TRUE WEIRD

True Weird: Sharon’s Supernatural Encounters

Sharon has been able to see, hear, and feel things most people cannot ever since she was young. “Part of me wants to remain anonymous because I don’t want to be judged, but everyone who knows me well knows that I have this ‘gift/curse,’ so you can put me down as Sharon,” she says “I’m […]

Read more
TRUE WEIRD

True Weird: A Chef’s Encounters with Spirits

The next reader about to share their encounters with the weird is a chef who currently runs three restaurants and loves nature. “I’m not a fan of horror film because it scares the crap out of me and I’m jumpy when I watch one, although I like talking about supernatural and paranormal things,” they say. […]

Read more
TRUE WEIRD

True Weird: Ghost Stories on Jiggy’s Geek Speak

Jiggy Cruz invited me on his podcast, Jiggy’s Geek Speak to talk about encounters with the supernatural. We talk about our experiences, as well as those of people we know. Since we both scare easily, none of us want to listen to this podcast just in case there’s a third voice in it (unless it […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
TRUE WEIRD

True Weird: Supernatural Stories from Villa Escudero

If you grew up in Manila the 70s and 80s, Villa Escudero was the place for family vacations. And now, decades later, the resort still hasn’t lost its charm. Highlights included (and still includes) rides in hydraulic carts pulled by carabaos with flowers on their horns, as well as dining at the foot of a […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more