Halloween in the Philippines won’t be complete without a good scare. Some do this by watching a horror flick with the lights out. Others head out to visit some of spots in the Philippines reportedly haunted by ghosts, spirits and other creatures of the night.
Here are the 10 spookiest spots in the Philippines to visit this Halloween.
Stretching 1.3 kilometers long, this street located within the district of New Manila in Quezon City was named after the Balete trees that line either side of the street.
It is said that at night, a bloody and faceless lady in white is said to haunt the stretch of Balete Drive who they was raped and killed here. Some say by a taxi driver. Others say by Japanese soldiers during World War II. Several motorists, particularly taxi drivers, have reported seeing her suddenly sitting at the back of their car, only to disappear after leaving Balete Drive.
On the southwest corner of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex stands what is considered to be one of the most infamous buildings in the Philippines.
The building was constructed to host a film festival back in the early 1980s. As they rushed to finish the building before the deadline, the upper floor collapsed, killing many workers and injuring many others.
The story goes that instead of stopping the construction to retrieve the bodies of the workers that were killed and to rescue those that were injured, then-First Lady Imelda Marcos (who ordered the construction of the building) ordered cement be poured over the bodies of the workers, burying some of them alive.
Honestly, I’m not sure how much truth there is to this urban legend. But this is the account used by many to explain the many mysterious happenings and sightings reported by those that have ventured inside the building.
3. Pindangan Ruins, La Union
Situated in the city of San Fernando, La Union, the ruins are all that remains of a church that was destroyed by an earthquake that hit the Philippines in 1892.
If you visit the Pindangan Ruins, and your tour guide refuses to accompany you, don’t be surprised. They say that the ghost of a priest could be seen roaming around the grounds of the ruins, holding his decapitated head in his hands. Others have seen a nun dressed in white also roaming around the ruins.
Since it opened, hotel staff and guests of the Diplomat Hotel have reported hearing wailing sounds in different parts of the hotel. There have also been reports of apparitions of priests roaming the corridors of the hotel; some of them were even seen carrying their heads on silver platters.
It is believed that these are the ghosts of the priests who were brutally killed by the Japanese when they invaded the Philippines during World War II.
Today, the Diplomat Hotel is abandoned and in ruins. But the sightings apparently continue to this day.
Teacher’s Camp is not only reputed as a popular venue for seminars, retreats, and trainings. It is also considered to be one of the most popular spooky spots in the Philippines.
It is said that the camp was built on top of a battlefield where several indigenous warriors were killed. People that have stayed at Teacher’s Camp have consistently reported paranormal activities, from ghostly footsteps to ghostly apparitions.
A few of my guy friends actually experienced one such sighting.
One night while staying at Teacher’s Camp back during our college days, they saw a beautiful lady looking at them and smiling at them from outside the window of their room. Knowing that a group from an all-girls school was having a retreat the same time that they were there, they figured it was one of the girls from that group, and just smiled and waved back as she walked away.
Later, they all went down to have a smoke (since smoking was not allowed in the rooms). One of them suddenly turned pale as he was looking up. My other guy friends asked what was wrong.
“We were up on the third floor, guys,” he said. “There’s no balcony. So, how did that girl walk across our window?”
They all looked together and said nothing. They ended up spending the night inside the car. Not one of them dared to go back inside.
Right across Teacher’s Camp is the ancestral home of the Laperals—one of the oldest families in Baguio City. This 3-storey, Spanish-American designed home was built back in the 1920s.
Although Lucio Tan now owns it, no one lives inside the house. Not even the caretakers. They say that the ghost of Roberto Laperal—the last of the clan—continues to roam inside the house. The caretakers say that they would hear footsteps accompanied by the sound of a cane hitting the wooden floor echoing throughout the house.
The house has also become a haven for other spirits, too. Residents living near the ancestral home speak of a little girl dressed in white sitting on the stairway leading up to the house. While most ghosts would stay in the area they haunt, this girl has been reported to follow whoever sees her for days at a time.
7. Corregidor Island
Strategically located at the entrance of Manila Bay, this tadpole-shaped island served as the last stand of American and Filipino troops when the Japanese invaded the Philippines back in 1942.
Because of the sheer number of soldiers, doctors and nurses that died here, it’s not surprising that this is one of the spookiest spots in the Philippines. Tourists and locals have reported hearing ghostly moans and footsteps inside the hospital ruins, barracks and the Malinta Tunnel, which was converted into a makeshift hospital after the one on the island was destroyed.
8. Ruins of the Lazareto de Mariveles, Bataan
The Lazareto de Mariveles was built back in 1850, and was the first quarantine station in the Philippines. This was where foreigners visiting the Philippines were sent after they arrive so that they can be checked for any possible diseases.
The station was severely bombed when the Japanese invaded the Philippines. It is said that ghosts of soldiers and civilians that were killed because of the bombing can be seen roaming around the ruins.
San Jose de Buenavista is the capital municipality of Antique, a province located in the western part of the Visayas region.
Before it was established by the Spanish conquistadors as a town in 1872, the area where San Jose de Buenavista is now located used to be a dense jungle. Pirates would often dock here to hide their treasures. The locals believe that to this day, the ghosts of these pirates continue to haunt different parts of the city, guarding their treasure.
The area is also believed to be the dwelling place of the Wak-Wak—a huge bird-like creature that looks very much like a bat, with extremely sharp talons. It flies through the night seeking humans to feed on their hearts.
Located in the Parian district in Cebu, this hundred-year-old building was once the home of the family of Juan Gorordo, the first Filipino bishop of Cebu.
Although the bishop died in the house’s master’s bedroom, he is not the one seen by employees roaming around the museum. Instead, it is a female ghost who they believe to be one of the bishop’s unmarried sisters. They said that she would often be seen sitting at the courtship area in front of the family’s private chapel. Perhaps, still hoping that someone would come, sweep her off her feet, and become her husband.
Do You Dare Visit These Spooky Spots in the Philippines?
I don’t believe in ghosts, but I do have a very wild imagination. Often, that is what gets the better of me, even when there is nothing to be scared about.
But yes, I am making plans to visit some of these spooky sites in the Philippines soon. In fact, I’m already planning a trip to visit Corregidor Island after I come back from my trip with my friends to El Nido, Palawan next week. I hope that my imagination behaves while I’m there.
How about you? Will you dare visit these spooky sites in the Philippines? Have you ever visited any of these spooky sites? Do you have a story about it? Share it all in the comments area below.