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By: Joel P. Salud
The fourth floor science laboratory of this old and prestigious university in Manila is known for its numerous ghostly apparitions. More than a hundred and one ghost stories have centered around that place alone, which is probably the most haunted area in all of the schools in that area. Through the years, a number of eye witnesses had sworn they have seen something or someone that’s not supposed to be there in that part of the Science Building. It’s the oldest known building in the school grounds, dating back more than 200 years.
One eerie story was related by a Psychology major students who spent a little more time inside one of the laboratory classrooms at the fourth floor after class hours. It was eight o’clock in the evening of July 1983. The rains were pounding on the pavement with claps of thunder and lighting.
The whole junior college class was already dismissed, and Jenna, together with her teacher Ms. Alvarado (not their real names), stayed behind for further tutoring in Comparative Anatomy.
Jenna was preparing the slides for the microscopes when a figure, which she described as pale white and reddish, started to float and passed the classroom door. She thought she was just tired and probably seeing things, having been in school for more than 15 hours already. But just as she was about to dismiss it as a hallucination, a shimmering yet faint figure of a young woman appeared once more to float slowly from one end of the room to the other, passing through the wall where the animal specimens were kept. Jenna glanced surreptitiously at Ms. Alvarado to see if by any chance the teacher saw the apparition.
But the instructor was still looking into the microscope, apparently, the teacher was oblivious to what was transpiring around her. Jenna tried hard to get the image out of her mind as she continued preparing the microscope slides, but it kept playing in her head like a worn-out record. The apparition was ashen white, not quite corporeal yet clear enough to be seen from where she was standing. It moved slowly, she recalled, as if it was being dragged by a rope, had torn clothes, or what looked like clothes, its skirt and feet dangled above the pavement.
She and her classmates had heard a lot of ghost stories about the science lab but she never thought she wound actually see one. Finally, she couldn’t stand it any longer, she had to tell Ms. Alvarado about what she saw or else she would burst. Having made the decision, she looked up to see where Miss Alvarado was, and nearly jumped out of her skin. THERE, RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER WAS THE GHOST!!!! The woman wore a tattered white blouse and skirt. It stood before her, feet floating an inch or so above the ground. She had misty eyes that looked back at her sadly. But what riveted Jenna to her was her mouth, WHICH WAS WIDE OPEN AND SPOUTING BLOOD. AAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Out of sheer fright, Jenna suddenly dropped the slides and the specimens and screamed. She shut her eyes to avoid the deathly stare of the apparition, but then she felt something cold touch her shoulder. This prompted her to shout louder. Then she felt someone shaking her shoulders and asking her to stop shouting it was only Ms. Alvarado trying to comfort her.
Jenna asked if the professor left the room a while ago. The professor swore to Jenna she never left. Jenna related to the professor what had happened. Ms Alvarado said it was a common occurence in the fourth floor to see either the ghostly image of a priest without its head or a woman whose clothes were torn flitting from room to room. Many of the janitors have witnessed the apparitions which begin at around eighto’clock and last till about midnight. The apparition occur, more often than not, during a thunderstorm. As far as I know they still haunt the room to this day.