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Scary roads in the Philippines

There will always be areas--regardless of whether you're in a car or on foot--that will raise the hair on the back of our necks. It's only natural, after all. It doesn't matter if it's because of the route's less-than-perfect safety record, or tales of white ladies and other paranormal figures lurking about in the dark. We all have that one place that scares us.

We've driven and ridden through plenty of roads on the edge of our seats--Halsema Highway, Tagaytay National Highway and even some right here in Metro Manila. Here are some of the places we'd hate to drive through alone:

* Paulo Rafael Subido, print associate editor: Loakan Road in Baguio. Lots of ghost stories, and I've had my share of paranormal encounters.

* Raynand Olarte, art director: Sumulong Highway. The road going down from Antipolo to Marcos Highway--especially past 2am because it's very dark. It has dangerous turns and corners, too. Pair them with speeding jeeps, trucks and motorcycles, and you get the point.

* Jason dela Cruz, test drive editor: Those WTF roads Waze lead you to, especially at night. 'Yung may talahib tapos mukhang pwede kang ma-ambush.

* Aris Ilagan, motorcycle editor: Tagaytay National Highway. I always have goose bumps when I pass through the twisty portions, knowing that lots of riders have been killed in the area due to vehicular accidents. When it's night time and foggy, I tend to imagine spirits walking in the middle of the road, flagging down motorists.

* Chira dela Cruz, multimedia producer: The traffic jam at North harbor pier, and then Waze led me to a shortcut. I regretted taking it because of the narrow roads, which didn't make my trip any faster . Not exactly a ghost story, but still scary for someone driving alone at midnight.

* Drei Laurel, online editorial assistant: The Addition Hills area past 12am. It's dark, empty and easy to get lost if you're not familiar with the area--the place just really gives me the creeps. Whenever I find myself passing through, I turn on the lights, turn up the music and try to restrain myself from checking the rearview mirror every 5 seconds.

* Jason Tulio, online staff writer: The back roads of Zambales at night. Nothing but you, a dark road, and trucks driving over 100kph from the opposite direction.

* Dinzo Tabamo, online associate editor: Do any of you guys have any scary routes you'd like to share with us? Duwag na kung duwag. Magkaalaman na lahat tayo.

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Drei Laurel
Online Editorial Assistant
Drei's passion for driving began not behind the wheel of a car, but in front of a keyboard and computer screen, playing 'Need For Speed' for hours on end with his twin brother.
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