you would hear.

No wonder that the students were advised that none of them should be out in the hallway after 10pm in the evening.

The 13 Most Haunted Places In The Philippines That Aren't For The Faint Of Heart The 13 Most Haunted Places In The Philippines That Aren't For The Faint Of Heart Reviewed by YenAnonymous on October 10, 2014 Rating: 5

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