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Ghostly Ancestors: Why They Can’t Leave the House Alone - Part II (The Ghost Stories)

Updated on October 26, 2012
The ancestral house.
The ancestral house. | Source

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The gathering of some of the family members for a ghost-story-telling time...
The gathering of some of the family members for a ghost-story-telling time... | Source
The ancestral haunted house
The ancestral haunted house | Source
Great Great Grandfather - Dominican Friar Cordon
Great Great Grandfather - Dominican Friar Cordon | Source
Great Grandparents - Perfecto and Amalia Mabugat
Great Grandparents - Perfecto and Amalia Mabugat | Source

Ghosts . Apparitions . Spirits

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Ghosts Stories in the Ancestral House

For the introduction about the ancestral haunted house, please check out my hub

The busy kitchen

Kalay is a blind woman who have lived for a while with the family having her quarters just next to the kitchen. Everything is dark to her, of course, but she has sharp senses. She could even tell the value of bills put on her palm as a gift to her. Later, Kalay would just come visit the house when families come home for the Holy Week.

Her years in the house made her a witness to several unusual occurrences especially in the kitchen. She claims that many times she would hear voices, rattling of utensils and clanging of dishes in the kitchen like there are people dining. On some occasions, she also claims that she recognize the voices.

The “psst” from the balcony

Since the old house’ balcony had been transformed into a square bedroom, neighbours report that when they’re walking on the dusty road, someone calls on to them from the balcony room attracting their attention. “Psst, psst,” it goes. They look up only to see a strange white shape of woman and neighbours know that the house is empty. This mystery is still on going. Pssstttt!

The spooky bathroom

My pa and three of my uncles at one time occupied the living room for the night while all the women and children were up in the bedrooms on the upper floor. The sound of constant splashing of water in the bathroom (like someone taking a bath) woke them up and the light bulb fixture was on at 2 a.m. too. “Definitely, someone is taking a bath at 2 in the morning,” my uncle exclaimed. The men all felt that it was silly and weird, so my pa got up to check. Immediately, the splashing sound stopped but the light then started to flicker. The bathroom door was not locked from the inside. He checked and the floor was dry. So, he turned off the light bulb and headed back to my uncles who were drowsy but eager to know his findings. The moment he got settled back on the floor mat that the men shared, the four of them heard the activity inside the bathroom again…water splashing several times and the light bulb was back on. They were a bunch of scared matured men who raced up the staircase to join their wives in the bedrooms.

The ghost apparition of Perfecto

Coming down the staircase, my uncle Jun saw the apparition of my great-great grandpa Perfecto, standing slender and tall, all dressed prim and proper in ironed-crisp white suit wearing a white top hat and white shoes, holding a cane touching the floor, smiling wide in good cheer at him. He took a “shortcut” leap to the ground floor (the living room). My uncle Jun turned very pale.

The messed up furniture

There was a time my uncles and pa were outside at the back of the house grilling giant oysters over a bonfire on an early evening beside the well. They were having a good chat with cases of ice cold San Miguel Pilsner. Then, their chats turned towards planning about the house. There was nobody inside the house at the time of their gathering so my pa had made sure all the windows, front door and the backdoor (kitchen door) are closed. One of my uncles brought up about what to do with the house during the rest of the year when it is left empty. Another uncle suggested renovating the old house and turning it into lodging for students. In an instant, a very obvious loud bang that sounded like a furniture hitting the floor was heard outside. They looked at each other and took turns pointing who should go back inside to check. Since my pa was always braver than his brothers and cousins, he headed to go inside the house.

He said that they followed behind him and he went in first. They were shocked to find that the living room rattan chair reached the dining area upside down like it was thrown by force. The centre table was moved too. Then, one of them decided to drop the plan of turning the house into some profit accepting the fact that our ancestors were not pleased of the idea.

The sound of steps up the staircase

On another Holy Week vacation in the house, my aunt relayed to me how she felt heavy footsteps coming up the staircase behind her, on the platform where she was squatting going through old Latin and Spanish script books inside an antique trunk. She said those books belong to my grandpa and are very old. The books’ pages were so fragile, yellowish and crisp. The hardcovers were of linen. I saw them myself. She went through them hoping to keep them stored in a safer place back in her home in Canada than leaving these precious books in an empty house. Since some china, silverware, beddings and other things in the house had already gone missing, she thought of the books. She also had wondered if there were more books inside the trunk and the aparador before. My aunt recalled to me later in the day that a couple of times she opened the trunk, she would hear the footsteps coming up towards her, until it hit her that someone from our ancestors, or perhaps my grandfather didn’t want her to take away any of those books. She dropped the lid immediately out of fright because each time she turns around upon hearing those footsteps, it stops and she finds no one on the staircase.

