The Philippines brags about having the earliest and longest Christmas celebration anywhere in the world. But did you know that this period of festivities emerged way before the introduction of Christianity in the country?
The Aswang is the most fearsome folk monster in the Philippines. The belief shaped Filipino society even though a concise description of the creature makes the myth vastly confusing. I will try to explain how the legend came about and its impact on Pinoy culture. Is this folklore based in reality?
In the 1990s, a human-snake hybrid with a penchant for kidnapping beautiful women was said to live beneath a well-known shopping mall in the Philippines. This rumor grew exponentially and is rooted in broader mythology and social issues in the country.
This is the mysterious case of transported soldier Gil Perez, who allegedly nodded off in Manila only to wake up a few moments later in Mexico.
When a young girl claimed to be tormented by unseen entities in the 1950s Philippines, an American Evangelical pastor came to deliver her from evil. His victory in expelling the demons catapulted his church to fame. But are we to take the testimony of a charismatic religious leader as gospel truth?
In the devoutly Catholic Philippines, religious clerics such as priests and nuns are exalted despite the many scandals in the Church. But what if they are not all as blameless as we thought they were? This is the story of Father Juan Severino Mallari, the first Filipino serial killer.
In the heart of a rural jungle on one of the islands of the Philippines, there is a dazzling city of light. It bustles with futuristic automation and locals who are all beautiful and happy. But you won't find this place on any map because it doesn't really exist except in hushed tales. Or does it?
The Nuno sa Punso—or Mound Dweller—is an elemental spirit from the Philippines that incites fear because it is easily angered and will seek retribution against those who damage or disturb its 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 it and help the poor thing. 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 that terrorized several citizens in the Philippines, leading them to secure their doors even more and fearing for their lives in every setting of the sun. But is there some truth to it and why?
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.
Spaniards brought the Holy Child image to the Philippines as a tool to convert the natives to Catholicism. Despite its colonial roots, it has gained such intense popular piety from Filipino Catholics up to the present day. But why?
Before Christianity arrived in the Philippines, the natives had their own polytheistic beliefs officiated by the Babaylan. But over time, they went from healers to hell-sent.
A Filipino legend tells 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.
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?
With origins tracing back to pre-colonial times, Maria Makiling is the most popular fairy figure in the Philippines. Read on to explore how this legend survived the colonial invasion and continues to be worshipped in many ways to this day.