Bahay na Pula
Location: Anyatam, San Ildefonso, 3010 Bulacan
Two hours north of Manila is the Bahay na Pula, or "Red House". Back in World War II, the house served as a barracks for Japanese soldiers, who captured young Filipinas from Mapanique, Pampanga as "comfort women" after massacring their men.
Naturally, once the house fell into disrepair, it became a magnet for negative energy. It's said that the house became red from the blood of the women who died there, and you can still hear the victims wailing and screaming for mercy. Until now, evil spirits wander the Bahay na Pula seeking revenge, or so the local guide will tell you.
Location: Tiaong, Quezon Province
You can't miss this house. Fronted by the statue of a man battling a crocodile (representing a scene from Rizal's novel "Noli Me Tangere"), the house already has an eerie feeling the moment you step in.
Like most haunted places, Herrera Mansion has a rich, interesting history. It was built in the 1920s, and managed to survive World War II despite the bomb damage to its back portion. According to eyewitnesses, you can still see the ghosts of an elderly couple and headless soldiers wandering around the property. Some even report that clanking chains can be heard inside the house.
Location: Cinco de Noviembre St., Silay City, Negros Occidental
Today, Balay Negrense is considered as Negros Occidental's first museum. Back in the 19th century, however, it was the residence of a sugar baron named Victor F. Gaston.
As you might expect from the house of a rich man, Balay Negrense is expansive, with enough rooms to accommodate Don Victor's 12 children. It's also filled with antique memorabilia, and several mirrors can be found throughout the house.
Now, that shouldn't be creepy enough on its own — except the house is maintained as though people still live there. Also, if you look into any of the aforementioned mirrors, there's a good chance you'll see an otherworldly being looking back at you.
Laperal White House
Location: Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City
If you want to see a Victorian-style house in the Philippines, you need not look further than this landmark along Leonard Wood Road in Baguio. Like the Herrera mansion, it was constructed in the 1920s by the Laperals, one of Baguio's oldest families. Everything went well for them, as it usually does for the rich, until the Japanese came.
Then and there, the invaders swept into the house, transformed it into a garrison and used it as a place to torture and kill suspected spies. Eventually, Don Roberto, the last head of the Laperal clan, died in an accident, and the house was closed to the public.
Ever since, people have begun to report supernatural occurrences near the house. Taxi drivers often refuse to come close to it, and if they do, they beep their car horns as a sign of respect to the restless dead. Passersby claim to see apparitions through the windows, and some have even recounted stories of being followed to their homes by the ghosts!
The Villalon Mansion
Location: Cebu City, Cebu
Also known as the "House on the Hill," the Villalon Mansion sits on top of a hill behind the Capitol Building. Unfortunately, the place is now off-limits to visitors, and for good reason.
You see, every full moon, a lady in white can be heard singing. There's also plenty of unusual activity in the mansion at night. Even the descendants of the owner rarely visit the mansion, and are abroad for the most part of the year. No wonder the spirits decided to make themselves at home!
Location: 1000 Jose P. Laurel St., San Miguel, City of Manila
Being a country's top executive isn't always a privilege. If you're the Philippines' president, for example, you'll be in close proximity with the many supernatural denizens of Malacañang Palace.
There's the ghost of President Manuel L. Quezon, who's reportedly shown himself to members of the Marcos family and other residents. There are also the spirits of children running about, World War II victims looking for closure and an American named Father Brown. And if you stay long enough near the balete tree outside the Palace's entrance, you can smell the smoke of a kapre's cigar.
Know of Other Haunted Houses in the Philippines?
Considering how many Filipinos there are, we're pretty sure these six are just the tip of the iceberg as far as haunted residences in the Philippines are concerned. If you know of other places like the ones already mentioned here, share them with us in the comments below!