Philippine horror films have always been a staple for movie goers. As much as foreign films, local horror movies have come a long way too in terms of cinematography and visual effects. However, the thing that sets local films apart from Hollywood movies is the richness in cultural themes.
In as early as 1932, Philippine cinema began to embrace horror films and many of which tackle native folklore. Filipino horror films almost always feature stories from local folklore like stories about aswangs, kapres, tiyanaks, and the like, which are part of Philippine culture and history.
Listen to this story in Tagalog
From the time that I got married, I wasn't able to visit our house where I lived when I was young. It was my mother’s family’s house. Only my grandfather lives there now.
My father already passed away, and my mother is now working abroad.
Because my mother was able to save up from her work as an OFW, she decided to have our house renovated.
That house was already old anyway. There were places where water leaked when it's raining. And some of the doors were not anymore that sturdy.
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In the commercial building that our office was located, there were already rumors that weird things tend to happen. In fact, the director of the building also experienced some hauntings so he decided to invite a priest to consecrate the entire building.
This particular incident happened to me about 3 days after I started working there. Because I was a new employee, I was not then aware of the rumors that the place was haunted. I was assigned on a night shift at that time so when I go to work, sometimes there were very few people in the building.
Filipinos are naturally superstitious people. Whatever the event, there is always a set of superstitious beliefs that they eagerly adhere to. The wedding day is no exception.
From the fearfully followed “sukob sa kasal” to something very trivial like offering eggs to avoid wish for a clear sky, Filipinos have a handful of superstitious beliefs for wedding days or what is called “mga pamahiin sa kasal.”
Here are some of the crazy but less known Filipino wedding superstitions that you might not know about.
Lieutenant Gimo or Teniente Gimo is known in his town as someone belonging to a family of "aswang," creatures in Philippine folklore who are known to feast on human flesh. He and his family lived somewhere in Dueñas, Iloilo. As a proud aswang, he is not afraid to ever deny what he really is. He believed that being an aswang makes him powerful against the people and their fear of him and his clan all the more made him stronger.
One of Teniente Gimo's daughter is a student in a university somewhere in a city. On a school break, his daughter invited two of her classmates to come and go with her to her hometown. The two young ladies were excited to take a trip to a new place, so they both agreed to come along.
Filipinos have always carried a baffling fascination for the supernatural. They, especially the young generations, grew up hearing scary tales of the "pugot na pari" who would roam the cemeteries at night or the white lady who would appear in front of the mirror if you stayed up so late at night. The classic book series Philippine Ghost Stories might have also been one of your precious possessions!
The school grounds did not escape such tales and if you would ask students, it seems that every school campus has their own taste of supernatural and paranormal phenomena.
This article is a continuation of the post on the most haunted schools in the Philippines.
#1 De La Salle University
Front façade of Saint La Salle Hall and Henry Sy Building (credit:ShoesPatrickroque01 via Wikipedia)
Perhaps one of the most famous schools for campus ghost stories is De La Salle University. The old buildings in the school grounds have witnessed countless tragedies during World War II and so almost all buildings are believed to have their own resident ghosts.
Filipinos are innately fond of watching horror movies. May it be about white ladies in Balete trees or something trivial like a haunted refrigerator, Filipinos are lured to watching horror flicks as a way to have a fun night with friends or something to do to help pass time.
Most especially during All Souls Day, families and friends gather in front of the television to enjoy a horror movie marathon together.
If you are searching for Pinoy horror movies to watch, here is a list of spine-tingling Pinoy horror films that you will surely love.
Universities and school campuses are oftentimes the home of the most spine-chilling ghost stories in the Philippines that will no doubt keep you up at night. Creepy accounts from students and school staff who were believed to have experienced paranormal phenomena in the said schools can spread like wildfire and stay within (and even outside) the campuses for a long long time.
Which do you think are the most haunted schools and campuses in the Philippines?
Here is our list of the creepiest school settings according to student tales.
1. St. Paul's University
Perhaps one of the most common horror stories we have heard is the white lady appearing in front of the school mirrors of St. Paul's University. Well, anyone would be horrified to see that, but St. Paul's staff have taken extreme measures to avoid this paranormal encounter.
Believing in ghosts, vampires, and other mythical beings divides the believers from the skeptics. The existence of these out-of-this-world creatures has long been debated upon by people from different fields. However, Philippine culture has allowed the people to nurture a strong belief in the existence of powerful forces not of this earth.