Orlie, a filmmaker, arrives to investigate Elsa. Nimia, Elsa's childhood friend now a prostitute, returns haunted by Manila's darkness. She builds a cabaret for the tourists. The cabaret closes because a resident complains. Elsa and Chayong were raped on the hill and Orlie filmed it without giving help. There was a cholera epidemic with Sepa's children dying because of it. Chayong hanged herself because of the rape. Elsa blamed herself for all of the deaths.
Tourists left because of the deaths and because of a Chinese businessman's murder. Elsa became pregnant, and this was proclaimed as "The Immaculate Conception" (Elsa conceiving a child without a father, but this was due to her rape). The rain convinced the people that the miracle has returned and the curse was lifted. Elsa called all the people to an assembly on the hill and a big crowd arrived before her. Elsa then confessed that there are no miracles, no appearances of the Virgin Mary and no visions and that people are the ones who make up gods, miracles, curses and such. Elsa was shot by a man in the middle of her confession in front of the crowd. A stampede ensues and the old and infirm who came to be healed are crushed in the mass hysteria. Blood and death are all over the hill. Elsa dies in her mother's arms and her body was taken to the hospital. The people were then led in praying the Hail Mary on their knees while going up the hill.