The Manila Film Center: A Place For 169 Horrifying Deaths

Manila Film CenterA large section of scaffolding gave way at the Philippines Cultural Center complex in Pasay City. 169 workers fell to their death in the accident that morning, and what is more scary is that they landed in the rapid drying cement below and were sealed in.

What is even more frightening is the speculation that the Philippines first lady who was on site during the accident gave the order to seal their bodies in, although their bodies could have been recovered. To this day, under the orchestra pit, 169 bodies are buried in the cement. Welcome to the Manila Film Center…

The speculation that Imelda Marcos had ordered the bodies buried under the cement may simply be urban legend, but if it’s real it does have some founding. The Manila Film Center was Imelda’s pet project and her pride and joy.

At the time of the accident the center was already behind schedule, with a major event on the calendar. Future guests would include the likes of Ben Kingsley, Robert Duvall, and George Hamilton. Following the accident the Marcos administration immediately locked down the building, not allowing anybody in or out including ambulance staff until almost 9 hours later – long after the cement had dried.

There are of course those that are dead set on drowning the legend of the Manila Film Center and the tragedy that occurred there, not to mention doing away with any paranormal reputation to the building.

Wikipedia reports simply that the GMA Network’s investigative show i-Witness proved that “all 169 workers were traced and the records show that not more than a dozen died”, then going on to state that all had been retrieved from the cement. Reading the actual article posted by iWitness you learn that by “proved” they mean “didn’t find any evidence either way” and simply chose which side of the story to report as the truth.

In the years since the Manila Film Center’s closing as a film center in 1990, it has been home to several organizations including Philippine government organizations, such as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

None of these organizations hung around for very long. In fact the only type of organizations to repeatedly frequent the center are the numerous paranormal investigations teams, some of which have turned up startlingly high levels of phenomenon, including sporadic radiation levels detected via portable Geiger equipment, as well as a number of recordings via electronic voice phenomena (EVP).

In the years since the Manila Film Center’s closing as a film center in 1990, it has been home to several organizations including Philippine government organizations, such as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). None of these organizations hung around for very long.

In fact the only type of organizations to repeatedly frequent the center are the numerous paranormal investigations teams, some of which have turned up startlingly high levels of phenomenon, including sporadic radiation levels detected via portable Geiger equipment, as well as a number of recordings via electronic voice phenomena (EVP).

Today the building is in use once again as a theatre. It’s run under the name of “Amazing Philippine Theatre,” which is reportedly a hotspot amongst Korean Tourists.

Whether or not the massive film center is in fact a tomb containing the bodies of 169 workers we may never know for fact, but most if not all of the people who have been inside the building will tell you that there is something horrifying just beyond the peripheral within its walls.

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