Friday, November 21, 2014

May Day Eve


May Day Eve
By: Nick Joaquin


The old people had ordered that the dancing should stop at ten o’clock but it was almost midnight before the carriages came filing up the departing guests, while the girls who were staying were promptly herded upstairs to the bedrooms, the young men gathering around to wish them a good night and lamenting their ascent with mock signs and moaning, proclaiming themselves disconsolate but straightway going off to finish the punch and the brandy though they were quite drunk already and simply bursting with wild spirits, merriment, arrogance and audacity, for they were young bucks newly arrived from Europe; the ball had been in their honor; and they had waltzed and polka-ed and bragged and swaggered and flirted all night and where in no mood to sleep yet--no, caramba, not on this moist tropic eve! not on this mystic May eve! --with the night still young and so seductive that it was madness not to go out, not to go forth---and serenade the neighbors! cried one; and swim in the Pasid! cried another; and gather fireflies! cried a third—whereupon there arose a great clamor for coats and capes, for hats and canes, and they were a couple of street-lamps flickered and a last carriage rattled away upon the cobbles while the blind black houses muttered hush-hush, their tile roofs looming like sinister chessboards against a wile sky murky with clouds, save where an evil young moon prowled about in a corner or where a murderous wind whirled, whistling and whining, smelling now of the sea and now of the summer orchards and wafting unbearable childhood fragrances or ripe guavas to the young men trooping so uproariously down the street that the girls who were desiring upstairs in the bedrooms catered screaming to the windows, crowded giggling at the windows, but were soon sighing amorously over those young men bawling below; over those wicked young men and their handsome apparel, their proud flashing eyes, and their elegant mustaches so black and vivid in the moonlight that the girls were quite ravished with love, and began crying to one another how carefree were men but how awful to be a girl and what a horrid, horrid world it was, till old Anastasia plucked them off by the ear or the pigtail and chases them off to bed---while from up the street came the clackety-clack of the watchman’s boots on the cobble and the clang-clang of his lantern against his knee, and the mighty roll of his great voice booming through the night, "Guardia serno-o-o! A las doce han dado-o-o.

And it was May again, said the old Anastasia. It was the first day of May and witches were abroad in the night, she said--for it was a night of divination, and night of lovers, and those who cared might peer into a mirror and would there behold the face of whoever it was they were fated to marry, said the old Anastasia as she hobble about picking up the piled crinolines and folding up shawls and raking slippers in corner while the girls climbing into four great poster-beds that overwhelmed the room began shrieking with terror, scrambling over each other and imploring the old woman not to frighten them.

"Enough, enough, Anastasia! We want to sleep!"

"Go scare the boys instead, you old witch!"

"She is not a witch, she is a maga. She is a maga. She was born of Christmas Eve!"

"St. Anastasia, virgin and martyr."

"Huh? Impossible! She has conquered seven husbands! Are you a virgin, Anastasia?"

"No, but I am seven times a martyr because of you girls!"

"Let her prophesy, let her prophesy! Whom will I marry, old gypsy? Come, tell me."

"You may learn in a mirror if you are not afraid."

"I am not afraid, I will go," cried the young cousin Agueda, jumping up in bed.

"Girls, girls---we are making too much noise! My mother will hear and will come and pinch us all. Agueda, lie down! And you Anastasia, I command you to shut your mouth and go away!""Your mother told me to stay here all night, my grand lady!"

"And I will not lie down!" cried the rebellious Agueda, leaping to the floor. "Stay, old woman. Tell me what I have to do."

"Tell her! Tell her!" chimed the other girls.

The old woman dropped the clothes she had gathered and approached and fixed her eyes on the girl. "You must take a candle," she instructed, "and go into a room that is dark and that has a mirror in it and you must be alone in the room. Go up to the mirror and close your eyes and shy:

Mirror, mirror,
show to me
him whose woman
I will be.


If all goes right, just above your left shoulder will appear the face of the man you will marry."

A silence. Then: "And hat if all does not go right?" asked Agueda.

"Ah, then the Lord have mercy on you!" "Why." "Because you may see--the Devil!"

The girls screamed and clutched one another, shivering.

