Sometimes the most haunted places in the world are those that we least expect. Case in point: homes. You think of homes as a safe refuge where you can be at peace. But in many parts of the country, certain houses won’t put you at ease. From mysterious appearances of human-like figures to disturbing sounds, all you’ll feel is a creeping sense of the sinister once you step inside.
Below are some of the popular haunted houses in the country, which you may want to learn more about in anticipation of the spooky season:
Herrera Mansion in Tiaong Quezon
A palatial abode, this property is the oldest house in the municipality. By the name, its owner was Isidro and Julio Herrera, a couple who participated in the revolutionary movement against Spanish colonizers in 1896.
Although the mansion survived World War II, it sustained significant damages from the bombings. It underwent rehabilitation under an architect named C. Gonzales in the years after the war. Today, it’s abandoned, only a relic of the country’s colonial past.
According to locals and tourists, they would see headless Japanese soldiers and an elderly couple dressed in white roaming around. They would likewise hear clinking sounds of chains being dragged around in the house.
Bahay na Pula in San Ildefonso, Bulacan
From the main road, it’s hard to miss this lone rusty red house. It’s the only structure you’ll see amid the sprawls of greenery around. Also called the Ilusorio House, Bahay na Pula was owned by Don Ramon Ilusorio, a wealthy man who owned acres of hacienda lands in the area.
During the Japanese occupation, colonizers used this house as headquarters. It became a torture site for Filipinos suspected to be members of the revolutionary group Hukbalahap (Hukbong Laban sa Hapon).
It’s not surprising that the horror stories surrounding this house were of sounds of wailing and screaming, as well as people marching around.
Balay Negrense in Negros Occidental
Although it’s popularly called bahay na bato, the lower floor of Balay Negrense is made of concrete, not stone. The upper floor, on the other hand, is built with wood. Nonetheless, it carries the feel of an antique house.
This is a property of one of the pioneers of sugarcane cultivation in the country, Victor Gaston. It used to house Gaston’s 12 children. In 1992, an heir donated the house to the Philippine Tourism Authority, and with massive rehabilitation, Balay Negrense was preserved. Today, it’s a museum tourists can freely visit.
Most people visiting the site, however, try to avoid looking at mirrors inside the rooms for fear of seeing apparitions.
Laperal White House in Baguio City
Similar to the mentioned above, this house got its name from its owner: the Laperal family. They’re one of the oldest clans in Baguio, with the patriarch Don Roberto. When World War II struck, Japanese soldiers also turned the place into a military base where they tortured people.
Today, the house is haunted by horror stories. Some locals report seeing a young girl standing at the staircase in front of the house, while others find a woman looking out into the window of the house. Still, there are some who hear noises inside even though the place is completely empty.
Yes, the very place where the president resides has horror stories, too. Apparently, ghosts of the past heads of state roam the mansion. Those who spent considerable time in the palace reported hearing the sound of footsteps and seeing pianos playing by themselves and a lady in a black dress.
The ghost of an American chaplain named Father Brown also haunts the place, as well as the deceased valet of President Quezon. Some residents of the palace say that the latter is likely the reason for the eerie sounds of car doors being opened and shut in the garage during the night.
Aside from spirits of the dead, some people claim to spot supernatural creatures, including a kapre smoking cigars at the balete tree near the entrance of Malacañan.
With all the ghostly appearances and strange noises in these houses, they are without a doubt some of the most haunted places in the country. But more than the horror stories told now, it’s perhaps more important to remember the historical events these buildings have witnessed.