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I would like to share with you a portion of my interview for a production company.
In your opinion, what is a ghost?
A ghost is a spirit of the dead that comes back to haunt the living.
How can you say that a place is haunted?
A place is considered haunted if ghostly manifestations are being experienced in it. Usually, in a haunted location, there are unexplained phenomena such as sightings of apparitions, strange sounds, disembodied voices, missing objects coming back after a few hours or days, things moving on their own, pets reacting towards something unseen, to mention a few.
Why do you think Corregidor is classified as a haunted place?
Corregidor is classified haunted because a lot of tourists who went there and even the locals encountered strange phenomena. In addition to that, almost every photographer captured ghosts on photos without the intention to do so. Pieces of evidence on the haunting in Corregidor were mostly documented.
Experiencing these things in Corregidor is no longer surprising because a lot of lives were lost there during the war. There's been a lot of traumatic events and sufferings.
Why do some spirits remain Earthbound in Corregidor?
Number one reason why spirits still linger is attachment. This applies not only to the spirits in Corregidor but also, anywhere else. They couldn't leave something or someone behind. They might have unfinished businesses or unfulfilled missions. They may be longing to communicate with their loved ones. It is also possible that some of them are not yet aware that they're already dead; especially, if their death is sudden.
Do you believe there are ghosts or spirits in Corregidor? Do you have any idea who they are?
Because of the history of the place, I do believe that there are lingering spirits in Corregidor. They can be the spirits of those who died there, which means a mixture of Japanese, American and Filipino soldiers or staff.
It is also possible that some of the ghosts people see in the place are just residual haunting because there are also reports about seeing tanks, guns; and hearing explosions, gunshots, soldiers marching and people wailing. They may just be imprints or recorded memories trapped in the environment and they play back on certain occasions. Patterns that repeat over and over again.
Why are some people seeing orbs and others are seeing human forms?
Orbs can just be particles hit by light. If seeing orbs is not supported by other evidence, we cannot just consider those as anomalies. On the other hand, if an orb is authentic, it can be a spirit that hasn't completed its form yet.
A ghost that has a lot of energy, or is strong enough on that particular occasion, is capable of showing itself as a full-bodied apparition.
What can be done to release these Earthbound Spirits?
Ghosts, whether they are intelligent haunting or residual haunting, will move on in time and that is something inevitable. Time serves as an important factor. As it heals all wounds, it can also make certain haunting gradually disappear.
However, for residual haunting or imprints, renovating the place and doing major rearrangements can help in slowly dusting them away.
For intelligent haunting or intelligent ghosts, they will move on once they've learned to let go of their attachment, whatever it is.
What should one do if they encounter a spirit while visiting Corregidor?
If you are visiting Corregidor and you encounter a spirit, do not panic because as far as I know, nothing in the place is harmful. Pay respect as much as possible because we know that these souls died serving their countries.
Instead of focusing on the idea that Corregidor is a haunted location, consider it as a shrine dedicated to these people who sacrificed their lives so that we can obtain freedom.
The author, Jade Martin, is the founder and creator of Center for Paranormal Studies, Profilers of the Unknown and Intramuros Ghost Walk. She is also a Businesswoman, Life and Business Coach, Author, Singer and Songwriter, Ghost Tour Operator, Paranormal Investigator and Consultant, Energy Healer, Hypnotherapist, Past Life Regression Therapist, Numerologist and Tarot Reader. Please join Center for Paranormal Studies.