Here are 10 aswang movies you shouldn’t miss!
Philippine horror films have always been a staple for movie goers. As much as foreign films, local horror movies have come a long way too in terms of cinematography and visual effects. However, the thing that sets local films apart from Hollywood movies is the richness in cultural themes.
In as early as 1932, Philippine cinema began to embrace horror films and many of which tackle native folklore. Filipino horror films almost always feature stories from local folklore like stories about aswangs, kapres, tiyanaks, and the like, which are part of Philippine culture and history.
Listen to this story in Tagalog
From the time that I got married, I wasn't able to visit our house where I lived when I was young. It was my mother’s family’s house. Only my grandfather lives there now.
My father already passed away, and my mother is now working abroad.
Because my mother was able to save up from her work as an OFW, she decided to have our house renovated.
That house was already old anyway. There were places where water leaked when it's raining. And some of the doors were not anymore that sturdy.
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In the commercial building that our office was located, there were already rumors that weird things tend to happen. In fact, the director of the building also experienced some hauntings so he decided to invite a priest to consecrate the entire building.
This particular incident happened to me about 3 days after I started working there. Because I was a new employee, I was not then aware of the rumors that the place was haunted. I was assigned on a night shift at that time so when I go to work, sometimes there were very few people in the building.
Like the world-famous mythologies of Greece and Egypt, the Philippines has its own collection of interesting ancient myths that, even though not thoroughly documented, still lived on because of religious oral tradition. Philippine mythology portrays similar elements as other popular mythologies. It has a wide selection of creation stories, pantheon of gods and goddesses, heroes of epic battles, and of course monsters of all shapes and sizes. In fact, because the Philippines is an archipelago, ancient myths have become so diverse that each region has their own versions of tales learned from their forefathers.
This is a Filipino creation myth that originates from the Visayan region of the Philippines.
John Maurice Miller, Philippine Folklore Stories (Boston: Ginn and Company, 1904), pp. 57-64.
Filipinos are naturally superstitious people. Whatever the event, there is always a set of superstitious beliefs that they eagerly adhere to. The wedding day is no exception.
From the fearfully followed “sukob sa kasal” to something very trivial like offering eggs to avoid wish for a clear sky, Filipinos have a handful of superstitious beliefs for wedding days or what is called “mga pamahiin sa kasal.”
Here are some of the crazy but less known Filipino wedding superstitions that you might not know about.
Lieutenant Gimo or Teniente Gimo is known in his town as someone belonging to a family of "aswang," creatures in Philippine folklore who are known to feast on human flesh. He and his family lived somewhere in Dueñas, Iloilo. As a proud aswang, he is not afraid to ever deny what he really is. He believed that being an aswang makes him powerful against the people and their fear of him and his clan all the more made him stronger.
One of Teniente Gimo's daughter is a student in a university somewhere in a city. On a school break, his daughter invited two of her classmates to come and go with her to her hometown. The two young ladies were excited to take a trip to a new place, so they both agreed to come along.
Filipinos have always carried a baffling fascination for the supernatural. They, especially the young generations, grew up hearing scary tales of the "pugot na pari" who would roam the cemeteries at night or the white lady who would appear in front of the mirror if you stayed up so late at night. The classic book series Philippine Ghost Stories might have also been one of your precious possessions!
The school grounds did not escape such tales and if you would ask students, it seems that every school campus has their own taste of supernatural and paranormal phenomena.
This article is a continuation of the post on the most haunted schools in the Philippines.
#1 De La Salle University
Front façade of Saint La Salle Hall and Henry Sy Building (credit:ShoesPatrickroque01 via Wikipedia)
Perhaps one of the most famous schools for campus ghost stories is De La Salle University. The old buildings in the school grounds have witnessed countless tragedies during World War II and so almost all buildings are believed to have their own resident ghosts.
Filipinos are innately fond of watching horror movies. May it be about white ladies in Balete trees or something trivial like a haunted refrigerator, Filipinos are lured to watching horror flicks as a way to have a fun night with friends or something to do to help pass time.
Most especially during All Souls Day, families and friends gather in front of the television to enjoy a horror movie marathon together.
