Kids of the early 2000s would remember saving their baon over these editions of True Philippine Ghost Stories. Back when we only had spotty dial-up internet, these books provided excitement to those bored at home. While we can’t host Halloween parties or visit our loved ones in the cemetery, we can spend the day tucked in bed while getting spooked by these true Philippine ghost stories!
The Haunting at Concha Cruz Drive (Book 1)
Spooky story highlight: Concha Cruz Drive in BF Homes Paranaque was a famous spot for car enthusiasts, drag racing, and those looking to have a good time in the early 80s. At nine in the evening, teens from the subdivision and neighboring villages would gather to drink beer, listen to loud music, and watch drag races on the long stretch of asphalt.
One night, a group of friends was driving along the famous drive to see one of their friends. Before they reached an intersection, a black sedan pulled to their right, as if asking them to race. The driver accepted the unknown car’s challenge but before they could race, the windows of the black sedan started rolling down, exposing the passengers of the car. What they saw was pure horror: a couple dressed in white staring blankly; both covered in blood with head injuries. According to one of the residents, this is the ghost of a famous drag race driver and his girlfriend, who met a tragic death from racing. They haunt the drive to this day, warning people about the dangers of drag racing.
The Ghost on Dimasalang Street (Book 2)
Spooky story highlight: Gerrilyn Cadiz had been seeing ghosts since she was eight years old. Seeing her “gremlins” became normal as they’re mostly harmless, except for one. Her family moved to a newly constructed house at Dimasalang St., Baclaran; it was only vacant for a month before they moved in. As it was still new, she didn’t expect any of her “gremlins” to drop by. But one night, she met an entity so angry she felt excruciating pain.
It was a humid night but during her sleep, the room suddenly went cold. When Gerrilyn opened her eyes, she saw a lady standing at the foot of her bed. She knew it wasn’t her mother, and it wasn’t human. The lady just stood, with her dark hair swaying from the breeze and anger in her eyes. The entity just stared but Gerrilyn felt like something was being drilled in her skull until it vanished. Gerrilyn’s mother told her she’s seen the lady too, and it had become a “boarder” in their home. She doesn’t get the excruciating pain anymore and just like her other “gremlins”, seeing the lady pass by walls has become normal.
Antique Spanish Bed (Book 3)
Spooky story highlight: Judy Geronimo has a friend whose mom is wild about anything antique. From porcelain jars and figurines to furniture, anything antique would be added to her collection. Mrs. Villarama would travel to look for antique goods and has become a favorite among antique dealers. One day, she was contacted and given an offer about a Spanish antique bed that was pre-owned by Gabby Concepcion’s (yes the actor) great grandmother. Mrs. Villarama haggled and got the antique bed for Php 180,000.
Her home is an old house built in the early 1900s and this gorgeous four-poster mahogany canopy bed would fit in her space. Before moving it to the guest room, Mrs. Villarama wanted to try sleeping on it. Though it was old, the bed was still comfortable until she experiences having recurring nightmares: an arguing couple from the old days where the husband would strangle his wife. The nightmares have worn out Mrs. Villarama and she finally spoke with the dealer. It turns out that the antique bed was originally owned by a couple in Bacolod. The husband discovered the wife with another man on the bed; out of anger, he shot the man and hit his wife against the bed. Upon checking, Mrs. Villarama saw that the bed still had bloodstains on it.
The Lady in the Black Dress (Book 4)
Spooky story highlight: After getting an invitation, Liza and her boyfriend visited her friend Mabel’s house in Meycauayan, Bulacan. Upon arriving at the house, Liza noticed her boyfriend looking around the house as if observing every detail of it. He’s always been clairvoyant but never developed this skill. Liza’s boyfriend looked like he snapped out of the dream and asked if they could go home as he wasn’t feeling well. Liza was getting annoyed and just wanted to enjoy her friend and their family’s company. While they were drinking outside the house, Liza noticed a woman in a black veil and a dress walk inside the kitchen. She thought she was seeing things until she saw the figure again. She noticed her friend’s eldest child avoiding the direction of the kitchen.
Frightened, Liza and her boyfriend left the house. On their way back to the Metro, her boyfriend shared that when they entered the house, he saw a crowded Spanish home that looked like there was a party, which explains his puzzled look. He thought they wouldn’t be able to come back home anymore. The next morning, Mabel called Liza to confirm that her eldest child saw the lady in the black dress too.
Boarding House Stories (Book 5)
Spooky story highlight: J.B. Albano owns a boarding house in Makati that can accommodate up to twelve boarders. His residence is located on the first floor and the apartment is on the second. At the time of writing, J.B. only had five boarders left as others went abroad or moved to another apartment nearer their companies.
When he still had 12, boarders, J.B. heard of all sorts of paranormal activities from their boarders. Some include seeing a man in black standing in the corner of their pantry, nightmares of an old lady uttering an unrecognizable language, and a kid looking into their window outside (how could a kid float on the second floor) – all of which had them rushing to the owner’s residence late at night.
Baby on Board (Book 6)
Spooky story highlight: Rene and Alicia is a newly-wed couple. Coming from well-off families, Alicia’s parents gave them a new house in New Manila, Quezon City while Rene’s parents gave them tickets to fly to Los Angeles, California. They were living a typical newlywed’s life: moving houses, investing in a new vehicle, and designing their home. However, the couple had accepted that they can no longer have children as Alicia suffered from a cervical injury when she was younger.
Rene purchased a second-hand Pajero from a neighbor that lived just two blocks away. One morning, the couple was driving to the market when they noticed a 70-ish-year-old couple waving at them, but not directly. They were waving at something at the back of the SUV which they didn’t see. The same thing happened multiple times in a span of a few weeks and the couple decided to ask their neighbor. They met the caretaker of the house and upon hearing the stories; the caretaker’s face had gone pale. Turns out, the owners of the SUV met an accident in Baguio where their four-year-old child was killed instantly. People kept seeing the child even weeks after until Rene and Alisha decided to leave the country for good and migrated to the U.S.
A Summer Night’s Tale (Book 1)
Spooky story highlight: Dino Directo was a cub reporter for Manila Bulletin in the mid-90s. Since his boss had a previous appointment, he was given the assigned to cover a play’s opening night at the ruins of Fort Santiago. Thinking it would be a great date idea, Dino brought his girlfriend along. At around 9:30 PM, while watching the play, his girlfriend whispered she needed to use the comfort room. There was a long queue at the play’s venue so they asked the guard if they could go elsewhere. They were directed to a comfort room at the side of Fort’s main entrance.
Since everyone was watching the play, the area was empty and it was just Dino, his girlfriend, and the security guard. It was pitch black in both the men and women’s comfort room and Dino had to search for the lights. By instinct, he checked if the cubicles were empty. While Dino was taking a leak, he felt the room got cold and someone slowly caressing his neck down to his feet. He tried humming a song and after a while, all five toilets flushed at the same time – this was Dino’s cue to run. While in the corridor, Dino heard his girlfriend scream and he rushed inside. According to his girlfriend, a person in military boots passed by her cubicle three times, and the tiles in front of her got broken by an unexplained force. Dino shared the horrifying experience with the stage director after the play, where he just laughed it off. According to the director, members of the play have gotten used to these bizarre occurrences during rehearsals that they don’t get scared anymore.
How to access the books
Can’t get enough of these stories? Here’s how you can access the 10 editions of True Philippine Ghost stories: download the PSICOM app via Apple Store or Google Play Store and create an account. After you sign up, you’ll have access to all 10 editions of the books as well as other published stories under PSICOM.
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