"But what nonsense!" cried Agueda. "This is the year 1847. There are no devil anymore!" Nevertheless she had turned pale. "But where could I go, hugh? Yes, I know! Down to the sala. It has that big mirror and no one is there now."

"No, Agueda, no! It is a mortal sin! You will see the devil!"

"I do not care! I am not afraid! I will go!"

"Oh, you wicked girl! Oh, you mad girl!" "If you do not come to bed, Agueda, I will call my mother."

"And if you do I will tell her who came to visit you at the convent last March. Come, old woman---give me that candle. I go."

"Oh girls---give me that candle, I go."

But Agueda had already slipped outside; was already tiptoeing across the hall; her feet bare and her dark hair falling down her shoulders and streaming in the wind as she fled down the stairs, the lighted candle sputtering in one hand while with the other she pulled up her white gown from her ankles.

She paused breathless in the doorway to the sala and her heart failed her. She tried to imagine the room filled again with lights, laughter, whirling couples, and the jolly jerky music of the fiddlers. But, oh, it was a dark den, a weird cavern for the windows had been closed and the furniture stacked up against the walls. She crossed herself and stepped inside.

The mirror hung on the wall before her; a big antique mirror with a gold frame carved into leaves and flowers and mysterious curlicues. She saw herself approaching fearfully in it: a small while ghost that the darkness bodied forth---but not willingly, not completely, for her eyes and hair were so dark that the face approaching in the mirror seemed only a mask that floated forward; a bright mask with two holes gaping in it, blown forward by the white cloud of her gown. But when she stood before the mirror she lifted the candle level with her chin and the dead mask bloomed into her living face.

She closed her eyes and whispered the incantation. When she had finished such a terror took hold of her that she felt unable to move, unable to open her eyes and thought she would stand there forever, enchanted. But she heard a step behind her, and a smothered giggle, and instantly opened her eyes.

"And what did you see, Mama? Oh, what was it?" But Dona Agueda had forgotten the little girl on her lap: she was staring pass the curly head nestling at her breast and seeing herself in the big mirror hanging in the room. It was the same room and the same mirror out the face she now saw in it was an old face---a hard, bitter, vengeful face, framed in graying hair, and so sadly altered, so sadly different from that other face like a white mask, that fresh young face like a pure mask than she had brought before this mirror one wild May Day midnight years and years ago.... "But what was it Mama? Oh please go on! What did you see?" Dona Agueda looked down at her daughter but her face did not soften though her eyes filled with tears.

"I saw the devil." she said bitterly. The child blanched.

"The devil, Mama? Oh... Oh..."

"Yes, my love. I opened my eyes and there in the mirror, smiling at me over my left shoulder, was the face of the devil."

"Oh, my poor little Mama! And were you very frightened?"

"You can imagine. And that is why good little girls do not look into mirrors except when their mothers tell them. You must stop this naughty habit, darling, of admiring yourself in every mirror you pass- or you may see something frightful some day."

"But the devil, Mama---what did he look like?"

"Well, let me see... he has curly hair and a scar on his cheek---"

"Like the scar of Papa?"

"Well, yes. But this of the devil was a scar of sin, while that of your Papa is a scar of honor. Or so he says."

"Go on about the devil." "Well, he had mustaches."

"Like those of Papa?"

"Oh, no. Those of your Papa are dirty and graying and smell horribly of tobacco, while these of the devil were very black and elegant--oh, how elegant!"

"And did he speak to you, Mama?"

"Yes… Yes, he spoke to me," said Dona Agueda. And bowing her graying head; she wept.

"Charms like yours have no need for a candle, fair one," he had said, smiling at her in the mirror and stepping back to give her a low mocking bow. She had whirled around and glared at him and he had burst into laughter.

"But I remember you!" he cried.

"You are Agueda, whom I left a mere infant and came home to find a tremendous beauty, and I danced a waltz with you but you would not give me the polka."

"Let me pass," she muttered fiercely, for he was barring the way.

"But I want to dance the polka with you, fair one," he said.

So they stood before the mirror; their panting breath the only sound in the dark room; the candle shining between them and flinging their shadows to the wall. And young Badoy Montiya (who had crept home very drunk to pass out quietly in bed) suddenly found himself cold sober and very much awake and ready for anything. His eyes sparkled and the scar on his face gleamed scarlet.

