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Virtual Tours for a Spooky & Magical Halloween at Home

Halloween 2020 is going to be a little different from past year’s celebrations. Actual ghost hunting tours, trick-or-treating, grand costume party balls and leisure travel is discouraged due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, it’s still possible to have fun at home.

Here are a few virtual tours and online events you can attend to celebrate the spooky season.

Wander Manila’s “One Night in Intramuros”

Intramuros is still closed to tourists, but netizens can explore the “Walled City” from the comforts of their homes.Wander Manila, a touring and experiential group that specializes in custom private tours, will be streaming a tour called “One Night in Intramuros” on October 30 at 9 p.m. via their Facebook Page.

The virtual tour promises to explore the Walled City “from the shadows and the dark corners.” The stories based on historical accounts and have been vetted by the Intramuros Administration itself will cover “tales of intrigue, of passion and jealousy, of violence and death.”

No registration is required to join this event. Simply log online and tune into to the live stream of the tour on October 30. Who knows, you may just discover stories and anecdotes about Intramuros that you may have never heard before. The tour itself is free, but tips are accepted.

Trese-themed online tour

If you want to get a feel of what to expect from the “One Night in Intramuros” tour, check out Wander Manila’s FB Page to watch another spooky virtual tour that’s already available online.

Through the Dragon Gate is a Trese-themed online tour presented by Trese and WanderManila that takes the audience to some of Metro Manila’s more iconic places that have inspired some of the stories in the Trese comics.

For the uninitiated,Trese is a horror/crime komik created by writer Budjette Tan and artist Kajo Baldisimo, that tells the story of Alexandra Trese, a detective who deals with crimes of supernatural origin in a city where mythical creatures of Philippine folklore live in hiding amongst humans. The acclaimed graphic novel, which is currently being developed into a Netflix animated series, one of the most accessible introductions of the dark world of Philippine mythology and Pinoy pop culture.

The online tour hosted by B Canapi of WanderManila takes visitors to the destinations in and around Metro Manila which inspired its supernatural tales.

The Haunting at the Palace

Have you ever wondered how clubs and parties are going to look like in the future? Lifestyle entertainment complex “The Palace” in Uptown Bonifacio is gearing up for a unique Halloween experience.

On October 31 at 9 PM, Globe and Chivas will transform the premier clubs of the Palace Manila into a creepy parallel world you never thought you could visit! Club venue Xylo will be transformed into a dystopian world envisioning what could possibly happen in the future. Netizens can join in on the fun by donning their best and most horrifying outfits and catching the Haunting at The Palace live for some fun, dancing, and, drinking at home.

For a “virtual trick or treat” haunted experience, guests can pre-order drinks from the Palace Manila Online delivery. The Palace Manila will stay true to its charitable mission to aid in the fight against COVID-19 by opening donation channels to viewers. All proceeds will be donated to the Philippine Army General Hospital in Taguig City.

Google Arts & Culture Virtual tours

Google Arts & Culture stores a wide range of virtual tour collections from 360° Street View to online exhibits. You can tour many museums virtually around the Philippines online through the site’s app and website.

Explore virtually through Plaza Roma, Baluarte de San Diego, Puerto del Parian, and more in the Walled City of Intramuros.

You can also check out the online exhibits at Museo de Intramuros, which is home to about 500 religious artifacts that can be viewed in its six online exhibits. Or walk through the storied halls of the rarely visited Presidential Museum and Library. While it’s far from real-life exploration, the virtual tour can give viewers a background and deeper appreciation for the exhibits as well as an idea of the layout and best photo shops and vantage points for real visits in the future.

Studio Ghibli Museum Virtual Tour

Get ready to be “Spirited Away” to the magical worlds of Studio Ghibli films by Hayao Miyazaki. The Ghibli Museum has given a rare peek inside its foliage-covered doors with virtual tours hosted on its YouTube channel.

In a series of one-minute long videos, the Ghibli Museum channel spotlights a different exhibit or feature of the museum, from the breathtaking mural in the “Space of Wonder” room, which has lovely little paintings of the Catbus and Kiki, to the Straw Hat Café, and exterior of houses in from My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and more.

Visitors are usually prohibited from taking photos at the museum, so these video snippets offer a rare opportunity for Ghibli fans around the world to take a peek inside the museum. Schedule a movie night on Netflix of Studio Ghibli’s amazing films like Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle or Princess Mononoke and explore the virtual museum after.

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