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Babaylan culture

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Center for Babaylan Studies (CFBS)

CFBS is an organization that seeks to promote all indigenous and spiritual traditions from all parts of the Philippines. Its work is not restricted to one geographic location (i.e. the Visayas).

Babaylan is a Bisayan word that evolved from proto-Austronesian words in Southeast Asia such as belian, balian, balyan, baylan and bagdan. The Subanons call them balian, balean and balayan, women who lead the religious and death rituals in Mindanao. Its literal translation to English is ancient priestess or shaman. Other terms for this role around the Philippines are arbularyo, hilot, mombaki, bailan/beliyan/bagyan, catalonan, dawac, or ma-aram.

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was a prominent figure in pre-colonial Philippine society, sometimes described as a priestess or shaman. Babaylans acted as healers, prophets and mediums, curing illnesses and exorcising evil spirits from objects or people. The babayalan would often be called when the community was experiencing difficulties that could not be resolved by physical means. They would perform a ritual through chants or prayers to pacify the spirits that caused chaos in the community.

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Walking between heaven and earth:

The babaylan today

Text and photos by Sylvia L. Mayuga November 15, 2012

Babaylan Women as Guide to a Life of Justice and Peace

Marianita (Girlie) Villariba is a sociologist who practises ‘babaylan’ (mystical women) work. Girlie, as she is fondly referred to in Isis, talks about the indigenous ways of remembering and honoring personal and community wellness.

Babaylan Spirit and Power Roles Babaylan Spirit and Power Roles

“Baylans” were historical figures in ancient pre-colonial villages in the Visayan Islands of the Philippines. They were the baranggay leaders. Female leaders, the “babaylans,” were of equal rank to men. Baylan comes from two baybayin sounds BA and LA. According to Philippine baybayin scholars, BA is the feminine principle and LA is the masculine principle. BA-LA together is quite indicative of the balance and harmony that baylans worked to maintain in their communities.

Ways of the Babaylan
Ways of the Babaylan
by Katrin de Guia

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Honoring our Babaylan Ancestors

Babaylans also called "Balyans or Binaylans" .... they are healers with the help of their ABIAN... their guardian spirit....


Pagdiwata Ritual at Manila Contemporary

Pagdiwata ritual is a family affair and is the focal point of Tagbanua life. Its activities embody their traditional sentiments and contribute to their persistence.


Manobo Kulamanon Babaylan

of Sitio Tundok


Mamanwa ritual
by/Malu Maniquis

This ritual was intended to ask blessings for the project. The babaylan (spiritual leader) summoned forth the spirits of the earth. The ritual lasted for 2 hours. Dec 12, 2014

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Pagdiwata Origin: A ceremonial dance of the Tagbanua is a religious rite of the native - either of thanksgiving or of healing sick people possessed by bad spirit. (ref.: - Pagdiwata .. a healing ritual dance by the Babaylan when calling out the Diwata as part of her ritual on healing a sick person. Babaylan ...he/she is a religious leader among the tribes.. functions as a healer ..a shaman or oracle is a tradition among most of the filipino tribes to call upon the Gods through the babaylan to heal the sick or to perform rituals for thanksgiving and other sacred ceremonies.

Pagdiwata Ritual Festival

Celebrated by the Tagbanua people of Palawan, the Pagdiwata Ritual Festival is an annual event of acknowledgement and expression of Palawan people to the deities same time seeking for the deitiesí help in healing the sick and in need and offer prayers for departed loved ones. People who are in serious health conditions also come to join the event, treated by their family being the medium of healing.

Babaylan Files

Information, books, articles and links on babaylan & related topics. Babaylan is a Visayan term. Other terms for this role around the Philippines are arbularyo, hilot, mombaki, bailan/beliyan/bagyan, catalonan, dawac, or ma-aram.....

The complementary roles of the Mandirigma and the Babaylan

November 16, 2013 by Perry Gil S. Mallari

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Healers & Healing

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‍Philippine Traditional & Alternative Healing - TAH

This page contains more details regarding Philippine TAH particularly touch therapy / therapeutic massage and herbal medication. Other forms of TAH such as faith healing, orasyon will not be discussed in detail on this page.

Healers and Healing in the Cordillera cultures: Bontok, Gaddang, Ibaloy, Ifugao, Ilongot, Isneg, Kalinga, Kankana-ey, Ikalahan, I'wak and Tinguian
Philippine Healing Arts

By Virgil J. Mayor Apostol

Medicine Men of Agusan The Medicine Men of Agusan

in Mindanao, Philippines

BY SAMUEL GAABUCAYAN -  Cagayan de Oro, P.I.

