Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Ghost in Ateneo de Manila University

Ateneo de Manila University was one of the oldest, and one of the most popular university in the Philippines. The main campus of ADMU is in Quezon City, just beside the Katipunan Avenue and near Loyola Memorial Park and Barangka Cemetery.

Anyway, we are not going to discuss everything about ADMU, however we will talk about the other side of this known university. I'm talking about the scary ghost stories which turned to urban legends. Actually, it is common to a wide and old university to possess such things that terrorizes students. Even though some of them believes, yet there were others who just ignore the rumors till they experience it, and finally they became one of the believers. Like UP, this university also has many buildings inside the campus. Each one has its own respective use, also, each has its own story.


[Taken from Internet:]

The Department of Communication Building

This building stands at Seminary Drive near the Manila Observatory.

It is considered to be the most haunted building of all in the ADMU, but most of the classes here have been moved to the newer Social Sciences building. They said, there was some what a portal inside the its studio where spirits enters our realm. The banyos (comfort room) in the Comm Dept are really spooky.

First Version:

There is this story that as a janitor was about to close the building, a guard pleaded him to use the banyo. The janitor agreed, and the guard went to the second floor to use the said room. After the guard left, the janitor checked the room, and found it completely magulo (messy). There were handprints of human waste all over the room. He immediately left the building and talked to the guard, who was clueless about the event. When the guard turned around, he was shocked to see that there was also a print on the guard's back.
Second Version:

The janitor, who had just finished cleaning the bathrooms, was about to lock up the building when a security guard asked if he could go inside to urinate. The janitor agreed and let the guard in. Minutes later, when the guard emerged, the janitor double-checked the second floor bathroom–and was met with the sight of the tile walls and floors covered in streaky handprints of human excrement. He ran back downstairs to confront the security guard, who was absolutely clueless. When the security guard turned to leave, the janitor was shocked to find another handprint, clearly pressed on the back of the guard's white uniform.

The two versions show the same story. Both have similar attendees - the janitor and the security guard.

[Taken from Internet:]

Other Haunted Buildings

Some say that a janitor haunts the building. He died when the air was sucked out of the building tp clear the chemicals.

Gonzaga Hall
The stairs are similar to the Sacred Heart. No matter how hard you try at night, you always end up at the Second Floor Landing!

Bellarmine Hall
They say Fr. Eliazo is always there.

High School
There is also a portal in the middle of the HS Covered Courts. In the middle of Court 4. Also There are reports of a ghost in every odd numbered batch of Days With The Lord.

Sacred Heart Novitiate Building
In the Sacred Heart Novitiate building, the story of the "stairs" is one that forces retreat-goers to go around in the "safety" of groups.

Legend has it that late one night, a group of students went downstairs to go "exploring" after the others had gone to sleep.

The frightening thing was that no matter how long they kept going down the flights of stairs from the 3rd floor dorm hall they occupied, they could not seem to find the ground floor landing.

Even more sinister was that they kept passing the same eerie painting of Christ at each floor landing, over and over again.


Monday, May 14, 2012

The Legend of Ferdinand Marcos

Ferdinand Marcos, the 10th president, for me, is a lifetime famous influential politician not only in the Philippines but, perhaps, all over the world. Influential in a sense that he opened the minds of Filipinos for another unity (well the first was against Spaniards), although they always refer it to Aquinos, which also caused other countries to begin their protest against their own dictator or the like. Being a dictator for almost 21 years (1965 - 1986), he became the most powerful in the country. His wife, Imelda Romualdez-Marcos, became as well an influential first lady, known with her hundreds of pairs of shoes and sandals collection.

However we're not focusing on his own life as a leader, but we're going to talk about urban legends connected to him.

There was this legend that still persists in Ilocos Norte:
  • That Marcos is alive.

  • That he is kept living by embryonic fluid in some secret facility.

  • That his skin is nice and fresh and that he walks among us but does not look at all like the original Marcos.

