Yes! It is true. The building was built since the Spanish time. So, it might be true that there is an unknown entity there. Then, what are they?
Male and female figures disappearing into walls. Pianos playing by themselves in the dead of night.
Empty chairs turning, heavy curtains parting, plates vanishing from where you put them. --- Philippine Daily Inquirer
Pres. Noynoy Aquino once said,
Actually, he prefer to live in the other side of Pasig River - on Bahay Pangarap.No one wants to live in Malacañang proper, because of the eerie environment.
I don?t like the ambience of Malacañang Palace. There's this big balete tree in front [of the state entrance] ... And the guards say sometimes, the pianos start playing by themselves and someone is [heard] marching [down the hall].
[Taken from a News Website:]
The strongman's son, Senator Ferdinand
BongbongMarcos Jr., narrated tales of ghostly goings-on during the family's 20-year stay in the Spanish-era Palace.
There's no doubt about it, many strange things are really happening there,the senator told the Inquirer.
Everybody who lived in the Palace, during and after [our stay], including the security and the staff?everybody has experienced something,he said.
Eduardo Rozon, chief steward during the Marcos regime, and Bernardo Barcena Jr., a guard posted at the door to the private quarters of the then first family, vividly recall both frightening and hilarious encounters with the unknown in Malacañang.
From their stories recounted to the Inquirer last week, it appeared that ghosts haunted not only the numerous state rooms but also the Marcoses? private quarters, and even the adjoining building known as Kalayaan Hall.
The chandeliers clanked, the plates in the china room tinkled, and staff members felt their hair rising.
The ghostly occurrences always happened in the wee hours?between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., when the Palace was quiet and deserted, according to both Bongbong Marcos and Barcena.
During that witching hour, it was common for the staff to see figures appear at the Reception Hall, the massive corridor framed by pictures of all Philippine presidents, and the Ceremonial Hall, the biggest room in the Palace where the most important state functions are held and which served as balcony during the Spanish and American eras.
Never their faces
You just see them. You think they're your colleagues but they're not. And they always had their backs to us; we never saw their faces,said Barcena, who is now on his second term as barangay councilman in Bagong Nayon in Antipolo City, the housing project awarded by the Marcoses to their household staff.
Barcena once walked up to who he thought was a colleague leaning on a panel in the Ceremonial Hall:
I was just a few meters from him when he vanished.
Frightened, Barcena hurried to tell his colleagues about the experience.
Rozon, who supervised the Palace waiters, recalled one night when he was at the Reception Hall and noticed that the door to the Music Room was ajar.
(A bedroom during the Spanish time, the Music Room has since been used by first ladies as a sitting room for important state guests.)
Rozon said he wondered to his companion what would happen if the half-open door would suddenly close.
Then the door did close! We ran downstairs!he said, laughing.
Barcena swore that in the same room with no one else around, they heard the piano play and saw the first lady's chair turn by itself.
Intrigued by the stories, Bongbong Marcos and his friends decided to go ghost hunting in the courtyard of the private quarters, which had a fountain in the middle.
A friend reached for a doorknob, but the door opened before he could touch it. They scrambled upstairs, the senator recalled with a chuckle.
It was also common for the family members to hear someone knocking on their doors, always at around 2 a.m.
During the renovation of the Palace, Bongbong Marcos said, he used a room adjacent to the State Dining Room as his temporary quarters.
(The State Dining Room, originally a ballroom during the Spanish and American times, has three Commonwealth-era chandeliers and 40 carved chairs around a long dining table. It is now where Cabinet meetings are held. Its large French mirrors were installed in 1877, according to the book Malacañan Palace, The Official Illustrated History.)
Knocking awakened Bongbong Marcos one night, and when he opened his door, he saw no one there. Suddenly, one of the antique chairs stacked leaning against the dining table righted itself!
I couldn't sleep anymore that night,he said.
The ghosts also apparently liked telephones.
