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Experience Manila’s ‘Dark Side’ Through This Haunting Halloween Tour

It is open to the public for free!

Touring and experiential company WanderManila organized a free virtual Halloween tour dubbed “One Night in Manila” that will explore Manila’s haunted stories and dark side.

It will be streamed on October 30 at 9 p.m. via WanderManila’s Facebook page. Everyone can join the exciting tour from the comfort of their homes with their family or friends. There is no registration or sign-up so, you just have to prepare yourselves (and some snacks, too!) as you go on this spine-chilling and informative virtual Halloween tour! (Read: My Pope Asks: Is Halloween Catholic?)

History of Manila

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From the Spanish era to World War II, Manila holds haunting stories from the past. Famous cultural sites such as Intramuros, Rizal Park, and the University of Santo Tomas (UST) have witnessed brutal wars and death in history. It is not surprising that many stories remain a mystery until now.

“When you look at Manila City Hall from the top, it really looks like a coffin. While this fact has freaked some people out, the reason behind this shape is a lot more pious,” WanderManila wrote on its Facebook page.

As WanderManila steps out from Intramuros for this year’s virtual Halloween tour, more stories and iconic locations will be discovered and revealed to the public. (Read: 3 Pinoy Horror Podcasts to Binge This Halloween)

“Manila’s history has its share of violence and blood, of strife and death, and these acts echo well into the present, manifesting in various ways. The smell of flowers when there are none, the mysterious footsteps in an empty building, the shadowy figures at the corner of your eye,” the company added.

What to expect in ‘One Night in Manila’

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WanderManila clarified that the virtual Halloween tour is not like a jump-scare movie, where monsters or ghosts will appear on your screens. It is basically a history tour disguised as a Halloween event. With that, even kids are invited to watch the tour, but parental guidance would still be needed. 

In an article on PhilSTAR L!fe, head tour guide of WanderManila, Benjamin Canapi said that viewers can expect a one-hour viewing experience filled with history and horror similar to their virtual Halloween tour in Intramuros, which garnered over 25,000 views.

Among the locations included in One Night in Manila are Escolta, Paco Park, St. Pancratius Chapel, Arroceros, and UST. (Read: LOOK: These DIY Pope Francis Costumes Are Perfect for Your Kids This Halloween!)

For more information and updates, visit WanderManila’s Facebook page and website.

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