"Let me pass!" she cried again, in a voice of fury, but he grasped her by the wrist.

"No," he smiled.

"Not until we have danced."

"Go to the devil!"

"What a temper has my serrana!"

"I am not your serrana!"

"Whose, then? Someone I know? Someone I have offended grievously? Because you treat me, you treat all my friends like your mortal enemies."

"And why not?" she demanded, jerking her wrist away and flashing her teeth in his face. "Oh, how I detest you, you pompous young men! You go to Europe and you come back elegant lords and we poor girls are too tame to please you. We have no grace like the Parisiennes, we have no fire like the Sevillians, and we have no salt, no salt, no salt! Aie, how you weary me, how you bore me, you fastidious men!"

"Come, come---how do you know about us?"

"I have heard you talking, I have heard you talking among yourselves, and I despise the pack of you!"

"But clearly you do not despise yourself, senorita. You come to admire your charms in the mirror even in the middle of the night!"

She turned livid and he had a moment of malicious satisfaction.

"I was not admiring myself, sir!"

"You were admiring the moon perhaps?"

"Oh!" she gasped, and burst into tears. The candle dropped from her hand and she covered her face and sobbed piteously. The candle had gone out and they stood in darkness, and young Badoy was conscience-stricken.

"Oh, do not cry, little one! Oh, please forgive me! Please do not cry! But what a brute I am! I was drunk, little one, I was drunk and knew not what I said."

He groped and found her hand and touched it to his lips. She shuddered in her white gown.

"Let me go," she moaned, and tugged feebly.

"No. Say you forgive me first. Say you forgive me, Agueda."

But instead she pulled his hand to her mouth and bit it - bit so sharply in the knuckles that he cried with pain and lashed cut with his other hand--lashed out and hit the air, for she was gone, she had fled, and he heard the rustling of her skirts up the stairs as he furiously sucked his bleeding fingers.

Cruel thoughts raced through his head: he would go and tell his mother and make her turn the savage girl out of the house--or he would go himself to the girl’s room and drag her out of bed and slap, slap, slap her silly face! But at the same time he was thinking that they were all going to Antipolo in the morning and was already planning how he would maneuver himself into the same boat with her.

Oh, he would have his revenge, he would make her pay, that little harlot! She should suffer for this, he thought greedily, licking his bleeding knuckles. But---Judas! He remembered her bare shoulders: gold in her candlelight and delicately furred. He saw the mobile insolence of her neck, and her taut breasts steady in the fluid gown. Son of a Turk, but she was quite enchanting! How could she think she had no fire or grace? And no salt? An arroba she had of it!

"... No lack of salt in the chrism
At the moment of thy baptism!"


He sang aloud in the dark room and suddenly realized that he had fallen madly in love with her. He ached intensely to see her again---at once! ---to touch her hands and her hair; to hear her harsh voice. He ran to the window and flung open the casements and the beauty of the night struck him back like a blow. It was May, it was summer, and he was young---young! ---and deliriously in love. Such a happiness welled up within him that the tears spurted from his eyes.

But he did not forgive her--no! He would still make her pay, he would still have his revenge, he thought viciously, and kissed his wounded fingers. But what a night it had been! "I will never forge this night! he thought aloud in an awed voice, standing by the window in the dark room, the tears in his eyes and the wind in his hair and his bleeding knuckles pressed to his mouth.

But, alas, the heart forgets; the heart is distracted; and May time passes; summer lends; the storms break over the rot-tipe orchards and the heart grows old; while the hours, the days, the months, and the years pile up and pile up, till the mind becomes too crowded, too confused: dust gathers in it; cobwebs multiply; the walls darken and fall into ruin and decay; the memory perished...and there came a time when Don Badoy Montiya walked home through a May Day midnight without remembering, without even caring to remember; being merely concerned in feeling his way across the street with his cane; his eyes having grown quite dim and his legs uncertain--for he was old; he was over sixty; he was a very stopped and shivered old man with white hair and mustaches coming home from a secret meeting of conspirators; his mind still resounding with the speeches and his patriot heart still exultant as he picked his way up the steps to the front door and inside into the slumbering darkness of the house; wholly unconscious of the May night, till on his way down the hall, chancing to glance into the sala, he shuddered, he stopped, his blood ran cold-- for he had seen a face in the mirror there---a ghostly candlelight face with the eyes closed and the lips moving, a face that he suddenly felt he had been there before though it was a full minutes before the lost memory came flowing, came tiding back, so overflooding the actual moment and so swiftly washing away the piled hours and days and months and years that he was left suddenly young again; he was a gay young buck again, lately came from Europe; he had been dancing all night; he was very drunk; he s stepped in the doorway; he saw a face in the dark; he called out...and the lad standing before the mirror (for it was a lad in a night go jumped with fright and almost dropped his candle, but looking around and seeing the old man, laughed out with relief and came running.

