Halloween is just around the corner. The temperature is dropping and the nights are getting longer. This is the best time to snuggle up with a good book and listen to some spooky stories before going to sleep? There’s no shortage of terrifying stories, especially in the Philippines, but these are the ones that got to me the most!
15 Most Haunted Places in the Philippines
Balete Drive, Quezon City
Any local can tell you about a resident ghost on Balete Drive in Quezon City. A woman was raped and brutally killed, and her corpse was allegedly discarded on Balete Drive by a cab driver. The case is still unresolved to this day. Some drivers said that they would spot the “white lady” waving them down at night with fear. Whether it’s a hoax or real, it doesn’t stop cab drivers from avoiding the lane at all costs at night.
Fort Santiago is a citadel constructed by Spanish navigator and governor Miguel López de Legazpi in 1593. During World War II, here is where the Manila Massacre took place, namely during the Battle of Manila. Japanese soldiers vented their rage and fury on the city’s people by committing atrocities. Filipino women and children were used as human shields. In the city of Manila, around 100,000 citizens were slaughtered.
It is claimed that the spirits of soldiers still roam the site at night. Others have claimed to have seen these civilians’ apparitions. Furthermore, some people have reported inexplicable abrupt temperature drops, disembodied voices, cries, and even being touched by unseen forces.
Prior to the pandemic, there were even ‘ghost tours’.
Manila Film Center
It was built with the intention of becoming the “Cannes of Asia,” but it is now one of Manila’s most haunted buildings. Hundreds of construction workers were buried at the site 39 years ago. What was the cause of the tragedy? Imelda Marcos, the former first lady, was rushing to construct the building for the forthcoming International Film Festival. To complete the project, construction workers had to labor around the clock.
On November 17, 1981, an entire floor collapsed due to insufficient time for the cement to dry. According to reports, she allegedly ordered that the remains of these deceased workers be covered with an extra layer of cement, allowing construction to continue seamlessly over these entombed victims. Strange sounds and voices have allegedly been heard.
A fire broke out at this old discotheque in Quezon City on March 18, 1996. More than a hundred individuals were killed in the fire, the majority of them were graduating students from the city’s colleges. These partygoers were trapped and killed from suffocation and burn as a result of a defective club emergency exit.
Ozone Disco is currently closed and has been abandoned, but there have been several claims of paranormal activity at night, including seeing and hearing faint disco lights and noises, voices in anguish, and shadows of clubbers dancing late into the night.
Benavides Park, University of Santo Tomas
Every school has its share of ghost stories and urban legends, but when it comes to a centuries-old institution that was previously an internment camp, you should expect a little bit more. During my Masters’ studies at UST, I heard numerous ghost stories from the faculty and other students, such as the roaming headless priest, wailing noises, white ladies, ghostly soldiers, and a piano playing by itself.
But two of the most popular were a man dressed in Dominican Habit who would subsequently vanish while wandering around Benavides Park (also known as Lovers’ Lane) at night. And a girl who allegedly hanged herself in one of the Main Building’s toilets.
The Diplomat Hotel, Baguio City
The Dominican Hill Retreat House was established in 1913 and served as a safe haven for certain Dominican Priests and Filipinos throughout the Japanese occupation of the Philippines from 1942 to 1945. The Japanese secret police, known as Kempeitai, took over the retreat home in 1945 and allegedly tortured and murdered the residents. During the liberation, Americans bombarded the building, and the remaining Japanese police officers committed suicide.
Some people claimed to have seen headless apparitions and ghosts of children running around the fountain area at night, as well as screams, cries, and other strange and desperate noises.
Check out my visit to the Diplomat Hotel in Baguio: Travel Guide: The Diplomat Hotel in Baguio, Philippines
Laperal White House, Baguio City
The Laperal White House, built and owned by Don Roberto Laperal in the 1930s, functioned as a vacation home for him and his family before being taken by Japanese forces and utilized as a temporary garrison during World War II. According to reports, the forces assaulted women, tortured, and murdered suspected spies working for the US and its allies.
Longtime caretakers of the house have reported witnessing apparitions, especially a woman in white and a little girl, coming to and leaving the mansion.
