I’ve never been to Intramuros before. My first face-to-face encounter with Manila’s oldest district is through the Intramuros Ghost Walk. The ghost walk is organized by a group named Profilers of the Unknown. Good thing that I was able to join the event for free. Thanks to Ms. Jade Martin. You can visit their page at Center for Paranormal Studies. They have more events, and if not free, they only ask for a minimal fee. I read they also have a Baguio Ghost Walk. I would consider joining it, too, in the future.
Care for a walk?
“You’ll never know how beautiful Intramuros is at night..but there is more to the beauty of this 166-acre Walled City, which is the oldest district of Manila. Lurking in there are memories and the ghosts of its dark past.”
Last January 30, 2016, I joined the Intramuros Ghost Walk. Ms. Jade Martin told me that I can bring companions with me. I tagged along a friend since walking along the historic Intramuros at night, let alone doing a dark tour and exploring paranormal, is no fun if you’re not sharing the experience with a friend.
The Intramuros Ghost Walk started around 7PM. All the ghost walk participants were gathered by our guide, Sir Clyde Casipit. We were a briefing. We were told to avoid using flash photography if we want a chance to capture ghosts; to stay calm, always breathe in and out to avoid possession (this scared me a little); in case you encounter something paranormal, do not panic or scream; STAY CALM again and most importantly, have fun! It’s showing signs of rain that night, and it worried some participants. But Sir Clyde assured us that it won’t rain in a manner so cool, like he did some sort of magic to prevent the rain from falling (and he’s right, it didn’t rain).
What is the Intramuros Ghost Walk
My first impression when I heard about the Intramuros ghost walk is that it’s similar to a ghost hunt. But Ms. Jade martin, one of the organizers, said that the intramuros ghost walk is not a ghost hunting event. This is a dark tour, an Intramuros tour with a twist. If ever we experience something paranormal, consider that a bonus. Ms. Jade also said that they decided to conduct the ghost walk as a way to rekindle the people’s interest in Intramuros. I am glad to be able to be one of the participants because this is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long while.
I am not going to tell every ghost stories and every turns we made in Intramuros. I would want you to experience this for yourself. But I will tell some stories and events that I find interesting. As the name suggests, the Intramuros Ghost Walk is a 3-hour walk around the walled city at night. Be prepared to get your feet working. Wear comfortable shoes. The path is not always easy, some are rocky. Natapilok pa nga ako. It’s composed of 2 parts with a 15-minute break in between. The second part is my favorite, darker and more demonic. By around 10PM, we’re done where we started from. I am happy to finally be able to explore Intramuros, and to explore it with this kind of twist is more than I asked for.