If you are searching for Pinoy horror movies to watch, here is a list of spine-tingling Pinoy horror films that you will surely love.
Universities and school campuses are oftentimes the home of the most spine-chilling ghost stories in the Philippines that will no doubt keep you up at night. Creepy accounts from students and school staff who were believed to have experienced paranormal phenomena in the said schools can spread like wildfire and stay within (and even outside) the campuses for a long long time.
Which do you think are the most haunted schools and campuses in the Philippines?
Here is our list of the creepiest school settings according to student tales.
1. St. Paul's University
Perhaps one of the most common horror stories we have heard is the white lady appearing in front of the school mirrors of St. Paul's University. Well, anyone would be horrified to see that, but St. Paul's staff have taken extreme measures to avoid this paranormal encounter.
Believing in ghosts, vampires, and other mythical beings divides the believers from the skeptics. The existence of these out-of-this-world creatures has long been debated upon by people from different fields. However, Philippine culture has allowed the people to nurture a strong belief in the existence of powerful forces not of this earth.
I'm renting an old condo unit in Manila near our school. The age of the building is evident with its peeled off paints on the walls. Rent is cheap so it was convenient for me, and there are security guards on post as well.
One night, I stayed out late with a couple of my friends and went home at around 4 AM. During that time, the elevator was already turned off (as per management rules) so I had to take the stairs to my unit on the fifth floor.
On March 29, 2002 (it was Good Friday), the nation was shocked at the untimely death of the matinee idol Rico Yan. According to police reports, Rico Yan was on a holiday trip with five friends at the Dos Palmas Resort in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
I almost lost you… Dahil gago ako at duwag… Natakot akong mahalin ka…
The Philippines has its own share of wonders similar to the famous Atlantis or El Dorado. Among many mysterious and enchanting places, the lost city of Biringan evokes the most awe and intrigue. Stories about this hidden city are particularly popular among the residents of Samar who believe that Biringan is more than just a legend.
Biringan is said to be a place of the engkantos (enchanted ones) in the humble area of Northern Samar in the Philippines. According to the beliefs, Biringan City is a highly advanced metropolitan filled with high-rise architecture and out-of-this-world structures, which are unusual to exist in such a rural area like Samar. Its beauty and grandeur are said to lure humans to come into their realm and stay there forever.
How can people forget about the sweet darling of the mass, Julie Vega?
Before we have Judy Ann Santos and Claudine Barretto, there was first Julia Pearl Postigo, popularly known as Julie Vega, an admired actress and singer during her generation up until now. She began her career at an early age of three as a television commercial model. She starred in the film "Mga Mata ni Angelita," a 1978 hit, which was considered to be her first major lead film that earned her respect, admiration and popularity. Julie Vega's career also includes "Mga Basang Sisiw," "Durugin Si Totoy Bato," "Mother Dear," and "Daddy's Little Angels."
Here is a legend about a sirena from one of the islands in Zambales, Philippines.
My girlfriend and I moved to an apartment in Calamba. It was a two-storey building and our apartment was on the rooftop. In the first few weeks of our stay there, I began to experience strange events. There were several times where I would hear a man whistling a merry tune and on some occasions I hear people conversing in the middle of the afternoon.
I didn't pay attention to it at first, but as days pass, I decided to tell my girlfriend about it. To my surprise, she too had the same experiences but was hesitant to tell me as well. She said she would sometimes catch a glimpse of someone rushing to the door.
One time, her elder sister came to visit us. The spooky thing was that on her first day of staying with us, she said that she can sense something in the house, not something to be afraid of because it is in fact guarding the house. We were shocked to hear these things from her because we haven't yet told her about the odd things that happened to us.
My family is renting two apartments in Mandaluyong City. The apartments are just beside each other. What we did is put a passage at the back so we can go through our second apartment.
Anyway, I was with my two children and my parents. We had a relative, she's about 50 years old I think, taking care of my younger child who was about two months old.
Each apartment had two bedrooms, and the room of my younger sister is at the second apartment. On that day, there's no one in the second apartment since my sister went out for party. It was past midnight when my relative decided to go to the first apartment with my baby.