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17 Haunted Places In The Philippines That Aren't For The Faint Of Heart

Scarier than your tita's probing questions.

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1. Clark Air Base Hospital, Pampanga

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The now abandoned hospital in Angeles, Pampanga was a refuge to American soldiers during the war. It was a witness to all the negativities brought upon by countless deaths and violence.

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The hospital was featured in National Geographic's horror series I Wouldn't Go In There and Ghost Hunters International called it one of the most haunted places in the world because—unlike many harmless ghosts—the spirits believed to reside here are said to be violent, "throwing" objects at unwelcome visitors.

2. Diplomat Hotel, Baguio

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The now-abandoned hotel dates back to 1911, when it was still a seminary, then a school, before being developed into a hotel.

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During World War II, nuns and priests were beheaded by the Japanese soldiers here, which explains visitors' visions of headless ghosts. Wails of babies and children are also often heard by people living near the area, especially along the fountain where numerous children were massacred in the past.

3. Teacher's Camp, Baguio

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Located along Leonard Wood Road in Baguio City, Teacher's Camp has been serving as a training center for teachers all over the Philippines since 1908.

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Teacher's Camp is known to be one of the most haunted places in Baguio. Strange experiences from visitors include hearing footsteps along the hallway, hearing a crying lady in the middle of the night, and seeing a headless priest and a lady dressed in white.

4. Herrera Mansion, Quezon

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The stone mansion in Tiaong, Quezon is believed to be the oldest house in the area. The house—designed in the 1920 by Tomas Mapua—is owned by a married couple, Isidro and Juliana Herrera. The house survived World War II, but it didn't emerge unharmed. To this day, locals claim to see headless Japanese soldiers and an elderly couple dressed in white roaming around the mansion.

5. Manila Film Center

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On November 17, 1981, at around 3:00 AM, the ceiling scaffolding of the film center—Imelda Marcos put a rush order on it to be built—collapsed, leading construction workers to fall into the still-soft concrete below. Rumor has it that because of time constraints, Imelda Marcos ordered cement to be poured over the area, burying the bodies of the workers, some believed to still be alive.

6. Laperal White House, Baguio

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Owned by the Laperal clan in the 1920s, the Victorian style house located in #14 Leonard Wood Road in Baguio was used as a temporary garrison by the Japanese soldiers during WWII.

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Caretakers say that the house is a witness to numerous killings and acts of torture during the war. Passing visitors and taxi drivers have seen apparitions through the windows. Since its restoration in 2013, the house is now open to curious visitors for Php50.00, and is a home to various bamboo crafts by local artists.

7. Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila

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Fort Santiago served as a defense fortress during the Spanish occupation and World War II. Hundreds of lives were lost in its cells. Jose Rizal himself was imprisoned in one of its dungeons.

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Today, people who live inside the walled city claim to see apparitions of guardia civils dressed in blue roaming around in the middle of the night.

8. Hospital Ruins, Corregidor

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Another place that was heavily affected by World War II bombings is Corregidor Island in Bataan. During that time, the island was armed with coastal artilleries to defend Manila from foreign warships.

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The hospital, naturally, was witness to numerous deaths by the bombings. Although the entire island is believed to be haunted itself, the hospital ruins certainly is one of the creepiest spots.

9. Malinta Tunnel, Corregidor

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The tunnel was originally designed to be a bomb-proof storage and personal bunker by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the second world war. It was later on turned into a 1,000-bed hospital to treat soldiers injured in the battle.

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Today, the tunnel is open to the public, housing several exhibits about the events that transpired in the island during the war.

10. Baker Hall, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna

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Named after the university's longest serving College of Agriculture dean, Charles Fuller Baker, the building is now used by the College of Arts and Sciences. During World War II though, when the Japanese occupied UPLB, it served as an interment camp for American and allied prisons of war and civilians. Ghosts of garrotted prisoners are said to appear all the time. Not to mention the spooky tunnel beneath the building which served as a passage for POWs during the war.

11. Ozone Disco Club, Quezon City

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On the night of March 18, 1996, the 50-square-meter disco club along Timog Avenue caught what was the worst fire in the Philippines, killing 160 students who were celebrating graduation. When the fire was finally put out, authorities saw the bodies along the corridor leading to the establishment's only exit.

Ozone Disco was left abandoned since then but residents in the area claim to hear party music coming from where the club used to stand and see figures that seem to be dancing during the night.

12. Balete Drive, Quezon City

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Balete Drive is probably the most infamous road in the Philippines in terms of supernatural occurrences. According to the urban legend, a lady was raped in this road—either by a Japanese soldier or a taxi driver—and now haunts cars and motorcycles passing late at night.

13. University of Santo Tomas

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UST is one of the oldest universities in the Philippines with more than 400 years up their tab, so, naturally, it has seen a lot of history.

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Probably everyone who has ever studied or visited the university has their own story about supernatural encounters in this university, but the more popular ones include beheaded friars and a girl hanging from the ceiling in one of the campus' comfort rooms.

14. Manila City Hall

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Employees say one shouldn't stay inside the city hall beyond 6 p.m., because that's when the spirits start to show themselves. Add that to the fact that the building looks like a coffin with a cross on it when seen from above.

15. Mt. Cristobal, Quezon

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Mt. Cristobal stands beside Mt. Banahaw, a famous destination for devotees during Holy Week. Unlike Banahaw, which is believed to be home of religious deities, Cristobal is known as the "Devil's Mountain" because of the paranormal activities experienced by those who dared to hike it.

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Hikers losing control of their minds and getting lost, missing items, and green neon lights on the ground are just some of the creepiest things visitors have experienced.

16. Bahay na Pula, San Ildefonso, Bulacan

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Bahay na Pula was owned by the Ilusorio family in the late 1920s. During the Japanese occupation, the two-storey mansion was turned by the Japanese into a barracks and a place where "comfort women" were forced to work.

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Although it has been partially dismantled in 2014, the mansion remains as one of the most famous haunted places in the country because of its unfortunate history.

17. Malacañang Palace

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Yep, the country's presidential home is said to be haunted by ghosts. And not just any other ghosts—ghosts of former presidents including Presidents Manuel Quezon, Manuel Roxas, and Ramon Magsaysay.

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Employees have also seen—among others—a woman dressed in black looking out a window through the Pasig River.

If you're in the ~spirit~, go ahead and visit — if you dare.

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