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From Haunted Houses to Zombies: The Most Frightening Scary Horror Games
Do you enjoy the adrenaline rush of being scared out of your wits? Are you a fan of horror movies and looking for a new way to experience fear? Look no further. In this article, we will explore some of the most terrifying scary horror games that will leave you trembling with fear. From haunted houses to zombies, these games will push your limits and keep you on the edge of your seat.
Haunted Houses: A Classic Thrill
If you’re a fan of haunted houses, then horror games that feature eerie mansions or abandoned buildings are sure to provide an exhilarating experience. One such game that comes to mind is “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.” Set in a dilapidated plantation house in rural Louisiana, this game combines atmospheric horror with intense gameplay. As you navigate through dark corridors and solve puzzles, you’ll encounter grotesque creatures and terrifying jump scares that will keep your heart pounding.
Another notable haunted house game is “Amnesia: The Dark Descent.” In this first-person survival horror game, players find themselves trapped inside an ancient castle with no memory of how they got there. With limited resources and a lurking presence that feeds on fear, this game is guaranteed to make even the bravest players feel vulnerable and terrified.
Zombies: A Never-Ending Nightmare
Zombies have been a staple in horror culture for decades, and scary horror games featuring these undead creatures are always popular among thrill-seekers. One standout title in this genre is “The Last of Us.” Set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by infected humans turned into zombies, this action-adventure game blends intense combat with an emotionally gripping storyline. The realistic graphics and immersive gameplay make every encounter with the infected a heart-pounding experience.
For those seeking a more intense zombie experience, “Resident Evil 2” is a must-play. This remake of the classic survival horror game takes players back to Raccoon City, where a zombie outbreak has turned the population into flesh-eating monsters. With its atmospheric setting and relentless undead enemies, this game will keep you on your toes as you fight for survival.
Psychological Horror: A Mind-Bending Challenge
If you prefer horror games that mess with your mind, then psychological horror games are perfect for you. “Silent Hill 2” is often regarded as one of the best examples of this subgenre. As players control James Sunderland through the foggy town of Silent Hill, they unravel a deeply disturbing story filled with symbolism and psychological torment. The game’s haunting atmosphere and psychological twists will leave you questioning reality long after you’ve put down the controller.
Another mind-bending horror experience is “Layers of Fear.” In this first-person exploration game, players step into the shoes of a disturbed painter as they navigate through a constantly changing mansion. Delving into themes of madness and obsession, this game uses clever storytelling and visual trickery to create an unsettling experience that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Survival Horror: Fight or Flight
For those who enjoy intense gameplay and heart-pounding action, survival horror games provide an adrenaline-fueled experience like no other. “Outlast” is a prime example of this genre. Armed only with a camcorder, players must navigate through an abandoned psychiatric hospital filled with deranged inmates. With no means to defend yourself other than hiding or running away, every encounter becomes a tense battle for survival.
Another standout survival horror game is “Alien: Isolation.” Set fifteen years after the events of Ridley Scott’s iconic film “Alien,” players assume the role of Ellen Ripley’s daughter as she tries to survive aboard a space station infested by one relentless xenomorph. The game’s AI-driven alien enemy constantly adapts to the player’s actions, making every encounter a nerve-wracking game of cat-and-mouse.
In conclusion, if you’re a fan of being scared senseless, these scary horror games will provide an unforgettable experience. Whether you prefer haunted houses, zombies, psychological torment, or survival challenges, there is a game out there that will cater to your darkest fears. So grab your controller and prepare for a night of terror as you dive into these spine-chilling virtual worlds.
This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.
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Inside Baguio’s Most Haunted: The Laperal White House
I felt a strong presence inside the house.
Artful presence, nothing paranormal. Art has taken over the first floor of the Laperal White House, but most people are here to satisfy their curiosity about the feared and unexplainable.
