(Sir Arlo added that something was really not quite right about that room. Probably, it was because of the poor acoustics of the room. But I think that this is not the only reason).
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(Sir Arlo added that something was really not quite right about that room. Probably, it was because of the poor acoustics of the room. But I think that this is not the only reason).
in addition sa multo sa cubicle, lumulutang ba sa tubig? or inabanduna *** sa gilid-gilid, pakalat kalat nag hahanap ng katarungan? hahahaha
This happened when I was 3rd year college 2nd sem way back 2010.
Educational Technology yung course namin that time and it usually covers the 6-7:30 pm time.
That time, our topic was about rituals. our prof was discussing something about rituals. ako at yung friend asa pina corner kami sa likod when we heard something like, humming of an old lady. I was very eager to find the source of the humming pero akala ng friend ko ako yun. Sabe ko hindi so pinabayaan nalang namin UNTIL lumakas siya. The whole class heard it even the prof scolded us not to hum during class sessions. Biglang umiyak yung dalawang classmates naming may third eye. Sabi nung isa "PLEASE OCCUPY ALL THE VACANT SEATS WITH YOUR BAGS" at ginawa naman namin. Nung umiyak yung dalawang classmates namin biglang nag blur yung powerpoint presentation ng prof namen. Hindi macontrol ng prof namen yung powerpoint, sa takot niya tinanggal niya yung saksak ng podium. Our 2 classmates kept on crying and our prof said that we should pray. Nag pray kami at peaceful na umalis ng room at nagstay sa lobby.
We asked our two classmates kung bakit sila umiyak at eto ang sabe nila.
Classmate1: May matandang babae kasi na umiikot sa room. Umuupo siya sa mga vacant seats. She's looking at me all the time habang umiikot siya sa room. Kaya tinakpan ko nalang mukha ko. Nung ioopen kona, nasa tabi ko na siya looking at me. Kaya ako umiyak.
Classmate 2: Ang bigat nung feeling. Matandang babae yung umiikot sa room. Siya yung nag ha-hum. Parang may hinahanap siya kaya siya lumilibot. May time na tumabi siya sa inyo ma'am kaya nag blur yung PP presentation niyo. Umuupo siya sa mga chairs na vacant at tinitingnan yung mga katabe niya.
Lahat kami natulala> Maraming umiyak especially yung mga girl classmates kong may vacant seats na katabi.
Before we went home, nag pray muna kami.
Anyone heard about the ghost in Main Building's 3rd flr women's CR? It's about Carmela Visconde. Not sure tho.
Happened to me way back on 2009, Para sakin kasi malinis yung CR sa building kung nasan yung Med Audi pati malawak an then konti lang gumagamit, damn forgot the name. So dun ako nag-"number two", then habang "naglalabas ako ng sama ng loob", nakatingin ako sa ilalim ng door, para incase my pumasok, alam ko, para na din di ako ma conscious pag lalabas ako sa cubicle after. Narinig ko parang umiihi yung guy sa urinal, then syempre maririnig mo yung urine nya pag natapos na sya diba? So anticipated ko, mga ilang seconds, lalabas na sya, para makahugas na ako, medyo nakakahiya kasi pag may nakarinig pa, then yun, nagantay ako mga 1 minute, sabe ko sa sarili ko, tagal naman neto magpagpag, tapos di na ako makapaghintay, sabe ko bahala na maghuhugas na ako. Then after ko maghugas, labas ako ng CR, remember nakatingin lang ako sa ilalim ng door, para alam ko kung may dadaan or may pumasok na, saka maririnig mo naman yung footsteps kung may dumadaan nga, sisilipin ko sana dun sa urinal, kasi nga naisip ko tagal naman nun magpagpag, tapos na ako maghugas at lahat, sa LAKING GULAT ko, walang tao!!!!! Ewan ko kung di ako matatakutin or, di lang ako natakot talaga, pero bakit ganon, may narinig talaga ako na may umihi sa urinal, pero walang lumabas knowing na maririnig mo naman kung may dumadaan at may anino ka maaaninag pati yung footsteps syempre. Medyo kinilabutan ako, pero mas inisip ko na success ako, but nahiwagaan ako nonetheless.
Anyone have this kind of experience?
