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By Gianna Maniego
A group of Broadcast Communication students from the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication had a class project to film various areas of the university. The project took longer than expected and by the time they’d gotten back to their college, it was already dark and the campus was practically deserted. “Oh no, I forgot, we still have to take footage of the area behind the annex.”said Alicia.
So she and her other groupmates lugged the camera to the back of the CMC building to shoot their last footage for the project. As they were setting up, Alicia felt something tap her on the arm. Looking back, she saw no one behind her. She shrugged, thinking one of her groupmates was playing a trick on her or was trying to creep her out.
Ha, I don’t scare that easy, she thought.”Pssssst….” She heard next. It came from the direction of the trees in a shadowy corner of the college grounds.”Ano ba Gerald, stop it. I don’t scare easy so you’re wasting your time,”she said. “Who are you talking to?” Melissa asked, as she and Gerald set down the light they got from the building. “Oh, I thought Gerald was trying to play a trick on me.
It must be Jekjek,” Alicia said referring to their other groupmate. “Jekjek went back to the car to get the spare film. We ran out,” Geral pointed out. “Oh,” Alicia kept quiet after that. The parking lot was all the way in front of the college building. No way that Jekjek could have returned without her seeing him first Who could that be? She wondered, annoyed and vaguely disturbed. “Guys, let’s hurry it up. I need to get home by 9:p.m.,” said Melissa . They immediately set about their task . In 15 minutes they were done. “Pssstt…”
There it was again, that sound. Alicia looked at Melissa to see if she heard. Melissa was worriedly looking left and right. “You heard that, right?” she asked Melissa.
“Yeah. Let’s hurry up and get out of here. It’s giving me the creeps. My clasmate who lives in Kalayaan tells me there are lots of spirits on campus that come out after dark,” her friend said, hastily putting away the equipment, her fingers working agitatedly. Right,” Alicia replied skeptically, “although if you ask me, I’m more afraid of muggers and rapists. There are a lot of them too around- or so I’ve heard.”
Calling out to the guys, they immediately packed up and left.
A few days later, they were back in the building. This time they were editing their film. It was about 6 p.m. and students were already going home by the time they came to the footage they shot behind the MassCom building.
Alicia wanted to leave the editing till morning, but Gerald , who was seated at the editing console, said they might not be able to reserve the room in the morning and the deadline was only two days away.
So they decided to finish it that night, by hook or by crook. In the beginning the film is too dark, full of shadows. So Gerald, who was doing the editing, decided to adjust the TV and set it to its brightest. The images became clearer after that. “Wait! Stop! What’s that?” cried Melissa Gerald paused the tape. Frozen on film was the distinct image of a woman, crouching behind the trees.
Who’s that?” asked Jekjek, “Was there anybody else with us that time?”Nope, Gerald, Melissa and Alicia shook their heads in unison. They blew up the image on the screen. It looked hazy, but they thought it was probably because it was dark.
But when they looked at the eyes, they all began getting goosebumps. The eyes had no pupils! They didn’t even look human. Creeped out, Gerald played the film again and the scene changed. Jekjek had shifted the camera to the building. All four watched the next scenes closely to see if the girl would make another appearance.
But when the camera panned again to the spot, she was no longer there! instead, there looked like a disembodied head peeking from behind the talahib. “Oh sh-t! What is that?!!” Jekjek shouted. “Stop! Ayoko ba, takot na ako! Bukas na natin i-edit yan, pag marami nang tao sa paligid (That’s enough, I’m already freak out. Let’s just finish editing that tomorro, when there are other people around us),” Melissa said.
They didn’t even bother to take the tape out of the player. They simply turned off the power, locked the door, and fled the building. The next day, when they met up again, alicia said:
“I told my mom what we saw. Sabi niya marami talagang multo dyan sa likod. Kasi nung panahon niya, meron daw aksidenteng nangyari sa lugar na yun. Me sumalpok na bus at ang daming namatay. Tapos hindi na nila-na-cleanse yung lugar, kaya marami pang spirit ang nagkalat. ( My mom said there really are a lot of ghost in that area. She said during her time, there was a bus accident and a lot of people died, but they didn’t bless the place to cleanse it of spirits. That’s probably why a lot of them still hover around the place.)”
Those weren’t the only apparitions they saw on the film.
In the footage they took of the gym, they heard voices of children running around inside. But the weird thing about this was, when the tape was playing at normal speed, nothing happened. But when they played it while it was being fast forwarded or rewound, they could distinctly hear voices shouting and laughing, and running footsteps in the background.
But the creepiest incident of all happened. But when they played it while it was being fast forwarded or rewound, they could distinctly hear voices shouting and laughing, and running footsteps in the background.
But the creepiest incident of all happened after they finished editing the film. Alicia and her groupmates decided to drive to Katipunan to grab a bite and celebrate their accomplishment. As they were driving out of campus along Tandang Sora, as they were laughing and swapping stories, Alicia, who was driving, distinctly heard the sound of running footsteps.
But there was no one on the street, not even on the side streets. “Oh my God, I can still hear those eerie footsteps in my head! She said, laughing. Silence greeted her remark.
“You can heard it too?” Gerald and Melissa asked at the same time. Alicia turned the car stereo off and listened carefully. She noticed that every time she slowed down, the footsteps would grow softer, and everytime accelerated the footsteps would get louder and faster.
All this time, Jekjek was oblivious to what was happening as he had fallen asleep in the backseat. All of a sudden he botled awake. “What’s the matter Jek? Gerald asked, looking at his friend’s pale and sweaty face. “I’ll tell you later,” he said.
By this time they had reached a pizza joint in Katipunan and decided to get down from the car.
At first, Gerald, who was in the backseat with Jekjek, couldn’t open his door-as if someone was pulling it closed. Uttering a short prayer under his breath he pushed with all his might on the door and finally got it open.
Inside the restaurant, Jekjek told them about the strange dream he had while he slept in the car. “I dreamed there was a little boy sitting beside us in the car, in between me and Gerald. He was about 7 or 8 years old. At first his face was turned away from me. All three of us were not minding each other.
“Later, I heard someone whimpering. It was a little boy. I asked him why he was crying. Then he turned to me and stared at me straight in the eye. There was a big gash in the middle of his face, running diagonally from the left part of his forehead to his right cheek and blood was pouring from it. His left eye was gouged out and the socket was bleeding.
He held out his hand to me. When I looked, I saw it was bleeding and cupped in the middle of his palm was his eye, the tendons hanging down. It was then I woke up!” “Oh no,” Alicia cried. “We brought one of them home with us!”