  • That the "corpse" in Paoay is really just wax.

  • That his gold certificates are still being encashed, etc., etc.

  • Ferdinand Marcos is ALIVE?!

    It was rumored that Ferdinand Marcos was still ALIVE. It was very outrageous! His devotees were making stories hoping that the dictator is still alive till now.

    The wedding depicted here is unknown. I don't know who the persons here were.

    [Taken from E-mail:]

    A Woman in her forties was invited to stand as the principal sponsor in a wedding to be held in one of the big churches in Manila. The bride and groom had told her not to be shocked when she sees one of their special guests, who was supposedly a long lost kumpadre. So she went to the wedding and there she saw the man, walking very oh so slowly along the aisle. She thought then that if the man were really alive, she'd at least expect him to be confined to a wheelchair, either because of old age or his reported illnesses or both. But the man was walking all by himself, albeit a cane and some bodyguards surrounding him. Then came the signing of the marriage contract, and the woman had thought of checking if the man and his famous signature would match. They did. She later learned that his being alive is top secret and is known only among the man's followers. The man is none other than Ferdinand Edralin Marcos.

    Ferdinand Marcos is made of WAX?!

    The corpse of the once powerful dictator now lies inside a refrigerated glass coffin in a mausoleum, wearing a barong Tagalog and black slacks. He will remain there unless the government will sponsor a burial with military honor.

    Anyway, in Filipino burial tradition, a corpse must not wear shoes, however, previous Pres. Ferdinand Marcos wear black shoes, as if, it's covering something. His whole body look like not a real biological body but a body made of WAX.

    It was not true. His family claims that the corpse looks waxy because it has to be waxed periodically for preservation.

    We're aware that his time is full of complicated and conflicting stories. If you will browse the whole blog, you'll find other urban legend and/or hoax having his name (or family name) involved.


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    Aswang in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao


    [Taken from a News Portal Website[1]:]

    Barangay residents fear 'aswang' attacks
    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    MAGUINDANAO -- Residents in a barangay here are terrified by reports of attacks by an aswang, a vampire-like creature in Philippine folklore.

    Alex Lumenda said his eight-year-old child went to the back portion of their house in Barangay Makir, Datu Odin Sinsuat to urinate when he heard the child crying for help around 10 p.m. Sunday.

    Lumenda said he rushed to the area and saw the creature grabbing his child, who was able to escape. Neighbors woke up due to the commotion.

    The creature is described to have long hair and nails, blazing eyes and long fangs.

    It was also learned that the goats of Lumenda's neighbor was devoured by the creature. Twenty residents claimed witnessing this before the creature disappeared.

    Meanwhile, another aswang attack was reported, this time on one alias Juvy, a resident of the barangay.

    Juvy showed bite marks on the hand and scratches on the shoulder, which were said to have been inflicted by the aswang.

    Mayor Lester Sinsuat is urging members of the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Units and barangay tanods to patrol the area at night and keep a tight watch over residents. (Edgardo Fuerzas)

    Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 10, 2012.

    [Taken from a News Portal Website[2]:]

    ASWANG, umatake raw sa isang liblib na barangay sa Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao

    Nagsasalitan ngayon sa pagroronda sa gabi hanggang sa madaling araw ang mga tanod at ilan pang mga civilian volunteer sa barangay Makir, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

    Ito ay dahil sa kumakalat na balitang may gumagalang aswang sa kanilang lugar at ilang mga residente na ang nakakita at nabiktima nito.

    Unang sinalakay ng aswang na tinatawag nilang “Maning” sa salitang Maguindanaon, ang isang ginang sa Sitio Gubat ng nabanggit na barangay.

    Balot ng takot ngayon ang mga residente sa isang barangay sa bayan ng Datu Odin Sinsuat sa lalawigan ng Maguindanao sa pagsalakay ng ” Maning” isang salitang Maguindanaon na ang ibig sabihin ay aswang.

