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5. BIRINGAN CITY



The location of Biringan City is unknown. Ancient legends and myths refer to Biringan City as a mysterious place inhabited by ancient spirits and Engkantos ("enchanted beings") who are shapeshifters able to take on human form. Some say the place is invisible and can never be found. There are also folklore stories that tell Biringan City is an invisible portal leading to another world. According to some tales the city can only be spotted during nighttime. Biringan, which means "The Black City" or “the City Of The Unknown is supposed to be hidden somewhere between Gandara, Tarangnan, and Pagsanghan in Samar province of the Philippines.

4. BONGBONG MARCOS


According to rumors, Bongbong Marcos was already dead, and the person we can see sitting in the Senate is only a clone of 'him'. The legend spread in late 1970s and in early 1980's.The first version of the legend has it that Bongbong Marcos had a fisticuff with an Indian-national classmate. In the said fight, he was stabbed accidentally by his classmate to death. Strangely, there was no news about his body been returned in the Philippines.The Second version says, that he was killed in a road accident in Manila (other stories suggest, it happened in London) when he was a teenager.The third version has it that Bongbong was abducted by rebel armies from Mindanao, and he was killed there.In continuation of the legend, Imelda Marcos convinced one of his nephew, who closely resembles his son, to undergo a plastic surgery and pretend to be Bongbong Marcos in replace.


3. KUMAKATOK (DOORKNOCKER)



Before World War II, our grandparents would claim that in the middle of the night, 2 old people and 1 young woman, clad in robes, would knock at your door in the middle of the night. These three bear news that someone in the household, or an ill family member, Their visits are more prevalent during times of outbreaks of Cholera and other infectious diseases. In the Cebu homeowners would paint white crosses on their doors to stop these three from knocking thereon, hence, these three started knocking on government buildings, churches and hospitals. They claimed that after the war, their visits diminished or stopped altogether. This was explained in this manner: after the war, most of the buildings and houses were destroyed, hence, they had no more doors to knock on.


2. ASWANG


"Aswangs" are often described as a combination of vampire and witch and are almost always female. They are sometimes used as a generic term applied to all types of witches, vampires, manananggals, shapeshifters, therianthropes, and monsters in general. Aswang stories and definitions vary greatly from region to region and person to person, so no one particular set of characteristics can be ascribed to the term. However, the term is often used interchangeably withmanananggal, which is a particular creature with a specific set of features. They are often portrayed as a monster with wings which flap loudly when she's far away and quietly when she's nearer. The most popular original definition however, is that it is a bal-bal, an eater of the dead. After consumption, the bal-bal replaces the cadaver with banana trunks. When the Aswang takes on the form of an animal, and becomes wounded, the injury is still present when they revert back to their human form.







1. MANANANGGAL



The manananggal is described as scary, often hideous, usually depicted as female, and always capable of severing its upper torso and sprouting huge bat-like wings to fly into the night in search of its victims. The word manananggal comes from the Tagalog word tanggal, which means "to remove" or "to separate", which literally translates as "remover" or "separator". In this case, "one who separates itself". The name also originates from an expression used for a severed torso. The manananggal is said to favor preying on sleeping, pregnant women, using an elongated proboscis-like tongue to suck the hearts of fetuses, or the blood of someone who is sleeping. The severed lower torso is left standing, and is the more vulnerable of the two halves. Sprinkling salt, smearing crushed garlic or ash on top of the standing torso is fatal to the creature. The upper torso then would not be able to rejoin itself and would perish by sunrise.


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