The MysteriousCase of GIL PEREZ:
(October24 , 1593)
Gil Perezwasa memberof the FILIPINOGUARDIA CIVILduringXVIcenturyin
That day while onhisguarddutiesatthe GOVERNOR’sPALACE,Perezdecided
to leanona wall andrest fora moment.Whathappenednextisstrangerthanfiction….
…as Perezwasfoundconfused,inhisuniformof the palace guardsin
MANILA,inMEXICO CITY’s PLAZA MAYOR – more than13,500 km (actually13,684 km – 8503 miles)
away fromwhere he wasbefore afewminutes.
Unable to rememberhow he gotthere,the authoritiesdecidedtorelease
Gil PerezwasreturnedtoPhilippineswhere he resumedhis life, whichwas
Gil Perez and His Spontaneous Teleportation
Gil Perez was a 16th century soldier and guard. He was a member of the Filipino Guardia Civil
and worked as a guard at the palace of the Governor General in Manila, Philippines. His life was
rather typical of a soldier in that place and time. He did his duty to his government and did his
job regardless of any circumstances that arose during his guard duty — even spontaneous
teleportation to another country.
Teleportation is a common theme in literature, movies and anything science fiction. The crew of
the Starship Enterprise had it down to a science. The mad scientist in The Fly botched it terribly
and Stephen King had it stealing the sanity of children in his short story “The Jaunt.” There is no
denying that teleportation has an appeal in fiction because it strips away the location limitations
of characters and it is open to interpretation; all manner of horrors can occur as a result because
we simply do not know what side effects teleportation may have.
There is also an interest in real life teleportation because it would obviously be quite convenient.
The real life applications could be life saving and bring people closer together. However, it could
also change the face of modern warfare and make it very difficult to track criminals. That is all
assuming teleportation is something we could control. What if there was no control? What if
some people could teleport spontaneously without any knowledge they are about teleport? That
is what reportedly happened in the case of Gil Perez.
On October 24, 1593, Gil Perez was doing his guard duties at the Governor’s palace in Manila.
Chinese pirates had assassinated the governor — Gomez Perez Dasmarinas — the night before,
but the guards still guarded the palace and awaited the appointment of a new governor. Tired, Gil
Perez decided to lean against a wall and rest for a moment. When he opened his eyes, he was in a
completely unfamiliar place. Unsure how to react, he continued to do his guard duties until he
was approached by someone who started asking him questions and telling him that he was
somewhere that it was impossible for him to be. Gil was in Mexico City’s Plaza Mayor.
When questioned, Gil Perez gave the story of his supposed teleportation and the death of his
country’s governor. The assassination was unknown to those in Mexico City, but Gil Perez was
reportedly wearing the uniform of the palace guards in Manila. He was placed in jail because it
was thought he might be a deserter and/or a servant of the devil. After two months, a ship arrived
from the Philippines, bringing news of the governor’s death. They said that they knew Gil Perez,
though they did not know he was in Mexico City. The last time they had seen him was on
October 23 at the palace.
The authorities in Mexico City decided to release Gil Perez and send him home. As there is no
other account of Gil materializing anywhere, it is assumed that he never spontaneously teleported
again. It was lucky for him that, if the story is true, he did not wind up in a country where
Spanish was not spoken or worse, in a harsh terrain like the ocean, desert or arctic tundra. Some
sources say that the story was not told until 100 years after it reportedly occurred. Other sources
say that authorities documented the occurrence immediately. Without details like this, it is hard
to say if the story is any more suspicious than its science fiction premise already suggests.