When I was a child, my whole family would cram in front of the t.v. to watch horror flicks or scary t.v. segments the entire day during November 1 and 2. Particularly, we all love Magandang Gabi Bayan’s Undas Specials. As a child, I was automatically driven to sit beside my mom the whole show because I was afraid my kuya would scare the hell out of me. Plus, our t.v. room had 6 big windows in it’s entire right wall so every time the show would queue it’s grave cries and shrieks, I would literally cover my head and stay away from the windows.
It’s just too bad that Noli de Castro had to be our VP and leave such an award winning show. It sucks to have Korina Sanchez or Katherine de Castro do ABS-CBN spook segments because they don’t look like they’re really into those sort of topics. Korina Sanchez, for me, is annoying to watch on Rated K much more see her do a spook segment in her show. I guess it’s her overrated way of looking ‘goody-goody’ on t.v. or being too overstyled for her age. Why not let Alex Santos and/or Julius Babao do these segments for a change? Im sure they’ll do a much better job than these ladies. Come to think of it, why not have Ricky Carandang do spook segments for ANC? Haha, now that’ll be interesting.
Well, anyway, about MGB’s Undas Specials…here are some of my fave scary stories they’ve featured. I hope some of you guys would remember a few of these stories as well.
1. College and University Ghosts. From Ateneo, UPD, UPLB, UPM, UPB, La Salle, UST, PUP, SLU, and many more, the school ghosts stories were my all-time fave especially when the MGB crew caught a male black figure walking in Baker Hall (UPLB) without any shadow and UST’s story about a girl who saw a demon in the mirror reciting the Lord’s Prayer inside the C.R. with her. Then there was Ateneo’s never-ending staircase in their observatory tower or something and PUP’s ‘black man’ in their theather dressing room.
2. Balate Drive. I was still a child when they had this segment but the thing that I remembered was when they featured Julie Vega’s story and how she was abducted by dwarves who lived in a tree in her backyard. The doctors who examined her didn’t know what caused her death while the psychics who frequented her house said that she was taken by her dwarf friends to live in their kingdom. She was, I think, 14 or 15 when she died. Other than Julie Vega’s story, the houses that were featured in this segment were true haunted houses, where violent deaths or murders were known to have happened. A lot of vehicular accidents tend to happen in this area because of the spirits who continually haunt this place.
3. The house that was built on top of a mass grave site in Tondo. If I recall the story correctly, a family had been looking for a cheap house to settle in and they decided to buy a small white house in Tondo because it was cheap. Their landlord warned them that the previous owners of the house didn’t stay long because they claimed that there were spirits in the house. Since the family didn’t have anywhere else to go, they dismissed their landlord’s stories. Their first several weeks were okay then scary things started to happen one by one when the mother dug up the soil under their house’s shed. Malevolent spirits started to follow them wherever they went, they had to send their kids to live with their relatives but despite all the scary stuff happening inside the house, the father refused to leave because some male spirit had possessed him. In the end, the mother had to literally drag her husband out of the house just so they could escape from the evil spirits.
Of course, there were other stories like the Company Ghosts in ABS-CBN, the CCP and Corregidor where Noli de Castro’s son even took pictures of ghostly images with his camera. The images that the boy had were clearly of men in uniform and some women in nursing uniforms who died probably during the war. There were a lot of good stories and frankly, this blog cannot state them all.
This year I had to be content with seeing Mel and Joey do their Halloween special but it just wasn’t the same as MGB’s.