5 Most Haunted Buildings in the Philippines

If you have watched any horror film (who hasn't?), you may have noticed that it's not the characters, or the music, or even the ghost that gives us the chills in the first look -- it's the place. Imagine a horror film set in a supermarket. It just doesn't work. But what really causes chills in our spine is the fact that the movie is based on a true story about the place. About what mystery emerged around it.

So if you're interested in a good travel destination (just kidding), you might want to take a peak on the 5 scariest establishments in the Philippines. 

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5. Malacañang Palace

Malacañang Palace is a silent witness to those glorious days that have shaped our history. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that this building has plenty of spooky stories to tell–including the ghost of no less than President Manuel L. Quezon.

Rumor has it that after Imee Marcos had a vision of Quezon in the study room, the latePresident Marcos seek the help of spiritualists. Employees and residents also reported sightings of President Ramon Magsaysay and other mysterious entities including the black lady of Mabini Hall, ghost of American chaplain named Father Brown, and even a kapre near the Palace’s state entrance.
The headless ghost of Malacañang Palace (Source: malacanang.gov.ph)
The headless ghost of Malacañang Palace (Source: malacanang.gov.ph)

4. Ozone Disco

In March 18, 1996, massive flames engulfed Ozone Disco, killing 160 people–mostly teenagers– while leaving the other 95 injured. To this day, it remains as the worst fire accident in Philippine history.

But 17 years later, the horror of that fateful night literally echoes back from Ozone’s old, dirty walls. Terrified witnesses claim to have heard heavy beat of music and muffled voices coming from the abandoned building. There are also reported sightings of ghostly figures dancing in the moonlight–a grim reminder of Ozone’s once lively past.
Ozone Disco today. (Source: www.hauntedamericatours.com)
Ozone Disco today. (Source: www.hauntedamericatours.com)

3. Manila Film Center

Built in 1981, Manila Film Center has been dubbed as the country’s largest tomb. The legend started when a scaffolding of the upper floor collapsed during the height of its construction. Some people died instantly while others suffered injuries. Threatened by an impending deadline, Marcos ordered some of the trapped workers to be buried alive. Or so the story goes.

Fortunately, the building was completed in time for the 1982 Manila International Film Festival. But since then, furious ghosts have refused to keep silent. In a 2005 documentary, Howie Severino confirmed that all 169 workers were traced and not more than a dozen died from the accident. Still, a hair-raising atmosphere at Manila Film Center is always ready to welcome those who dare to enter it.
The Manila Film Center (Source: www.thepinoywarrior.com)
The Manila Film Center (Source: www.thepinoywarrior.com)

2. Clark Air Base Hospital

Hospitals are said to be gateways leading to the afterlife. Clark Air Base Hospital in Angeles City, Pampanga is no exception. But if hundreds of ghost stories are to be believed, this abandoned hospital will surely make your knees tremble. In fact, Ghost Hunters International has dubbed it as “one of the most haunted places in the world”. It also has the most documented ghost sightings ranging from violent spirit voices to mysterious shadows lurking in the corners.

By reviewing its history, it should not come as a surprise why it has been haunted by restless spirits. During the WWII, Clark Air Base Hospital served as a haven for wounded and dying American soldiers. Its frightening reputation will soon be featured in National Geographic Channel’s docu-series aptly titled “I Wouldn’t Go In There.” 

1. The Diplomat Hotel

Any list of Philippine haunted buildings won’t be complete without Baguio City’s Diplomat Hotel. It’s so filled with ghosts that thrill-seekers consider it as a favorite destination. But let us explore first how it turned into a ghost building: During the early 20th century, Dominicans built it to serve as a school, monastery, and finally, as a summer retreat house.

Then, at the height of WWII, Diplomat Hotel was badly attacked by the Japanese forces. Legend has it that several priests were killed by the Japanese at the hotel ground floor and somewhere in the second floor. It is said that babies were also mercilessly killed near the fountain. These horrific murders probably explain why a headless priest and chilling cries of an infant have frequented the abandoned hotel.

In 2012, however, the haunted building was finally renovated and christened with a new name: The Baguio Dominican Heritage Hill and Nature Park. Whether the ghosts of Diplomat Hotel will remain or not is left for us to discover.