BAGUIO CITY, Philippines ( The Adobo Chronicles ) – The Great Wall of China. The Egyptian Pyramids. Rome’s Colosseum. The U.K.’s Stonehedge. India’s Taj Mahal. These are among the most famous historical and cultural landmarks in the world — built by humans.
But Baguio City in the Philippines holds the distinction of being the site of a unique historical and cultural landmark — built by humans and cared for by spirits (translation: ghosts).
The National Museum of the Philippines has recently declared the Laperal Mansion, fondly called ‘The White House,’ among four century-old buildings in the summer capital as cultural landmarks of the country. It said that “these ancestral houses and public structures are reflective of the nation’s history, enduring the elements of time and preserving the nostalgia of Filipino art and culture in the 18th century for posterity.”
The Laperal White House is an eye-catching Victorian edifice along Leonard Road. There have been many stories including those of passersby seeing a little girl standing motionless on the third step of the staircase that fronts the house. Some have spotted a woman looking out its glass windows. Some have heard angry voices and loud noises from inside the empty house. Others have claimed they had this awful feeling of being unwelcome and being watched once inside. The security guards are also terrified to go in at night.
At the height of World War II, terror knocked on door of the mansion in the form of Japanese soldiers. The house was transformed into a garrison, where — if some stories are to be believed — they brutally tortured and murdered many, including members of the Laperal family.
While the mansion, since 2013, has been transformed into a gallery of Filipino artwork based on bamboo and wood, many come in less for the displays, but more for the ‘supernatural’ experience. Boooo!
DISCLAIMER: The Adobo Chronicles commissioned a ghost writer to help with this story.