Walking white figures, strange foot steps in the dark…some of us may have experienced these from our alma mater or heard stories from our batchmates way back. In these series, we get to talk to some students about their spooky experiences in school, as a way to end our November to commemorate our dearly departed.
Spirits are luminous beings, either they are entities far from human or lost souls seeking for help or answers. But what if souls of the departed visit your school and bother people or even possess them? This was an experience remembered by Mary Anne on her sophomore year and indeed, it was a test of faith and belief.
Mary Anne Christine C. Varona
University of Cebu
“2012 on my catholic academy way back 3rd year high school 3 students got possessed by spirits and I am not the type to believe on those or the school being haunted for that matter until I saw this, it was a phenomena on my childhood. One of my classmates told me who had a strong 3rd eye that our vicinity on that day was full of spirit entities at the brink of the afternoon both “good and bad” ones. He explained to me that these entities usually don’t bother but now that he have seen the bad ones, they were responsible for possessing the students and the “good” ones just being idle or seeking help or prayers. The 3 possessed students who were siblings got it wild screaming and suddenly changing their voices and each student were held down by 4 men but managed to take them elsewhere outside the classroom. The room was weirdly cold on the afternoon and I wasn’t really sure where they were taken out but I believed our school priest exorcized them. Our teacher who was a nun told us the rest who remained in the classroom to pray the rosary that day and never disclose to anyone what happened inside the school.”
Working for your school’s tuition is no easy task especially after class, and if its goes on into late hours of the night. Something like being alone while you’re working in the classroom is no strange thing to most people, but what if there was something strange after all? Jenny will never forget as she experienced multiple contacts of the supernatural reminding her that we are never “alone” in this world.
Jenny C. Amaquin
Cebu Institute of Technology University
“With so many experiences I remembered when I was paper checker for my teachers and admins because I was a working student for the HRD and I usually go home at the wee hours of the night. First experience that I will never forget, my ex boyfriend was a paper checker too and we were at the 3rd floor in the new acad building sitting on a vacant room waiting for the teacher to arrive, while waiting, we were teasing and joking around, laughing boisterously, after so we suddenly heard a laugh but more of a squeaking small voice. My ex bf thought that was my ringtone because it was a trend way back with all those sound effect ringtones but I said no and we realized we weren’t only the people in the room. 2nd when I was again a paper checker on the main building this time, as usual. I was at the study area beside the clinic waiting for the instructors at the engineering building across, because the area of the education office is dim going to the guidance office, I notice there were dark human-like figures lining up and passing by the guidance office and the last figure I saw was a white one, I cried in fear hoping never to see those again. That’s what I can remember so far.”
Souls sends messages on their own, just in a different way. Commonly, they use the environment to manipulate what they want to convey. Fleur thought her experience to be a common thing around animals, until she realized she was being followed around by other entities.
Fleur Therese Puao
Cebu Doctors University
“On a humid Thursday morning I was on a jeep that passed by the Mandaue cemetery, which also happened to be my stop. I got off the jeep and walked by the road just beside the cemetery, alone. I was about to cross the road when I felt someone, or something, whistle directly to my right ear. It was very odd, because there was no breeze, and there weren’t any other people on the scene. I didn’t believe in ghosts or any supernatural stories, so I shrugged it off and proceeded to my classmate’s house where my groupmates were waiting for me. Upon arriving there, my classmate’s dogs were barking at me very aggressively. I thought these were just his pet’s nature, but my groupmates explained that they were so friendly before I came. I had initially assumed the dogs didn’t like me, until I was told a few days later that dogs could be indicators of the presence of ghosts, and that ghosts or unrested souls tend to roam with the living that
crosses their paths.”
School buildings have their own origins and stories from the past; we often hear that some schools used to be a convent or a cemetery. Most of us are aware that these places have their own hauntings, but we’re often very doubtful of these unless proven. Axel on the other hand thought of it was just for fun until he realized that messing with entities would be otherwise.
Axel Pierce Gadinez
University of San Carlos
“In almost all the buildings in San Carlos Talamban Campus there are a lot stories about what haunts each building examples like the SMED building or the science building in the basement area. I also was a thrill seeker if these “ghosts” are true and a bit crazy to do so. On my sophomore year, I was walking down the stairs with my classmates when I borrowed my friend’s Iphone to play around with snapchat because apparently they can be seen with facial recognition and I was talking to it like “Is someone here say hi to the camera” while doing a selfie video and when I was moving around the camera it showed a dog filter on top of the staircase that was 6 feet up while we were below it, at first we didn’t think it was true until I started talking to it and said could you open your mouth to show the tongue out feature and it did, it slowly got closer. Until it was next to us then we started rushing to the hallway because we were scared being followed by “it”.”
Another victim of a haunting that he would never forget when he was just doing his daily tasks, Mark sensed that it was not really his day. A working students, Mark was tasked to open up the facilities of the school building early in the morning. His experience has proven that sometimes, something or someone enters corridors or rooms and wait to be noticed.
