Start Halloween Early And Plan A Trip To The Most Haunted Places In Manila
Do you think you can take it?
What is it about Halloween that gives us a little bit more courage to face the scary, creepy and daunting things in life? And if it’s not exactly courage, why do we enjoy getting scared at this time of the year? We don’t really have answers, but we do know we’re part of the majority that enjoy those little hair-raising events that keep us up at night.
And what better way is there to embrace the utterly frightening than taking a trip to Manila’s most haunted places?
Ozone Disco Club, Quezon City
Over two decades ago, the Ozone Disco Club was a place to go and be seen—which is exactly why hundreds of graduates chose this place to celebrate. But on March 18, 1996, the disco caught fire and killed almost 200 students. When the fire was finally resolved, authorities saw burned bodies along the corridor that lead to the establishment’s only exit.
The same space is now abandoned, with residents near the area claiming to still hear party music coming from where the club used to stand. And did we mention that they also see figures dancing in the night?
Capitol Medical Center, Quezon City
Hospitals are creepy enough, but the Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City is something else. All of those in the know are careful not to use a particular elevator, where doctors say an orderly died. The orderly was apparently speaking to someone and didn’t notice that there was no elevator cabin and plunged to their death.
And what happens when someone does use it? Kevin Sandiego told Spot.Ph that he and his family used that elevator with the intention of getting off the second floor. Instead, it stopped at the basement where a man got off. The Sandiego’s followed him, thinking there must have been another way out. When that man turned left, so did the family. And it would have been fine, except the turn lead them straight to a wall—and the man was suddenly nowhere in sight.
Balete Drive, Quezon City
We know the name alone was enough to give you chills, but let us tell you the story anyway.
Named after the rows of balete trees, which are known to be the homes of paranormal beings, Balete Drive is something straight out of a movie. A bloody and faceless white lady is said to haunt the roads at night, appearing in the backseats of unsuspecting cars. Rumor has it that she was raped and killed on that road. Motorists are well advised not to pass once the sun sets, have a fully-seated backseat or just never look at their rear-view mirror.
Fort Santiago, Intramuros
As the setting of hundreds of tortures and killings, it’s no wonder why people say Fort Santiago is still the home of WW2 civilians and soldiers. It’s said that soldiers’ ghosts still patrol the area at night, along with the actual guards who have the unfortunate job of keeping the haunted area safe.
Best not to speak with anyone you see dressed in uniform.
The Chapel of the Most Blessed Sacrament, De La Salle University, Manila
The old Manila may have gotten a facelift since WW2, but the dead seem to have no problem recognizing it. DLSU’s Chapel of the Most Blessed Sacrament is where many La Sallian brothers and civilians were massacred by Japanese soldiers. Some of those victims are said to still roam those pew rows with the school’s staff and students swapping their own eerie sighting stories.
So, what say you? Will you take that trip or cower at home?