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an old unpublished article from the lance. unedited. raw.
Urban Legend: Letran Chapter
A woman silhouetted in a black cloth, moaning undecipherable words, sitting and staring endlessly in a still, were pictures Mark Awiten could never forget that night of September 20, 1999.
It was 8:30 in the evening and he together with his co-members in Communication Arts Media and Production Organization (CAMPO) were preparing for their upcoming General Assembly at the T.V. Studio in St. Thomas Building. Assigned in doing the decoration Mark immediately went backstage in search for materials they will need. As he was searching the place he suddenly hear a very strange moan---cold, husky, and to his surprise... eerie! Thinking a joke was played on him he completely ignored it and goes back to his work. But the moaning did continue to fill the air, this time
. in a more frightening tone. He then began to feel very uncomfortable; hair from almost every part of his body begun to rise and a very creepy feeling shook him. Mark realized that it was no joke when a very strange image draws his attention sitting at the improvised chair was a woman silhouetted in a black cloth just a few steps away from him. Words cant describe how terrified he was that he wasted no time in running very fast away from that site. When he finally reached the main lobby other CAMPO members followed him and asked him what had happened. Mark, still frightened, told them the story.
Being a four century old institution, it is not surprisingly that there are these kinds of stories, whether factual or just plain fiction or a hoax, spreading around Letran. Stories like these were very much accepted by Letranites or Filipinos in general because it is already a part of their culture. In this article, employees and students of the Colegio share their views and their true-to-life experiences with the paranormal
What are Ghosts?
Perhaps, one of the biggest mysteries that gave a wild impact in our humanity is the existence of ghosts. For almost a century people from all parts of the world devoted their time studying if ghosts do really exists. Others even made movies and documentaries about these entities, remember Sixth Sense or Magandang Gabi Bayan? But what are ghosts? Do they exist?
Unfortunately, the truth is, nobody has a straight answer for these questions. There were only theories that will lead us on what are these entities like. One theory is that ghost were deceased human beings whose souls still have attachments to the physical world.
the oldest, the most haunted?
"Ewan ko lang ha! Pero iba talaga ang dating sa akin ng Elementary Building" says one Letran employee, commenting on how scary the place is. True enough, countless stories have been heard relating odd things happening in odd times at that old building. Some five years ago, Antonio Olidan, a former stay in janitor of the Colegio lost his normality and suffered a nervous breakdown. But what is more intriguing is the cause of his sudden abnormality.
Whats behind it or to be more exact who is behind it? Better find out for yourselves. Tony, as what everybody calls him slept at the quarters in the second floor of the said building. On several occasions, his co-workers saw him talking to someone which was only visible to his sight. They also heard him saying things like "Umalis ka diyan nagtratrabaho ako!", "Wag ninyo naman akong takutin" and "Ayan na naman siya babatuhin na naman ako!" Finally, Adan, also a janitor and Tonys friend relates that Tony has been seeing creepy creatures in that old building even in broad daylight. But seeing does not even make one percent on what does the creature is doing on him. His friend and co-worker, Adan, also a janitor, relates that Tony always told him that he has been seeing a black and naked oldie looking man who stands about four inches tall and holding a what seems to be a spear taller than him. Toni even told him that the strange creature is following him up to the second floor of the St. Thomas Hall where he is assigned. Thus, his co-worker always sees him talking to someone visible only in his eyes; words that refers only to a single person, if you could them one. Oftentimes he is seen walking while praying the rosary alone with his hands trembling because of fear looking for Fr. Art to tell him that the elementary building should be blessed because it is "haunted".
Jonnie Echo, a stay-in janitor then of the Colegio, has another story to tell. Sleeping alone in that quarters at the second floor of the Elementary Building he also experienced the "basics"---those were the knockings, footsteps and strange sounds. One night he decided to answer the knockings by opening the door. So open he did. But just like the other incidents no one was there. On his way back to his bed he was so shocked to see three priests in their sotana facing the wall inside the comfort room. Now you might ask me what so eerie about that. Here is the catch, it is impossible for the three priests to enter the said room without passing the door and given the premise that they did pass through that door it is impossible that they will not be seen by Jonnie. How did it happen? Well, lets just leave it to the priests.
48 yrs. old. The Colegio started to established primary education in the year 1706 but it was only in the year 1953 that the Elementary Building was built on its present site. It was built on the grounds of Santa Catalina College between the San Juan de Letran Street that was later on surrendered by the government.
Garden of Mystery
Not so many students know or they don't just care that a Royal Family from Spain once lived here in the premises of our alma mater long before it was Colegio de San Juan de Letran. They migrated here in the Philippines from Spain and joined the founder of Colegio in running an orphanage, which was later called Colegio de Ninos Huerfanos de San Juan de Letran. All of them die here and wished to be buried in this place. Now what's the catch? Well, not a few guards attest that they've been hearing whispers and murmurs talking in foreign language in the site where the bodies of the Royal Family has been buried..
It was February 2000 and Villegas was doing his nightly routine when something odd and strange happened. He was roaming around the vicinity of the Extension Lobby (In front of the Guidance Office and Audit) at around 2:00 AM checking if all the lights are off and everything is in place when he suddenly saw a man in a white barong walking opposite his direction. Seeing this he suddenly got hold of his gun and make a sudden move towards the man but as he reached the place to corner the mystery being, horror enveloped his whole body when he find out that the man was no where to be found.
The Tale of the Black Shadow
When Mark Awiten saw the silhouette image at the backstage of the TV Studio he didn't return to that place for about 2 years. He did return to the TV Studio though he just stayed at the booth and never took the courage of going backstage again. On another occasion Fr. Joemar Sibug, chairman of the Communication Arts Department and the head of the Media Center, was preparing the final examination for the third year Communication Arts student in Radio Production at the AVR, St. Thomas Hall. On his way back he closed all the lights from the AVR down to the lobby. Seconds later, when he is already approaching the glass door at the front lobby he saw a very mysterious image passing across the St. Thomas Building in a very fast pace. It was more of a shadow but there is no tree that will cause a shadow. Fr. Joemar even remembered that the moment he saw the mysterious image he froze in terror but he have no choice but to pass through that door. So passed he did