"The Pansol House"
Virgilio F. De leon Jr.
My Aunt and Uncle bought a private pool house in the heart of Pansol , Laguna a couple of years back.My Mom told me that they envisioned this place as a family retreat. A place where the family would gather , have fun and commune with each other. There was no way of knowing that there would be other things that would welcome us and commune with us there.
On my third visit to the Pansol Pool House (as I call it) , I found myself in the advance party.It was actually great being first because my daughter Aven and my sister Nadine were all itching to go for a swim so when My Mama Rose sent out the invitations they could barely contain their excitement while travelling to the place.
The house was a beautiful 3 storey structure and the different rooms formed a square enclosure around the pool. Later that night my cousins and I were chatting in the Southern Corner room. The Southern corner had 2 big rooms side by side and a bathroom that formed the corner with one of these rooms. When I went out to go to this bathroom I saw a slim mirror on the bottom of the stairs leading to the 3rd floor. I saw a face in it. I also began feeling others. They were so strong that even with someone who has limited sensing abilities like me could distinctly feel them. A Small Child , A lonely Woman and a Man. They were not coming near me. I could not see them but I knew they were there.
I told my cousin Grace about this. I told her that there was really something in this house. She in turn confirmed to me one story about the room right next to ours. She told me about a group of people who tried to rent the place one weekend. They got so scared that even though it was 2 in the morning that they decided to pack their things and leave. Apparently they saw a woman sitting on the double decker bed. No one but a single caretaker was there. They were so spooked that they left in that ungodly hour. It confirmed the lonely lady that I felt. I told her that the ghosts seemed a bit restless tonight.
Events happened that same night while I was not in the Pansol house.A couple of my cousins and I went to fetch my brother Aj in the port of Batangas.It was about 2 hours drive back and forth so as we travelled the events were transpiring.I only knew about them around 10pm.
My cousin Grace recounted the events. Her Son JM and my niece Ysabel were playing in the South Corner room when the door slammed shut by itself. Ysabel tried to open the door and at first thought that it was just stuck. They cried out for help and the adults responded immediately. The door knob was easily removed and everything that went with it. The door was still stuck. This was a door that worked perfectly just a few minutes ago.My niece Ysabel was crying. They could see everyone through the now empty door knob but they could not get out.It was as if something was playfully holding the door. I hated being right about ghosts but I believe this was the small child I felt earlier. This event ended as suddenly as it started.
The same thing happened to the bathroom a few minutes later. One of my Aunts got trapped there as well.The door knob had to be removed too. These were well maintained rooms and these doors were fine. The people in the South Corner room had to sleep with a hole in the door. Somebody was really pissed in the 2nd floor And because I usually wake up at dawn I flipped over the slim mirror. I am not really in the mood to see any faces when I answer the call of nature at let us say 3am.
So what about the 3rd entity? The ghost of the man. Well he let his presence be felt the following day. In the Pansol house was an Indoor Jacuzzi room. This was an entertainment area which was found directly below the South Corner room.When most of the family slept some of the household help decided to have a drunken party of their own here. One of my Aunts , Tita Ganda was one of the first people who entered the room. She felt something there in the early morning but decided that it was nothing. She would develop severe back pains later. The pains would not stop and since she was allergic to most pain medications we had to sift through my moms medicines until we found one that was ok. The pain continued and my Mama Alice who seemed to be able to sense the same things that I did told her that something was odd and Tita Ganda told her about the presence she felt in the Jacuzzi room. They went their together and Tita Ganda asked forgiveness for the trespass and like magic the severe pain in her back was relieved. Could it be the pain medication that I gave her working? Could it be the massage that my mom gave her? Whatever it was she was ok when she left that room.
I have not been back to the Pansol house since that eventful week but I am sure to go back. Ghosts aside it is always fun to hang out with my family. And maybe when I get to meet these not so friendly ghosts they could finally tell me why they are scaring people out of their wits.