"Oh Grandpa, how you frightened me. Don Badoy had turned very pale. "So it was you, you young bandit! And what is all this, hey? What are you doing down here at this hour?" "Nothing, Grandpa. I was only... I am only ..." "Yes, you are the great Señor only and how delighted I am to make your acquaintance, Señor Only! But if I break this cane on your head you maga wish you were someone else, Sir!" "It was just foolishness, Grandpa. They told me I would see my wife."

"Wife? What wife?" "Mine. The boys at school said I would see her if I looked in a mirror tonight and said:

Mirror, mirror
show to me
her whose lover
I will be.


Don Badoy cackled ruefully. He took the boy by the hair, pulled him along into the room, sat down on a chair, and drew the boy between his knees. "Now, put your cane down the floor, son, and let us talk this over. So you want your wife already, hey? You want to see her in advance, hey? But so you know that these are wicked games and that wicked boys who play them are in danger of seeing horrors?"

"Well, the boys did warn me I might see a witch instead."

"Exactly! A witch so horrible you may die of fright. And she will be witch you, she will torture you, she will eat

your heart and drink your blood!"

"Oh, come now Grandpa. This is 1890. There are no witches anymore."

"Oh-ho, my young Voltaire! And what if I tell you that I myself have seen a witch.

"You? Where?

"Right in this room land right in that mirror," said the old man, and his playful voice had turned savage.

"When, Grandpa?"

"Not so long ago. When I was a bit older than you. Oh, I was a vain fellow and though I was feeling very sick that night and merely wanted to lie down somewhere and die I could not pass that doorway of course without stopping to see in the mirror what I looked like when dying. But when I poked my head in what should I see in the mirror but...but..."

"The witch?"

"Exactly!"

"And then she bewitch you, Grandpa!"

"She bewitched me and she tortured me. l She ate my heart and drank my blood." said the old man bitterly.

"Oh, my poor little Grandpa! Why have you never told me! And she very horrible?

"Horrible? God, no--- she was the most beautiful creature I have ever seen! Her eyes were somewhat like yours but her hair was like black waters and her golden shoulders were bare. My God, she was enchanting! But I should have known---I should have known even then---the dark and fatal creature she was!"

A silence. Then: "What a horrid mirror this is, Grandpa," whispered the boy.

"What makes you slay that, hey?"

"Well, you saw this witch in it. And Mama once told me that Grandma once told her that Grandma once saw the devil in this mirror. Was it of the scare that Grandma died?"

Don Badoy started. For a moment he had forgotten that she was dead, that she had perished---the poor Agueda; that they were at peace at last, the two of them, her tired body at rest; her broken body set free at last from the brutal pranks of the earth---from the trap of a May night; from the snare of summer; from the terrible silver nets of the moon. She had been a mere heap of white hair and bones in the end: a whimpering withered consumptive, lashing out with her cruel tongue; her eye like live coals; her face like ashes... Now, nothing--- nothing save a name on a stone; save a stone in a graveyard---nothing! was left of the young girl who had flamed so vividly in a mirror one wild May Day midnight, long, long ago.