The shadow

Neighbours claim that when the house is empty or after a housemaid had dropped by to sweep and dust the house, later in the day, they would witness a shadowy figure walking back and forth on the ground floor (the living room area). They have always believed that my grandpa’s house is haunted.

No water

The latest ghostly encounter was when my sister guided and accompanied my cousin and her husband from the States to the hometown in the island. They had with them four other friends. My sister, Missy brought them to the ancestral house and slept there for the night. Lisa, her husband and their 2 friends slept in the big room. While my sister slept in between her friends, Darryl and Curt in the other room. “I wouldn't dare sleep alone,” she said.

At dawn, Lisa and her husband went down to use the comfort room but were disappointed when they couldn't flush the toilet (Missy had told them they'll be using the bucket-method in flushing). She explained to them that it's impossible not to have water because the tank was full. They could even pull up some water at the well but they told her there was no water at the well either...(but my sister’s real guess was that they were scared to go out because it was still slightly dark).

What Missy did was open all the faucets in the bathroom and sink...and lo and behold, water was flowing freely. They were very surprised and she told them that that was their first encounter of being spooked and they believed it. Hehehe.

Back in the room, Darryl and Curt were already awake and my sister and the guys started arranging the beds when she said that Darryl noticed a wet spot right under their bed. It looked like a fresh wet footprint. How it could get there puzzled the three of them since Darryl and Curt never left the bed and besides, it was not raining and there was no roof leak and Missy never stepped on a wet floor. All of her visitors experienced these at the house but they didn't seem too scared because it was already daylight. “It would have been nicer if I told them ghost stories the night before but they begged me not to because they were feeling too tired from the trip. At the back of my mind, they refused my stories because they're scared shit. HAHAHA!” Missy said.

Hope you enjoyed the ghost stories.

≈♥≈ ©coffeegginmyrice (Marites Mabugat) 2012


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      3 years ago

      I just hope wheover writes these keeps writing more!

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Maybe you should not look at your mirror again, epi-man, lol!

      There are more haunted old houses in the island, you know. My sister visits the hometown of my pa every year (the family does) and she has gained more friends amongst the neighbours than during my time in the Philippines. My time was like...boys watch the girls, while the girls watch the boys who watch the girls go by, eye to eye...

      It was just up to there...all about the girls being shy and boys being sheepish "torpe" as in tor pe in our Tagalog dialect...not much acquaintance, so that meant no chance of visits up to their haunted dwellings too.

      No. Your mum does not haunt back with all those. Hahaha! Man, be careful with me coz I can be gullible at times, my kids tell me so. Or I have to be careful myself. Numbers 1 to 10...too funny! I cannot pick any best one. Boy, you're just a hilarious man, epi-man.

      If your mum visits you, it is because she is making sure you look after yourself well. And I guess your being a joker is coming from your mum? Cheers! 6:30 p.m. cold and rainy all day.

      p.s. We just got back from Walmart getting prepared for emergency supplies re storm warning. Hope Lake Erie will be safe. Take care.

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      6 years ago

      Congratulations on 200 followers Lady Tess. You are easily one of the best 'new' hubbers I've encountered and had the pleasure of reading since my 2 years plus here at the Hub.

      I was brave enough to come back here for part 2 at lake erie time 4:11pm with roughly 3 hours of daylight left. And yes I got my teddy bear drunk - I think he is a lush - and my mirror is still haunted (by me) and the last time I stood in front of it - the mirror gasped - "What? You again!!!!"

      I can tell, Lady Tess, your hub presentation of both parts one and two is a true labor of love and the photos are amazing of how they tell of a time and a place and the people who lived in your family.

