By Efren Montano
IF ever you visit Malacañang, don’t ignore the creepy balete tree standing majestically in front of it. Discreetly, say “hi” even if there’s nobody around. Chances are, a ‘kapre’ is watching you. His name is Mr. Brown. Inside the Palace, the ghost of former Press Secretary Cerge Remonde could also be waiting.
According to Maestro Mystico, Malacañang staffers have also felt the presence of other ghosts inside the former office of Remonde. They have often heard footsteps which they believe belong to the former press secretary of ex-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Maestro, however, quickly added that good spirits also roam the Palace grounds. They neutralize whatever bad intentions the evil ghouls are planning on Malacañang’s human occupants and visitors.
The psychic said the naughtiest of Malacañang’s invisible residents is cigar-smoking Mr. Brown. Many members of the Presidential Security Guard, and some say even former President Corazon Aquino, have allegedly seen this towering ‘kapre’ who lives in the balete tree in front of the Palace.
A seasoned hardener in Malacañang said Mr. Brown started living in the sprawling grounds during the American occupation. The paranormal being reportedly feels insulted if he is ignored by passersby. Urban legend says anybody who gets his ire usually meets some kind of tragedy or accident. Thus, it is reportedly advisable for those who pass by the tree to at least smile or say hi, even though there is nobody in sight.
Maestro says photos of ghosts and Mr. Brown in Malacañang can be captured by digital or cellphone cameras.
President Benigno Aquino III has reportedly felt the bad vibes sent by evil spirits haunting Malacañang.