It is part of our culture in the Philippines, just like it is here in the United States to share ghost stories before Halloween. In the Philippines, it is because of All Souls Day.
I remember growing up as a kid there. During All Souls Day, or days surrounding it, when the power goes out, it becomes a fun thing for kids. The older folks will dress up in scary garbs and try to scare the children playing outside in the dark with the moon as their only light or a gas lamp in the middle of the street. It was a fun thing for us kids. Yet, it’s not so fun to those who can’t stand ghost stories.
I went to the University of Santo Tomas which is one of the top six haunted universities in the Philippines. I was a Medical Technology student and sometimes we would have activities at night at the Medical Building where the audio visual was located. On the way out of the audio visual are dark hallways and some even go through the laboratory where cadavers are stored. We used to freak out and scare each other while passing thorough those halls.
Anyway, since it’s that time of year, I would like to share a story with you…
University of Santo Tomas, Manila
Thousands of people reportedly died within the walls of UST before the grounds became home to the school.
Its centuries-old history (it was once used as an internment camp during the Japanese occupation era) offers a plethora of secrets and tales, including that of a long-dead Dominican priest reportedly walking along Benavides Park at midnight, nodding at passers-by.
The security guard known as “Mang Ambo” was fond of pulling pranks during his lifetime—and beyond. A janitor went to the comfort room in the wee hours of the morning to wash his face.
He claimed that the lights went on and off, only to find no one there when he investigated. The interesting thing is that he received phone call moments later that announced Mang Ambo’s death in a freak accident.
Since the University of Santo Tomas is the oldest university in Asia, it does not exactly suffer from a dearth of ghosts stories.
Here, there’s the story about a female student who at a very late hour went to one of the first-floor bathrooms of UST’s Main Building, that ancient massive building we see in the middle of the campus.
The student washed her face and as she looked up to the mirror, she saw the dark figure of a lady, and gasped. No one was in the room except her.
Thinking a little divine intervention would help, the girl started praying the Lord’s Prayer.
But midway through the prayer, she stopped. It seemed that somebody was praying with her, repeating the syllables of the prayer like an echo.
When she looked at the mirror, she found that the black lady was still there, praying with her!
Finally, stories are also told of the spirit of a brokenhearted young lady who weeps in Room 406 of the St. Raymund’s Building—the same place from which she jumped to her death after hearing of her parents’ planned separation.
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