The Manila Film Centre is a national building located in Pasay City, in the Philippines. From 18th to the 29th of January 1982 the building was the main theatre for the 1st Manila International Festival. A great deal of consultation went into the building and over 4,000 workers working in shifts across 24 hours. Unisco’s input was considered invaluable in parts of the design.

In 1981 about 3am on the 17th November an awful accident occurred. The buildings scaffolding collapsed and at least 168 workers fell and were buried in the quick drying cement. Marcos administration immediately imposed security there and they would not allow rescuers or ambulances to the site. This was because they would not allow them on the site until an official statement had been prepared. They were finally allowed there nine hours later.

In 2005 GMA Network’s i-witness produced a documentary that stated all 168 workers were traced, a dozen died and the bodies were recovered for a proper burial. However there are stories that this was a cover up and that workers were willingly buried alive in the concrete.

The building had been leased on various occasions and is currently in use. In 2013, it had a three-hour fire that had costly damages but fortunately no casualties.

The events of 1981 have led to an urban legend that before rescuers made it in the workers there were entombed alive. The bodies were left in hardened concrete slabs and “spirit questors” confirmed that the spirits are crying out for their recovery and a proper burial.

I could find no particular experiences listed that could give me more about the paranormal side but probably because this is an urban legend that has sprang up around a tragedy.

Here is a little video about the history of the place.

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