    Sa kuwento ng mga residente sa lugar, kinagat ng aswang ang naturang ginang sa kamay at kinalmot pa sa braso.

    Nitong Sabado lang, isang walong taong gulang na bata rin ang sinalakay ng naturang aswang.

    Humingi ng saklolo ang naturang bata matapos na makakita ng taong may mahabang buhok at mga kuko at nanlilisik pa ang mapupulang mga mata nito.

    Nabatid pa na may mga alagang kambing na rin sa lugar ang namatay na pinaniniwalaan nilang nilapa ng aswang.

    Sa ngayon ay may nakahandang mga sibat ang mga tanod sa barangay bilang paghahanda sa muling pagsalakay ng naturang aswang sa kanilang lugar.
    ASWANG, attacks in a distant barangay of Datu Odin Sinsuat, aguindanao

    Tanods (Night guards) and some civilians volunteered to patrol Barangay Makir, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao alternately from night till dawn.

    This was because of the spreading news about the roaming aswang in their place, and many residents had seen and was victimized by this monster.

    The aswang, named Maning in Maduindanaon dialect, first attacked a woman in Sitio Gubat of the said village.

    Now, the residents of a barangay in the village of Datu Odin Sinsuat in the province of Maguindanao was covered with fear to the attacks of Maning, which in Maguindanaon means aswang.

    Base on the stories of the residents, the said woman was bitten on the hands and scratched in the arms.

    Just this Saturday, an 8-year-old child was attacked by this aswang.

    The child seeks help when he saw a person with long hair and nails, having glinting red eyes.

    They also heard of a man, owner of the goats in their village, was killed by the aswang.

    As of this time, the tanods of barangay had ready their spears for the next attack of the aswang.

    [Taken from a News Portal Website[3]:]

    Aswang, sumalakay sa Datu Odin Maguindanao
    Posted under mindanao,news,regional by leo on Wednesday 9 May 2012 at 5:39 am

    (RMN Cotabato)

    Balot ng takot ngayon ang mga residente sa isang barangay sa bayan ng Datu Odin Sinsuat sa lalawigan ng Maguindanao sa pagsalakay ng ” Maning” isang salitang Maguindanaon na ang ibig sabihin ay aswang.

    Sa kuwento ni Alex Lumenda ng barangay Makir , Datu Odin Sinsuat, ang kanyang 8 taong gulang na lalaking anak ang sinalakay ng aswang apat na gabi na ang nakakaraan habang ito’y naghuhugas ng katawan sa labas ng kanilang bahay.

    Bigla umano itong sumigaw at humingi ng saklolo sa ina kung saan sa paglapit nito ay nagulat din sa nakitang mahaba ang buhok at mga kuko at pula ang mata.

    Sinubukang habulin ni Lumenda at ng kanyang mga kapitbahay pero hindi na nila ito inabutan.

    Sinasabing unang sumalakay ang aswang sa sitio Gubat barangay Makir kung saan isang ginang ang kanyang kinagat sa kamay at kinalmot sa braso.

    Maliban ditto, maging ang alagang kambing ay kinagat din ng aswang at kinain ang apat nitong paa.

    Sa ngayon ay todo ang pagbabantay ang ginagawa ng mga residente at may mga nakahanda silang gulok at sibat sakaling sumalakay muli sa kanilang barangay ang nasabing aswang.
    Aswang, attacks in Datu Odin Maguindanao

    Residents of Datu Odin Sinsuat in the province of Maguindanao was covered with fear to the attacks of Maning, a word in Maguindanao which means aswang.

    One story by Alex Lumenda of Barangay Makir, Datu Odin Sinsuat, accounts the attack of an aswang to an 8-year old boy who was, at that time, taking a bath outside their house.

    He suddenly yelled and seek help to his mother. As she arrived there, she was shocked by what she saw - a long hair and nails, and red eyes.

    Lumenda and his neighbors tried to chase the monster, but they failed.

