Traditionally, most of us would spend Halloween and All Saints Day by visiting our departed loved ones. However, there are those who choose to be a bit adventurous and visit haunted places around the Philippines. Check out these six haunted places that you (and your family and/or friends) can check out if you want spooky time:
1. Diplomat Hotel. Located at Dominican Road, Baguio City, the former rest house and seminary is popular for a number of horror stories, which involve souls of beheaded nuns and priests during the Second World War, babies killed at the hotel’s fountain, and visitors trapped to death after a fire broke out. In spite of its intensely spooky reputation, visitors flock to the place which has been declared a historical site in 2013.
2. Bahay na Pula. Located at San Ildefonso, Bulacan, this red-colored house had an infamous reputation during World War II: The house is said to be a place where comfort women were repeatedly raped by Japanese Soldiers. In addition, several Filipinos were tortured and shot dead in front of their loved ones, which explains the strange noises people hear when visiting this place.
3. Clark Airbase Hospital. Located at Clark Airbase, Pampanga, this abandoned hospital used to be a place where casualties of World War II and the Vietnam War were brought in for medical care. It is said to be so scary, it was featured in a documentary as one of the scariest places in Asia. Having survived an air raid and a volcanic eruption among other things, it does not come as a surprise as to why the abandoned place has become a haven for paranormal activity.
4. Manila Film Center. Located at the CCP complex in Pasay City, this building has generated controversy due to its hasty construction, which led to the death of several workers during the final stages of its construction back in 1981. Those who have visited the place have heard eerie noises resembling those of workers crying for help before concrete was allegedly poured over them. Presently, there are no active shows in the building after a fire incident in 2013.
5. Villa Epifania. Located at Brgy. San Jose, Santa Rita, Pampanga, this white concrete house was used as headquarters for Japanese soldiers and guerillas during World War II. Known for being the first all-concrete house in Santa Rita and a known movie set in yesteryears, the house is said to be used as a place to torture residents during World War II. Its mysterious look and appeal gave birth to rumors that there might be paranormal activity happening in the compound.
6. Intramuros. Despite being a known tourist spot for both locals and foreigners, the walled city’s historical past, which include Jose Rizal’s detention and the death of several prisoners, are among the reasons why Intramuros is to an extent a haunted place. That being said, there are ghost tours being offered so visitors can explore the remnants of Intramuros’ dark past.
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Banner art by Jana Jimenez. Photgraphs from Choose Philippines, ABS-CBN News, Verafiles.org, and CityofPines.com.