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6 Filipino Horror Shows That We Miss

These are Pinoy horror classics!

When we were kids we were often frightened by Filipino horror shows and late-night scary stories during the early 90s to 2000s. The classic white lady, kapre, and dwende were the enemies of our childhood.

As Halloween draws near, get yourselves ready for a trip back in memory late as My Pope Philippines listed down the classic horror shows that used to scare us, kids. (Read: 5 Mystery Shows To Binge-watch on Netflix Right Now!)

Midnight DJ (2008)

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Photo from Midnight DJ Facebook

Debuted in TV5, the drama-horror show starred Oyo Boy Sotto who worked as a DJ at night and at the same time works to find solutions to the paranormal problems of his listeners.

The program became the Filipinos’ evening source of entertainment as the audience get to peek at history’s unsolved deaths and mysteries.

E.S.P (2008)

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Photo from GMA Network

Formerly broadcasted by GMA Network, the supernatural series starred Iza Calzado, an investigative journalist who was always chasing after a big scoop, until she got involved in a car accident.

After the accident, her senses were opened to the cries of the dead. She soon found herself chasing after unresolved deaths using her skills in investigative journalism.

Nginiiig (2004 to 2006)

Previously aired by ABS-CBN, the horror show was hosted by Raymond Bagatsing, then by Jericho Rosales, and finally Hero Angeles, with Rayver Cruz, Maja Salvador, and John Wayne Sace serving as substitute hosts or guest co-hosts.

The show featured real horror and paranormal stories through re-enactments based on the actual storytellers’ accounts of the events. (Read: Celebrate Halloween at Home With These Spooky Treats!)

Sometimes they are interviewed about the events that took place in the haunted venues and actors and actresses play them in the reconstructions.

Wag Kukurap (2004-2005)

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Photo from YouTube

The reality horror show was broadcasted by GMA Network, hosted by actor Dingdong Dantes.

The 132-episode show was divided into two parts, each containing a true paranormal story from True Philippine Ghost Stories and the Haunted Philippines. 

During the intermission, a photograph of ghostly figures is shown and later on in the background revealed. Contests are also sometimes held where participants must decide which of two pictures is real.

!Oka Tokat (1997-2002)

Its title is basically “Takot ako!” reversed. The paranormal drama originally aired on ABS-CBN every Tuesday night. It starred Ricky Davao, Diether Ocampo, Jericho Rosales, Angelika Dela Cruz, Rica Peralejo, Paolo Contis, and Agot Isidro.

The show revolved around a media crew led by Rona del Fierro (Isidro) who investigated paranormal cases with the help of del Fierro’s premonitions. 

Most of its story arc featured Filipino mythology creatures, including dwende, diwata, and engkanto. (Read: ‘Trese’ Posters and Billboard Get Vandalized, Netizens React)

Magandang Gabi, Bayan: Halloween Episodes (1998-2005)

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Photo from ABS-CBN News YouTube

Named after the signature open and close of broadcaster Noli de Castro, the Philippine news magazine program formerly aired on ABS-CBN.

It was also known of its famous Halloween specials featuring various horror stories from in and around the Philippines.

Every ’90s kid probably looked forward to the year Gabi ng Kababalaghan specials of de Castro full of stories of while ladies and aswangs.

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