    It was rumored that the aswang first attacked in Sitio Gubat, Barangay Makir, wherein a woman was bitten in the hands and was scratched in her arms.

    Moreover, even Lumenda's goats were bitten, and its four legs were eaten.

    As of now, residents are vigilantes and they have bolos and spears with them in case this monster attacks again in the said Barangay.

    [Taken from a News Portal Website[4]:]

    Aswang sa Datu Odin, Maguindanao, 3 araw ng wala
    13 MAY 2012

    TATLONG gabi nang hindi umaatake sa Barangay Makir, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao ang aswang na di umano’y gumagala sa lugar, ayon kay Barangay Chairman Norodin Abas naniniwala s’ya na aswang ang naturang nilalang, hindi rin ito magnanakaw tulad ng sinabi ni DOS Mayor Lester Sinsuat, hindi na rin kasi anya nakakapambiktima ang mga magnanakaw simula nang umatake sa lugar ang tinatawag nilang “Maning.”

    Una rito ay nabulabog at nabalot ang naturang barangay dahil sa umanoy pagsalakay ng aswang sa lugar kung saan dalawang beses itong nambiktima.

    Patuloy pa din hinahanap at tinutugis ng mga residente sa lugar ang nasabing nilalang na ilang araw na din umanong pagala-gala sa kanilang lugar.(JR MAE AVILA)
    Aswang in Datu Odin, Maguindanao, 3 days gone

    It's been three nights passed, and the monster isn't attacking any more in Barangay Makir, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. Barangay Chairman Norodin Abas believe that it was an aswang roaming in the village, not a thief like what DOS Mayor Lester Sinsuat told. Thieves also stopped victimizing when this monster they called Maning attacks in the said place.

    The first reason might be the disturbance and fear the monster had caused to the Barangay wherein two victims were attacked.

    But until now, residents were still chasing and searching this monster who was said to roam in the whole place.


    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    The Elevator Ghost


    Many Filipinos believe in ghosts, and hospitals, being the place where there's always death, of course, they will think that a single hospital is home for hundreds of ghosts.

    There was this text message which could be an example of ghost in hospitals. No one knows if it actually happened or not but, for sure, it was just for the sake of enjoyment. Yet, it created goosebumps to the readers.

    It was my classmate who first told me this story. I can't forget the way she tells the legend. It really freaked me out.

    I'm not sure if this urban legend only circulated here in the Philippines. The oldest version can be traced in 1990's. This story was told in many dialects but the Visayan made another version of this. In Metro Manila, the most known versions used the University of Sto. Tomas and the Makati Medical Center as the setting of it.


    [Taken from a text message:]

    Once there was this nurse rushing faster going to the elevator. A child was running after her, that's why. Inside the elevator, a middle-aged man was standing, noticed the nurse looked frightened.

    Why do you look so pale and scared? He asked.

    Haven't you seen the little boy after me? The nurse replied. He is wearing a red tag bracelet on his right hand. If he is wearing a blue tag then he is alive, but he's wearing red, thus he is definitely dead. She continued.

    After she explains everything happened to her, the man raises his hands showing something, and suddenly says . . .

    Like this?

    The nurse because of horror, became insane.

    [Taken from Internet:[1] ]

    A UST doctor decided to ride the elevator down to the hospital morgue. There was only one other passenger inside. Noticing a patient trying to catch the lift, the doctor immediately shut the door. The other passenger asked her why she refused to wait for the patient. She explained that the “patient” was wearing a red band on his wrist and she'd been warned that only corpses wore such bands. The passenger approached him and lifted his arm. “Tulad nito?” (Like this?) he asked, showing the crimson tag dangling from his wrist. [Click Here]

    [Taken from Internet:[2] ]

