Annicka Dolonius used live in a bedroom haunted by ghost children

Annicka Dolonius

If you’ve seen Pisay, Aureus Solito’s fun and poignant film about being a Philippine Science High School student in the 80’s, then you’ll remember Annicka Dolonius as Wena, the confused, soft-spoken tisay. She is also one of the most stylish, fun people I’ve met. She’s also been included in Preview’s 2009 Creative It List. More recently, you can catch her in director Jason Tan’s awesome Drip music video for “Bloodletting.” I hope to see more of her in different projects soon.

Do you believe in ghosts/ elementals? If yes, have you seen one (or more)? Can you tell us about it?

Absolutely! I haven’t come face to face with one, but encounters definitely! I have little ghostly children in my room in Ortigas (my mother and sisters will back me up on this!!). You can hear their feet running around the room at night, and sometimes they like to play tricks! Like they’ll turn on lights when you’re not looking or open cupboards and stuff. Its kind of creepy now that I think about it, one time one of my hats went flying across the room, I think cause they weren’t comfortable with people who were with me at the time. I don’t know, who knows?? Kids these days!!!

What’s the scariest place you’ve been to? Why was it scary? Did you end up experiencing anything supernatural there? Do you plan to go back?

Hospitals. The smell of dying and disinfectant is just eerie, man. Another place that gives me the creepin’ willies is the hallways of the Manila Peninsula (Bones: heehee TWINS) haha I don’t think it has ANYTHING to do with the Shining, its just really creepy. But then again, I find lots of things creepy.. The open sea, modern art, double jointedness.. but not the supernatural! I think I find comfort in that stuff.

What’s the scariest ghost story you’ve heard?

Ghost stories haven’t freaked me out since i was a ki–Oh waiiit!!! my sisters boyfriend recently told me about the ghost they have on their farm.

I can’t remember how it goes exactly but one of their friends was driving to the farm one night and saw this figure in the window of the farm office. It was a girl with dark hair, and she was just standing there with her back towards him, cause she was facing the wall. so he drove past thinking “thats odd!” and a couple of hours later he drives out AND SHE WAS STILL STANDING THERE!!! the next day he asked around and the guards were like “oh! so you’ve met the farm girl!”

WWAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!! apparently this farm is located near a japanese cemetery or some kind of japanese burial grounds.. THIS IS ALL TRUE!! haha it sounds like something out of a movie.

How has your supernatural experiences (even if they come in the form of secondhand stories) influenced your work?

I don’t know hehe I know they influence my everyday behavior but I guess I don’t really think about it hehe i just love it!! I love the creeps you get from it!! Its like a psychological rollercoaster!!

What advice would you give someone who comes face to face with a ghost/elemental?

I have no idea!! Haha I guess just be cool and don’t freak out! Don’t forget your please and thank-yous! Stop, look, and listen! Flush after use! This side up! haha I have no CLUE.


Yvette Natalie U. Tan is a multi-awarded author of horror fiction and the Agriculture section editor of Manila Bulletin.

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