When real life is scarier than fiction.
“One of my cousins had died of leukemia recently. About a week after her burial, one of their yayas went to the kitchen and found the ghost of my cousin sitting at her usual place at the dining table, asking for her favorite breakfast—eggs and longganisa. She shed tears as she prepared them for her.” — Jose, 20 “When I was 12, I used to bike around my village every afternoon. There was a route the neighbors said you had to avoid because the mango tree in the area was supposedly cursed. One day, I decided to use that route. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see a tall, extremely thin, monstrous creature with scythe-like blades for limbs running right next to me, as if it were trying to capture me. I biked as hard as I could until I got home.” —michel, 19 “I was watching TV alone when I heard rustling coming from the window to my left. When I peered outside, I saw a woman in a wedding dress, completely covered in blood. She had long black hair, but she didn’t have a face. My heart stopped, and I ran straight to my room. —Chanel, 20 “The second floor of our childhood home always creeped me out, so I never went there alone. One night, I was unexpectedly left home alone, and I heard voices from upstairs. When I went to the foot of the stairs to inspect, I caught a glimpse of a little boy running out of my room and into my parents’ room. I waited outside until my family came back.” —Gillian, 22 “This happened in broad daylight. I was doing homework across from my brother at the dining table. Without flinching, he looked up and said, ‘ Ate, there was a dead man behind you. He just smiled, tipped his hat, and disappeared.’ He’s had a third eye since we were kids, so he wasn’t fazed, but I was beside myself with terror.” —yna, 23 “It was around 4:30 AM, and I was having trouble sleeping. From out of nowhere I heard somebody say ‘psst.’ Terrified but curious, I said ‘psst’ back. Then I heard a giggle, after which I felt my blanket being pulled from me. I held onto it tighter and waited in terror until the sun rose.” —Cass, 21