Isa to sa mga tumatak sa College experience ko.
ako naman sa college of education building sa may 3rd floor nakakita. Nakalutang pero madilim yung mukha pero yung hubog ng katawan parang sa lalaki tapos kasi maigsi yung hair pero makikita mo yung kamay at paa pero walang kulay medyo dark pa rin, dapat kasi pupunta ako sa CR e naglalakad pa lang ako sa corridor nakita ko na yung figure na yun, dapat didiretso ako kasi akala ko student or teacher lang pero napansin ko naka elevate yung paa niya sa floor tapos nakaharap siya sa mga trees tapos nag turn left, then right tapos sakin tapos nagmove siya clockwise then counterclockwise parang naka skateboard lang pero mabagal, wala ako nagawa kung hindi matulala gusto kong sumigaw at tumakbo pero may parang pumipigil sakin mga 5 minutes din yung apparition around 8pm after nun lumapit ako sa guard sa 1st floor at kinwento ko yung nakita ko, to my surprise sabi ng guard sakin, madalas din daw makita ng ibang guard yun especially pag nagiikot sila sa building or rounds ng mga 10pm onwards minsan pa daw nakikita pa yung mullto nan nagpiapiano. So totoo pala talaga yung na experience ko, medyo namangha yung guard sa kwento ko kasi iilan lang yung pinagppakitaan sa College of education. Dun pala nagsimula yung pagopen ng third eye ko, sunod sunod na yung mga nakikita kong apparition or mga multo until now. kelan kaya to magsasara??? hehe
bdw, feb. 2005 ko pala na experience yung sa 3rd flr ng college of education. saka anu b meron sa tapat ng botanical garden? wala pako nkitang multo dun in my 4 years of stay sa UST. pero I agree sa mga posts before, everytime na dumadaan ako dun lalo na pag 9pm onwards lagi tumatayo yung balahibo ko kaya lagi ako nagmamadali maglakad pag madadaanan ko yun.
^ Maybe it's because of the poor lighting that gives the place an eerie and frightening atmosphere? Or it might be because of all the animal deaths caused by science students during lab work? Baka nagmumulto or nagpaparamdam yung mga dead animals? Just kidding.
A closer look inside the University's urban legends
UST's ghost stories
COMMERCE junior “Ranny” heard a strange sound behind him as he was striding alone on the Espa?a walkway past 10 in the evening.
Ranny looked back but there was no one around. Frightened, he dashed to the gate near the Engineering Bldg., reciting the Hail Mary.
“It wasn’t a prank joke,” Ranny told the Varsitarian. “The horror felt like someone was standing behind me, but I just couldn’t see it.”
Ranny’s confession is just another Thomasian urban legend. Blame it on the University’s centuries-old past, which breeds the ghost stories, said Jose Victor Torres, a History professor from the Faculty of Arts and Letters.
Torres explained that thousands of people have died within the walls of the University—some committed suicide, a handful expired on deathbeds, while many others have been buried here even before the University occupied the grounds in 1927.
A popular website, shadowlands.net, even claims that there are ghosts and wailing voices that can be heard from the 2nd and 3rd floors of the UST Main Bldg.
“The University’s buildings have so many secrets to tell,” Torres said. “It has witnessed so many histories, causing people to make and think of their own tales. Some may be real, others may be not.”
Torres himself said he was a witness to an apparition of a dead priest walking along the Benavides Park at midnight.
He and two friends greeted a man wearing the Dominican habit as they were walking on the Benavides Park one midnight in 1987. The priest even nodded back. But when they turned around seconds later, the priest was nowhere in sight.
“At first, we did not mind the priest because we just came out from the Arts and Letters Bldg.—we’re too tired,” Torres said. “But it startled us after the priest nodded because we realized there was something suspicious about him walking alone at midnight.”
In the feature article “Who You Gonna Call” published in the Sunday Inquirer Magazine last Oct. 29, Fr. Jose Francisco Syquia, director of the Archdiocese of Manila’s Office of Exorcism and a UST AB Philosophy alumnus, said hauntings are triggered by souls in purgatory seeking prayers. It could also be due to diabolical infestation, which means evil spirits are frequently visiting a place. But whatever the case, Syquia said that people should look at the history of the place and when the paranormal occurrences began.
Although ghosts are often believed to appear at nights, there are also ghosts that appear even on sunny school days.
