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List of haunted locations in the Philippines

One of the principal buildings housing internees at the Santo Tomas Internment Camp was the Education building (now UST Hospital building). Shanties and vegetable gardens can be seen near the building and the wall of the university compound is in the background.

There are several reportedly haunted locations in the Philippines. Reports of such haunted locations are part of ghostlore, which is a form of folklore. The entries are alphabetized

Luzon

Metro Manila

Balete Drive
Manila Film Center
  • Ateneo de Manila University: One of the most prestigious educational institutions of the country, ADMU is claimed by believers to be haunted.[1][2]
  • Balete Drive: A major residential avenue in the eastern part of New Manila, Quezon City, Balete Drive is noted as the site of several apparitions of a white lady, who is considered by believers to be the ghost of a teenage girl who was raped and killed by a taxi driver in the 1950s.[2][3][4][5][6]
  • De La Salle University: Due to its brutal Second World War-era history (including the massacre of numerous refugees who sought shelter inside the Chapel of the Most Blessed Sacrament), DLSU is reportedly haunted.[2][7][8]
  • Fort Santiago: This is a historic fortress in Intramuros, Manila, and said by believers to be haunted by ghosts of soldiers and civilian victims killed during World War II.[2][9][10]
  • Malacañang Palace: The official residence and principal workplace of the President of the Philippines is considered by believers to be haunted by numerous ghosts such as former presidents, former presidential aides and attendants, those from pre-Hispanic and Spanish eras, as well as a black lady peering out towards the Pasig River from a window of the Mabini Hall late at night.[10][11][12][13]
  • Manila City Hall: Believing city hall employees claim of wandering specters after 6:00 p.m. at night. Believers also indicate its eerie casket-like shape when viewed from above (although some contend it resembles the shield of the Knights Templar).[2][6][11]
  • Manila Film Center: A major component of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the facility was the site of a construction accident in 1981. When construction of the building was rushed for a film festival, the ceiling scaffolding collapsed, killing several workmen. Rather than halt construction to rescue survivors and retrieve the bodies of the dead workmen, First Lady Imelda Marcos, the main financier of the project, was believed to have ordered cement to be poured into the orchestra, entombing the fallen workmen, some of whom were even buried alive. Various ghostly activities have been reported, including mysterious sounds, voices and poltergeist activity. In the late 1990s, a group called the Spirit Questors began to make visits to the film center, in an attempt to contact and appease the souls of the workmen who were killed in the building. Some of these spirits claimed to have moved on, but a few allegedly remain.[2][6][14][15] The facility, formerly abandoned due to its reputation, is now in use after restoration works.
  • Miriam College: Believing students claim of the ghost of a nun in the ladies' restroom at the 2nd floor of the Caritas Building.[16]
Ozone discothèque as it appeared in 2008.
  • Ozone Disco: A former discothèque in Quezon City that was the site of the worst fire in the Philippine history. The fire killed at least 162 people and injured at least 95.[17][18][19][20][21] The discothèque building was demolished in 2015, and the site is now presently occupied by GoodAh!!!, a 24-hour diner, co-operated by Boy Abunda, and paranormal activities in the area were claimed to have greatly minimized ever since.[11][22][23][24][15]
  • PNB Branch Pasay: The fifth floor of this Pasay branch of PNB at Roxas Boulevard was used as a morgue for the 16-to-25 victims of a fire at the Regent of Manila hotel on February 13, 1985. Exorcisms were conducted on the said floor at the requests of previous occupants because of frequent paranormal activities.[2]
  • Robinsons Galleria: Most female shoppers avoided its department store in the 1980s because of rumors about a half-human, half-snake creature residing in the basement of the mall.[6]
  • Starmall Alabang: It is situated on the former site of the Alabang Cemetery. Believers claim ghosts haunting its theaters.[2][6][9]
  • University of the Philippines Diliman Campus: Its long history is said to be the reason of its alleged hauntings. Some of the areas of reported paranormal activity include the College of Music, the Vanguard Building, and the Guerrero Theater. Palma Hall supposedly hosts the spirit of a young theater actress who committed suicide after a newcomer obscured her recognition.[2][25]
  • University of Santo Tomas: Is reported by believers to be haunted, due to its long history that spans from the Spanish era. Santo Tomas also served as an internment camp during the Second World War wherein many of the prisoners of war were "enemy aliens", mostly Americans, living in the Philippines. Many prisoners died of starvation, illness, and others. The university is also a witness to unlucky students resorting to suicide, such as the female ghost in one of the ladies' restrooms in the Main Building.[2][11][10] Former UST Rector Magnificus Rolando de la Rosa confirmed in an interview about an alleged mass grave located near the UST museum.

Benguet

Baguio

Baguio, the largest city of Northern Luzon and a noted tourist destination, is said to be highly haunted. There are several haunted locations scattered throughout the city, such as cemeteries, old hotels, and other sites where structures used to stand until the 1990 Luzon earthquake destroyed them, injuring and killing the people inside. The city was also the site of some of the most brutal atrocities committed during World War II.[7][9][26][27][28] Such haunted locations include the following:

