It's that time of the year when we are all allowed to be scared shi*tless.
I mean being haunted by the kind of stories that make it to the Magandang Gabi Bayan Halloween Special.
SLEEPOVER AT BAHAY NA PULA
If you follow local haunted stories, you'll know that the owners of Bahay na Pula abandoned the house after Japanese soldiers used it as their barracks. Stories of paranormal occurrences have been reported since. More than a haunted house, the house serves as a reminder of a dark time in Philippine history when the Japanese took women, both young and old, as comfort women. Unfortunately, news of demolition broke out in August of this year. If you are curious to see Bahay na Pula, it might be too late now.
|Photo from Road Tripper Jonathan Roque|
|Bahay na Pula Interior- Photo from Road Tripper Jonathan Roque|
We were told that this is where we would stay the night.
I chose to sleep by the balcony with the view of the highway and occasional cars passing by. I thought it was a better view compared to seeing the walls of the house with its gaping holes. The group was in a chatty mood the whole night, sharing stories, munching on junk food, and laughing with other participants. I'd say that the group was not an easily scared bunch. Maybe it was our way to drive the fear away and to ignore how quiet the house was if it weren't for our voices.
Looking back, I was frightened of the possibility of actually seeing something out of the ordinary. I remember sleeping with a blanket covering my face just in case I wake up in the middle of the night. They say "Close your eyes to make it go away" but who wants to see it anyway? I'd rather not see whatever it is in the first place.
|Less eerie in the morning -Photo from Road Tripper Jonathan Roque|
Other road trippers have their own spine-chilling stories to tell about the entire experience. Nothing happened to me though. I say that as a form of relief (Thank you!) and not as a challenge for paranormal entities to show up.
|HRT#1 Road Trippers - From Karen Navarozza|
The best part is I've met a handful of fun people who are always up and ready for the next road trip. After HRT, we've seen each other a couple of times, met randomly in different places outside the metro, and we're all still connected up to now, nearly one year after the trip. Fear binds. Or we're really just a great bunch of people hanging out. 😉
This year, ExPH is cooking another spooky Haunted Road Trip on October 29-30. If you want to get the real Halloween thrill this year, click on the link to register.