    I found this Visayan Version of the same story as the others posted here.
    Naay usa ka-doctor na musakay unta sa elevator, kilid lang sa ER ... Anway, pag-abli sa elevator naay duha ka-tawo sa sulod. Ang usa nag-tindog ug nag-sul-ob ug laboratory gown. Ang usa naa sa sawog, kay nakuyapan. Gidagan ni Doc ang taw na nakuyapan sa ER na naa ra kilid. Kadtong na-uli-an na ang tawo, iyang gipangutana na-unsa to siya, nisulti siya na naa siyang nakit-an nga patay na pero naglakawlakaw pa, ug nag-sul-ob ug orange tag. (this orange tag means you're dead and your body is now in the morgue waiting for disposal). Nagkatawa ang doctor kay basin nag-binuang ra. Mibalik siya sa may elevator ug misakay pag-abli. Naa tong tawo na kuyog adtong nakuyapan. Nagstorya sila bahin adtong nakuyapan ug nakakita daw ug ungo tong tawhana. Pagsulti ni doc na nag-sul-ob daw ug orange tag ang iyang nakit-an, gisaka sa tawo sulod sa elevator ang iyang kamot ug misulti, "parehas niini?" Namugnaw siya kay mao tong tawhana na iyang gi-declare na Dead on arrival pipila ka oras na nilabay. Ug siya, nakuyapan.

    There was a doctor who decided to take a ride in the elevator near the ER (he was waiting for the elevator to open that time). When the elevator opened, he saw two men inside. One of them was standing, wearing a laboratory gown. The other one was lying in the floor unconscious. He brought the unconscious man to ER which was near the elevator. When the man woke up he asked him what happened, then he answered that he saw a dead person still walking wearing an orange tag in the wrist. (This orange tag means you're dead and your body is now in the morgue waiting for disposal.) The doctor just laughed at what he heard from the person. Then he went back in front of the elevator and took a ride when it opened. There again the person who was with the one who fainted. He told that person the reason why the man lost consciousness - that he saw a dead man. As the doctor speaks about the person wearing an orange tag, the person raised his hand and said, Like this?. The doctor felt cold because that person he was with was the same one he declared dead on arrival some time ago. And he fainted.

    [Another version uses a woman instead of a man as the gender of the unconscious, and even tells the place when this ghost story occured - the Cebu Doctor's Hospital.]

    [Taken from Internet:[3] ]

    The Elevator

    Gem is working as a nurse in a big hospital. during that time, gem was on a night shift, where hours would seem like eternity. To keep herself from falling asleep, she and her nurse friends would talk about a lot of things-especially ghost stories-to perk them up while doing their charting.

    Then one night, the nurses got too busy to chat-someone died in the emergency room,a group of people were admitted due to a vehicular accident, another patient is in a critical condition. The nurses were prepared for such emergencies and were able to attend all those needing medical attention.

    Gem had to go to the pharmacy downstairs to get some medicine for her patient. She hurried to the nearby elevator to the ground floor. She was on the fourth floor. Gem saw that there was already a man inside the elevator when she got in. She didn't know the guy, but she was happy that she had someone to ride the elevator with. As the elevator reached the second floor,the doors opened. They saw a little boy, about five years old, waiting to get inside the elevator. But before the boy could get in, Gem hurriedly closed the elevator doors and pressed again the ground floor button, leaving the boy behind.

    The stranger was puzzled and asked gem why she did what she did. "why didn't you let the poor boy ride with us?" the man asked.

    "He looks like the boy who died here the other day. We tried to save him, but we couldn't. The second floor houses the pediatric ward and that's where the boy died," explained gem who was a bit winded.

    "How can you be so sure that it was the same boy? Is it because he's wearing the same tag as mine?" the stranger asked as he raised his arm to show gem the hospital tag attached to his wrist.

    Gem was taken aback. She thought she was going to faint.

    She stared at the man this time, finally noticing that he was in a hospital gown. She suddenly recognized who the man was- he was the one who was in a critical condition an hour earlier, but died on the operating table.

    The elevator doors opened as it reached the ground floor. Gem ran blindly away from the lift and never looked back. She got the medicines she needed and hurriedly went back to her patient. but this time, she didn't take the elevator. Instead, she took the stairs. Never again did she ride the elevator during night shifts.

