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By: Sharron Navera
This case was my first experience in questing. It happened accidentally in a newly built subdivision in Urdaneta, Pangasinan. I was one of the event participants in opening it. Since I was known to be a clairvoyant, several people were asking me if the place was haunted. I said that I was yet to know. A custodian named Hilda went up to me during my break and told me a fascinating story. Her shift starts from 6 in the morning. That morning, she was ordered to sweep one block of the subdivision in preparation for the municipal inspection. While she was sweeping, she thought she saw an image of a young lady in a white dress running across the street. Hilda shrugged it off thinking that it was just one of the duwendes (as she firmly believes in them.)
The next day, as she was watering the plants in the same block, she saw the same lady standing in the middle of the block. She called one of the sales agents thinking that girl was a buyer. But when they returned to where the lady was, she was gone. Hilda asked the guards who started their shift the night before it they saw the said girl. One night-shift guard said that while he was conducting his usual inspection of the place, someone brushed past him. A black figured moved towards the block where Hilda saw the young lady. The guard said that he thought it was an intruder. He chased the figure but it disappeared into a huge wall. Sometimes Hilda said functions were held inside the club house. One night, after the caterers were done setting up the ballroom, the forks and knives were discovered to be missing. After a quick search, the utensils were found lined up on the floor, pointing at one direction-towards the block where the young lady was always seen. When she told the electrician about this, the electrician asked where all of the forks and knives were pointed at. He then digging and found a ring. It was made of gold, it was a wedding ring. It had an image of a flower carved on it. It had an inscription but it was illegible. The electrician said that it must have cost something that he gave it to Hilda to pawn. That ring was shown to me by Hilda. Ever since she had the ring in her possession, her grand daughter would always get sick and would sleep throughout the day. They consulted an albularyo but there was no apparent diagnose. I asked for the ring. When she handed me the ring, it vibrated and it was extremely hot. Vision came like watching a movie in high speed. Then my hand got stiff and I tried throwing the ring, but it would not budge. It was stuck. I stood up slowly and walked towards the pond. I placed my hand and my stiff arm in the water. The ring dropped on the bottom of the pond. As the ripple cleared, I saw a reflection of a girl I asked for a rag, and took the ring . I threw the ring in the opposite block from where the ring was found. I asked Hilda to take me to where the ring was found. I, Hilda, and my two colleagues walked there. There, we found the ring. Everyone was amazed. There was really something weird happening. I took the ring again with my bare hands and visions started coming in. I asked the entity to take me in her time line instead.
It was early in the morning. I was taken to a small barrio near a stream. A girl smiled at me, she had a long, black hair. Her complexion was darkened by the sun, but her face was angelic. As she smiled, her eyes were reduced to two lines, her lips were shiny as if she was wearing a lip gloss. She had a heart-shaped face. she was petite. She was about 16 years old. The year was 1963.
The entity asked me to go with her. We sat on a bench facing the small stream. She took the ring from my hand and wore it. She said it was given to her by her late mother. I asked why she was not at peace. She told me that she wanted justice. Then the place became dark. I was yet again transport to another time. I saw her on her way home from selling bagoong, she passed by the rice field (the same spot where the subdivision was built) When a man grabbed her from behind. He dragged her into the rice field. And raped her. After the perpetrator was done, she recognized him as her uncle from the city. He was clad in leather jacket and pale jeans. She ran and shouted for help, she was in panic. Her uncle caughtup with her, stabbed her, and slashed her neck.
She dropped her ring as she was being dragged towards the road. The case was never solved. She gave me her ring back. I asked what she wanted me to do. She pointed at a house. Asked me to tell them what happened to her. At that instant, I was transported back to the present time. I studied the house that she pointed at. I came to see a house outside of the subdivision. It was concrete and had a small garden in front. I went to the house, pretended to ask for water, and went in. I saw a picture of a man heavily built, around late 30s. I asked who he was. The owners of the house said that he was their grandfather. He lived in Manila but came back to the province to retire. He died two years ago. I showed the owner of the house the ring that was found in the subdivision. Her eyes opened wide, and exclaimed that it was from her Tita Juliana was killed. She was found on the road lifeless and they first thought that she was a hit-and-run victim. However, the medical examiner said she was raped. No one knew who did it. The picture of the uncle suddenly fell on the floor. It became extremely cold in the house. Drops of blood were seen on the picture. The owner of the house was clearly spooked and asked me what was happening. I told her the story. After I am done telling the story, the temperature became normal. She said that before her grandfather died, he told them a story. It was only later that they rialized it was Juliana. She said that her grandfather really loved her, and was very close to her. His attraction to Juliana grew everyday until he was overpowered by it. Thus, the crime. He panicked when Juliana recognized him. He was so scared that she might go to the police and have him arrested that he killer her. He immediately went back to the city after the incident. From then on, he never had peace.
The homeowner returned the ring to me. She said she’d go to the cemetery where her tita Juliana was buried and pray for her soul. I left the house and returned to the subdivision. I saw Juliana in front of the gates. She smiled and said goodbye. Blew me a kiss. I acknowledged her back. I still have the ring with me and still uses it every time I go on a quest. It is to remind me how lucky I am to have this gift.