They say that behind the mist that blankets the hills and streets of the City of Pines are countless mysteries and tales of horror. The map of Baguio, they say, is dotted with haunted houses and cursed hotels that have sheltered restless — and sometimes hostile — ghosts and spirits. One of them — the Laperal White House.
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The Laperal White House is an eye-snatcher along Leonard Road, just beside the allegedly equally spirit-infested Teachers’ Camp. There have been many stories. Some unfortunate passersby have seen a little girl standing motionless on the third step of the staircase that fronts the house. Some have spotted a woman looking out its glass windows. Some have heard angry voices and loud noises from inside the house even when it was completely empty. Others have claimed they had this awful feeling of being unwelcome and being watched. The guards are also terrified to go in at night.
One day, the caretaker of the house, who stays in another house within the premises, ordered a guard to cut down a fortune plant on one side of the house. The guard fell ill and could not walk for days. A guard also shared his personal experience inside. Once while he was doing the rounds inside, he received a call from his wife. The call went fine until she asked who he was with at the time. The wife apparently kept hearing a woman’s voice. Thing is, the guard was all alone.
Even the residents and staff of neighboring establishments have their share of White House spooky encounters. One incident involving a clairvoyant happened at PNKY’s Restaurant just across the notorious house. “At that time PNKY’s was just on ground level,” Ferdz Decena of Ironwulf.net narrates. “When the Clairvoyant looked at the mirror of the restaurant, she was stunned when she saw a woman standing behind her along with the reflection of the house.”
Vincent Tabor of Lakbay Baguio has also written about his personal experience when he was in High School. “We saw a white figure (could be fog) that is coming down from the attic down to the front entrance,” he recalls. “Suddenly my friend started running so I followed. When I asked him why, he said he saw a woman coming towards us.”
The White House’s Amityville reputation might have been a product of its long, bloody history. Boasting an American Colonial architecture, this house was built in 1920, back when the country was under American rule. It was the home of the Laperal family, one of the oldest clans in Baguio, headed by Don Roberto. His wife Dona Victorina was said to be very fond of the fortune plants in the garden.
At the height of World War II, terror knocked on their door in the form of Japanese soldiers. The house was transformed into a garrison, where — again, if some stories are to be believed — they brutally tortured and murdered many. Among them, the Laperal family, except Don Roberto, who would survive the war only to accidentally slip and fall to his death from the stairs in front of the house.
But who are the little girl on the stairs and the woman by the window? The little girl was said to have been killed in another accident. Running after her nanny who was on the other side, the poor girl crossed the street and was run over. The nanny (not sure if the same nanny or another) was also killed in one of the bedrooms of the house. It is believed that the woman standing by the window, looking over the street was the nanny.
The Art House
Today, the Laperal White House is now owned by business tycoon Lucio Tan. Now open to the public, it hosts the Ifugao Bamboo Carving Gallery, a joint project of the Philippine Bamboo Foundation and Tan Yan Kee Foundation. The exhibit aims to “bring to the attention of the public the increasing importance of bamboo in the preservation of arts and culture of the Cordilleras, prevention of landslides and soil erosion, and pollution control.”
The gallery is on the ground floor, but visitors are free to roam around the rest of the house if they are brave enough. The art is excellent, but my guess is that most people who enter the house are there to indulge their craving for mystery, satisfy their curiosity, or simply to scare themselves.
My friend Mica and I took our time exploring and taking plenty of pictures. It was early morning and save for the few staff, we were the only souls inside — living souls, that is. We checked out all the rooms, climbed the freakily narrow staircase, and even reached the empty attic. Perhaps I was just trying to make myself believe that I was tough and all. Perhaps we were never *really* alone. Perhaps the place fosters a chillier, more frightening atmosphere at night. But I really did not feel anything strange or creepy. It was an ordinary open house sightseeing moment for me.
Not that I was asking for something out of the ordinary to happen.