      Ghost stories are part of every family's heritage I would imagine - my mum visits me frequently and moves things around like :

      A top ten of what items my mum moves around:

      1. she hides my condoms

      2. she puts the toilet seat down

      3. she opens up my drawer and checks for dirty underwear

      4. she is impatient about unwashed dishes

      5. she places fresh beef liver at the bottom of my bed

      (did I say she is a practical joker)

      6. she turns down the volume of my music

      7. she hides the remote

      8. she teases the cats by pulling their tails

      9. she keeps unplugging the digital alarm clock

      (I told you she was a practical joker)

      10. she sends me messages on my answering machine

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Oh Michelle, that is interesting and scary. Thank you for sharing my hub!

      I know how my Catholic elementary school too is haunted. The land it is built upon was once a cemetery. Several unusual sounds and movements were heard by the guards at night time. A piano would play by itself in a piano room at 1 p.m. and it is known to be an elder nun who teaches piano music who had been long deceased. Bats are everywhere inside the school's high ceilings. Glad not one of the bats live inside the chapel.

      Also, a shadow of a broom held up by an arm waving back and forth for good long minutes which was coming from inside my classroom can be seen from across the quadrangle; on the jalousie windows appeared to be a half torso of a shadow/a silhouette holding a broom from nowhere. I've witness this myself when we all headed back to our school after an evening procession honouring our Lady Immaculate. Security guards and senior students went around the school premises to investigate. And at 10 p.m. in the night, who would be cleaning like this?

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Wow, vivid. Reminds me of the Blair Witch Project, Tess. Old houses like these often have a 'ghostly" history. I remember the convent I studied in as a girl. Every evening, there would be a nun ringing the old fashioned bell in one of the convent's halls to signal the lesson starting. That's not unusual, but she had passed away long before I even studied there! Now that's a little ghostly! Shared too!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      No my dear sister, the stories are not spiced up which I hope they aren't. I've learned them myself straight from papa, our aunt and uncles when I was around during those vacations in Bantayan. For many years, I've met Kalay too and when she was still living in the house with lolo and lola. I've met lola Mercedes too. I wonder if her rocking chair is still around. Perhaps you were not even born yet. The ghost tales I heard were among the stories shared when the adults group together and I think the ghost-story-telling part is the "spice" of their group gathering. I sat a number of times with them and Myles too because it is scary and interesting to listen and know about what's going on in the house.

      You were probably little then or young and out and about with other cousins. I stray away from our cousins when I see the grown ups gathered in lolo's terrace because I am sure they have many exciting stories to talk about. So when you find the adults in a group like this over beer and cigarettes, join them.

      If you keep bringing friends to lolo's house, you might one day witness a ghost, then ask who it is, lol.

      I remember aunt Minyl telling me that she and uncle Ricky stayed in the house for 1 night only. But they were scared to even sleep in any of the bedrooms on the upper floor. So, they both just sat on the sofa all night long (she, praying the rosary and u. Ricky snoozing) with a transistor radio blasting beside uncle Ricky until the reception was gone before dawn. They both couldn't wait to see some morning light outside the window. I think a. Minyl said that she wasn't able to sleep at all. You'll have an idea what the radio was meant for.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Oh Gypsy Rose, you really do? That is so intriguing and fascinating talent you've got. You are blessed with it. You are special. Hope it doesn't give you negative strains to link with the world beyond. Take care always.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      I wish there were more tales to tell, Mhatter! For sure, more new ghostly tales will be coming. Hope that will happen soon, lol.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Perhaps aviannovice, the dearly departed are happy to see the rest of the growing families and want to be part of the unity and holiday whirl. And it seems like that is what they really want- to keep the house.

      Thank you, aviannovice...enjoy your Halloween soon!

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      6 years ago

      I'm having fun having to hear these ghost stories of our old house again and again...nearly not so sure if some were spiced up as they were passed for generations. But some of these indeed happened. I was there in several occasions.

      To my sister coffeegginmyrice, I'm going to get you more ghost stories...told firsthand. I'll make sure of it...hehehe.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. This is fascinating I would love to see this house and meet all who walk there. I have a link with the world beyond and it doesn't scare me. Great pics and passing this on.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing these great tales.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Pretty cool, Marites! Does the dearly departed family seem happy when you are all there? Perhaps they just want to keep the house in the family.

    • coffeegginmyrice profile imageAUTHOR

      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      I'm with you, billybuc...only to follow behind you...i'm scared, lol.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Spooky for sure! I have always been fascinated by the supernatural, and I'm certainly open-minded enough to believe anything is possible.


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