5 Scary Places in The Philippines

Go on a heart-racing trip as you visit these spine-chilling, hair-raising horror spots.
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It’s that time of the year again when there is an abundance of creepy crawlies ready to scare you. From decorations to costumes, Halloween is all about make-believe, playing with your imagination, and most importantly, striking fear into yourself and others. If you are looking for some real hauntings, why not visit these five scary places in the Philippines on All Hallow’s Eve?

But before you proceed, allow us to warn you with this classic caveat posted at the horror rides in carnivals or perya: Babala: Kung ikaw ay buntis, may sakit sa puso o hika, o sadyang matatakutin, pinapayuhan ka namin na huwag nang tumuloy sa puntong ito.


1. Balete Drive in New Manila
Balete Drive is a popular street in the residential area of New Manila. The story goes that in the 1950s, a taxi driver raped and decapitated a young woman along that road. And ever since then, her ghost has haunted the area to seek revenge from the cab drivers passing by. Because of this, it’s not uncommon for taxi drivers to refuse to bring passengers to Balete Drive after 12 midnight. For a truly scary experience, witnesses say that the “white lady” appears during the witching hour. What better way to welcome Halloween than stalking the allegedly haunted street?


2. Diplomat Hotel in Baguio
Before it became a hotel, Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City was a seminary. During World War II, Japanese soldiers swarmed this establishment and killed everyone on site—nuns and priests were beheaded and babies were all murdered. Even before the hotel stopped operations in the late 80’s, there have been claims of hauntings by guests and staff alike—the ghosts of the beheaded nuns and priests stalk the property, and if you are brave enough to explore the ruins, you might just see them. Neighbors claim to hear banging doors even if the hotel no longer has any. Some visitors also claim that just by standing in the vicinity, you can already feel the darkness and dread emanating from the property.

[By the way, we’re offering discounted rates for overnight stays in Diplomat Hotel from October 31 to November 1! Of course, we’re kidding – Ed.]


3. Bahay na Pula in Bulacan
The infamous Bahay na Pula is located in San Ildefonso, Bulacan. It is one of the houses taken by the Japanese, also during World War II, and was a site of gruesome and vile events—Filipino guerrilla soldiers were reportedly massacred there as well as the rape and killing of many women. Like most horror stories, it is said that the souls of the departed still haunt the halls of the house to seek justice and revenge. Noises like chains dragging on the floor and coins falling down the stairs are said to be heard. Now this is one house you don’t want to spend the night in.


4. Clark Airbase Hospital in Pampanga
Hospitals are scary enough with all the death and eerie corridors and just overall creepy ambiance, but what more if it’s been abandoned for years? The Clark Airbase Hospital in Pampanga was heavily active during the Vietnam War and Second World War. With all the deaths and tragedies during these wars, it’s no wonder why this place became a nexus of spirits. Paranormal experts said that most of the ghosts that reside there are harmless but some are malevolent and spiteful enough to throw objects at unwanted guests, as seen on the National Geographic show I Wouldn’t Go in There in 2013.


5. Manila Film Center, CCP Complex in Pasay
One of the famous projects of former first lady Imelda Marcos, the Manila Film Center has seen its fair share of controversies. The most horrific of them all was the accident that occurred in November 1981 where over a hundred workers were buried alive after an accident during the final phase of its construction. It was said that hours have already passed before the rescuers responded. Many claimed that it was intentional as it would be easier to retrieve dead bodies than rescue survivors. The howls and screams of angry men, believed to be the spirits of the construction workers who were buried alive, can apparently be heard in the building, still seeking help and hoping to be saved from their damnation.

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