Stories Behind the 5 Scariest Places in the Philippines


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Are you in for a scare?

We’ve listed five of the most haunting places in the country, the urban legends and stories behind them. From the rude poltergeists who like throwing stones at guests to the lonely ghost of a young girl, these haunting stories will surely leave you feeling chilly.

1. The little girl of Bahay na Pula


little girl of Bahay na Pula
 Photo Credit: The Raven Reporter
little girl of Bahay na Pula
 Photo Credit: The Raven Reporter
little girl of Bahay na Pula
. Photo Credit: The Raven Reporter
The Bahay na Pula (Red House) used to be the residence of Don Ramon Ilusorio in San Ildefonso, Bulacan.

To punish the people of barrio Mapanique, Candaba, Pampanga for helping guerrillas during the war, the Japanese soldiers rounded up all the men and killed them. They took all the women in the Bahay na Pula, less than kilometer away from San Ildefonso, where they were abused and raped all day.

One little girl became a “favorite” of the soldiers and she was repeatedly raped and abused for 20-30 times a day. One day, she could no longer take all the abuses and refused. With all her fright, she tried to escape and ran along the corridor. Helpless, she found herself hiding inside the bathroom. The soldier overpowered her and mercilessly drowned the little girl in the bathtub and proceeded to rape her for the last time.

Until now, paranormal experts who visit the Bahay na Pula would often cry when they visit the upstairs area where the bathtub, terrace and rooms are. Usual sightings in the house are usually a woman in the terrace, woman peeking the window and running steps in the stairs.

2. Restless souls of the Ozone Disco

restless souls of the Ozone Disco
Photo Credit: Inquirer
It was in March 18, 1996, when the country woke up to a horrifying nightmare. A little past midnight, a massive fire erupted inside the Ozone Disco in Quezon City. An estimate of 160 people were trapped and burned inside. Most of them were high school and college students, celebrating their graduation or end-of-school parties. The 95 others who were injured but were able to escape, described the horrific incident. They first noticed smoke and fire coming in the DJ’s booth but mistook it as part of the party effects. When fire broke out, there was a stampede on the way to the only exit in the building. Their helpless bodies were found in the narrow corridor leading to the exit.

The building was so packed that night that an estimate of 400 people were going in and out of the place. It exceeded the approved capacity of occupancy good for 35-40 people for the 50 sq meter building.

Neighbors in the area, swear that they sometimes hear loud party music coming from the burned building. They were even shadows of what seem like people dancing and partying inside.

3. Poltergeists in Clark Air Base Pampanga

poltergeists in Clark Air Base Pampanga
Photo Credit: Max Cortesi of Atlas Obscura
poltergeists in Clark Air Base Pampanga
Photo Credit: Max Cortesi of Atlas Obscura
Any list about haunted buildings in the Philippines would always include the Clark Air Base in Pampanga. It was even included in the National Geographic’s horror docu-series “I Wouldn’t Go In There,” because there were so many evidences and stories of haunting ghosts. Ghost Hunters International even dubbed it as “one of the most haunted places in the world.”

During the World War II, it housed the fallen and dying American soldiers. It is said that most of the soldiers who died here where in agony and dying in a foreign land had left them restless after all these years. Unlike other ghosts who are only prominent in apparitions and creepy sounds, the ghosts in the Air Base are allegedly hostile and aggressive. Guests who visited the place said that they were being thrown stones and heard loud screamings.

4. The “revenge” of angry souls of Manila Film Center

“revenge” of angry souls of Manila Film Center

During the reign of the Marcoses, they were several grandiose projects built to transform the Philippines into the “Cannes of Asia.” The Manila Film Center would usher a whole new era for Philippine cinema. Due to numerous revisions, construction delay was already apparent but Imelda pushed for the quick completion of the project. On November 18, 1981, scaffolding and wooden support gave way while cement was being poured in the sixth-floor of the building.


Betty Benitez, who was incharge of the construction project arrived at the scene. Instead of halting the construction, Benitez allegedly ordered “pour the cement” so as to not further the delay of the construction. Construction workers, some were still alive, were buried on the spot.
According to the Marcos press, 28 construction workers were killed but rumors say that death toll was high as 168 people.

A few months later, Betty Benitez was killed in a bizarre car accident. She was with O.D Corpuz, ex-president of University of the Philippines, driving to Tagaytay in the middle of the night. Corpuz was driving when the car skidded off the road and hit a tree. Corpuz was alive but Benitez died on the spot.

Due the endless rumors surrounding the Manila Film Center, Imee allegedly called in a “medium” who can speak with the dead. During the ritual, the medium who only spoke in his native dialect, went into a trance and spoke in English, “Now, there are 169 of us.” He added, “Betty is with us.”

5. The Demon of Malabon Cemetery

Demon of Malabon Cemetery
Photo Credit: Christian Sangayo via Lakad Pilipinas
Demon of Malabon Cemetery
Photo Credit: Christian Sangayo via Lakad Pilipinas
In the Philippine culture, we often use angels or crosses as tombstones to protect our departed loved ones. But in the Malabon Cemetery, a creepy demon tombstone stands in guard to protect Don Simeon Bernardo. The tombstone shows a demon defeating St. Michael Archangel. The life-sized demon stomps over the angel with a fork pointed to his face.

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Don Simeon Bernardo was a devout Catholic who was captured and tortured during the Spanish era for suspicions of being a revolutionary. His faith was tested and on his deathbed, he allegedly asked his family to build the statue.He turned himself away from God due to his fate and even indoctrinated his children. According to stories, however, Don Simeon was never buried there and that a demon had decided to possess him. The demon allegedly has been roaming the Malabon cemetery at midnight. It was even believed that the statute itself seems to grow in size as the demon’s reminder that evil still prevails in the world.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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