by John Paul I. Erram
Have you ever felt as if you’re being watched? Have you heard strange noises in the hallway late at night? It could just be your imagination, or it could be something entirely different—otherworldly and one, which not everyone can fathom.
Out of sheer curiosity (and maybe boredom), you might find yourself wondering where you can find ghosts. You may be surprised to learn that your most frequented sites are haunted—whether it be your house, your room, your bathroom or your school. There are haunted locations everywhere, which are patiently waiting for the right time to give you a dose of the paranormal. I am about to tell you a collection of stories that surround my college dormitory.
Like any other university, the Ateneo de Manila University has its own share of ghost stories too. What better place to find a rich circulation of ghost stories than the university’s dorms. The Ateneo has a total of four on-campus dormitories for its students. One of which is the Cervini Hall. It is a dormitory for the male students of the Ateneo. It can accommodate an estimate of 204 students in 51 rooms. The Hall is occupied mostly by freshmen and athletes.
When I first entered Cervini Hall, I felt cloaked with uneasiness. This place was definitely eerie. I heard and experienced so many accounts of the supernatural. I decided to ask other people if they felt the same way about Cervini and if they had experiences of their own.
I interviewed three people about their experiences in the dorm. My first interviewee was Manong Raymond (real name withheld for personal reasons), a security guard who has been working in the Ateneo for a few years now.
Manong Raymond was doing his usual rounds. He was checking all three floors of the dormitory. When he passed by the comfort room nearest the cafeteria in the second floor of the building, he heard a dripping sound. He went in to investigate and found that a faucet wasn’t turned off properly. As he shut the faucet, the light flicked off. He didn’t seem to mind it and simply turned it on again upon leaving. When he turned to walk away, the light switched off again. When he looked back at the toilet, the lights were flickering on and off as if someone was playing with the switch. Manong Raymond swears he heard the switch clicking non-stop. He swiftly left the place to return to his guard post.
Manong Raymond also shares that in the first floor comfort room, he saw a little boy staring at him. Manong could do nothing but stare back at him. Eventually, the boy disappeared.
I then proceeded to interview Isaac Lim, a teammate of mine from the Ateneo Blue Eagles. He is a freshman; and this is his first year staying at the Cervini Hall. Isaac is a clairvoyant and isn’t a stranger to the paranormal.
Isaac’s first experience in the Cervini Hall happened in Room 213. It was his teammate’s room. Standing by the terrace door, was a big man. He simply stood there. Staring into nothingness. According to Isaac, the man is still there—a constant presence that just lingers within the room.
In another room, Room 222, Isaac and 2 of his friends decided to take a nap. He awoke from his slumber because he felt that someone was staring at him. True enough, across his bed, there was a man who was staring at them.
I then went on to interview Tasha Sandique, a friend of mine who is also telepathic. Tasha would always drop by the dormitory since this is where she kills most of her time while waiting for her next class. Tasha was staying at Room 213, lying at the bed nearest the terrace, since this was the bed of her friend. Since all that stayed in that room were athletes, everyone left for the varsity practice in the afternoon.
It was around 5:00 and Tasha was checking her messages on her mobile phone. From the corner of her eye, she saw a figure pass by in the hallway, which glanced at her. When she looked up, the figure was gone. She automatically thought it was someone tall (probably a basketball player) going to the comfort room, so she simply ignored this. The tall man crossed the hallway again, and glanced at her once more. Just like the first time, she decided to ignore this. The man continued to pass by and glance at her. This happened around 6 times. Tasha started to get worried because she came to realize that all the basketball players were at practice so it was unlikely that someone tall was left behind. She anticipated for the figure to pass again. This time she looked at the ground, since she also realized that she couldn’t hear any footsteps whenever the man passed by. True enough, when the figure passed by and glanced at her, Tasha saw that the tall man was floating off the ground. Upon seeing this, she immediately grabbed her things and left the dormitory.
These stories are only a few of a hundreds more. Although, different students have stayed at the dorm through the years, the stories have remained the same—little boys running through the hallways or lingering at the toilets, an apparition of a priest who roams the third floor, the dark figure at the second floor room and the never-disappearing feeling of being watched (especially when you are asleep).
Are all these figments of wild imaginations of paranoid students? Is this a product of hearsay, which has and continues to survive through the years? Are there really specters that roam the world but most people are just too preoccupied to notice? You decide.