Manila Film Center in Pasay City, Philippines
Metro Manila

Haunted Places: Manila Film Center in Manila, Philippines

The Amazing Show, formerly known as the Manila Film Center, is a national building in Pasay City, Philippines, located at the southwest end of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex. It was a project of former first lady Imelda Marcos and is known as one of the country’s most haunted locations.

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HISTORY: MANILA FILM CENTER

An accident happened during construction on November 17, 1981, about 3:00 AM. A large portion of the scaffolding collapsed, sending at least 169 (the exact number is unknown, but this is often cited as the best estimate) workers plummeting into a massive amount of quick drying cement that had been freshly laid.

Normally, the first response would be to send out help, rescue the fallen, and save as many victims as possible, but when the first lady heard about the tragedy and realized it would take a long time to retrieve the bodies and workers from the hardened cement, she and the administration allegedly put a security blackout on the area and imposed a no-entry zone that stood for nine hours until finally people were allowed to enter, in order to rescue those still living.

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THE HAUNTING AT MANILA FILM CENTER

Moans and wails have been reported coming from the structure’s concrete foundations, and apparitions that appear to be half sunk into the concrete have been allegedly seen. Those who are in the area late at night for rehearsals or cleaning are said to experience a crushing sensation of claustrophobia while working. Some reported hearing the victims ask visitors to phone their homes and inform their family that they are okay.

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MY EXPERIENCE AT MANILA FILM CENTER

Contrary to it being haunted, the building and the surrounding area is a popular spot for fitness buffs. Roxas Boulevard gets very busy on Saturday and Sunday mornings. People run, play Frisbee, bike, do aerobics or Zumba, and have a game of badminton, tennis, or volleyball. There are designated spots for certain sports; you just have to choose one. Within the complex you’ll see, the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Runners might find the C.C.P. Ramp a challenge. Just a few rounds on the ramp can get your heart pumping and your sweat pouring. During one of my and my running team’s meet up, I’ve explored around the building. I didn’t have any paranormal experience, it was rather peaceful.

HOW TO GET TO MANILA FILM CENTER

The Amazing Show (Manila Film Center)
ADDRESS: Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay, Luzon, Philippines
HOURS:  You are not allowed inside unless you have a ticket to watch a show. You are free to admire the building and its surroundings though. I was approached by the security and was told that taking pictures isn’t allowed – that I have to get a permit from the ‘head office’ which is located inside the CCP building.

Would suggest to book a trip via the Grab App or Angkas.
The location pin is: Amazing Show (Pasay)

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Polly Amora

Polly Amora is the general manager of a privately owned corporation in Manila, Philippines. She is a life-long learner who is extroverted to the extreme, knows four languages, is loud and outspoken, and enjoys adventure in the mountains, the beach, and the city. You can throw her wherever and she'll handle it like a pro. Her weaknesses include ice cream and beer.

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