No. 14 Laperal White House Leonard Road, Baguio City Entrance Fee: P50
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I thought that the Laperal house also serves as a hotel/motel. Sayang. Gusto pa namán naming matulog dian.
Haha, try mo matulog pa rin dun. Baka payagan ka. Yun nga lang, mag-isa ka. :P
my grandparents owned 11 leonard wood and laperal house was 14 leonard wood.there was nothing creepy.i stayed in my grandparents’ house for months on the second floor by ,yself and maids on the ground floor.i would come out of the house at 3am and nothing extraordinary happened.according to our caretaker,the only incident that happened on that house was the japanese kept gold bars in the property in 1943
Hi Mr. Henry we are conducting a research regarding la peral, may we schedule an interview with you if you are available?
That house is owned by my Grandfather Tentoy and Inag Laperal. We used to go up to Baquio during summers, because it was so hot in Manila. No ghost there. I remember there is a tennis court in the back of the house and the caretaker lives in the garage under the house. Hot water is brought up the bathroom because of the old plumbing.
Hi Mr. tito salvador we are conducting a research regarding la peral, may we schedule an interview with you if you are available?
Do you saw something?
Yeah, i always pass thru that house and was trying to find something lol i even took pix but never seen any lol
Awwwwoooo! Enjoyed the ghost story :-)
I’ve been there before
Creepy selfie photo by my daughter, caught 3 ghost, the nanny, the g.father, and the little girl.
I wanna visit tht place
You will see what you wanted to see. The Laperal’s of Baguio are our relatives (my mom’s side). They have several properties in Baguio. Historic places like old houses are often scary because most of the time people indulge that kind of feeling. On the brighter side, if we learn to appreciate the sophistication of architecture and art, we may have a different response than being scared. My grandma, told me to try staying in Laperal’s Hotel sometime if I go to Baguio. It is worth to try, she said.. nothing really mysterious.
I was searching for information about Laperal, then came across your blog. Interesting blog name! Funny, I have a Pinterest board titled “Rich Traveler.” :D
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The horrific histories of Philippine haunted houses
Written by Gaby Gloria
Updated Jul 7, 2016, 4:46:00 PM
Here are haunted houses in the Philippines that — with their blood-red walls, spooky stone statues, and large looming windows — can make the one featured in the film pale in comparison. Pictured is the Bahay na Pula in San Ildefonso, Bulacan. Photo by JUDGEFLORO/CC BY-SA 3.0
Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — Strange noises, rattling doorknobs, and levitating objects are all signs of paranormal activity that are guaranteed to send chills down the spine of whoever dares enter supposedly haunted spaces.
Owing mostly to the brutalities that the Philippines experienced during World War II, the country is rich with stories of this kind of activity. Stories of such places as Baguio and Corregidor being occupied to this day by the ghosts of Japanese soldiers and other war victims are common sources of bedtime fright.
Most of these stories involve large structures, like the Diplomat Hotel in Baguio and the Manila Film Center in Pasay. On a smaller scale, however, there’s nothing like the fear instilled by haunted houses. Knowing that people lived within the walls adds to the fear factor — the idea that you’re unsafe in your own home. In this way, the houses aren’t just horror destinations but historical haunts as well. Many of these are ancestral houses, now abandoned and empty, but there aren’t any famous stories of hauntings or possessions at the Emily Rose level.
For your dose of homegrown chills and thrills, here are some local houses that are infamous for the paranormal occurrences that reportedly go on inside their premises.
Japanese soldiers reportedly took over the Laperal White House and used it as a temporary garrison during World War II, where they tortured and killed Filipinos accused of being spies for the Americans. Photo by KISEKILACROIX/CC BY-SA 4.0
The White House in Baguio
Built in the 1920s, the Victorian-style Laperal White House in Baguio was originally owned by the Laperal clan headed by Don Roberto and Doña Victorina. Japanese soldiers reportedly took over it and used it as a temporary garrison during World War II, where they tortured and killed Filipinos accused of being spies for the Americans. The house’s longtime caretakers have reported seeing apparitions coming to and from the house — specifically, of a woman in white and a little girl. Fortunately (depending on how you look at it), the house isn’t as creepy as it once was, since it is currently the venue for the Philippine Bamboo Foundation’s Ifugao Bamboo Carvings Exhibit.