The senator said his mother Imelda had been roused from sleep by the ringing of the phone in her bedroom, also during the wee hours.
The next morning she would ask who called her at that time, and of course nobody did,he said.
Rozon said the ringing phones even sparked quarrels among the guards, each suspecting his colleagues of pulling a prank.
It was President Marcos who reportedly kept seeing people who were not actually there.
Coming home from school once, Bongbong Marcos and his two sisters were told by their father about an experience the previous night in the President?s Study, which once served as Quezon's bedroom.
A household aide walked into his office past midnight, and Marcos ordered him to fetch something.
When the aide did not return, Marcos asked the guard where he had gone.
Sir, there is no one here,the guard said.
Rozon told another version of that story of Marcos wondering why a household aide was still in his study well past midnight.
He peered through his glasses to look closely at the aide, who disappeared into the wall,Rozon said.
Bongbong Marcos said his sister Imee had also seen Quezon's ghost in one of the state rooms.
Undersecretary Manolo Quezon of the Malacañang communications group recalled a story of how his grandfather's ghost paced the Palace during times of crisis. (But ?no one I have met, or heard this story from, ever described him as menacing, or cursing, the grandson said.)
He said it was supposedly one of the reasons the Marcoses had the Palace reconstructed in 1979, doubling its original size.
Another story from the current staff in the Palace is they sometimes see the lights on late at night in the Quezon Room (now the Executive Office) in Kalayaan Hall,he said.
The ghosts may be the lost souls of people slain during World War II, Bongbong Marcos said, adding that the Japanese Army used Malacañang as headquarters and that people were killed in some of the rooms there.
Father Brown et al.
One person believed killed by Japanese troops was an American priest whose ghost has since haunted the Palace as ?Father Brown? and who, Bongbong Marcos said, was wont to wake dozing Palace guards with a variety of tricks.
Then there is a Chinese manservant who has appeared to Palace staff and guests.
Bongbong Marcos said a guest from Italy recounted being awakened by a Chinese servant at around 3 a.m. and told to attend Mass with the Marcoses.
The first family asked around and was told that the ghost had been known to appear as early as the time of President Manuel Roxas.
The ghosts are apparently a mischievous lot.
Said Elmer Navarro, whose father Federico, now deceased, was a household aide during the Marcos years:
The ghosts played tricks on him. When he put down the plates and turned away, they would be gone when he looked again. Then he would find the plates elsewhere.
Barcena said he and his colleagues reported their experiences to their superiors, and were told, with a shrug:
Those are house guests.
The most popular of the Palace ?guests? is the benevolent kapre said to inhabit the balete tree that makes President Aquino uncomfortable.
Rozon, now 69, said the kapre had been known as Mr. Brown (perhaps confused with Father Brown) since Quezon?s time, but that some staff members also referred to him as Mr. Jones.
Mr. Brown was not bad. He didn't harm people,Rozon said.
The story goes that household aide Mariano Dacuso, now deceased, was relaxing and reading the papers in the Tea House (where a mosque now stands) when he found himself being lifted along with his chair.
He was lifted almost to the ceiling so he told the kapre,Rozon said.Please put me down.Then he ran to us,
Then there was a cabbie who got the scare of his life when he asked for a light and looked up to see the kapre chomping on a cigar.
Shaking in fear, the cabbie ran to the quarters of the servants, who told him he had found Mr. Brown.
Rozon also said that when the social secretary's staff worked overtime typing letters, they would hear someone else typing in the next room, which was empty.
Whenever something mysterious happened, it was always blamed on Mr. Brown,he said.
Elmer Navarro, who lived in the old servants? quarters as a child, said the kapre was
feared even by the military.
Sometimes,he recalled, ?you could see smoke wafting from the tree.?
Ignacio 'Toting' Bunye, now a member of the Monetary Board, has his own story to tell:
From Day One of my assumption as press secretary in 2002, I have been warned about creepy happenings in ... Malacañang. Not being the superstitious type, I readily dismissed such stories.
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