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By: Nicole Ramirez
My schoolmate lived in Mansion in New Manila. She’d often tell me about spooky incidents that were happening in their area. Even their house seemed to be haunted. They would often witness their television being suddenly turned on by come unknown presence. One night, they had to sleep downstairs because of a brownout. They huddled together on the carpet. They left candles burning around them. In the middle of the night, they could see someone going up the stairs, the heavy thud of a pair of feet was heard all over the house. They would also hear devilish laughter. My classmate’s yaya left the family because of these unexplained phenomena. But what really terrified them was an incident that happened one rainy night. They were on their way home, or dad driving.
It was raining hard that night, big droplets of rain pelted on the car window. My schoolmate, siting in the backseat, was busy listening to her iPod. Her mom was on the passenger seat. Her dad was concentrating on the road. When they reached their gate, her dad reached for the gate keys but they were nowhere to be found inside the car. Her dad got out of the car and pressed the doorbell. While waiting for their maid to open the gate, my schoolmate turned off her Ipod since the songs were all boring her. She looked out of the car window and paid attention to their quiet neighborhood. She noticed that all streetlights were unlit. That was weird, she thought, but didn’t pay much attention to it. She turned to look away She began listening iPod once again. As she was listening, she was staring at the mirror on the driver’s side. It was really dark outside due to the rain and the absence of light from the lampposts. But something totally freaky caught her attention. She took off her earphones and looked closely at the mirror. Then she saw it. There was a girl, about her age, with long black hair partially covering her face. She was dressed in a white gown and she was moving closer and closer to the mirror. My schoolmate closed her eyes in fright.
After a few moments, he curiosity got the better of her and she opened her eyes and peered at the mirror again. She didn’t see the girl this time. She was relieved thinking that she just imagined what she earlier saw. She looked out at the street once again. But her heart skipped a beat as she came face to face with the girl in the mirror. Her face was very near my classmate’s with only the glass window separating them. The girl’s red eyes flaming with rage and despair bored into her. My schoolmate screamed and ended into a dead faint. The memory didn’t leave her for a few days. She was clearly spooked.
The family decided to move out from their house in New Manila and decided to just sell it. Now, they live in Makati, far from where they used to live. They haven’t encountered any spooky incident since then. If you happen to pass by New Manila during nighttime, find the old mansion- dark windows facing the road- with a “For sale” sign. Stop in front of it and look intently at your side mirror. Just prepare yourself to the image that you might see.