    [Taken from Book:[4] ]

    Makati Ghost Stories

    This one has been going around for some time. An elderly doctor at the Makati Medical Center was riding the elevator going down to the lobby. Next to him is another patient. A bell sounds and the car door swings open. In front of the pair stands a young boy. The little boy asks: Down? The doctor looks up and down the young man and, with a slight crackling in his voice, answers: No, this is going up. He then presses the button to close the elevator door and sends the car on its way.

    The patient, confused, asks: Why didn't you let him ride with us. This car is going down anyway. The doctor looks to the patient and says, He was my patient a week ago. He died of Leukemia.

    There is a short silence. The patient then asks: How do you know he died? The doctor glances back and says, Well, he has a blue band on his ankle. That means he's dead.

    The patient sticks out her foot and asks the doctor: Oh, you mean like the one I have?

    [Taken from Book:[4] ]

    The Elevator I
    By: Jherry Barrinuevo

    Bad things happen to bad people.

    A friend told me a spooky story about an unscrupulous doctor who worked in a private hospital in Metro Manila.

    The doctor charged his patients depending on their social status. But no matter what the status, he always overcharged. He didn't discriminate whether his patients were rich or poor. He preyed on the rich and famous the same as he did the poor and less fortunate patients.

    He would have gotten old and continued doing this, but for an encounter with the supernatural that changed him for life.

    The doctor was a practicing physician for almost 15 years. He graduated from a famous medical school here in the Philippines and became one of the topnotchers when he took the board exam. His intelligence and expertise made him famous in the local medical scene and earned him recognition as one of the best doctors in the country.

    As a result of his fame and achievements, patients flocked to his clinics. Members of high society, politicians and celebrities went to him for treatment.

    At the same time, some desperate patients sought his medical attention - patients who would spend all they had just to be treated or given a cure.

    At the start of the doctor's career, he was fair to his patients and used all his talents to help his patients who were in dire need. He charged his patients honestly and sometimes gave discounts to the poor. But, this noble character changed when he realized he could earn much more money and live a king's life if he overcharged his patients.

    He started overcharging his rich patients, who didn't care as long as the doctor treated them. His greed became atrocious when he started doing it even to the poor.

    If they can't afford my services they ought to suffer and die, as for me, money is what I need and I am gonna be rich.

    As a result of his greed, many of those who couldn't afford his services died without undergoing treatment. Although he may have felt a twinge of guilt every so often, whenever he heard that a patient of his died, he remained unmoved and continued to feed his greed, sucking his patients' resources up to the last drop. But, one day, a weird thing happened.

    The doctor was on one of his rounds. He rode the hospital's elevator to go up to his clinic. It was late in the afternoon and there were few people left in the hospital, so the doctor had the elevator all to himself.

    He pushed the button for the sixth floor, where his clinic is located.

    When it reached the second floor, the door opened, but to his surprise no one entered the elevator. He peered outside the elevator to check if anyone outside had pushed the second floor button, but no one was around.

    When the elevator reached the third floor the same thing happened. This was likewise repeated when it reached the fourth.

    By the time it reached the fifth level, the doctor was totally mystified.

    The elevator door opened and still no one joined him in the elevator. Just as it was about to close however, the overloaded warning sounded.

    The doctor nearly jumped from the shrill buzz of the warning button.

    That's funny, he thought to himself. How can that buzzer sound when I'm the only one here?

    All of the sudden he remembered long-forgotten ghost stories about the hospital that he didn't pay attention to. He could feel pinpricks of fear crawling up his spine.

    When the elevator reached the sixth floor he nearly stumbled in his hurry to get out of it. He ran toward his clinic and tried to forget what happened.

    Later, as he was examining one patient, his secretary told him that the father of one of his patients who had just died was outside. The family could not afford to pay the doctor's fees and so could no longer continue treatment.

