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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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Ghost Stories from a Taal native

We met Irene at the ruins of a crypt that dated back to the Spanish era. Our hosts had brought me and my friend there to catch a glimpse of the Taal not yet accessible to tourists. The structure was discovered last year. Irene’s father, Mang Bernard, was the first to explore its depths, lowering […]

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National artist Eddie Romero has never seen a ghost

If you don’t know who Eddie Romero is, look him up here. I love this man. He directed one of my favorite Filipino movies, and of course, he directed a lot of B Movies in the 70s, has been featured in Pete Tomb’s Mondo Macabro and has been cited as one of Quentin Tarantino’s cinematic […]

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Ige Ramos doesn’t scare easily

I’m breaking my “work must be influenced by the dark” rule for this one. Ige Ramos is a book designer and magazine editor and an expert in just about everything from food to folklore. I met him when we were panelists together on the TV show Ang Pinaka. True, his work tends to be bright […]

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