Most people’s reaction to an invitation to check out a haunted house is to stay away. Far, far away. My reaction? “Sure! When are we doing this, where, and what time?” I have always been more fascinated than scared about the paranormal, and I think feeling optimistic as opposed to apprehensive would bode better for me if there was something there that meant to do me harm.
The night was interesting, to say the least. Initially, I thought I would be working behind-the-scenes of GMA 7’s AHA! taping about a haunted house along Vito Cruz – taking pictures, and observing how Robert Rubin of Mysterium Philippines investigates whether a house is actually haunted or not. But Rob, as it turns out, had other plans that involved me being in front of the camera. Thanks for the heads up, bud! I have never been exposed to paranormal investigations like this before, but the Intuitive in me nudged me on to take this experience in stride. “Alright, hook me up to a mic,” I said.
The once grand house, located near the International Center of the DLSU-College of St. Benilde, is one of those old Commonwealth-type buildings that was built in the 1920s. Even coming in through the gate, the whole vibe of the place was kind of “off”. The air seemed thicker, the energy more electric, and even the camera crew seemed a little uneasy.
Rob forewarned everyone that they might start feeling faint or dizzy when we started shooting and that it would be best for them to snack on something sweet or drink coffee to keep them grounded when we went around the house. Jericho, my photographer, was already feeling the effects, but it was nothing a handful of Flattops couldn’t solve.
The AHA! segment we were shooting for was hosted by Diva, who went around with us into the old house to maybe see if she could pick up on the energies we were feeling, too. Most of the house was covered with hardwood panels and a lot of antiques, making us pick up on a lot of different energies in every direction.
Walking into the living room, I was immediately drawn to an old rocking chair that was still in surprisingly good condition. I could feel an old male presence that was attached to the chair, quietly watching us as we went around the room. There was also a corner of the living room with a weird energy that pulled you towards it, giving a feeling of difficulty breathing. Later on when one of the AHA! crew members took a picture of it with their camera, a white outline of a person could be seen hovering in that said nook.
Rob brought out his EMF meter (think Egon Spengler’s PKE meter in Ghostbusters) to measure the amount of ghost activity in the immediate area. EMF meters typically detect fields emitted by moving electrically charged objects, and can be used as a kind of specter tracking arsenal. Now, we were surrounded by hardwood floors, wood paneling, and antique wooden furniture with the lights turned off for good measure, leaving no reason for the EMF meter to even give off a blip. But to our surprise, it wouldn’t stop blinking red whenever it was turned on, rendering it practically useless. Whatever spirits it was that we were looking for – they were everywhere.
Rob, on the other hand, was drawn to the big, antique mirror, which was generating a lot of eerie vibes. He explained a little about how mirrors could actually be turned into portals for spirits. You can see if mirrors has been used as spirit portals by the scratches that are generated from underneath the glass – essentially energy from the inside pushing out. Finding that out made that mirror extra creepy – it has a lot of scratches that came from the inside, with the face of the mirror being virtually scratch and dent-free.
Rob also inspected an old metal plate that he found to be quite interesting. The weird thing was, I couldn’t get too close to it for too long, as I would begin to feel faint. We both felt a lot of anguish and pain related to the antique object and felt that the plate might have been used for ritualistic ceremonies that may have involved blood being spilled, but all the owner of the house knew about it was that it had been lent to the Japanese during WWII for one reason or another, along with the house. I got goosebumps thinking about the atrocities the Japanese were capable of back then.
Next on the agenda was the scariest part of the house: the attic. It wasn’t the attic of the big old main house, but a smaller guest house out back that hasn’t been turned into some sort of storage area. Now, I’m not the type to easily get spooked, but this place scared the living begeesus out of me. Just climbing up there, my feet felt like they was turning to lead and all I wanted to do was run for the hills. Whatever it is that’s staying up there is not at all nice.
The attic was a small, cramped space, with old toys littered about the floor, an odd, circular window on the left and a tiny room on the right. Something – I do not know what – lives in that tiny room, and it sent chills down my spine. I could feel it looking at us through the slits in the window and I wasn’t going to wait for it to come out and say hello. Rob, Diva, and the rest of the crew also got really creeped out, and we wrapped up our shoot there as fast as we could.
It was interesting to note that while were up in the attic, the owner’s dogs were just barking nonstop, warning us to get out of there pronto. Rob heard a faint growling that wasn’t coming from the dogs downstairs, but somewhere in the attic. When we all came down from that horrible dark place, the barking stopped.
There was a short interview about our experience after we finished exploring the living room and the attic. After sharing our thoughts on what we felt, the crew finally explained why they wanted Rob to cover this haunted house in particular.
While shooting for a new GMA series called Elemento, the attic was a location shot for one of the little girl talents of the show. While playing up there, the girl said she saw an old woman covered from head to toe in blood come out of the tiny door. After seeing the old woman, she got sick for a long while and they had to cancel the shoot. The malevolence that we were all feeling from the attic might have come from that old woman, or there could be more than just one angry spirit dwelling in the attic. They say the silhouette of the old woman can also sometimes be seen by the window.
As for the rocking chair, there have been sightings of an old man sitting in the rocking chair from time to time. Sometimes he can be seen walking around the garden or by the balcony, too. He seems to just be one of those spirits that are so used to routine, he still continues doing the exact same thing even after crossing over.
I learned a lot that night, and I think that Rob was onto something when he discussed the mirrors, portals and spirits crossing over. There seemed to be a lot of spirit activity going on in the house, but whether it was emanating from the mirror or from the rest of the antiques, I cannot say.
The AHA! segment that featured the haunted house along Vito Cruz Street aired last Sunday on October 19, 2014. If you feel your home, office, or place of business may be haunted or in dire need of a cleansing (i.e. the people and animals that live in the immediate area get sick for long periods of time), you can seek Rob out at Mysterium Philippines located on the Mezzanine floor of Burgundy Place Condominium, Katipunan Avenue corner B Gonzales St., Quezon City. For inquiries or a quote for his services, please send him a PM or call + 63 916 551 1824.
Robert Rubin has an undergraduate degree in the Fields of Mass Communication and Political Sciences, as well as taken Masteral courses in Conflict and Reconciliation studies from the University of Saint La Salle. Rob has worked as one of the four Lead Paranormal Investigators for GMA 7’s Misteryo, discussing topics ranging from possession to witchcraft and has also been featured in shows such as Imbestigador, Matanglawin, Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho, Sweet Life with Lucy Torres, and many others. He currently works as a professional esoteric consultant, helping people make decisions in their life by providing alternative routes and discussing potential outcomes. Rob is also a passionate advocate of responsible teaching and application of the esoteric arts.