Surprisingly, it wasn’t that easy to get Ateneans to talk about spooky stories and/or urban legends that were circulating on campus. Or maybe I just don’t have enough Atenista friends; but among the ADMU alumni that I am acquainted with, only one was able to share some stories.
After asking around, I finally thought of my friend Mars (not her real name) who is an Atenista and happens to be a walking magnet for the supernatural and the strange. Here’s our spooky conversation:
Math at ADMU seems really tough
Ramil: So, Mars. Did you ever have a supernatural encounter at ADMU—maybe even an ecstatic vision involving St. Ignatius?
Mars: Me, personally? Wala. But in my freshman year, I heard a few stories. There were quite a number, really, but I’d mostly forgotten them.
Anyway, there was supposedly this girl who was failing her math classes. She reached a critical point where she would get kicked out if she didn’t get a really good grade in her finals.
She was a dormer so she’d escape the distractions of the dorm and go to Bellarmine Hall to study. One time, while studying, she met a kindly priest over there who offered to help her with her math subjects. She was happy for the help and they spent about two weeks studying there, nearly every night.
All that effort was worth it, as she finally passed her finals. Feeling very thankful, she went to the Jesuit Residence to see the priest and thank him.
When she got to the Residence, she realized that she never even got the priest’s name. She simply called him “Father” and left it at that. So she described how he looked to the Residence staff. Turns out the priest had died many years ago. He was a math professor who never allowed a single student in his class to fail.
(Note: The ADMU Communications Department used to have its own building. It was in this building that events described here supposedly occurred during the 1990s. In 2007 the Comm Dept was moved to the third floor of the Social Science Building. )
What about the old ADMU Comm Dept? I heard there were some goings-on there.
Oh my gosh! That entire Comm Building was scary as hell! It’s rumored to be a portal to the Other Side.
The other side of Katipunan? The other side of Miriam College?
No, stupid. I’m serious. It was so scary that exorcisms were held there. Mostly, these were done by the Spirit Questors. I don’t know if its supposedly being a Portal is related to the ghostly sightings that were reported. Usually these sightings were reported by dormers. For example, they would see someone passing in front of the second floor windows.
Another story is that of a comfort room in the Comm Building. People would almost always see a girl in the mirror—but she’d always have her back turned. The girl wore white and had long wavy hair. Supposedly, this girl would also be heard laughing or singing in the building.
Also, the area in front of the Comm Building was prone to accidents. One girl was thrown out of her bike all of a sudden. She landed on her head and had to take a leave from school for about a month. The Evil Girl in the Mirror story was revived after that nasty accident.
So no one really knows if the Evil Girl was an ADMU student or just some spirit or elemental that came from the Portal?
I wouldn’t know about that. But there was one story about the ghost of a male student. He supposedly kept haunting the dorm, including the room he shared with a friend, shortly after his death.
His ghost would supposedly leave traces or evidence of his presence. For example, there would be muddy footprints from the room’s entrance to either his bed or his desk. Or his bed would suddenly get messed up. Even though he had died, all this things were still in his dorm room because it took his parents a while, several weeks, before they could take away his stuff.
Sometimes his roommate would hear someone come into the room in the middle of the night. The student who died was a Math major, I think. Or one of those really tough courses with difficult math subjects.
I’m seeing a pattern here. Math at ADMU seems so tough, it doesn’t even let the dead rest in peace.
Shut up. You want to hear the rest of it?
This student was known to study long hours at McDonald’s in Katipunan. Some students who knew him—who did not immediately know about his death—saw him at McDonald’s, studying, even though he was already dead at the time. They even remember walking with him along Esteban Abada, presumably, on the way back to his dorm.
Usually, that student would get back to his dorm room around midnight, and it was at that time that his roommate would usually feel a presence. Sometimes, the roommate would feel someone shifting on the dead student’s bed, or feel someone staring at him in the dark. Of course, the roommate couldn’t stand it for long and vacated the room, eventually.
Wow. That’s… that’s fascinating.
Ang tindi din kasi ng case nun.
Really? Is there a backstory?
He was a scholar, the one shining hope of his family. The backstory is that he was failing in one of his subjects plus he had fallen in love with a guy–who of course did not return the feeling. The day he committed suicide, normal pa din yung routine niya.
He studied for a few hours at McDo but he had an overnight bag with him. He told those who asked that he was going home for the night to his family.
It turned out that he never told his family that he was coming over, so they were not expecting him that night. His brother found him with his mouth frothing, hanging by a rope at their front door. It was found out later that he drank muriatic acid first, with the rope around his neck.
Serves you right for asking.
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