PHILIPPINES, TRUE WEIRD

Ilawod: How Our Monster Got Its Name

A lot of people have been asking about the title of the movie. Why Ilawod? What does it mean? How did you guys come about it? This post will answer that question. When director Dan Villegas and I brainstormed on what was to become Ilawod, we had no idea that we were going to create […]

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PHILIPPINES, TRAVEL

Netong’s La Paz batchoy: Iloilo Comfort Food

Iloilo is known for its La Paz batchoy, a pork noodle soup filled with innards and egg noodles, topped with fried garlic, spring onion, and pork cracklings. It is believed that the dish was invented at Netong’s, located in the middle of the La Paz market. Netong’s was started in 1948 by Leonito Guillergan, whose […]

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PHILIPPINES, TRUE WEIRD

Philippine Urban Legends: The Stories that Grow from a Mix of Animism, Technology, 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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PHILIPPINES, TRUE WEIRD

True Weird: 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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