And remembering how she had sobbed so piteously; remembering how she had bitten his hand and fled and how he had sung aloud in the dark room and surprised his heart in the instant of falling in love: such a grief tore up his throat and eyes that he felt ashamed before the boy; pushed the boy away; stood up and looked out----looked out upon the medieval shadows of the foul street where a couple of street-lamps flickered and a last carriage was rattling away upon the cobbles, while the blind black houses muttered hush-hush, their tiled roofs looming like sinister chessboards against a wild sky murky with clouds, save where an evil old moon prowled about in a corner or where a murderous wind whirled, whistling and whining, smelling now of the sea and now of the summer orchards and wafting unbearable the window; the bowed old man sobbing so bitterly at the window; the tears streaming down his cheeks and the wind in his hair and one hand pressed to his mouth---while from up the street came the clackety-clack of the watchman’s boots on the cobbles, and the clang-clang of his lantern against his knee, and the mighty roll of his voice booming through the night:

"Guardia sereno-o-o! A las doce han dado-o-o!"

[What do you think? Isn't it familiar? I read this from a Philippine book. It surprised me very much. I discovered something. It is similar to the one we know as the Bloody Mary.

I'll be posting the article about this soon.]
Sources:
Philippine Short Stories, 1941 - 1955: 1941-1949, Part 1. Leopoldo Yabes Ed. UP Press, 2010. ISBN 9715420842, 9789715420846

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Comfort Room Stories (Halloween Article)




Of course, everyone knows what a comfort room is, except maybe to those who don't really know what it is.

We've heard ghosts haunting cemeteries, old houses, deserted buildings like in the case of the Diplomat Hotel, hospitals, and even vehicles. But there is another peculiar setting of these tales, the comfort room/rest room/powder room. What could be the reason why ghosts also appear inside these places? Are they also victims of abuse in the same area? Or it was just an imagination?

Japanese horror movies and urban legends also had stories of dangerous ghosts dwelling in a particular cubicle. First one is about Hanako san. I don't really know her story but she was so famous that almost all high school students have their own Hanako story to tell. Then another one is about Kashima Reiko, a female ghost who had no legs. She often ask where her legs are, then you should answer 'Kashima reiko.' And yet, another legend is about Aka Manto. He is a male ghost who haunts in the last stall of girl's comfort room. He knocks, then asked anyone which to choose - a red paper or a blue one. Either you choose, you'll still die.

Do you also remember Moaning Myrtle of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? She also haunts in the lady's room because she was killed there by the Basilisk being a mudblood.

Another one, there was a Thai horror gag show in which one of there gag was set in a comfort room. Putting a mysterious portmanteau or large suitcase inside, they made it bleed as if a corpse was hidden on it, then a ghost coming from a cubicle appeared in front of the victim, scaring them as if to death.

I'm mentioning these things because it only mean that we (Filipinos) are not the only ones who have stories of CR ghosts.

Variations: Cause



In layman's view, I enumerate possible causes of their haunting.

Note: All the stories here are local tales.

It was a result of an accident.


The Cubicle
by: Isabella


This story was related to me by a close friend of mine who was also my classmate. Stories of our school spread very quickly, but this one was enough to make my spine tingle.

We had a friend who claimed that she had the third eye. One day she went to the CR, which was just near our classroom. When she was about to go out, she heard a low moan behind her.

Warily, she tried to go out of the cubicle, she discovered she was locked inside. The cubicle also had a lock outside and someone must have locked her in!

Looking behind her she saw a white figure, but it was blurry. Totally scared now, she pushed on the door with all her strength and the door finally gave.

She ran out of the CR screaming.

The following day, we asked some old teachers and janitors about the aforementioned cubicle.

Manong John, one of the janitors, told us that a second year high school student was once locked in that cubicle, but she died trying to climb out of it.

She tried to use the toilet as leverage to get to the top, but slipped and hit her head on the toilet seat.

The janitors found her lifeless body the next day, her skull cracked open and blood spilled all over the floor. Her spirit haunts the cubicle in our CR because she's trying to find her way out.


Suicide in the bathroom.


The Comfort Room Lady
by: Shineth Tadrilan


We have an exam that time, I really need to use the comfort room so I asked my teacher to go out to pee, and to have someone to go with. However, my teacher didn't bid me to go with someone else. She told me to fight my fear.

Scared, but I need to go to CR alone than just stay there and pee on the room.

There's only one comfort room, so I have no choice but to use it. It was said that a teacher commit suicide on the said comfort room 5 years ago.

After I flush the bowl, a bloody woman went out suddenly on the other cubicle. I ran out faster not even finishing my business there. I forgot to wash my hands. I ran and ran till I reach our classroom.