Check out my visit to the Laperal White House in Baguio: Travel Guide: The Laperal White House in Baguio, Philippines
Bahay Na Pula, Bulacan
The Red House, also known as Bahay na Pula in San Ildefonso, Bulacan, served as a base for Japanese soldiers. During World War II, Japanese forces were said to have starved the Filipino rebels before murdering them on the land. They also brought in local women and assaulted them inside the house.
Although it is currently abandoned, nearby residents have reported hearing screams and cries for help, as well as witnessing ghostly apparitions of soldiers roaming the vicinity.
Kalayaan Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman
One of the stories my brother told me during his first year at Kalayaan Residence Hall: A freshman was on her way to her PE class when she was raped and murdered in a grassy area near the Department of Military Science and Tactics. Her corpse was discovered a day later.
What was strange was that the Kalayaan Resident Assistant saw her on her way to her room and reprimanded her for trailing water in the corridor. The RA called her attention, but she continued to walk. Frustrated, the RA followed her to her room, only to find no one there when she opened the door.
Clark Air Base Hospital in Angeles, Pampanga
Clark Air Base Hospital was built in December 1964 for the care of US military troops and served as the major healthcare facility for soldiers not just in the Philippines, but all over Southeast Asia during the last months of World War ll, as well as as support during the Vietnam War.
Reportedly even when it was open and in operations, nursing staff and other employees reported doors opening and closing. They would also see people standing by who would suddenly vanish into thin air.
Screams and infants crying are also frequently heard, as are numerous stories of ghostly apparitions of long-dead soldiers with battle wounds walking or floating throughout the building.
Herrera Mansion, Tiaong, Quezon
The Herrara Mansion is the oldest house in Tiaon, Quezon, and it was constructed in the late 1920s by renowned architect Tomás Mapa. Locals claimed seeing an elderly couple strolling about the property, as well as headless soldiers marching to and from the gates, while visitors reported hearing chains being dragged around the house.
Malinta Tunnel, Corregidor
The Malinta Tunnel is a tunnel complex built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers on the Philippine island of Corregidor during a ten-year period beginning in 1922. Japanese soldiers were trapped in the tunnel in 1945 after the entrance was blocked by gunfire. Instead of surrendering, many Japanese soldiers committed suicide within the tunnel, with an estimated 3000 soldiers dying there by purposely detonating explosives.
Because of its terrible history, which dates back to World War II, there have been several tales of supposedly hauntings, including dark shadow figures and even those dressed up as soldiers. Locals have also reported to hear voices even when no one is around, describing them as screaming in terror as if they were trapped.
Teacher’s Camp, Baguio City
On December 11, 1908, the Baguio Teachers Camp was built. During the Japanese occupation from 1942 to 1945, the camp served as a hospital for the occupying soldiers. After the war, it was destroyed, but it was repaired and reopened in 1947.
The Albert Hall, which is commonly used for dining, is rumored to be haunted. A White lady was allegedly seen wandering around the foyer of the hall. In the same hall, there is also the sound of a chain being dragged by foot.
Balay Negrense, Negros Occidental
Balay Negrense is also known as Victor Gaston Ancestral Home is a museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental that houses artifacts showcasing the kind of lifestyle of a late-19th century sugar baron in the province. It was built in 1897 where Gaston, his wife, and twelve children lived a comfortable life.
Some visitors to Balay Negrense have reported paranormal encounters while inside the house, such as the feeling that someone was watching or following them around while they explored the property. Some also claimed to have seen people dressed in old-fashioned clothing partying in the house’s ballroom.
Baker Hall, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna
This is perhaps the most haunted place in all of UP Los Baños. It was constructed between 1927 and 1938 and was used as an internment camp by the Japanese soldiers during World War II, where they tortured and murdered prisoners of war and civilians.
Cries and screams were said to have come from the hall late at night. Allegedly, a platoon of soldiers was also seen marching around the area.
Got goosebumps yet?
This concludes the top 15 most haunted places in the Philippines. What are some of your city or country’s most popular haunted locations? Please share it with us in the comments!