“I guess this is worth sharing, I had the most unforgettable experience recently early in the morning. 5:52am I was in the library and I guess I was the only person in there for the university maintenance who opens the 7th floor of the building so that we can get access of the keys of the offices since I was a working scholar and the rest of the security guards were at the upper ground floor. The canteen was empty because they did not open that day and the guards were still prepping so no one can assist the elevator so I have to push buttons on my own. Arrived at the 5th floor and feeling positive and the 5th floor might be the most not so lively floors in the building since it only contains the auditorium and the library. Normally after opening up the library, lights, computers and functions I would hum but I didn’t, I also was wondering why I felt not and shrugged but kept silent while doing my first hand tasks maybe because I was anticipating for someone to arrive. Then the morning got a bit bright but the restroom of the 5th floor was still dark and washed plates there. There it started feeling weird, I was overthinking already why did I proceed on a dark restroom bringing the plates and of course it’s hard to run with it in and out. Suddenly, my feet went chilly like the ground had a gush of wind but still kept my cool. Started humming already for distraction so that I would feel good and while doing so, someone interrupted my humming and heard a metal belt inside the cubicle. It wasn’t that loud but since the whole floor was empty you can hear it clearly. I was thinking there was a person already before me in the restroom but if so, why didn’t he turn on the lights? I doubled my time finished cleaning the plates and rushed back to the library with fright.”
With these students sharing their experiences, have you ever encountered the same things they have?
Keep Calm by Knowing These Myths About COVID-19
by Chrissy Grey Resaba
In these times of pandemic, hysteria and panic have taken over the world and nonchalance is a word not to be manifested for today. Worry and fear are enveloping around Cebu with enough evidence of the actions taken by the public – the hoarding of necessities and goods.
Cebu – both the city and the province – is working towards making the island a safe haven from the pandemic caused by the Novel Coronavirus. Entry points of both ports – aerial and naval – are now closed. Curfew hours are being implemented to secure that no one is outside during the hours indicated. Business and academic sectors shifted their modes to work-from-home and online classes. Medical professionals have been on the frontlines battling against the proliferation of COVID-19.
It is quite eerie to look at the main streets of the Queen City of the South having few crowds to none. The hustle and bustle of the metropolis has gone into an empty space. The actions taken by the government and the Republic of the Philippines are for better or for worse; it is only for the good of the public.
Cebu has been under the state of community quarantine and certain measures were implemented to ensure the public’s safety and well-being. However, there are still myths making rounds in social media and the public in general about the ways to avoid COVID-19. These myths are not supported by scientific evidence. The scattering of fake news worsens the situation instead.
Here are some myths about the Novel Coronavirus:
1. Hot and cold weather
Contrary to popular belief, the COVID-19 virus will never die when exposed to hot or cold weather. This type of coronavirus can be transmitted in all areas regardless of the weather.
2. Drinking water
It is necessary to hydrate ourselves and to moisturize the throats but there is no scientific evidence that consuming volumes of water can flush out the virus.
Clear enough from the name of the medicine, antibiotic never kills the virus but bacteria instead. It is not advisable to take antibiotics to prevent COVID-19.
4. Eating banana
There is a video circulating in social media about the banana fruit that miraculously kills the COVID-19 virus. However, if one should be keen enough to examine the video, it is a hoax. To date, there are no approved treatments for the virus. Eating a banana and other fruits can boost the immune system instead but not kill the COVID-19 virus.
Practicing proper hygiene such as regular hand washing with soap and water remains to be an effective way of preventing infection since soap dissolves the structure of the virus. The public should not be very complacent enough to rely on hand washing alone. Maintaining social distance, staying at home, having proper coughing or sneezing etiquette, and putting oneself in self-quarantine if one traveled from outside Cebu or the country are some of the best ways to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
La Liga Henerales: Shaping History Awareness Back Again in Cebu
La Liga Henerales is a community of young talents passionately promotes historical awareness through periodic costumes carefully researched for its authenticity and accuracy and promoted as well in events and schools.
Only few individuals before were into pursuit in this historical awareness project until the age of communication where internet is convenient in the palm of our hands through our gadgets. New information travel fast and data is retrievable, yet also possess a disadvantage with the plethora of different social media platforms carried by various makers as well. In a daily basis, historical backgrounds are unearthed making its trend until now as new discoveries are released, but the idea of these information being shown and shared is as close as not valuing or commemorating to its sources leaving this information just a trend.
There is a certain community of Cebuanos that are taking a quest to rewrite and restructure what was in the past, filling the gaps in facts with further research of variable sources that are made debatable but sticks to it true cause, to unveil the truths of our heritage and our origins, as Cebuanos and as Filipinos as well.
La Liga Henerales is a Cebu-based, non-profit organization composed of a group of talented, committed and respectable individuals from different walks of life, schools and profession whose primary aim is to promote both, Cebuano and filipino culture and heritage that was depicted before in pre-colonial and colonial eras via re-enactment with costumes vested in proper research and investigation to achieve authenticity. They also push their cause on schools and other social gatherings promoting and spreading awareness about our local, and national heroes that we look up to. With these said, they also portray a closer look of the lifestyle of the past to where they perform stories, perform forgotten dances and rituals and portray their individual roles, vital in the fight of our country’s future during those challenging times, and in honor to spread awareness of the lost practices we had in those times.