I thought that if I reach our room, everything will be okay, but as I was taking my exam, the bloody woman just appeared in front of me. She's not alone, she got a headless ghost with her. Because of terror, I ran out the room not even considering what my teacher or my classmates would say just to escape and never see them anymore.

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St. Paul College Urban Legend


You will be shocked to know that there are no mirrors in some of the comfort rooms in the campus. It is for the reason that an anonymous lady appears in the mirror unexpectedly ans really scares the students. It has been said that one student committed suicide in that comfort room.


Unknown cause.

The Little Girl
by: Rei Buesing


A college student of a well-known university was coming home late at night to finish off a project to be submitted the next day. On her way out of the campus, she left a sudden urge to go to the ladies' room. So she looked for the nearest restroom and luckily she found one at the oldest building in that said campus. Upon emtering the rest room, she saw a little girl of about 6 years old, wearing a little blue one-fashioned dress with long hair and a very angelic face. She was washing her hands at the sink. There was nothing unusual about the little girl; however, the fact that the university doesn't have a grade school department mystified her a bit. She was also wandering why that girl was still inside the campus sinse it was already late at night.

"Hi! Why are you still here, kid? It's almost 11pm. You should be at home now..."

"Ay! Sorry po... I am still waiting for my father who works here as a janitor. I just had dinner that's why I am washing my hands here..."

"Oh I see. You wait for me, okay?" the college student said then she entered one of the cubicles there. The little girl just smiled and nodded. When the college girl was doing her business, she heard the little girl came in the toilet next to her. For some reasons, she looked down to check on the little girl. Everything seemed pretty normal and the girl was just there doing her own business in the toilet.

"When the college student was finished, she suddenly felt uneasy as if someone was looking at her. So she looked up and what she saw next made her scream and slip of the toilet! She saw the girl's head detached from its neck and it was staring madly at her with its red eyes, and her blood shed all over her face! What happened next made her stand up and ran because the headless little girl said, "Ate, are you done already?"

The college girl ran out of the restroom screaming her head off.


Victims of abuse or a cruel death.

Adamson University Urban Legend


A girl was by the sink in one of the comfort rooms in the building, washing her face.

When she looked in the mirror, she saw that on her face, instead of droplets of water, were little drops of blood. And standing behind her was a man. A headless man in a soldier's uniform.

Every year, students would encounter various but similarly scary experiences in that toilet. According to research, the St. Vincent de Paul building, where the comfort room was, is the oldest building of and was used as an execution station by the Japanese army during the World War II.

Rumor has it that countless heads had been chopped off in the toilet itself.

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Feati University Urban Legend


At 10 pm one night, one ROTC cadet was relieving himself in one of the comfort room at the third floor of the Paterno Building. He was just about to finish when he made out the unmistakable figure of a woman dressed in white floating in the air. The vision made him scream in intense fright, catching the attention of his other companions. Upon their arrival, the ghostly apparition was still there.

It was seven in the evening at another instance, when a janitor getting ready to go home noticed a mysterious lady enter one of the restrooms at the third floor. He followed the lady to warn her that the part of the building was strictly prohibited. He entered the restroom and saw no one there.

According to stories, the Paterno Building, which had existed even before the outbreak of World War II, was used as a garrison by the Japanese during the war.


Peeking ghost.



I heard a story of a ghost who peeks on someone in the bathroom. Usually a male ghost who peeks on women taking a bath. Another version is about a gay ghost. In short, MALIBOG PA RIN, KAHIT PATAY NA. Well, they could be succubus.

Just following the person.



Not all ghosts dwell on comfort room, some of them possessed an individual and follows this person anywhere (s)he goes. And it just happened that they appeared on the said place.

