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Oct 30, 2017
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There is something about Noli De Castro appearing out of thin air and breaking out his signature baritone to open an Undas episode of Magandang Gabi Bayan (MGB).

Brought back last year under the title Kababalaghan, the news magazine program became a part of pop culture as Halloween sustenance Filipinos, especially those who grew up in the '90s. MGB's concept of aswangs and white ladies was enough reason for us to (partly) cover our eyes with hands or hide under a blanket.

While lacking in aesthetic quality, these classic episodes no doubt left a mark in every viewer looking for a scare during the November holidays. These are the attributes that made Kabayan's horror report nightmare-inducing:


Wakwak hasn't always been a high-end neighborhood. MGB specials may not have the best production value but still managed to keep us awake at night.

Who knew that there was such a thing as an aswang confessional? These often include actual documentation, which can make or break a story.

For some reason, supernatural anecdotes set in provinces are usually more credible. Also, no-name actors make every re-enactment more authentic.

Paranormal activity caught on camera always gives us the chills. Although it just isn't the same once Noli's daughter Kat started filling in for him...

As if cemeteries weren't creepy enough, the magazine show shines a flashlight into its dark corners. This is where Rated K got the idea for its scary segments.

Props to the MGB team for going on these haunted immersions. Even with a whole crew shooting Kabayan, it takes a lot of balls to do those campy intros.

Another classic backdrop for these encounters with the dead are centuries-old universities. It was natural for a olcal academic institutions to have an eerie atmosphere.

The main takeaway from these Undas episodes? There is more than one kind of female spirit that we should be wary of—ghost ladies come in white, red, and black.

 

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