Locals say that an elderly couple can be seen walking around the Herrera Mansion, while headless soldiers walk to and from the gates. Photo by NOLI DELA PAZ
Herrera Mansion (Tiaong Stone House)
Designed by the renowned architect Tomás Mapúa in the late 1920s, the Herrera Mansion is the oldest house in Tiaong, Quezon. The stone structure was damaged during the war, and its imposing facade (complete with a statue of the “ Noli Me Tangere ” character Elias battling a crocodile) makes for the perfect opening shot for a horror movie. Locals say that an elderly couple can be seen walking around the property, while headless soldiers walk to and from the gates. Visitors have also reported hearing chains being dragged around the house.
Bahay na Pula was used as a base for Japanese soldiers, who starved Filipino guerrillas before killing them in the area. Detail of photo by JUDGEFLORO/CC BY-SA 3.0
Bahay na Pula
Painted an eerie shade of blood red, the Bahay na Pula in San Ildefonso, Bulacan, isn’t just creepy on the outside. Located in the middle of a vast property owned by the Ildefonso clan, it was used as a base for Japanese soldiers, who starved Filipino guerrillas before killing them in the area. It is said that Japanese soldiers took turns raping local women inside the house during World War II. Though it is currently abandoned, people who live near the area have reported hearing wailing and screams for help, and seeing a ghostly platoon of Japanese soldiers roaming around.
Photo courtesy of OFFICIAL GAZETTE OF THE PHILIPPINES
Dubbed “ the country’s top haunted house ,” the official residence of the president of the Philippines, Malacañan Palace, is known to be host to a number of supernatural beings due to its centuries of history. Several dead presidents are supposed to have been spotted lingering in its halls, with the most frequent being former President Manuel Quezon. There are so many stories that the palace’s official website has even released an article compiling all of them.
Laperal Ancestral Home: Famous Haunted House in Baguio City
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After having our light breakfast at Choco-late Batirol , we were supposed to go to our third food stop until we saw this ancestral home while traversing Leonard Wood road.
We decided to visit the place after seeing that this ancestral home was already open to the public. The Laperal White House or Laperal Guesthouse is a famous ancestral house with a unique history. For a long time, it’s been called the White House or Haunted House because of the stories of its past.
If you enjoy ghost stories and are curious about the supernatural, this place will give you the goosebumps you’re looking for. I’m not typically superstitious, but this place made me want to stay with a group and not fall behind.
During our visit in January 2014, the place was more frequented by tourists due to a Bamboo carving exhibit held on the house’s ground floor. The atmosphere inside is definitely quiet as usual and a bit daunting. Of course, even though people were excitedly chatting outside, a hush fell over our group once we got inside. We enjoyed the Bamboo Carvings Exhibit on the ground floor, but it’s hard not to be taken by the stillness of the house itself.
But I was quickly distracted from ghostly thoughts by the absolute beauty of the Laperal Ancestral House. The Victorian look on the outside is complemented by fine wooden banisters, incredibly maintained and cared for. The walls are wooden panels, and although they look new from the varnish, it’s clear that this kind of work is not done today.
The Laperal White House is a relic of times past, of people who had money and great taste and wanted to live in a beautiful environment. The rooms are all worth seeing, and the excellent taste in each area of the house is evident. And just because you have to climb a very narrow, winding staircase, you should not miss the attic. I didn’t see any ghosts, so you should be fine.
The ghost stories aren’t just the result of the haunted-looking house. In fact, the stories were passed down by the long-time caretaker, who described the problems starting when Japanese soldiers took over the place during World War II.