Sources:
[1] The Best of True Philippine Ghost Stories. 2008. PSICOM Publishing Inc. Quezon City, Philippines. ISBN 978-971-0372-85-0
[2] The Best of True Philippine Ghost Stories Book 2. Alexie Cruz, Ed. 2011. PSICOM Publishing Inc. Quezon City, Philippines.
[3] True Philippine Ghost Stories Book 2. Gianna Maniego et al. Ed. 2003. PSICOM Publishing Inc. Quezon City, Philippines. ISBN 971-8995-90-0
[4] True Philippine Ghost Stories Book 14. Kresta de Guzman Ed. 2005 PSICOM Publishing Inc. Quezon City, Philippines. ISSN 1656-6246
[5] True Philippine Ghost Stories Book 1. Gianna Maniego et al. Ed. 2002. PSICOM Publishing Inc. Quezon City, Philippines. ISBN 971-8995-67-0


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Maria Anna Abiera




I found a story that resembles that of Maria Labo's. They almost, or should I say, really have the same tale.

Maria Labo is a Visayan aswang, particularly a Panay resident, as what the stories about her says. On the other hand, Maria Anna Abiera is a Mindanao aswang, whose short biography accounts a similar experience as that of Maria Labo's. I am talking about the short tale I wrote on the article dedicated to her.

I thought, this should be put to Maria Labo article, but the problem is, they have different name. One thing, I consider Maria Anna Abiera an another case. I saw her story in a book published in 2005, and according to it her story rose in 2001 when fear sat in their city. I also think that this story is just a revision or retold of Maria Labo's story.

The Story




[Taken from a Book:[1]]

Maria Anna Abiera
by: Laughing_Angel


I am a resident of ****** City here in Mindanao. Contrary to the portrayals of television and newspapers, my place is actually not a battlefield between Muslim rebels and government troops.

But there was a time in 2001 when fear sat in the whole city.

When darkness fell, no minor was to be seen roaming the streets. Elders made sure that their homes were locked. Curfews weren't imposed, neither war was about to broke out. Local authorities were anxious too. All of these uneasiness was caused by an alleged aswang wandering the streets of the city at night. Local radio and TV stations denied the rumor, telling everybody that there was no such thing as aswang. But that didn't appease the whole city.

It all started when a seven-month-pregnant woman was found dead with her abdomen opened and the fetus was nowhere to be found. Then another gross incident took place when a toddler was discovered at a dump site. Deep scratches were said to have found on the back and chest of the poor toddler, the kind of scratches that couldn't have made by an ordinary person.

Many have suspected that it was done by the aswang they had named Maria Anna Abiera. As told, Maria Anna Abiera went to work in Transylvania as a private nurse to a very rich man. After several years, she went back home in Mindanao.

One day, relatives visited the Abieras but were surprised to find the house empty. They asked the neighbors where they could be but no one from the neighbors noticed them leaving the house. When they were able to get inside the house, they were shocked to find several body parts inside the refrigerator. Some of the limbs were missing while some body parts were scattered as if they were chomped or bitten off. It was such a horrible sight! Further investigations revealed that the bodies found were that of Maria Anna's husband and two sons.

The lady has been missing since then. Some have accounted of seeing her walking on the streets during nighttime as if searching for something or following someone.

People said she had gone insane. But many believed that she had transformed into the likes of flesh-eaters and blood-drinkers. Transylvania, according to ancient history and literature is the home of Count Dracula.


Afterwords


The story, as the writer wrote that Maria Anna Abiera put their city in fear, reminds me of what Marcos did sometime in the past to scare the rebels in Mindanao.

The Transylvania thing cast doubt on me. First of all, let's discuss about it.

Transylvania is not a country but an old province of Romania, which was formerly the eastern part of Hungary. Yes, it's true that the place was alleged home of many vampires. Bram Stoker used this place as setting of his novel Dracula. And Dracula is actually NOT A VAMPIRE. Historically, he is a Prince of Wallachia, a kingdom in Romania. His real name is Vlad Tepes Dracula. He was just suspected to be a vampire because of his deeds - he loves seeing people impaled in front of him. There's even a picture of him eating while watching his servants butcher and impale people.

Secondly, the only difference it had compare to that of Maria Labo's is the place where she worked as an OFW. Maria Labo worked at the Spain or Canada, while Maria Anna Abiera worked at Romania (or Transylvania). So, this could be an evidence that her story was really Maria Labo's and she was just a product of imagination.

See the article about Maria Labo for more information.

Sources:
[1] True Philippine Ghost Stories 14. Kresta De Guzman Ed. PSICOM Publishing Inc. 2005. Quezon City. ISSN 1656-6246.
Vampires and Other Monstrous Creature. HarperCollins Publishers. 2007. Great Britain. ISBN 978-0-06-145412-7
The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead. J. Gordon Melton. Visible Ink Press. 1999. ISBN 1-57859-076-0


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Just wait for me ...


