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MYS Universe now available on Quento app

MYS Universe (Ms. Yvette’s Strange Universe) is now available on the Quento app. Aside from being a horror fiction writer, I’m also a paranormal enthusiast whose been interested in the realm of the weird since I was a child (I thank 80s TV host Inday Badiday for opening my eyes to the true weird). While […]

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TRAVEL

What we will lose if we don’t take care of the Pasig River

Went on a Pasig River Heritage Walk organized by Renacimiento Manila. We started at Plaza Lawton in front of the Manila Post Office, crossed part of the Jones Bridge, and ended up at the First United Building along Escolta. The walk showed me how small Manila can be on foot, even for someone disabled like […]

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TRUE WEIRD

Exorcism in the Philippines

The first time Gabriel Cabaltera* noticed that her mother was different was when she was four. She had awoken at three in the morning to find her mother gone from the bed. She searched the house, then wandered outside, where she found her mother Tina” standing on the roof of their house. “I don’t know […]

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TRUE WEIRD

5 Philippine plants used for space clearing

I spoke to a a local practitioner who is called “Mananabas” (literally “cutter,” as in one who cuts with a panabas or forward-curved sword) because of their ability to walk grey areas, to find out what local plants are traditionally used to cleanse one’s space. This is their answer.

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TRAVEL, TRUE WEIRD

WanderManila’s One Night in Intramuros tour shows the history of the Walled City through the eyes of its deceased

Last Halloween 2020, 24,000 people tuned in to WanderManila’s Facebook Page to watch as host and head tour guide Benjamin Canapi, “B” for short, took everyone through a virtual tour of Intramuros, the walled city that was considered the entire Manila during the Spanish era. What made this tour different from other Old Manila tours is that first, it happened in the evening, and second, it was a historical tour told from the angle of the Walled City’s long dead.

I got to interview Canapi on how WanderManila started, why he decided to start ghost tours, what WanderManila is up to during the pandemic, and if he has any plans for Halloween this 2021.

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