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 […]

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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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STORIES, TRAVEL, TRUE WEIRD

True Weird: 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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