In Siquijor, regaining healing powers while Christ is dead
by Frank Cimatu April 14, 2017

For 7 Fridays leading to Good Friday, Siquijor's healers scour Mount Bandila-an and other sources for ingredients for a powerful concoction to be mixed and brewed on Black Saturday

Albularyo, the Filipino herbalist

An albularyo' or hilot is a local medicine man or healer. The albularyo is knowledgeable in the application of medicinal herbs to cure various illnesses and their abilities are believed to be either spiritual or supernatural in origin.

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An encounter With an Extraordinary Healer From The Philippines
Taoism, Philosophy, Healing and Health
Hilot A closer look at ‘hilot’

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The Healers

In the hierarchy of healers and specialists in Philippine folk medicine, the albularyo may be referred to as the "general practitioner." Knowledgeable in most of the folkloric modalities, the albularyo is especially versed in the use of medicinal herbs. The hilot ambiguously refers both to the manghihilot and magpapaanak. The manghihilot specializes in techniques and treatments applicable to sprains, fractures and muskuloskeletal conditions. The magpapaanak, besides prenatal visits and delivering babies, often performs the suob ritual. Some healers limit their practice of folkloric therapies to more specialized modalities. The mangluluop specializes in diagnostic techniques, usually referring the patients after diagnosis to the albularyo, medico, or manghihilot for definitive treatments. The medico is a further specialization, merging age-old folkloric modalities with ingredients of western medicine - 'prescription' medications, acupuncture, etc. Most of these healers consider their healing craft as God-given, a calling from a supernatural being, and consequently, their healing practices are profusely infused with prayers and religious rituals. Usually rural-based, they are also present in the urban and suburban communities, albeit in small scattered niches, serving burgis alternative needs, the impoverished or the urban-transplanted rural folk.

Spiritual Healers Philippine Spiritual Healers

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Healing Ethnic Ritual of The existence of primitive ethnic doctors here in Balbalan, popularly known by them as "mandadawak" is a living testimony that Balbalan tribes were once headhunters. Mandadawak play vital role then in the glorification of tribal warriors.

This video was captured during a stage presentation about mandadawak during the centennial year celebration of Balbalan.



A ritual of the indigenous people of Bokiawan, Hungduan, Ifugao to drive away pests, diseases and bad spirits from the community

Mythology - Legends - Fables - Folktales - Stories

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Philippine folklore - mythology

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Pantheon of the Gods and Goddesses
Mythological Creatures

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Deities of Philippine mythology

are the gods, goddesses and diwatas worshiped by ancient Filipinos before the Christianization of the natives after the Spanish conquest of the Philippines.

BAHAY TALINHAGA Philippine Folklore

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Philippine Folklore Stories
Supernatural Creatures in Philippine Folklore
Philippine Myth
 by/Raymond G. Pepito

Here are some popular or readable Philippine Myths:

Myth about the Sun
Myth on the Coconut Tree
Myth on the Origin of the Pineapple
Myth on the Origin of the Moon and Stars
Myth about the Lanzones Fruit
Myth on Why Roosters have Crowns
Myth about the Shining Moon
Myth on Mango Fruits

BaguioPhoria Community   A large collection of Myths - Folktales and Legends

Philippine Mythology

by Joe-Nel Garcia


Pandora: The Wawa Dam lady

 and the Wawa Dam has claimed the lives of over 40 people starting 2007 according to a local. An engkanto named, Pandora was the reason behind the deaths. Every holy week, almost 15 to 16 people died in the dam

Why does Pandora lure young men into the depths of the Wawa River?

The elders near Wawa River warn young men of Pandora, a nymph said to be luring young men into the river and drowning them. Is there a reason behind Pandora's affairs? (Date aired: October 24, 2014) Oct 29, 2014

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The Legend of the Magat River

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The Legend of Maria Makiling

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By Leopoldo Y. Yabes

With the possible exception of Lam-ang and Kannoyan, hero and heroine or the Ilocano epic, perhaps there are no more famous characters in Ilocano saga than Angalo and Aran cyclopean beings who according to some Ilocano myths, were the first beings on earth.