The tales of that past are genuine, and the resulting creepiness of the house is understandable. Torture, interrogations, rape, and even suicide are in the house’s history. The spirits in the house may well be restless.
The Bamboo Carving Exhibit back then was also worth seeing. The Asin Bamboo Carvers Guild Inc brought life and art into the Laperal Ancestral House, and it helped to make it feel alive again. On the old house’s ground floor, many beautiful Bamboo Carvings are displayed. There’s even a souvenir shop inside the ancestral home selling products made from Bamboo.
The Ifugao Bamboo Carving Exhibit was a brainchild of the Philippine Bamboo Foundation in partnership with the Tan Yan Kee Foundation. The organizers aim to raise funds for the information drive on Cordillera’s reforestation.
While looking at the Bamboo Carvings, I noticed that the design mainly showcases Ifugao Culture, the Ifugao houses, the Igorots, and other designs like rice gods.
Most of the finished products showcased in the exhibit are made by Ifugao wood carvers, primarily based in Tuba town in Benguet.
During our visit, We met Ed Manda – the president of the Philippine Bamboo Foundation. Through this Ifugao Bamboo Carving Project, the foundation believes that this project will help wood carvers to continue their art without cutting trees.
Due to decreasing wood supply, Members of the Asin Bamboo Carvers Guild Inc. (ABCGI) decided to shift to Bamboo to offer unique and quality products to the market and to help the environment.
Laperal White House & Bamboo Carving Exhibit #4 Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City Open Weekends and Holidays, 10AM-6PM Entrance Fee: 50 Pesos Organized by: Tan Yan Kee Foundation and Philippine Bamboo Foundation, Inc.
Have you you seen this Ancestral Home in Baguio? Feel free to ask questions and share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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“Haunted” Laperal White House In Baguio City Now A Fine Dining Restaurant
Laperal White House is now a restaurant
Everyone knows Baguio City’s Laperal White House as a haunted spot. But recently, a restaurateur breathed new life into the notorious haunted mansion and turned it into the fine dining restaurant, Joseph’s .
This new, upscale dining spot had its soft opening in December 2022. It offers 2- to 5-course Continental and Contemporary French meals as well as rib-eye steaks.
The Laperal White House was originally home to the Laperal family in the 1930s amid the American Colonial period. However, it became a Japanese military post where locals were said to have perished during the Japanese occupation.
Hence, the house became famous for being a haunted spot in Baguio. There were reported sightings of the “white lady” and eerie sounds such as footsteps coming from inside the empty mansion.
The Laperal White House became a museum for local bamboo and wood art pieces in 2013 before it was closed to the public.
On 26 December 2022, the restaurant Joseph’s opened at the Laperal White House. The restaurant is by the same chef as Comida y Vino at Tagaytay Highlands and Concha’s Garden Cafe in Tagaytay and Silang, Cavite and Quezon City, Metro Manila.
Continental and contemporary French menu
Joseph’s offers 2- to 5-course meals starting at P1,430 (~USD 26.24 ) . You can get dishes such as Tartare Trio which includes salmon, tuna, and beef, and Pork Roulade or bacon-wrapped tenderloin.
They also serve rib-eye steaks from P12,600 (~USD 231.17 ) which are good for 2-4 people. This menu option comes with 3 sides of your choice.
Make a reservation at Joseph’s
If you’re up for a new dining experience with a chilling history, make a reservation at Joseph’s. Walk-ins are also accepted at the restaurant, but this is subject to seat availability.
You don’t have to worry about getting spooked. The restaurant management has improved the ambiance of the Laperal White House, with more lights at night and contemporary-style furniture while maintaining its American Colonial design.
