3 Scary Spots for Ghost Hunting in Metro Manila
Most Filipinos celebrate the religious aspects of All Saints’ Day on November 1 and All Souls’ Day on November 2. However, there are also those who—for some inexplicable reason—want to have a spooky Halloween experience. There are people who actually dare to go ghost hunting at the time when spirits are believed to be at their most active and powerful.
So, let it be known that we’re not encouraging anyone to seek out ghosts. We’re not sure what could happen if people inadvertently cause a disturbance in the supernatural. Plus, you’re likely to be charged for trespassing.
That said, we can’t deny the fact that people have frequented certain places in Metro Manila for ghost hunting. Let this list guide thrill-seekers and warn those who’d rather not look for something they don’t really understand.
Manila Film Center. Photo via Wikimedia/ Ramiltibayan
1. Balete Drive in Quezon City
This street has earned some notoriety for being the favorite haunt of a certain "White Lady," who is described as a woman dressed in a white dress with long hair covering her face. She has supposedly scared the wits out of motorists passing through the area.
There are those who say that the White Lady is the restless spirit of a woman who died a violent death. Meanwhile, there’s a story claiming that she had been raped and killed by Japanese soldiers in World War II. Others say she suffered the same fate at the hands of a random criminal.
The story about the White Lady of Balete Drive was the basis of the 1988 movie, Hiwaga sa Balete Drive.
2. Manila City Hall
When viewed from above, the Manila City Hall building looks like a giant coffin. Both past and present city hall employees have alleged that at 6PM, ghosts begin to wander around the place—which is why they are all encouraged to leave by then. Employees who have worked overtime have also supposedly heard strange noises, like whispers and footsteps even when no other people are in the building.
3. Manila Film Center in Pasay City
Located at the southwest end of the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex, the Manila Film Center has become notorious for the accident that happened during the final stages of its construction in 1981.
Various reports reveal that an accident occurred on-site—scaffolding had collapsed—and some workers fell into a mire of wet cement and were buried alive. It’s been alleged that the dead workers’ remains were left under the quick-drying cement for nine hours. At the time of the accident, the horrific details were said to have been hushed by the Marcos administration.
However, in 2005, the project’s contractor Eliodoro Ponio told GMA’s i-Witness that all the workers who perished were dug out of the cement and given proper burials. While there are accounts that allege that "not more than a dozen workers" died at the site, there are also those who say that "at least 169 workers" died.
The i-Witness team said they weren’t able to trace any families of the supposed workers who were left buried at the site. Despite this, there are those who insist that this was the handiwork of the people who were in charge during the Martial Law years, that they had somehow found a way to conceal the truth about the accident.
Sometime in the late ‘90s, a group called the Spirit Questors attempted to contact and appease the souls of those who perished at the site. It’s said that a few spirits still remain.
People have reported hearing unexplained sounds and voices at the site. There are also those who claim to that there’s also some poltergeist activity there, with objects being moved by some unseen hand.
The tragedy is featured in two movies, 2009’s Tragic Theater and 2010’s The Red Shoes, as well as a graphic novel, The Filipino Heroes League.