    The secretary said the father blamed the doctor for the death of his son.

    Pabayaan mo siya, wala akong pakialam. Alam naman nila na malala na ang sakit ng anak nila 'di sila nag-ipon ng pera (Let him rant and shout, I don't care. They knew very well their son was seriously ill, why didn't they save money for it?), the doctor told his secretary.

    As his secretary was about to inform the father that the doctor was busy with another patient and send him away, another parent, a father, barged in the clinic shouting that the doctor killed his teenage daughter.

    Had you treated my daughter and didn't ask for a high fee, she would be still be alive right now, the father said accusingly.

    The doctor tried to elude the angry parents by telling his secretary he got an emergency call from another hospital.

    So off the doctor went down the corridor. But as he neared the elevator, he remembered the earlier incident and vowed never to go into the elevator alone. So he waited till another passenger, a teenage girl, came along before boarding the elevator.

    Sure enough the elevator began acting strange again. He pushed the button for 1st but visibly upset when it went straight to the basement - where the morgue is located.

    The door opened and the doctor saw a boy running towards the elevator. Recognizing the boy as one of his patients who just died - the same boy whose father was ranting in his clinic upstairs - he immediately pushed the button shutting the door.

    The teenage girl saw what he did and asked the doctor why he didn't let the boy in.

    He answered: That boy is dead.

    How can you tell?? the girl persisted.

    Can't you see he has a red tag around his wrist? That's a sure sign that he's dead and marked for the morgue, the doctor exclaimed.

    Oh you mean something like this? the girl asked as she raised her wrist.

    The doctor turned in time to see the girl shove her wrist in front of his face. The doctor turned deathly white as blood drained from his face.

    The girl was his other dead patient!

    That was the last thing that he remembered. He slumped down in a dead faint.

    He was found by the hospital security guards lying alone inside the elevator.

    The doctor realized that his sins were fast catching up with him. The overloaded elevator must have been filled with the spirits of all his patients who died from his neglect, just because they couldn't afford his fees!

    Since then the doctor changed his ways and started treating his patients fairly.

    [Taken from Book:[5] ]

    By: Leonileda L. Leong

    Julie Marangga was a nurse at the general hospital. She had heard many stories about the hospital she worked in - some were scary, most were sad, but she never paid them any mind. Had she at least heeded their warnings, she might have been better prepared for what happened later. Now she's in a coma.

    Julie, it's almost 10 o'clock. Leave that to the night shift, the head nurse told her that fateful evening. Why don't you go home early? You'll be celebrating your first paycheck with your mother tomorrow.

    It's okay, manang, I'll just finish this, she responded. She seemed to love her work.

    Don't take the elevator at night, Julie's co-workers had advised her. Besides, the stairs are healthier for you.

    It was past 10 o'clock that night when Julie, together with another nurse from a different station, boarded the elevator on the top floor. She had clocked out and was on her way home. The hospital halls were quiet; visitor hours had ended more than an hour ago, and the night shift had long settled in. Before the elevator doors closed, a doctor called out to them.

    Hold the elevator, he said.

    Julie stopped the door from closing. The doctor nodded his thanks and pressed the 'G' button upon entering. As the doors closed, Julie saw a child making his way to the elevator.

    Dok, sandali, may bata pang sasakay (Doc, wait, a child wants to get in), Julie said.

    The doctor hurriedly pressed the 'Door Close' button. Huwag mong pansinin and batang iyan, patay na siya. Nakita mo ba ang wristband na suot niya? Iyan ang kulay na suot ng mga bangkay sa morgue (Don't mind that kid, he was already dead. Did you see the wristband he was wearing? That's the color the bodies wear in the morgue), said the doctor.

    Julie suddenly could not speak.

    The nurse beside her calmly extended her hand and asked, Like this one?

    Julie saw that the week before, another nurse had been rushed to the hospital, heavily bleeding after an accident. The nurse didn't make it.

