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Is Malacañang Palace haunted? Ferdinand Marcos Jr. says he caught ghost sightings many times

By John Patrick Magno Ranara Published Sep 14, 2022 6:22 pm

It seems that the rumors of ghosts roaming around Malacañang Palace's corridors and gardens may be true after all as no less than President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. had experienced their ghostly presence.

Marcos Jr. shared this while giving his longtime supporter amd host Toni Gonzaga a private tour of Malacañang.

In the middle of the tour, Marcos Jr. showed Gonzaga what used to be the Malacañang's private dining room, where he and his family would eat their meals. After pointing to two rooms for guests to stay in, he muttered to the host, "Diyan marami 'yung multo." 

The actress mentioned how Malacañang is known to be haunted by ghosts, which a chuckling Bongbong confirmed.

Whether undead spirits haunt the hallways of the country's seat of power has long been a big question among Filipinos. 

Previous residents of Malacañang said that the presidential sister Imee Marcos had encounted the ghost of former president Manuel L. Quezon in one of the palace rooms during her father's presidency. Some employees have even claimed that they had seen the ghosts of other dead presidents such as Manuel Roxas smoking his cigarette and Carlos Garcia playing at the chessboard.

When asked whether the supernatural entities are the spirits of past presidents, Marcos Jr. answered, "Hindi. Mostly 'yung mga lumilitaw, galing daw noong panahon ng gyera."

He revealed that he experienced many sightings of the ghosts.

"Ang dami nang nangyari, marami talaga dito. Things move when they're not supposed to move kasi walang tao eh, pero makikita mo gumagalaw, tapos kapag dumadaan ka, bumubukas yung pintuan nang hindi mo ginagalaw," he said, before pointing toward the door of the guest rooms.

"It was late at night, alas dos ng umaga, we were just messing around. I tried to open that door and the door opened by itself, just before my hand arrived," Marcos Jr. recalled.

During the tour, he led Gonzaga towards the large balete tree planted at Malacañang's front garden. He briefly mentioned how superstitious his family was as they would frequently place offerings underneath the tree to please the dwarves living in it.

The private tour was posted by Gonzaga on her YouTube account before dropping her interview with the president, which is his first official sit-down interview since becoming president in late June. There, he discussed his presidency, his childhood in Malacañang, and pressing issues that surrounded his first few days as president.