Haunted House Hunting
It seems 2013 is my year for visiting creepy old houses. To prove it, the first place we visited on January 1st of 2013 is the famous Bahay na Pula (Red House) in San Ildefonso, Bulacan. It's along the National Highway, right on the left side, after the town proper so you really can't miss it. If you regularly travel to San Miguel, Bulacan or up to Nueva Ecija, you've probably seen this house that I'm referring to.
That fateful morning, we were on our way to visit my mom's side of the family in Bulacan, when we decided to drop by the Bahay na Pula. I've been there a couple times before, but the last time I actually went inside was when I was a kid. Back then, the house still had its furnishings and some of the bedrooms upstairs even came with a skull or two. Yep. Creepy much? Hehehe!
My mom used to have sleep overs with her friends in this house when they were kids, and she said that they heard stuff like chains dragging on the hardwood floor, balls and coins bouncing down the stairs... And there was also this story about how there was hidden treasure underneath the house. Old folks said that it's guarded by snakes, so whenever people tried to dig, they didn't get anything because snakes just came out of the earth. Not a big fan of snakes, so... *SHIVER*
Anyway, we're lucky that the caretakers of the Bahay na Pula are some of our relatives, so we were allowed to go inside when we visited early this year.
It was kind of disappointing to see the current state of the inside of the house. It's been pretty much gutted. The narra furniture were all gone, there was dust everywhere, and the 2nd floor was already sagging.
In the picture above, you'll see my dad standing at the entrance to the 2nd floor. It looks like one big open space now, but there were actually several rooms there. It was creepier back then when it still had doors and corridors. Now, it just looks like one old, sad place. :(
For some weird reason, the stairs really gave me the creeps. Even now, just looking at the pictures still gives me goosebumps. Haha! We didn't really hear or see anything when we went there, but being the scaredy-cat that I am, I was still pretty scared while we were inside the house.
I don't know for certain who owns the house, and for the life of me, I don't know why I didn't ask. But they must be filthy rich to not pay any mind to this big old property in Bulacan. The lot area's pretty huge, and though the house is mostly useless by now, they can still probably sell the wood and just build a new one. Haha!
I would really love to visit the Bahay na Pula after dark, just to see if I'll have any freaky encounters. But then again... Maybe not. LOL!
If you're thinking that the house looks familiar, well, you're right. You've probably seen it in some Filipino horror movies. This is also the house where they shot Oka Tokat, a Filipino horror tv series that started in 1997 and ended sometime in 2002. :)