Philippine Urban Legends You Probably Haven’t Heard Before
By Therese Aseoche
We’ve heard of the spirits on Balete Drive, the infamous Snake Man that haunts women’s dressing rooms in a Robinsons Mall, and all these different ghosts that plague schools nationwide. But have you heard of these local legends?
8. Haunted Barrio
Take care when passing through Kaybiang Tunnel of Ternate, Cavite to enter the so-called Barrio ng Aswang. As one story goes, a group of friends went to the barrio but was disturbed by the ominous aura that emitted from the locals. When they ventured back home, one of them had become cursed by an aswang that had to be purged from him with the help of an abularyo. You’d hear a lot of ghost stories about the haunted barrio. If you’re brave enough, try going there to see for yourself just how haunting it is!
7. Disappearing floor
In Universidad de Manila (formerly City College of Manila), it is said that a certain floor disappears during a certain time of the day. Kind of makes you wonder: what would happen to you if ever you’re on that floor on that particular time?
6. Enchanted City
It is said that in an unidentified location within Samar, there exists the Enchanted City of Biringan which is invisible during the day and comes out at night. It is believed to be inhabited by elementals that lure ill fated people in to never be seen again. Whether this mystic city is just a product of people’s imaginations or not, we’ll never know.
5. A Local Bermuda Triangle
Just like the infamous Bermuda Triangle, the Romblon Triangle has also claimed the lives of seamen and their ships over the years—including the MV Princess of the Stars that capsized and sank during a typhoon. Sometimes, locals would see a ghost ship out at sea at night glistening like gold.
4. Cursed Painting
One of Juan Luna’s well-known paintings, the Mi Novia, is said to have cursed every person who had owned it before it was given to the National Museum. Don’t worry; you won’t be harmed by just looking at the piece on your museum visit.
3. Laughing ghosts
There is an account by a couple who decided to watch a comedic film in Starmall Alabang’s Cinema. The movie was so funny that they said loud laughter would erupt from the audience. But to their surprise, when the lights were turned back on post-credits, there had been only a few people watching the film with them. A pretty creepy experience, unless their collective laughter was just that loud.
2. Jeepney Ride
No one knows where this originated, but the story begins with a woman who rides a jeep alone in the late evening. When she asks her driver to slow down at her stop, the driver looked at her through the jeep’s rearview mirror and told her to burn her clothes as soon as possible. When the woman asked him why, he said that when he looked at her in the mirror, he saw that she had no head.
1. Wag Tularan Lugawan
In Sangandaan, Caloocan, locals say that the various lugawans in the area actually serve human parts generously supplied to them by nearby funeral parlors as goto. Are you brave enough to add this place on your weekend food trip itinerary?
What other urban legends do you know of? Share your stories with us!