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In Abra, a mythical giant looks for his mate

The footprints of Angalo, or “tugot ni Angalo” in Ilocano

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Legend of Lake Pinamaloy, Bukidnon, Mindanao

January 21, 2016
The beautiful lake of Don Carlos, which is like a guitar-shaped from the aerial view, got its name from an old fable or fairy tale story shared to the new generation.

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Tales From the Mouth of the Halawod River

The Hinilawod epic tells the story of the exploits of the three demigod brothers, Labaw Donggon, Humadapnon and Dumalapdap of Panay.

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Hinilawod Discovering a Pinoy epic

The story of the discovery of Hinilawod by renowned anthropologist F. Landa Jocano is a mini-epic itself encompassing a period of years until this longest known Filipino epic had been translated from its original oral form into the written language. Then a college student, Jocano serendipitously discovered the epic in 1955 while traveling the hinterlands of his home province, Iloilo, collecting folk songs, stories, and riddles. He heard portions of the story sung by Ulang Udig, a former babaylan or native priest. The portions he relayed to Jocano and his colleague was five hours on voice record.

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The Manananggal

(sometimes confused with the Wak Wak in some areas by the Filipinos) is a mythical creature of the Philippines

Manananggal is an aswang that can fly after separating itself from the lower half of its body. A manananggal is described as being an older, beautiful woman (as opposed to an aswang), capable of severing its upper torso in order to fly into the night with huge bat-like wings to prey on unsuspecting, pregnant women in their homes; using an elongated proboscis-like tongue, it sucks the hearts of fetuses or blood of an unsuspecting, sleeping victim. The severed lower torso is left standing and it is said to be the more vulnerable of the two halves. Sprinkling salt or 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 and will die at daybreak. The name of the creature originates from an expression used for a severed torso: manananggal comes from the Tagalog, tanggal (cognate of Malay tanggal) which means to remove or to separate. Manananggal then means the one who separates itself from its lower body.

Alamat, A Philippine Folktales, Myths and Legends Page
The Legend of Sampaguita flower

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The Legend Of Maria Cristina Falls

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The Stories Behind the White Lady in Balete Drive
Jul 05, 2013 by Shaina Sanchez
Various versions of stories about the identity of this notorious white lady have arisen in the past. Look the article as pdf
The "white lady" is said to be the ghost a teenage girl that died in a car accident in the area many years ago. The tale is believed to be a hoax of a newspaper reporter.
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The ghost of Balete Drive
By Neal H. Cruz October 29, 2013
10 Most Horrifying Creatures in Philippine Folklore

Philippine folklore is filled with gruesome and frightening creatures guaranteed to cause fear and terror among the populace.

Manananggal - Tikbalang - Aswang - Tiyanak - Pugot - Nuno sa Punso - Kapre - Mangkukulam - Wak-wak - Sigbin

Tikbalang, the Demon Horse

The Tikbalang (also written as Tigbalang, Tigbalan, or Tikbalan - translates as 'demon horse') is a creature of Philippine folklore said to lurk in the mountains and forests of the Philippines.

Tikbalangs are said to scare travelers and lead them astray. Tikbalangs play tricks on travelers such that they keep on returning to an arbitrary path no matter how far he goes or where he turns.

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Awayan: Philippine Mythological Creatures

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Truth or Fiction? By/Elise Easterbrook


The Sarimanok is a legendary bird of the Maranao people

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Legends of Bohol Chocolate Hills

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The rainbow legend from the Philippines its one of the most loved ones

The Myth of the Banana Plant

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The Legend of Pineapple & the Myth on the Origin of the Pineapple

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The Legend of Pineapple

A re-telling of an old Filipino legend by Candy Gourlay

The Myth about Dama de Noche

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The Philippines´ Legends and Myths

The Makahiya - Legend of the Dama de Noche

Legend of Alitaptap (Fireflies)

The Code of Kalantiaw
The Maragtas Legend

and Pedro A. Monteclaro's "Foreword to the Readers" of Maragtas


The Legend of Mayon Volcano – Romeo and Juliet of the Philippines

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The story of two lovers not unlike Romeo and Juliet

The story of an uncle Magayon

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The Legend of Mayon Volcano

The Greed that Created the Hundred Islands
Ancient Philippine Creation Myth: The Legend of the Three Races
Ancient Philippine Creation Myth: The Legend of Malakas and Maganda
Folktales An Introduction Folktales An Introduction


Folktales from the Philippines Folktales from the Philippines

How the First Head Was Taken 
The Man with the Coconuts
The Boy Who Became a Stone
The Reward of Kindness
The Presidente Who Had Horns
Juan Wearing a Moneky's Skin
The Monkey and the Crocodile

