- Statues all around the Philippines that were unintentionally terrifying.
- Statues are meant to be for the glory but these statues are just borderline creepy.
- Encountering these may or may not creep you out.
All around the Philippines, people may or may not have gotten scared upon encountering these statues. It may be unsettling to look at them but they are remarkable on their own way. They may be made just to scare or not, these statues are unintentionally creepy and terrifying.
Headless Statue in Legazpi City
This headless statue was supposed to be a tribute for Bicolanos who fought during the World War II. The story was that one of the laborers back in the day found a headless body clothed in soldier’s uniform. The body was found in the port of Barangay Sabang after the war ended. The port used to be the execution area of the Japanese and this headless man was one of their victims.
Conferencia ng mga Multo in Davao City
There are a lot of unsettling statues in GAP Farming Resort but the most terrifying of all was the cyclops inside a cave. The story behind this statue was that skulls with only one eye were found in this tunnel which was made during the World War II era. According to the management of the resort, the statues, including the cyclops, were made to educate visitors not to scare them away.
The Owl Saint in Eastern Samar
Before the Spanish colonization, owls are venerated as deities or feared as carriers of misfortune since they usually come around during the night. People believe that whoever made this wanted to combine Christianity with the beliefs about owls.
La Muerte in Argao, Cebu
This statue is said to be a reminder for people to prepare for untimely demise. If that’s not creepy enough, they parade it across the town for the Good Friday procession. The statue is the grim reaper carrying a scythe and an hourglass. The local church claims that it shouldn’t be compared to the Santa Muerte or St. Death cults in Mexico and Latin American countries because it is only a mere reminder and visual symbol for death.
Sta. Rita de Cascia in Siquijor
She is the patron saint of abused wives that can be located in Sta. Maria Church in Siquijor. She is carrying an inverted cross and a skull. She is also known as the Black Magic Mary to locals and other tourists. It is rumored that the skull that she carries is from a real human man who beheaded his wife for unknown reasons. The creepier part is that there are rumors that the saint roams around the town at night and haunts men who abuses their wife.
Don Simeon Bernardo’s Tombstone in Malabon
The statue is St. Michael being stepped over by Satan. It is known that this statue specifically means that Satan will dominate the world and mankind. Don Simeon Bernardo was rumored to be a very religious person until he was tortured by the Spanish government when they thought he was a part of a revolution. He lost his faith and asked his children to put this on top of his tomb to remind everyone that Satan will dominate the world.
The Weeping Virgin Mary in La Union
A lot of statues are known to weep blood but this is different. In February 1993, the statue used to belong to the family of a self-professed visionary, Judiel Nieva. He claimed that the Virgin Mary was sending him messages and that she will show herself to him when the time comes. In March the same year, a priest was officiating a Holy Mass and claimed to see the Virgin Mary’s shadow above a guava tree. In the same event, a crowd claimed to see different colors from different parts of the sky.
Creepy statues or not, we should still appreciate the craft which is sculpting. The time, effort, blood and energy that sculptors put in building and creating these statues is simply unimaginable.