Philippine Urban Legends: The stories that grow from a mix of animism, modernism, and the scars of dictatorship

Mention the Philippines and most people think of weird food (fertilized duck egg, anyone?) and beautiful beaches. But stick around long enough, and you’ll find that (sometimes literally) beneath the country’s modern malls and mysterious mountains runs a lower mythological tradition so rich, its moved from the forest to the cities, morphing from myths to […]

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Some themes in Manila urban ghost stories

Each culture has its own themes of the supernatural, stories that occur again and again in different places and different eras, becoming more folklore than coming from fact, the kinds of stories told around a campfire.

No one really knows where these stories began, only that they have been adopted by public imagination and have been made personal in the telling.

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