There has been this mysterious rumor since 90's that this particular mall, Robinsons Galleria, hides a mysterious creature behind its dressing rooms. That creature was said to be a half snake, half human. And is the twin brother of Robina Gokongwei, daughter of Robinsons' founder, John Gokongwei Jr.
There are claims that every time that half man, half snake is hungry, he will pick one unlucky, beautiful girl that is using the mall's dressing room. And the floor is said to open, sending the unlucky girl to a series of pipes and slides her into the human-snake's chamber. And the human-snake will eat her. Some says that the human-snake would even rape the girl before eating it.
Other versions of the story said that there are no series of pipes, the floor will just go wide open, dropping the girl into a deep, dark place. Into the basement, where the human-snake dwells, and will eat her.
Another story says that the mirrors in the dressing room serves as trap doors that opens when the human-snake picked someone and will send the girl to the human-snake's chamber. The mirrors are the hidden way to the human-snake's chamber.
Actress Alice Dixson even once claimed that she survived the human-snake once when she went to a Robinsons Mall. In which Robinsons Mall, I don't know. Further, according to stories, the human-snake fell in love with her. Deciding not to kill her. And Alice escaped.
However, Alice, said that it didn't really happen in her later interviews. Some people say Alice just broke the news because she is trying to revive her career. Some people say Alice changed her statements because she was paid by the Gokongweis. There are also gossips that even Rita Avila became a victim of this human-snake. However, there are no more stories about Avila's encounter with this human-snake creature.
But the stories don't end there. In the opening day of Robinsons Dumaguete in November 23, 2009, a mysterious black out occurred. And when the lights are back, reports say that a salelady, and a girl customer was missing. No more reports after the incident. The explanation of the black out is just because the mall changed power.
That half human, half snake, twin brother of Robina Gokongwei, is said to be named as 'Robinson'. Some people say that the story is just an exaggeration of 'Robinson's' abnormal condition.
On the other hand, some people strongly believe that these rumors aren't true. That these are just a product of the tightening competition between Robinsons Malls and SM malls during that time.
How true is this?
On the lighter side, can J.K Rowling possibly based her Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to this urban legend? Haha.