Louis Kenneth Villaflor, an entrepreneur and an avid history enthusiast and costumer, founded the group on the purpose of re-educating the youth about real local and national history, he saw the opportunity to combine his favourite hobbies which is costuming and story role-playing and the process to instill the historical awareness and value among the youth and in schools, along with a group of fellow enthusiasts who shares his passion about research and history, they took it among themselves to be purposeful in the advocacy in spreading historical awareness in schools or events by wearing periodically correct costumes and sharing the stories and its value to the youth.
Behind the Garments
Meet Rodney “Pee-Wee” Senining, who has been in the fashion industry since the late 90’s, strives in concepts of avant-garde, innovation and cutting edge-fashion forward design. And also a teacher of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design of University of San Carlos, he had grown into research of books like the holy grail in the Library Resource Center and is always fascinated of the periodical times and how to preserve it; Hence, his interest had grown for the affinity of Periodical Costumes and Sustainable Fashion.
Being part of the group La Liga Henerales, he was tasked to instantly be their mentor for the young talents and as the organization is still new and developing with limited funds, resourcefulness and research were done to come up with a good output of photo shoot and was quite proud of it and still promise on the next editions of pieces to be more historically accurate. Even as teacher for Fashion Design in SAFAD, his expertise comes hand in hand with the members as he helps them do research as well. His passion and interest somehow led him with enough knowledge to key the insights of the significant periods and historical backgrounds of it.
Historical Awareness in Cebu
The strength and progress of a country is anchored on how well they know and honor its history. The means of historical awareness in Cebu is almost non-existent among the Cebuanos, although we push forward in tourism and promote beauty through sceneries and other aspects of culture yet never commemorate deeply on historical icons such as our other local heroes, and ancient cultures as well that is almost been forgotten in an urban Cebu. Nevertheless, as long as communities’ like La Liga Henerales are now evolving in a learning state by real discovery by multiple resources, this will always reflect of how we appreciate love, patriotism and honor to our country and would look forward to progress.
Best Places to Celebrate Your Chinese New Year’s Eve 2020 in Cebu
by Chrissy Grey Resaba
Metal Rat Goes Into the Hole of 2020! Outgoing, cheerful, and sociable – these are some of the facets the Rat characterizes. True to the Chinese zodiac, Rat’s personality can get along well with different people and friends are visible around them. They can also harvest success due to their quick wit and response to outside changes thus, they are alert, adaptable, and observant.
As we bring closer to the Spring Festival in which the Year of the Rat with Metal of the Five Elements, people born in this year are quite positive and active about life and their persistence rarely gets frustrate in circumstances. Moreover, there are places here in Cebu that you will attend as you welcome the beginning of the Chinese Lunar calendar which coincides with the first sign of Chinese zodiac animals.
Usher in welcoming the Year of the Metal Rat as Maayo Hotel and Uma Restaurant prepares a festive buffet as we welcome a brand new year. It is priced at Php 750 net per person during lunch and Php 870 net per person during dinner. Promo runs from January 23-25, 2020.
Crimson Resort and Spa welcomes the first day of the year of the rat with a Wushu performance at the resort’s porte cocher then dot the lion and dragon’s eyes to start the dancing and festivities. Crimson’s culinary team also is laying out an elaborate Chinese, Oriental, and Asian selection at Saffron Café. You may ask the chefs at the live station to make noodles and other dishes the way you like them. Attract more good luck with tikoy and rice pudding with Mandarin sauce.
Elevate your dining culture into incorporating technological innovations in this iconic restaurant! Not only, Ding How Dimsum House offers palatable Chinese food for Cebuanos to enjoy but it introduces the new digital ordering system. Individual screens allow one to view the Ding How menu, place an order, and engage in trivia, history, and multimedia visuals. With this, it upgrades customer convenience when ordering by allowing the diner to order at their own pace. It also informs the diners of the waiting time before food is served.
Join Shangri-la’s Mactan Resort and Spa as they welcome the Year of the Metal Rat in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Ceremonies will commence at 9:45 in the morning on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the Main Wing Lobby.
Feast yourself with Prosperity and Fortune in a dinner buffet at one of Cebu’s best, Cebu Parklane International Hotel’s Manuel’s Restaurant for only Php 1,050.00 net on January 24 and 25. Beandate also offers Merienda Chino – a variety of merienda treats and Chinese snacks Cebuanos love for only Php350.00 net on January 25th only.
Prizes from the Tree of Fortune awaits to those diners who purchased a minimum of Php 3,000.00 net. The Tree of Fortune offers:
- One overnight stay at Parklane Room with Breakfast for Two
- Two Gift Certificates for a Lunch or Dinner Buffet for One
- Four Bean Date Mugs
- Four Complimentary Homemade Cakes
- Ten Parklane Pencils
- Two Bottles of Wine
For inquiries and reservations, call 234-7000 local 7249 or visit www.