This Halloween, give yourself a fright as you explore these haunted locations.
Test your courage this All Hallow’s Eve by exploring places that have inspired some of the most hair-raising tales in the Philippines.
Old Diplomat Hotel
They say that you’ll get goosebumps as soon as you enter the now-defunct Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City. What was originally a seminary and rest house in 1911, did not remain a sanctuary for long. During World War II, the Japanese took over the property and turned it into a prisoners-of-war camp. It later on became a battleground when Filipino guerrillas and American soldiers took back the site.
After the war, the building was converted into a hotel and was managed by entrepreneur and faith healer Tony Agpaoa. It was during this time that guests and employees claimed to see the headless apparitions of the victims who experienced the horror of war at Diplomat Hotel.
After Tony passed away, the hotel ceased operation. Despite this, local residents living nearby have shared stories about how they could still hear slamming doors, windows, and the agonized cries for help by victims of its dark past.
The entire property had been declared off-limits but it was acquired by the city government in 2005 and was later reopened for thrill-seeking tourists looking for paranormal activity.
Manila City Hall
A busy government office by day, an eerie building by night: that is how Manila City Hall is described by those who think it is a haunted place. People even go so far as to say that if you look at the building from above, you might notice that it is shaped like a casket with a cross.
During World War II, Manila was one of the most bombarded cities in the Philippines, resulting in countless deaths. The dead are now rumored to be the same lonely spirits responsible for the strange sounds, footsteps, and whispers heard at Manila City Hall after 6PM.
If you’re alone on the road at night, they say be careful if you’re passing by Balete Drive.
Named after the balete trees that line the street, and supposed conducive home for paranormal beings, Balete Drive is said to be haunted by a “white lady”. Her identity is unknown, and the story goes that her ghost appears in backseats of taxis and can be spotted in rearview mirrors. Better be careful as you drive by at night–who knows what’s awaiting as you glance in the rearview mirror?