Folktales from the Philippines (2) Folktales from the Philippines

How the First Head Was Taken
The Man with the Coconuts
The Boy Who Became a Stone
The Carabao and the Shell

Folktales from the Philippines (3) Philippine Folk Tales

by Mable Cook Cole 1916

So many, so it´s not possible to list them here. Look also HERE

Mayoyao Ifugao Hudhud volume 1 Mayoyao Ifugao Hudhud - Storybook volume 1

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Filipino Legends and Folktales Filipino Legends and Folktales

Bibliography Plan by/Dr. Nahl - Robin Fancy

Folktales and Chants of Tadian Folktales and Chants of Tadian, Mountain Province

By/Mary T. Dumanghi

Women in Philippine Folktales Women in Philippine Folktales

By Mila D. Aguilar

Sagacious Marcela
Ludovico’s choice of wife
Mariang Sinukuan
The “virtuous and beautiful wife”

Legend of Lanao Lake The Legend of Lanao Lake

by/Michelle Kitma

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Visayan Folktales

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Cebuano and Visayan Folktales




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The Aswang Phenomenon

an exploration of the aswang folklore and its effects on Philippine society.

The Aswang Phenomenon is the first in-depth documentary regarding the aswang myth. The video above features the full 77-minute documentary, not just a few minutes. The documentary is written and directed by Jordan Clark and features Maricel Soriano and Peque Gallaga. Produced by High Banks Entertainment Ltd.

Datu Puti - Philippine Legend

Sigbin or Zegben

Philippine Folklore Stories

The Tobacco of Harisaboqued
The Pericos
Quicoy and the Ongloc
The Passing of Loku
The Light of the Fly
Mangita and Larina
How the World Was Made
The Silver Shower
The Faithlessness of Sinogo
Catalina of Dumaguete
The Fall of Polobolac
The Escape of Juanita
The Anting-Anting of Manuelito
When the Lilies Return

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Kalinga Legends and myths of Kalinga, Philippines

By Virginia Gaces




BY: MANOLO BALLUG as passed on by the elders.

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A project on Philippine Literature at Bulacan State University (BSU) Sarmiento campus at our group-report regarding The infamous Legend of the Kalinga tribe named The Legend of sleeping beauty, Look more and the whole story about the legend on the above link


The lost city of Biringan
Published on Apr 17, 2017 - Aired: April 16, 2017

Isa sa pinakasikat na Pinoy Urban Legend ay tinaguriang ‘nawawalang siyudad’ ng Biringan sa Samar. Susubukang hanapin at alamin ng KMJS team ang katotohanan sa ‘siyudad’ na ito.

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Biringan city
The city is said to be located in Samar. It is also designated as a barangay of Pagsanghan, Samar. According to the local folklore, the population of Biringan comprises supernatural beings: the encantos ("enchanted ones"), and their progeny with the humans. The encantos are described as shapechangers who can take human form. In their human form, they are said to lack a philtrum between their nose and lips.

The Ethereal City of Biringan

BIRINGAN CITY, Philippines | Invisible City | Engkanto

Filipino Popular Tales

Filipino Popular Tales - Fansler, Dean S.

More than 100 myths, tales, stories

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AN IGOROT CULTURE HERO by William Henry Scott


ArtiFact and ArtiFiction

dinggot conde prieto
Banwa ko nga ingmatan
Banwa ko nga iristaran
Yang mga tag-banwa
Y ang mga taga-poroporoan...

Flood Myths Flood Myths from the Philippines by/D. L. Ashliman
Myths from Different Regions of the Philippines

Adam and Eve
Creation Story
Big Dipper in the Sky
Origin of the Stars
Why the Sky Is Curved
Why the Sky Is High
Why the Sun Shines More Bright
Legend of the Married River
The Legend of Princess Macapuno
The Origin of Rice
Why There Is High Tide
Dead Come Back No More
Jars Brought from the Village
Gods and Goddesses
The First Monkey
How the Angels Built Lake  Lanao

The Soul Boat and the Boat-Soul

The Soul Boat and the Boat-Soul: An Inquiry into the Indigenous “Soul”

Maria Bernadette L. Abrera, Ph.D. Associate Professor of History. Department of History, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

This paper will explore the indigenous world view in the Philippines and in particular, the concept of the soul in the animist context, as revealed in the pre-colonial rituals involving the use of the boats.

