It’s that time of the year when scary stuff abound – from stories to movies to TV documentaries. People dress up as vampires, ghosts, goblins, and monsters. Some decorate their homes with skulls and cobwebs and Jack O’ lanterns.

Needless to say I’m thrilled with all these considering my fascination of the paranormal. Blame it on Stephen King. But allow me to share these personal experiences which are weird, scary, and sometimes funny. You decide.

The ‘Mananabas’

You know how it is with urban legends. It’s not true but for some reason it tries to cross over reality. Back in college, I heard the story of ‘Mananabas’ who apparently is an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) driven to madness because of his wife’s infidelity. He then murdered his whole family and is now in Baguio, my hometown, posing as a taxi driver, searching for other victims.

Did I get all the information from the news? From a very creative friend? Or is it a story concocted by my imaginative mind? I don’t remember. What I do remember is riding a taxi one midnight, the taxi driver announcing to his radio, “I have one soul,” while staring malevolently at me through the rear-view mirror.

I instinctively jumped out like a stuntman, and ran as fast as I could. My friends couldn’t hide their disbelief as I relayed my story. They were even teasing but they said I looked so scared and was white as a sheet.

A friendly ghost

I was a staff of the school paper and decided, one day, to do some work in the office. I unlocked the door and let myself in. At the same instant, something/someone (?) saved me the effort of turning on the computer as it roared to life on its own.

School exorcism

“This school used to be a cemetery.” It’s common in the Philippines to hear that especially from kids. Probably just to scare each other. Coincidentally, though, there are numerous reports of spirit possessions happening in schools.

So it was a bit scary when we went to a school and found out that they conducted an actual exorcism the previous day. What’s worse, we had to stay there for the night. True enough, we experienced unexplainable movements and sounds but I’m glad to say we were able to survive that.


I was brushing my teeth one evening when I suddenly felt a cold draft of air. All the doors and windows were closed.

The following morning, I learned that my grandmother passed away the same time I felt her apparent goodbye.

Only when you sleep

You’re fast asleep. Then you open your eyes. But you can’t move. Your heart is beating fast. You feel a scary presence. It’s seating by the side of the bed. Staring at you though you can’t see its eyes. You just see the long black hair and a face of nothingness.