Take the scary encounter of “Carl,” a Faculty of Medicine and Surgery student, while attending his Anatomy Class. His classmates were dissecting a corpse when he went to the Ossarium, a storage room for human bones. As he peeked through its glass door, he saw a figure inside the Technician’s room.
Thinking that the figure was one of the school’s technicians he needed to consult, he called their names. To his dismay, nobody heeded his calls. There was no one in the room.
Another specter incident occurred in the barracks near the Hospital morgue. Janitor “Nonoy” just woke up from his night duty. After doing his morning exercise, he went to the comfort room to wash his face, when suddenly the lights went on and off.
Thinking it was the guard “Mang Ambo” who is known for pulling pranks, he quickly opened the door of a cubicle, hoping to catch him off-guard. To his surprise, he was alone in the comfort room.
Then, as he went back to his routine, the phone rang. Mang Ambo just died of a freak accident.
In the College of Nursing, Prof. “Lea” was teaching Pharmacology to a class of 50. As she carried on with her lecture, she saw a female student sitting on the corner of the farthest row. Lea said there was something strange about that student who remained silent during the class and was not moving on her seat. Thinking she would like to be alone, Ms. Lea continued to discuss.
After a few minutes, she looked back again, and the lone student was nowhere.
Torres explained that the Filipino culture of believing in ghosts and spirits were key factors to why these stories gain following.
“It is in our culture to play with ghost stories, and even create ghostly figures,” Torres said.
But Torres said that before believing these stories, one should first experience them.
“Believing ghost stories too much creates misunderstandings and false rumors,” he said. “Some people create the stories they fear. And some invent ghost stories just to entertain others.”
Although Torres was a witness to some of these “ghostly” occurrences, he debunked the idea that the 21.5-hectare UST was once a hallowed ground. He said that the University was an open field for growing trees, rice crops, and grasses.
“People used to think that way because the place is too old,” he said. “The University was once a rice field, that’s it. The archives have concrete evidence that UST was not a cemetery, but an open field, with a swamp.”
Locked in war
Belief in UST’s “grim” history also seems to root from the fact that UST once served as an internment camp for 3,789 foreign civilians during the Japanese occupation.
Records show that there were 2,794 Americans, 734 British, 100 Australians, and a handful of Norwegians, French, Egyptians, and Nicaraguans imprisoned inside the campus walls.
According to accounts, some of them died of diseases caused by famine. Some even committed suicide, while others were executed by the Japanese invaders.
“Most of the recorded people who died were old men imprisoned. They were the ones who no longer had enough strength to recover,” Torres said.
Torres also stressed that Japanese invaders executed some of the internees, but not inside the University.
“Classmates and friends tell me about these ghosts—some of them headless and shackled—who roam along the Main Bldg. halls at night,” Accountancy junior Denise Morales said. “Although we have not actually seen them, we are too scared so we try to keep away from that building at night.”
“There are only four people executed from the camp, but the Japanese did not kill them here,” Torres said. “They were brought into the North Cemetery where they were killed and buried.”
While other ghost legends were loosely based on rumors and legends, some tales developed from stories of students who committed suicide and who are supposedly haunting the University.
Take the story of a young female student who hanged herself inside a cubicle in one of the first-floor restrooms of the Main Bldg. Students who have used the toilet said they felt something knocking their foreheads inside the cubicle.
“The story I knew frightens me and makes me think someone will tap my forehead when I’m in the cubicle,” said College of Science student Katrina Francia. “Sometimes, I do think something tapping at it.”
In 1987, another suicide occurred on the fourth floor of the St. Raymund’s Bldg. A Commerce student jumped off the building due to psychological problems. She was broken hearted as her parents were considering separation.
Torres confirmed this story having witnessed it during his college days in the University.
Seconds after she jumped, Torres said the girl’s body was found dead with her bones broken into pieces and blood spilling on the building’s floor.
“Since then, rumors say that they hear her crying at night in Room 406,” he said.
Security guards have also heard this lady’s voice during their night duties.
“Mang Robert” narrates the night when he felt his skin crawl. That’s the time when he heard a voice coming from a room at the fourth floor, crying.
“May umiiyak doon, batang babae,” he said. “Hinahanap ko siya kasi baka naiwanan siya palabas o baka naikandado ‘yung pinto.”
