Where: Gatuslao St., Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Travel time from Silay Airport: 27 minutes
Recommended budget: PhP200 (includes an allowance for transportation and food)
The trapped souls that were found below the building are associated with the disturbing appearances and noises at night.
Image: Renson Aguilar Robles
During World War II, the Provincial Capitol Office was occupied and used as a prison by the Japanese Imperial Army. After the war, an escape tunnel and human skeletons were found beneath the building. The guards who were stationed at night heard pounding of piano keys, footsteps on the stairs, dragging of chains, and doors shaking inside the building. Some also claim to have seen a headless priest, a Japanese soldier, and a huge dark creature known as the kapre (tree giant). They would suddenly appear, but when you try to look closely, you never see a face and they swiftly disappear.
How to go to the Provincial Capitol Lagoon from Silay Airport: Outside the airport, find a van that is bound for Bacolod City. Since the Provincial Capitol is located at the heart of the city, you can ask the driver to drop you off at the capitol. Get off at the North Capitol Road then walk a few meters to the main entrance of the building.