  • Dominican Hill Retreat House: Commonly called Diplomat Hotel, it was originally a seminary and later converted into a hotel. Situated atop the Dominican Hill, it has been considered as the city's most haunted location as it was the site of numerous atrocities committed by the Japanese forces during World War II.[7][9][15][27][28]
  • Hyatt Terraces Hotel: Was a 12-storey hotel that was destroyed in the 1990 Luzon earthquake. The destruction killed at least 50 people. Believers claim ghosts of those perished in the earthquake wandering the vacant site.[27][28]
  • Laperal White House: Also known as the Laperal Guesthouse, it was built by Roberto Laperal in the 1930s as a vacation home for his family. During World War II, the Japanese soldiers occupied the house and used it as a garrison, where they reportedly committed various atrocities, such as torturing and killing suspected spies working for the United States and their allies. Purchased in 2007 by one of the prominent Filipino-Chinese business magnate billionaires, Lucio Tan, it now serves as a museum of locally-made Filipino artworks based on bamboo and wood.[10][28][13]
  • Loakan Road: The access road to Loakan Airport, believers claim a female vanishing hitchhiker (said to be a rape victim) wandering the area.[27][28]
  • Philippine Military Academy: The military school of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is reportedly haunted by various ghosts, including phantom platoons marching in the parade grounds late at night.[7][9]
  • Teacher's Camp: First established as a training site by American teachers (Thomasites), it is now training center for teachers in the country. It is alleged that it was built on the site of a battlefield of the former indigenous residents.[7][9][10][27][28]

Bulacan

Bahay na Pula

Cavite

Ruins of Corregidor's hospital, where sounds of footsteps and normal hospital activities have been heard.
  • Corregidor Island: A historic island at the entrance of Manila Bay , Corregidor played a major role during World War II, during the invasion and liberation of the Philippines from Japanese forces. The Malinta Tunnel was first used as a storage facility of the U.S. Army during World War II, but was later converted into a hospital where injured soldiers were treated.[7][10][11][31]

La Union

Laguna

  • University of the Philippines Los Baños Campus: A witness to the Second World War and the Japanese occupation. The Baker Memorial Hall was used as an internment camp of around 2,500 American and allied POWs and civilians 1943–1945 and headquarters for the Imperial Japanese forces stationed in Los Banos, Laguna. Believers claim of garrotted ghosts in the building. Another area of paranormal activity is the hanging bridge that was destroyed by a 2006 typhoon.[9][10][32][34]

Pampanga

Quezon

  • Herrera Mansion: Also known as the Old Stone House, it is widely considered the oldest house of Tiaong, Quezon. It was designed by Tomás Mapua in 1920. Its original owners were Isidro and Juliana Herrera, but has been abandoned since many years ago and is now deteriorating due to decades of disuse. Believers claim of ghosts from the Japanese era.[10][13][37]
  • Mount San Cristobal: A mountain located in the municipality of Dolores. Believing natives claim that it emanates negative energy.[38]

Visayas

Antique

  • Evelio B. Javier Freedom Park: Located in front of the provincial capitol in the capital municipality of San Jose de Buenavista, it was where former provincial governor Evelio Javier was assassinated in 1986.[9]

Cebu

Museo Sugbo, formerly a prison (as "Cárcel de Cebú")
  • Casa Gorordo Museum: Located in Cebu City, it previously served as the family residence of Juan Gorordo, the first Filipino bishop of the Philippines. He died in the master's bedroom in 1934. Believers, however, claim of a female specter who is said to be the ghost of one of Gorordo's spinster sisters.[39][40]
  • Cebu Normal University: Located in Cebu City, the university served as a garrison during the Japanese era.[40]
  • Escario Pension House: A four-storey building located on Escario Street in Cebu City. Believers claim that it is haunted; stories maintain that monthly a worker perished during its construction.[15][39]
  • Fort San Pedro: A historical military fort located in Cebu City, it is claimed by believers to be haunted.[40]
  • Lambusan Public Cemetery: Located in Barangay Lambusan, San Remigio, it is situated in one of the poorest areas of the northern sector of the province. Several of the remains of the deceased were reportedly piled in a common area, as their families and relatives had no more enough money to pay for the yearly rent of the tombs. Ghost sightings in the cemetery have been reported by believers.[15][39]
  • Museo Sugbo: It is claimed by believers to be haunted, as it was formerly a prison during the Spanish colonial period (as the Cárcel de Cebú) and the Japanese occupation of the Philippines.[40]
  • Villalon Mansion: located at the Capitol Site in Cebu City, it was once the residence of an affluent Cebuano family. Believers now claim of paranormal activities in the now-off-limits site, including a white lady.[15][39][40]

Iloilo

  • Central Philippine University: Said by believers to be haunted due to the atrocities committed by the Japanese in the place during World War II. Many Americans who founded the University were killed by the Japanese troops.[41]

Negros Oriental

  • Silliman University: A prestigious Presbyterian institution located in Dumaguete, the institution is reported to be haunted. It was used as a station for Japanese forces during the Second World War. Notable haunted structures include the Katipunan Hall as well as three dormitory buildings; Edith Carson Hall, Channon Hall, and Doltz Hall. Channon Hall was used by the Japanese Kempeitai as their headquarters and torture chamber while Katipunan Hall was formerly the Dumaguete Mission Hospital and the main hospital of Silliman as well as the general hospital of the entire area surrounding Dumaguete and its border towns.[42]

Siquijor

Mindanao

Davao del Sur

Old Sasa airport
  • Ateneo de Davao University - Matina campus: The campus is situated on site of a wartime-era Japanese airfield. Believing students, faculty, staff, and security personnel claim of ghosts of Japanese soldiers and of deceased students haunting the campus.[44]
  • Palm Drive: A short road in Buhangin district of Davao City whose south end is to the west of SSS Bajada and Southern Philippine Medical Center. Believers claim it is haunted by a brown lady said to be a housemaid of one of the residences along the street who was murdered during a robbery attempt.[44]
  • Sasa Airport: The former airport in Davao City is now the home of several homeless families. Those believing occupants claim it is haunted by the deceased victims of the March 2003 bombing that killed 21 people.[45]
  • Talomo Beach: A row of retreat houses along the said beach in Davao City are said by believers to be haunted by children who drowned along the shores of the beach.[44]

See also

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