But there was nobody on the floor except him.
Another ghost story that circulates around the campus was that of a singing lady at the fifth floor of the Music Bldg.
Arts and Letters student Sheena Badulis said that one night, after watching theatre performances at the Albertus Magnus auditorium, she and her classmates heard a voice humming with them. Frightened, all of them ran as fast as they could.
“It was the typical scary voice you hear in horror movies,” Badulis said. “That’s why we panicked and ran quickly.”
After the creepy incident, Badulis said one of her friends told her that there was also a mysterious lady heard singing at the 5th floor of the Education Bldg.
“No one knows where the singing lady comes from,” Badulis said. “That’s why a lot of people are still in doubt if these stories are true or not.”
Beyond doubt, the University houses historical structures as it witnessed sundries of life for almost 400 years. Some of thehistorical accounts are definitely scarier than others. But should they be taken as gospel or taken with a grain of salt?
“At this time, you will never know who tells the truth and who makes stories,” Torres said. “Not until you become a witness yourself.” Rieze Rose T. Calbay with reports from Raychel Ria C. Agramon
Vol. LXXVIII, No. 6 • November 14, 2006
Sabi nung prof. namin sa Beato Angelico Bldg. meron daw gumagala sa 7th floor na isang nanay at isang bata. May classmate sila na may third eye.
Sila daw yung mga unang naka-gamit ng new building around 2003.
Sa 4th floor naman, every 7pm, bigla nalang daw bumubukas yung elevator ng cfad, kahit na walang tao na pumipindot ng button ot kahit walang tao sa elevator.
Ako mismo may naramdaman last July, around 1:30pm yun pero madilim na sa paligid, kaunti nalang ang tao kasi pinauwi dahil may bagyo.
Palabas na dapat ako sa building nang bigla ko naalala na naiwan ko yung T-Square at slippers ko sa locker ko sa 4th floor. Since dapat 2pm wala nang tao sa buong UST, karamihan ng tao sa building nasa 2nd at ground floor na. Nakiusap ako sa guard na kukuhanin ko lang ang gamit ko sa 4th floor, kasi baka matagalan bago ko makuha ulit. So, pinayagan ako at nagmadali ako umakyat. Pagka-akyat ko sa 4th floor, wala nang lights sa 5th floor pataas, tapos kaunti nalang ang ilaw sa 4th floor, tanging ako at isang guard na nagsasara ng doors at lights ang natira doon. Binuksan ko yung locker namin ng nagmamadali dahil nagmamadali na rin yung guard. Nung nakuha ko na yung gamit ko, sinara ko na yung locker namin then may weird feeling akong naramdaman, parang biglang lumamig yung paligid at bumigat yung pakiramdam ko. Hindi naman malamig that time kasi, naka-suot naman sa akin yung coat na uniform na napaka-kapal. Binalewala ko yun at naglakad papunta sa stairs. Hinahanap ko si manong guard na nasa loob ng isa sa mga rooms. Napa-tingin ako sa isang room na papunta sa cfad area, may ilaw doon at may isang figure ng lalake, nasa-isip ko yung guard iyon, pero nagulat ako lumabas yung guard sa isang room sa Archi side. Lumapit ako sa guard at tinanong kung may tao pa sa floor na ito, sagot niya, "Tayo nalang ang tao dito, bakit?". Sabi ko, may tao po kasi doon sa cfad. Noong titingnan na namin, wala nang ilaw at wala na ring tao. Natakot ako, kasi meron talaga akong nakita... Nagpaalam ako sa guard na bababa na ako. Nagmadali ako pababa ng stairs hanggang maka-labas ng building.
Was copied by a doppelganger once in UST grade school (na wala na ngayon). Sabi ng friend ko nakita nya daw ako sa quadrangle although I was at the library the whole time.
Nung college naman. 5th floor of the Engineering building. My friend and I were walking back to our classroom from the CR when we passed by this certain classroom door. Inexplicably pareho kami biglang umiwas dun sa door na yun. I tried opening the door. Naka-lock. Sumilip pa ako sa loob. Tapos saka kami nag-usap nung friend ko.
Nalaman na lang namin na pareho kami may nakita, pero magkaiba. She saw a white figure coming out of the door, while I saw a black figure coming in.