Address: 14 Leonard Wood Road, Teacher’s Camp Baguio City Opening hours: Wed-Mon 11am-1pm, 5.39pm-7.30pm | Closed Tuesdays Contact: 0917 567 3747 Joseph’s’ website | Facebook | Instagram
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This is said to be Baguio's most haunted house and known as Laperal White House and built in an American Colonial architecture with an Amityville reputation This house was built in 1920 during American rule. The home belonged to the Laperal family, one of the oldest clans in Baguio. During World War II,the house was transformed into a garrison, where the Japanese soldiers brutally tortured and murdered many including the Laperal family. There is alleged to be ghosts of a little girl killed in an accident running after her nanny and ghost of the nanny who was killed in one of the bedrooms of the house. Very interesting but eiry old house.
Laperal White House retains its beauty and classy Victorian appearance. The house is well preserved by its new owner, the business tycoon, Lucio Tan. He converted it as a bamboo art gallery while maintaining the house's original interior. In order for you to explore the house and to see the art exhibit, you have to pay PHP 50.00 in the entrance. When we entered inside the house, I didn't have any eery feeling. We entered each room until we reached the attic. We took photos in front of the house, in the dining area, in the sala and in the stairs. Nothing extraordinary happened and we didn't find nor see any ghost. (That's our purpose when we went there!) Before we left the house we asked some bystanders outside about the house's history. They said that there are accounts that people saw a white lady in the left front window of the house- they said that it was the nanny who committed suicide in one of the rooms in the house. Some says that a ghost was seen in the front door. They also mentioned that the grandchild of Don Roberto Laperal was hit by a car in front of the house and died. At first, we didn't believe with what the bystanders told us, 'coz we found nothing in the house and there's no spooky feeling when we went there, not until we reviewed the photos we took! In one of the photos, we found an image of a woman staring in the window (scary!). Over all, I was fascinated with the house's interior and its Victorian design. I hope the owner will maintain it as its already part of Baguio's old heritage.
Walking for a stroll along Leonard Wood from a very late lunch (from 50's Diner), we saw the famous Laperal House. For a fee of 50 pesos, we started to explore this alleged hunted house. I did not feel anything extraordinary but my husband a a friend heard a somewhat moving furniture a a chair being dragged at the dining hall. House was as expected, very dim-lit but other than that, nothing very scary. there were locked doors and the bathrooms were already renovated.
April 8, 2016 when we took a peek at the Laperal haunted house. The name sounds creepy enough. You wouldn't miss the lone white old house along Leonardwood Street. The flowery garden softened the house's scary reputation. The wooden structure's well preserved inside & out. Polished floor, small rooms, minimal furnishings, high ceiling. It was spotlessly beautiful. In 1942, during the Japanese occupation in Manila, the basement was used by the Japanese soldiers as their garrison where prisoners were tortured & died. Today, the basement holds a bamboo exhibit where intricately carved pieces & photos were put on display, raising people's awareness of the sturdy tree. The property's rolling backyard was turned into an eco park with variety of bamboo trees abounds. Scary yet informative & interesting. For an entrance fee of P50, you donate to the foundation, help preserve the house and can go on a haunting expedition up to the 2nd floor.
The Laperal Mansion may look big from the outside, but once you're inside you'll feel the place is actually small. Good thing there were other tourists inside when I visited the place, otherwise I wouldn't even have the guts to go inside, the place is well preserved up to the attic, though some areas are dusty and moldy like the kitchen and the fireplace area. There's an entrance fee of Php50/head which is relatively cheap when you come to think of the maintenance they have to do to to upkeep the mansion (though some people are so cheap and poor and they keep on ranting why is the price so expensive. Seriously? You can afford to visit Baguio but you can't pay Php50, go back to your city and stop ranting) Place doesn't feel spooky during daytime but it's a whole different story at night. Just passing by the house at night will already give you the creeps, just imagine going inside at night...
love the history of the house...but why an entrance fee....senior citizens should be free in entering the place...
