I entitled this story in Spanish (which literally means 'White Lady in Laguna') to emphasize the girl's description.
Before I start my story, I would like to reiterate a disclaimer. I have not experienced it first hand but most of my relatives did so, I guess, I better share it here. I will use my relatives' initials so readers will not be confused.
It happened in one of the municipalities of the province of Laguna in the Philippines. My mom's sister (with her family) lives there up until now. Every summer and Christmas vacation, my other cousins and I usually stay there to have fun, relax and bond with our relatives.
I can no longer recall the exact year the incident happened but I think I was between 9-12 years old back then. J, K, Jr (my cousins), G (my younger sister) and I were always together doing stuff. Sometimes we play outside, or indoors, or have some food trippings, or just chill and share ghost stories. As kids, for the sake of sharing, we tend to imagine things and create a story and just be persuasive enough so that others may feel that the story was real. So, I shared them about my made-up story about a white lady in our home. I made sure that it will look very real so they will be scared, thus, making my story believable.
When it was J's turn, by the way, J and Jr were brothers, he told us about this certain lady, dressed in old Spanish looking white kamiseta, with hair tied in a perfect bun, with neck collar, but no one can see her face. Of course, I thought, just like me, J was just making up that story. As he continued his story, this lady, who was mostly seen roaming around the subdivision club house, was already famous within the homeowners.
Some saw her walking towards the playground. Some saw her standing near a tree in the same club house. Or sometimes, just walking without specific direction and then vanish into thin air. Some claimed to have been visited by this lady right in their own homes.
That same night when my cousins and I were sharing ghost stories, my aunt told us to call it a night and have a sleep since we will be going to an amusement park the next day and we need to prepare and to have enough energy.
The next day, I remember the adults and some older cousins talking at the veranda. My uncle said that after my aunt has put us to sleep, he heard some unrecognizable noise in the living room so he went outside their room to check. No one was there except a silhouette of a lady sitting near the dining room. Since uncle has a bad eyesight, he thought the lady was my older cousin. He shrugged it off and just told the lady to sleep. The odd thing was, that Jn just came home that morning because she slept in her best friend's house also in that subdivision. So, there's no way she will be in the house that night.
Others may say, maybe my uncle was just imagining things since he has bad eyesight, and it's night time, with dim lights coming from the front yard. But no, after that incident, a group of young adults (college students doing their thesis) said that they actually saw a lady entering the house. They were actually scared for what they saw because of the infamous white lady. It was near the time when my uncle saw the silhouette.
Another incident was when we were playing outside. We were so mischievous when we were young. We press the door bells of the neighboring houses then even before they open the gate, we run as fast as we could so the people of the house will not see us. One time, my younger sister pressed a door bell of a big house. We ran as fast as we could but my sister did not. We went back to her and told her to go and run so the owner of the house will not catch us. But she said that, there's no need to run because the owner already saw us. She said that there's a lady voice from the inside who shouted at us. From what she heard, it said "Hoy! Tigilan nyo na yan." (Hey! Stop that). My cousin Jr peeked at the inside of the house and he said that indeed there was a lady sitting in a chair but he can't see the face. The lady seemed to be doing something in her clothes. We all then said our apologies to the lady.
But, before we leave, a car stopped and a family of four alighted. They were the owners of the house. Jr told the guy who was the same age as him, that a lady shouted at us. Well, we thought that's their aunt or older cousin. But, the guy said that no one was there. They all left to go to Batangas 2 days ago and they just came back. So, the question was, WHO WAS THAT LADY WHO SHOUTED AT US? The lady that my cousin saw doing something in her clothes.
I am trying to recall the other stories but since I was very young that time, I already forgot them. All I know is that the white lady has come to the knowledge of the community priest so I heard they made some rituals. Some houses were renovated. In fact my aunt and uncle's house were also renovated. I haven't gone to Laguna for a long time now so I am not sure if the infamous white lady still scares the place.
From what I heard also, there's a story of a girl who went missing during the Spanish era. She was found later on a creek (the place where the club house is located), dead. No one knew what exactly happened to her. There's also a story circulating that she was raped and killed. Or, some said that she was actually an ilustrado (elite) based on the dress she was wearing, who fell in love with an indio (poor) who betrayed her and with that, she killed herself. Some also said that since she's an ilustrado, her family never approved of her relationship with an indio so she killed herself.
Neither of the theories were proven. Whether she was killed or took her own self, no one will now. I will ask my cousins bout this lady when we got together soon.