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By: Jussiaea Bariuan
December 2013. It was a Sunday and I was checking lab manuals in my office at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. Medyo nagpile up na at ayokong may iniisip na trabaho during the holidays so I decided to work. Alas dos pa lang ng hapon at kaaalis lang ng mga advisees ng Senior co-worker ko.
Halfway pa lang ako sa isang section, 2 more sections to go kaya I decide to take a break and check my e-mail. Apparently, my plan to study abroad on a scholarship was on its way. The university I applied to just e-mailed me a PDF copy of my acceptance and the agency that would supply the scholarship funds were giving me the ‘you’re definitely getting it’ sign.
Sa sobrang saya ko, nagsisigaw ako sa tuwa. Naputol ang kasiyahan ko nung biglang may narinig akong malakas na tunog. Parang paglagapak ng pinto yung tunog kaya lumabas ako at chineck lahat ng pinto. Lahat nakalock. Imposibleng hinangin lang. So I called out the name of our staff member na pumapasok pag weekends.
Naka-lock yung door kung saan siya tumatambay. Nung kumatok ako walang sumasagot. So I assumed wala siya. Bumalik ako sa harap ng computer. At nagpatugtog ng malakas para hindi ko maisip yung nangyari. Hindi pa nakakalipas ang 2 minuto, I heard the same loud sound this time closer to my office.
I turned off the music and waited in silence. Kapapatay ko lang nung sound nung biglang parang may lumagapak ulit na pinto. I went out of my office and said, “Sorry kung nakabulabog ako. Masaya lang talaga ako. Paalis na ako in a while, wag ka nang manakot.”
After checking that I was indeed alone and wasn’t locking anyone in the building, I went home. I was silent about the incident until the next time I experienced the same thing in February 2014.
This time I was just checking my e-mails after a 5-7pm lab exam. I was listening to music this time kasi kinakabahan na ako pag mag-isa ako sa building na yun. Biglang nawala yung sound pero may light yung speakers signifying na its power was still on at walang nahugot.
Tapos there was static for a few seconds. I quickly checked the music player, tuluy- tuloy lang yung movement nung music player. Nung bumalik yung sound, it picked off several seconds from where it stopped before the static. I was creeped out yet again so I decided to pack up and go home.
Nung kinausap ko yung ibang faculty and staff members, marami pa palang naka-experience ng mga similar na bagay. So I just considered myself lucky kasi yung iba nakakakita pa raw ng babaeng nakasuot ng kulay brown sa may CR. Of course, at that time, I didn’t know ako pala yung susunod na makakakita sa babaeng yun…