Just in time for Halloween, do you know of some scary and spooky places in Cagayan de Oro? There are many but for some, perhaps the scariest place in Cagayan de Oro City today could be the Hall of Justice located along Archbishop Hayes Street.
The building was built over the old public cemetery. When the city government decided to relocate the resting place for the departed loved ones in what is now Bolonsiri Pubic Cemetery in Barangay Camaman-an, relatives were informed of the said transfer. Some moved the remains (bones) of their buried relatives to Bolonsiri while others had them transferred to new private memorial parks. However, some stories tell that there are still “unclaimed” bones that remained at the site and this accordingly haunts the Hall of Justice.
The Bolonsiri Public Cemetery… photo by Erwin Roa.
The horror stories tell of weird or unexplained occurrences at night such as: the sound of someone encoding on a computer; sounds of people talking when there’s nobody except the roving night guard; a peripheral vision of someone passing behind you or another guard roving ahead of you; footsteps and even cries. Security guards detailed at night are getting used to it and simply just ignore them but at first it really was scary. Do you know of someone doing overtime work at the Hall of Justice?
Hayes Street was formerly named Victoria Street and a lot of horror stories are also told about this street in olden times. Because the south side of the street is where the old cemetery lies, old horse drawn carriages in the city called “tartanillas” often speed up their pace without stopping when passing the area at night. And when the motorela was born, the same stories were repeated all over again about a lady in white stopping at the cemetery at night. This story also became the basis for some hair raising jokes about the white lady.
The Hall of Justice stands at the eastern end of the old cemetery which accordingly is the site of a famous masonic pyramid tomb.
This is Hayes Street today. I guess no more horror stories to share in modern times….
Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes along Capistrano Street – well it’s a no-brainer…where wakes are held, you would always think of some ghost stories. As a friend of mine who’s son previously worked as a mortician, sounds of sobbing are usually heard even when there’s no wake…and here’s the creepy thing, you hear them inside the comfort room. Photo below from PhilippineDailyPhotos.
The Sendong Aftermath – in the nights that followed, taxi and motorela drivers tell of horror stories about the area from Rodelsa Circle towards Tibasak in Macasandig. At that time and even up to this day, many are still missing and presumed dead from the flood. Stories about seeing people in dirty clothes flagging down taxi cabs along the way in the area which was still without light and power, were common. At that time, Tibasak was a ghost town and taxi and motorela drivers refused to take passengers to Tibasak, afraid of seeing and worse, getting flagged down by “persons in dirty clothes”. Photo below shows Rodelsa Circle 2 weeks after Sendong.
There are many private establishments in the city with tales as being haunted like the Acero House along Capistrano Street which I have posted before. (read my post HERE)
Fernandez Street was formerly named Dolores Street and is the road which connects St. Augustine Cathedral to the old public cemetery. Several decades ago, funeral marches are common along this street. Read about the ghost story along the old Dolores Street HERE.
Did you know that Tomas Saco was also “haunted street” before? … and how about the floating lady along Capistrano Street? Read the horror tales HERE.
Most common “haunted houses” are the large ancestral houses.
Many haunted stories also refer to some boarding houses along Tiano Bros. Street and along Corrales Extension.
Hospitals are also not spared from these scary stories. Of course, the stench of death and the morgue is not unusual in hospitals, which is why these stories also exist.
Schools are no exception either…many ghost stories in some schools in the city are also told. Did you know that Liceo de Cagayan University High School Building used to be a hospital?
Have you slept inside the guest house of Department of Health?
Taxi drivers often feel something different along Macapagal Drive (going to PN Roa Subd. near Calaanan Creek-Bridge).
How about you? Do you have ghost stories to tell?