The Nuno sa Punso or Mound Dweller is a Philippine elemental spirit that incites fear because it is easily angered and will seek retribution to those who damage or disturb his mound. But is it an ancestor, a demon, or something else?
When you faintly smell tobacco and see the glow of embers near a giant tree, or feel the eyes of a large hairy beast upon you in the Philippine jungles, it might just be the Kapre. More bothersome than the Kapre, however, is the racial prejudice and religious bias that it originates from.
The Woman in White is a ghost with a sordid past. Many legends are told about this apparition, but the roots of her misery are often overlooked. Why is she always female? And what is the meaning behind the color she wears?
Singkil is one of the most popular Filipino folk dances from the Mindanao province, who are predominantly Muslims. But the original story behind this heart-racing dance is not entirely Islamic.
When we hear a baby cry, our first instinct is to find where it is and figure out how to help it. But what if that baby turned out to be an evil monster in disguise, with a face only a mother could love?
There's been a series of incidents terrorizing Filipinos lately, leading people to secure their doors more tightly than before and fearing for their lives every setting of the sun. What is the history behind such panic?
The Diwata is a mythical figure in Filipino folklore that often gets portrayed as Tolkien-esque elves. But were they always the beautiful enchanting women we know them to be?
The Filipino occult fetishes are called Agimat, a unique mixture of Animism, Christian Catholicism, Hindu-Buddhism, and Islamic influences. We owe these items of power in the fight for our liberation and independence.
The image of Jesus as a child was brought to Philippine shores by Spanish colonizers. But long before they arrived, the Animist people of the islands already had a somewhat similar icon rooted in Paganism.
Before Christianity arrived in the Philippines, the natives have their own polytheistic beliefs officiated by the Babaylan. But over time, they went from healers to hell-sent.
There is a popular Cebuano legend about a mystical lady sailing from the mountains down to the lowlands aboard a ship of gold, seeking passengers to ferry to the next world. How old are the stories about her?
Unlike other mountain fairy figures who are mostly soft and gentle, Maria Sinukuan is the strong-willed magical lady of Mount Arayat. But why is she different?
Maria Makiling is the most popular fairy figure in the Philippines, tracing her origins back to pre-colonial times. How did she survive the colonial invasion, and did we retain some of her worship today without knowing?