    Hospitals have more than enough death stories, but that doesn't help Mrs. Marangga, who doesn't know whether she should be grateful that her daughter was alive but in a coma.

    The doctor accompanied her to Julie's hospital room. He was used to there things already but what was he going to tell Julie's mother?


    Actually there are many variations on how the story was delivered in text message.
  • Some tells, that the man saw the child running after the nurse then she abruptly closed the elevator's door before the child can enter, then asked: Why didn't you let the child to enter?. While others, the child got in the elevator but went out again for some reason.

    Other version didn't mention anything about the child running towards the elevator. Instead, the doctor was unsuspectingly waiting for the elevator door to open. As it open, he saw two people - the other one was standing, while the other was unconscious.

  • Some it was a little girl instead of a boy.

  • Another was instead of a female nurse, it was a male; or instead a nurse, it was doctor.

  • The setting of the legend is unknown but others use University of Sto. Tomas and Makati Medical Center. The Visayan version, some of them, mentions the Cebu Doctor's Hospital.

  • Again others didn't mention if the man inside the elevator was of middle age.

  • As I found this article in a website, that this story was once featured in a Philippine ghost story book, I wonder if this actually came from a real experience of the girl named Gem. The first time I heard this story was from my friend, then I received a text message from another friend with the same story. However, I started to become doubtful because of the versions I found. The only way to answer my question concerning this, I need to know the original version, but I think, it is impossible nowadays to have it.

    Last Updated: May 15, 2015

    [3] - - [True Philippine Ghost Stories - Haunted Hospitals. PSICOM Publishing Inc.]
    [4] True Philippine Ghost Stories Book 2. PSICOM Publishing Inc. 2003. Quezon City, Philippines. ISBN 971-8995-90-0
    [5] The Best of True Philippine Ghost Stories. PSICOM Publishing Inc. 2008. Quezon City, Philippines. ISBN 978-971-0372-85-0

    Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    The Woman with a Lump in her Tongue


    [Taken from [1]:]
    A woman was working in a post office. She was supposed to use a sponge to seal the envelopes but one day she didn't. She used her tongue instead. Days after , she noticed that her tongue had a strange lump in it. It got so big that she was having a hard time eating or talking. That was when she decided to see a doctor. He cut open the lump and a live roach crawled out! Turns out, there were roach eggs on the envelope flap and they hatched in her tongue!

    Foreign Counterpart

    Actually, this urban legend originated from U.S.A.
    [Taken from [2]:]
    A California woman who worked in a post office decided one day that she would lick some envelopes instead of using a moist sponge for that purpose. In the process, she accidentally cut her tongue. Later, she noticed a swelling in her tongue, but a doctor could not find anything wrong. It finally got so bad that she was having trouble eating, so she want back to the doctor. He did some tests, found a lump on her tongue, and did surgery. During the surgery, he cut open the lump and a live cockroach crawled out. It was determined that she got cockroach eggs in her tongue from the envelope that caused the cut and they incubated there.
    A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

    If you lick your envelopes...You won't anymore!!!!
    A woman was working in a post office in California, one day she licked the envelopes and postage stamps instead of using a sponge. That very day the lady cut her tongue on the envelope.
    A week later, she noticed an abnormal swelling of her tongue.
    She went to the doctor, and they found nothing wrong. Her tongue was not sore or anything.
    A couple of days later, her tongue started to swell more, and it began to get really sore, so sore, that she could not eat.
    She went back to the hospital, and demanded something be done.
    The doctor, took an x-ray of her tongue, and noticed a lump. He prepared her for minor surgery. When the doctor cut her tongue open, a live roach crawled out.
    There were roach eggs on the seal of the envelope. The egg was able to hatch inside of her tongue, because of her saliva. It was warm and moist.
    This is a true story reported on CNN.
    Andy Hume wrote: "Hey, I used to work in an envelope factory. You wouldn't believe the..... things that float around in those gum applicator trays. I haven't licked an envelope for years."

    That's the whole story of this legend.