4 pre-undas tours that explore Manila’s scary spots 2
The cross on top of the facade of the Saint Pancratius Chapel in Paco Park, Manila. Photo by Ramon F. Velasquez on Wikimedia Commons

Explore the dark side of Luneta, Paco Park, Chinese Cemetery in these Halloween walking tours

Anyone who said it will be a boring pre-undas weekend just haven’t checked out the events cooked up at these iconic Manila spots
ANCX Staff | Oct 29 2021

Stuck at home like most of us for Halloween? Well, we found three activities for you—each not only geared to supply the scares but also enrich your knowledge about Manila’s history, heritage and architecture. Now if stepping out this weekend is what you’ve been looking forward to, we also have a couple of frightful (but hopefully fun) suggestions. 

Tales of the Tsinoy Underworld

First, there’s Tales of the Tsinoy Underworld, A Virtual Tour of the Manila Chinese Cemetery. The tour is co-presented by the travel group Old Manila Walks and noted Manila tour guide Ivan Man Dy. It will “walk” audiences through the history of the famed burial grounds as well as World War ll memorials. The virtual tour will also, as per Man Dy, touch on “the old sections of the cemetery with eclectic funerary architecture from Chinese Gothic to Art Deco mausoleums.” 

3:00 PM | 30 October | Saturday

Live exclusively on Zoom

Fee: ₱300.00

📝 Register at https://bit.ly/TalesTsinoyUnderworld

For questions, email chinatownmuseumph@gmail.com

Luneta After Dark

From the Chinese Cemetery, hop onto Rizal Park which isn’t all balloons and weekend picture-taking as you may know. It has its own dark past, and that’s what Luneta After Dark promises to explore in this online night tour of the park. Benjamin Canapi of WanderManila, a group that specializes in bespoke tours, will guide guests to the different execution sites in this famous family-bonding destination. 

7:00 PM | 31 October | Sunday 

Catch it on the National Parks Development Committee Facebook Page

WanderManila's One Night

Last year’s One Night in Intramuros was so much fun that WanderManila is at it again. Before it explores the dark side of Rizal Park on Sunday, the group will be traversing the dark histories of Manila’s iconic places and structures: the Philippine General Hospital for one, the Arroceros Forest Park, and the Malacañang Palace no less. “Manila's history has its share of violence and blood, of strife and death, and these acts echo well into the present, manifesting in various ways,” says the invite. “The smell of flowers when there are none, the mysterious footsteps in an empty building, the shadowy figures at the corner of your eye.” 

9:00 | 30 October | Saturday 

Catch it on WanderManila's Facebook Page

Absolutely free.


Now for those who would like to step out of their homes for a change, the National Parks Development Committee is staging a rare tour of historic Paco Park with a paranormal expert on hand. This photogenic park is famously the spot where the priests Gomez, Burgos and Zamora were buried, although younger people might remember it as the setting for John Lloyd and Bea’s romance in “Miss You Like Crazy.” 

According to the NPDC Facebook post, this tour is limited to 15 fully vaccinated participants (18 to 65 years old) per tour day who will register online.


Cinema Scare

6:00 | October 30 and 31 | Sat and Sunday

Individually fill out the registration form here: https://bit.ly/3bfhW4P

Finally, for those who just want to be in Luneta this weekend and watch a movie, catch a public screening of the restored and remastered crowd pleaser “Magic Kingdom” from Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes, directors of the most beloved episodes of the “Shake, Rattle and Roll” franchise. 

The screening is limited to 100 fully vaccinated participants (18 to 65 years old) per screening day who will register online. 

6:00 PM | Oct 30 and 31 | Sat and Sunday 

Rizal Park Open Air Auditorium