MANILA, Philippines — Ford Philippines hosted a hair-raising Halloween City Tour to officially celebrate the spooky holiday. Ford dared attendees to travel to some haunted locations in Metro Manila in the all-new Ford Focus and all-new Ford Fiesta, while learning safety tips to overcome the unique challenges of night-time driving.
Media, in teams of two, got to take part in two half-day drives. During the drive, night time driving tips and destination cues were sent to them via SYNC. They also had to take part in the Spooky Photo Contest by taking photos at the pit stops with their Ford vehicles. The photos were uploaded to the Ford Philippines Facebook and Twitter. The contest winners will be announced on November 1.
The first drive went through some of Manila’s spookiest places. First on the drive was Manila Film Center. Legend has it that hundreds of workers were buried alive after the upper floor collapsed in 1981. The construction of Former First Lady Imelda Marcos' "palace" was rushed to make it in time for the 1982 Manila International Film Festival. It is said that only a few workers were saved from the rubble and Marcos ordered cement to be poured over the bodies to meet her deadline. Some say that the ghosts of the workers haunt the building and still seek justice.
The next stop was Manila City Hall where employees leave promptly at 6pm because they hear strange noises, whispers and footsteps when night falls. The hall is shaped like a coffin with a cross on it when viewed from the top.
The last stop for the first drive were the ruins of St. Ignatius Church at the former Ateneo de Manila in Intramuros Manila. Destroyed during the Battle of Manila back in 1945, the ruins of St. Ignatius Church stand as a horrific memorial to over 60,000 people that perished in Intramuros during the Liberation of Manila at the end of World War II. Before that, it was almost burned down when a fire razed Ateneo buildings in 1932. Only the church and the nearby Mission House were saved "through the efforts of the Fathers and the firemen.”
The second drive visited University of St. Tomas (UST). It is said that students feel a tapping on their foreheads when using the ladies' restroom in the Main Building. When they look up, they see the gently swinging feet of a female student who committed suicide in one of the cubicles. Also, a headless nun is said to roam the St. Martin de Porres building, formerly known as the Medicine Building. There are also sightings of friars roaming the grounds and wailing voices heard.
They then visited La Loma Cemetary, where the chapel is over 100 years old and was decommissioned with the construction of a modern parish church near the new entrance. St. Pancratius is said to be a Christian martyr, who was beheaded at age 14 and buried in a cemetery that was later named after him.
The final stop was Metropolitan Theater, which is considered a jewel of the art deco genre and the grand dame of Manila’s theaters, designed by Filipino architect Juan Arellano. At the Met, the ghosts previously seen by people responsible for maintaining the theater were ethereal sightings of former stage actors and crew members who are said to dwell within its walls. The ghosts reportedly haunt the rehearsal rooms and the stage of the Met.
The drives ended with a dinner at La Cocina De Tita Moning, built in 1937 by Dona Filomena Roces vda Legarda, the Legarda house was one of the first Art Deco Houses built in Metro Manila.