Yes, I do believe in ghosts. I’m totally not afraid of ghosts, and I’ve been known to make fun of my friends when they jump during horror movies. I recently saw a viral photo of a ghost inside Museo Parian – 1730 Jesuit House in Cebu, and it gave me goosebumps.
Well, it wasn’t really my encounter. It was actually a picture that was taken in the Museo Parian sa Sugbo. The photo was of a group of people standing in a room of the museum. Something in the corner caught my eye. I looked a little closer, and I saw someone wearing black, flowy clothing, watching over the room.
I zoomed in and realized it wasn’t someone. It was something. More specifically, it looked like a ghost. Okay, stop rolling your eyes, and let me explain. A little bit of history goes a long way with this. The Museo Parian is one of the oldest houses in the Philippines. This is actually an 18th-century house. When a house has been around that many years, it’s seen its fair share of death, and this house is no exception.
There is an oral legend of a man who murdered seven Jesuits, felt remorseful, and carved a crucifix on a wall outside the house. Many believe the murdered priests have remained in the place as caretakers. That’s where this gets creepy. If you know anything about Jesuit priests, you know they wear black clothing. It’s not just any black clothing, either. It is kind of like a robe. It could be described as flowy. So that’s when the hairs on the back of my neck stood up.
While I’m still not one to jump on every ghost story out there, I have to admit I believe a little bit more than I did when I first saw that picture. In fact, I believe enough that I might just have to go back there soon and check it out for myself.