The two legends that we know behind the Pascua


e.g. POINSETTIA or Pascua and the panunuluyan and the parol

The Bontoc Igorot
by/Albert Ernest Jenks, Manila 1905

So many good informations, illustrations and photos from that time also about Beliefs - Superstitions

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Myth  about: Black Rice - Forbidden Black Rice
the Ghost Month

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What is Ghost Month? 5 things you need to know
August 22, 2017

Every year, Ghost Month affects wedding dates, business deals, and even the Philippine stock market – here's what you need to know to fend off bad luck.
Every year around August, Feng Shui experts warn us against a slew of activities, lest misfortunes happen.
The annual Ghost Month affects more aspects of your life than you think, having a hand in business openings, the Philippine stock market, and even wedding plans.

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Want to stay lucky on ghost month? Wear red panties
ABS-CBN News Updated Aug 10 2015
MANILA – Wearing red underwear may ward off spirits during the so-called ghost month, a feng shui expert said.

No worries during Ghost Month
September 01, 2017


Pinoy Ghost Month

According to Chinese tradition, Feng Shui, the so-called "ghost month" designated in the calendar from August 14 to September 12, this year is "the time when the gate of hell will open to allow the ghosts and spirits to go back to the living world."

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Beliefs - Superstitions - Amulets - etc.

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Early filipino in the pre-hispanic period

Filipino beliefs and practices before the arrival of the Spaniards.

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Filipino Beliefs, Contradictions, Value
The anting-anting, the Philippine amulet, is an essential part of the Filipino folk credo and mythological makeup

Agimat or bertud or Anting-anting is also a Filipino system of magic and sorcery with special use of the mentioned talismans, amulets

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Gayuma tokhang
Feb 11, 2017
Video and editing by RYAN LEAGOGO
Gayuma, according to Filipino folk belief, gayuma is a love potion that is used to attract a mate.
The term gayuma may also refer to spells that bring love, bind couples, snatch someone's lover, or end an affair. Other than a potion or a spell, a gayuma may also take the form of a charm.
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Amulets against "tokhang"
Feb 20, 2017
Kat Domingo keeps us in the loop on amulets that supposedly protects its owner against "tokhang".

The belief system involving the Engkanto/ Engkantado or Engkantada. Diwatas/Engkantada (from Spanish: encantada, "enchantress, charmed") or engkanto (from Spanish: encanto, "spell, incantation, charm") are fairies, nymphs, goddesses or enchanted persons who are believed to guard natural creations such as forests, seas, mountains, land and air.

“Rural peoples of the Philippines believe in the existence of, as well as the influence exercised in the human lives by, superhuman beings called engkantos. The belief is found in Luzon quite common in Bisayas and in Mindanao.”

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Belief in Supreme God
Philippine Trinity

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Growing spirituality among Filipinos

by mark alba escobar

Superstitious Beliefs

How Do They Affect a Believer's Faith?

As considered the major Catholic country in Asia and at the same time has plenty of superstitions, Philippines situates itself in the subject of further delving to make things more clarified about its people religiosity and superstitions.

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Superstitions are beliefs or practices for which there appears to be no rational substance.

Here are some of the rituals performed by the elders and folks in different provinces in the Philippines.

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The Mangkukula

is the Filipino equivalent of a western witch or sorcerer, the name deriving from the word kulam. Another term is brujo ('bruho' for warlocks), bruja (woman) - brujo (man) - ('bruha' for witches ). The verb kulamin (/koo-lah-min/) means "to place a hex". And a curse in Filipino is a sumpa (/soom-pah/).

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Mambabarang and Mangkukulam

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KULAM: Filipino Witchcraft and Sorcery Revealed

Talks about the True Filipino Witchcraft and Sorcery methods for Healing, Revenge, Love, and Everyday Life. Details about the Supernatural Beings will also be explained in some blog entries. Use the methods in your own risks.

Mangkukulam is a person employing or using Kulam. Kinukulam is the target of the Kulam. Nakulam means someone or something experiencing the effects of the Kulam. Kulamin means to bewitch or to hex. Ipakulam to get to be bewitched or hexed. Makulam means to be able to bewitch or to become bewitched; hexed.