It's October now ...!!! I'll be back soon ... I'm starting to create a new article right now ... :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Mirror




What do you think is strange in this photo?

Source:
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

READ ME!!!


Good day everyone!

I am very glad that we're about to reach A MILLION VIEWS. Thanks to everyone who supported me for this.

I just want to tell everyone that I NEED SOME STORIES. I encourage everyone to SHARE their scary/horror stories and CREATE articles for the Philippine Urban Legends' Blog. For some reason, I need to stop producing stories and/or articles. I need too... (I'm sorry!)

But don't worry! I will be back on my track again maybe after October. I PROMISE!!!

The truth is ... I have some stories with me to share, however all are not properly made and researched yet.

Yes, you will not get any benefit on creating such, but your story will be read by other people. Your claim of the story is secured. I will put your name on it as the author. :)

If you have one, just PM us to our official Facebook.com Account. Or you can send it to our E-mail address shown above.

Once again, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Sto. Nino Academy


Submitted by: Lonely Bones



First of all, I always consider haunted schools as “urban legends” that is why I would like to share my school’s spooky stories or should I say, facts!

In four years of my stay in this school, I have heard many rumors about my alma mater being haunted. Different stories from different students and teachers about lady in a dress, moving chairs, headless man and white ladies. I am not sure whether this stories are true or not but I guess it is your decision either to believe or not.

The Lady in Dress



This story said to happened last 2008 (or 2009). The school was having their JS prom. Everyone was enjoying the night. Dancing and eating and such. The teachers roamed the campus to inspect each classrooms in case there were students doing something displeasing. One teacher claimed that he/she saw a girl in a dress inside one of the classroom that was locked. He/she called the other teachers and when he/she looked at the girl again, she was gone.

Another case was a group of student claimed that they saw a girl in a dress walking alone on the dark hallway of one of the school building. Because the color of the dress is unknown, whether the two girl is related, no one knows.

The Headless Man



This story said to happen last 2010, the graduation ball of the fourth year. A group of seniors was taking a picture of their reflection on a mirror in one of the CR of the school. When they looked at the picture at the picture in the camera, they saw a headless man (If I remembered correctly, it was wearing a Barong) standing at the very side of the picture.

Moving Chairs



I know that moving chairs are quite normal but still… According to some students that I heard talking about ghost while I’m on the CR (The same CR above), there was a particular room at one of the school building where chairs would move frequently with or without people inside.

The fact is the room that they were talking about was my room when I was a freshman. In a year of my stay there, I experienced no moving chair but just an eerie feeling, like someone is watching you from behind.

Is Someone in the Room?



This story was told by my teacher when I was a junior. It was a busy day (Or should I say night) for the teachers because they were computing our grades and the release of our cards were coming. She was searching for our high school head teacher to pass something.

It was pretty dark. She claimed that she saw our head teacher entered her room. She went to the same room and while she was climbing on the stairs, she heard our head teacher talking to someone. When she reached the room, she was surprised to see no one inside the room, no one except darkness and silence.

The Oldest Building



Gloriamaris, the first and the oldest building in the whole campus, standing for almost 30 years. The building is the home of the elementary. Most part of the whole structure is made by wood. Many students claimed that they saw a white lady standing or walking at the second floor hallway and sometimes, inside the rooms. I, myself have an experience on this place.

I was a senior. I arrived at my school together with some of my classmates around 5 am to finish something and yes, it was pretty dark. I became curious about the white lady that was rumored to haunt the Gloriamaris so I left my classmate and went to the said building. It was pretty scary walking around the vicinity when it was still dark. I reached the building and went to the second floor where the ghost said to “live”

I saw nothing but instead, I heard a sound, like something hard was being thrown, inside one of the rooms. I became super scared so I quickly left the building and ran to my classmates without turning back. When I reached them, one of my classmates was looking at me in a creepy way.

It was lunch when I asked him why he was looking at me. At first he denied it then later on, he told me “SOMETHING is following you while you’re running” After that, I swear I will never go in that building again.

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