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I consider Baguio as my second home because my sister lived and studied there and I have worked there before as well. But I have never visited Laperal House so I kinda' regret now what I have missed specially that the place has been refurbished. Nevertheless, I would probably visit this place the next time I go up strawberryland :)
Good to go there now oman as you won't just be scarying yourself but it's quite educational as well. Hehe
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Inside A Haunted House: Laperal White House, Baguio City
A box full of Good Shepherd jams in hand, we stepped out to the open driveway along Leonard Wood Road. A welcome sign made of bamboo hangs by the entrance, as if beckoning, Come, the spirits await.
Voices – young, roused, and rowdy – echoed from the halls to the garage, once home to balut vendors and caretakers, and now a mini-gallery of bamboo carvings and a bamboo bike – all crafted by the Asin Bamboo Carvers Guild.
These are voices that belonged to the living: students on tour, a family of five. The sounds that ghosts reportedly make – footsteps, shutting of windows – are all but drowned in the noise of the present. Suddenly, the Laperal White House isn’t as glum as I remembered it.
Our visit in 2013 was rather unwelcoming and nippier than Cordilleran air. We were barred from entry by a gun-toting guard. The tall strands of bamboo by the side of the house didn’t exist yet. The doors, along with the gates, windows, and the garage, were shut tight. There was an eerie-looking effigy looking out the window at the third floor.
But in 2013, life once again fledged in the house’s first floor, when it was converted into a permanent exhibition venue for Ifugao Bamboo Art – a project by business tycoon Lucio Tan and Philippine Bamboo Foundation (PBFI). It’s hard to imagine it once playing host to countless rapes, interrogations, and beheadings by the Japanese when World War II broke out.
At the back of the house, at the on-site bambusetum , another life for m is taking root: bamboo.
Over half of the four-hectare expanse serves as a bamboo nursery/ eco park. This, says PBFI, not only showcases the crucial environmental role of bamboo, but also the skill that the Cordillera region is well known for. And when I say known, I mean, mindblowing.
Exploring Laperal White House’s Bowels
Horror stories abound on this side of Leonard Wood Road. They range from unexplained noise to apparitions to moving furniture. As next-door neighbor with equally infamous Teachers’ Camp, the mansion has got all the workings of a horror house: the bloody history, a balmy location, and a lavish Victorian charm that spells 1900s.
Even with the couches occupied by touristing college kids and the entire space packed, the living and dining rooms stand out in their native yakal and narra build. They’re earthy and roomy, with almost nothing – except for the bamboo carvings – rearranged since its last occupants.
Noisy turns to queer once you ascend to the second floor where the four rooms are located. These rooms – particularly the master’s bedroom – are where most of the rapes were carried out. There’s a strange feeling as you open the creaking screen door, like that feeling when someone special leaves for good; and her colorful history stays on the ripped, naked beds, on the dusty window sills, in the now-cold fireplace.
A minute felt like forever in those rooms. It’s dreary and heavy – and I didn’t even know the exact locations of the crimes until after the trip.
Back at the driveway where my sister and Lia await, I scan the exhibit poster one last time. It reads: “Bamboo, the Grass of Hope in the City of Pines.”
The baby bamboos thriving here, in this house once taken over by all things grim, are a reminder that new life and hope can spring even in the darkest of places – past ill reputation, past ghosts.
The Laperal White House is located at #14 Leonard Wood Road in Baguio City. It’s open every day, from 10am to 6pm. Entrance fee is P50, including the exhibit and the remainder of the house. Guests go in by themselves. If you prefer to go in with a tour group, Fright Tours offers a guided tour of the house for P150/ head. Jeepneys and taxis can be hailed to and from the site. For photos of the house’s exterior, please refer to our 2013 visit of the place HERE .
About the Author
Gretchen Filart is a writer from the Philippines, where she weaves poems and essays about motherhood, love, healing, nature, and intersectionalities. A finalist in phoebe’s 2023 Spring Poetry Contest, her work shares space in Rappler, Defunkt, Barely South Review, and elsewhere. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram @gretchenfilart, or her website, ourworldinwords.com. She’s usually friendly.
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