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Misteryo: A Documentary about Kulam

A documentary of GMA's Imbestigador features mangkukulam or those practicing witchcraft.
Is witchcraft for real?
There have been tell tales about witches and what can they do to harm others. In Front Row's documentary 'Kulam,' we discover the world of the unknown. Oct 21, 2014
Do you believe in "kulam?"
A quack doctor or "manggagamot" approaches Tin's mother and told her that she's been victimized by a 'kulam'. Little did they know, this "manggagamot" is just a fraud. Nov 2, 2016
Are big old trees homes to supernatural beings?

Why do most elementals and other beings in Philippine folklore live on big old trees? What is it about trees that have made them notorious habitats for supernatural beings? Oct 22, 2014

What tickles your fancy?

In this week's episodes clinical psychologist Dr. Margie Holmes talks about fetishes. Jul 26, 2014 & Aug 23, 2014

Remark: Part 1 and 2 are both in one video

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MGA PAMAHIIN - Folk Beliefs

Use the link in the left side of the page to many good informations about "beliefs" in the different regions and different subjects:

Love, Courtship and Marriage
Conception and Childbirth
Money and Fortune
Food and Eating
House, Home and Family
Illness and Death
Numbers and Colors
Signs and Premonitions
Bad and Good Luck

Regional Folk Beliefs:



Pregnancy and Childbirth
Death and Burial

Pamahiin “Pamahiin” or supernatural beliefs during death and burial
The Philippines - Superstitions and Beliefs

Philippine beliefs and superstition have grown in number throughout the various regions and provinces in the country. These beliefs have come from the different saying and superstitions of our ancestors that aim to prevent danger from happening or to make a person refrain from doing something in particular. These beliefs are part of our culture, for one derives their beliefs from the influences of what their customs, traditions and culture have dictated to explain certain phenomena or to put a scare in people.

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Are ghosts really haunting Malacañang?
October 31, 2016 by Ruth Abbey Gita
Malacañang Palace, with its grandiose structure, is believed to house not only the country’s highest top official but also many supernatural forces.
Spine-tingling eerie stories – unwelcome presence of dead presidents and other elements – still dogged Malacañang Palace to date.
At least one of the Palace’s current employees, Beldad Gantalao, could attest to the spooky tales in the President’s official residence.

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Rember Gelera’s Diplomat Hotel
Oct 31, 2016
Aired: October 30, 2016
Nakapanayam ng KMJS sina Jannel Montero at Sein Bondoc mga turistang dumalaw sa Diplomat Hotel, ngunit sa di inaasahang pangyayari ay may nahagip na hindi inaasahan ang kanilang mga camera. Alamin ang kasaysayan ng Diplomat Hotel ang sinasabing ‘haunted hotel’ sa Baguio City.

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Dominican hill and retreat house - Gelera’s Diplomat Hotel

The Laperal Guesthouse, popularly known as Laperal White House is an attraction in Baguio City which is listed as one of Baguio's haunted places and one of the world's most haunted locations.

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Inside Baguio’s Most Haunted: The Laperal White House

Stories from Baguio's infamous haunted house, Laperal White House will totally spook you!

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Laperal White House in Baguio City, ‘No. 14 Laperal’

Filipino Superstitions

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Top Superstitious Beliefs of Filipinos
Filipino Traits, Traditions & Beliefs: Beliefs on Illness and Death

March 6, 2012 by/ Felix Fojas

Like any other racial group in the world, present-day Filipinos have their own set of superstitious beliefs they have inherited from their ancestors.

Holy Week superstitions in the Philippines
by/Reynaldo Santos Jr. Apr 04, 2015

What's the difference between getting wet on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday? The Holy Week observance in the Philippines has combined the religious faith with folk and even pagan beliefs.

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10 Filipino Superstitious Beliefs that Has Great Influence in their Life
Famous Wedding Superstitions Most Famous Wedding Superstitions in the Philippines

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Palaspas or Palm Fronds as Amulets?

April 3, 2012 by jptan2012

Growing up with a devout Catholic maternal grand mother, I’m quite familiar with how Catholics looks at a Palaspas or Palm Fronds. My Lola would always tell me that a palaspas is what saves us from the devil during Holy Week, because, she explains, this is the time when Christ is at his weakest. Like most superstitious Catholics, my Lola has a lot of beliefs that are technically not espouse by the Church.

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Superstitions - Baptism Filipino superstitions - Baptism
Filipino Superstitions

Filipino Superstitions about Christmas etc.

Compiled by Laura B. Corpuz

10 Filipino Superstitious Beliefs during Wakes

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Filipino Superstition on Death & Illness
Superstition That Evil Causes Illness
Other Filipino Superstitious Beliefs

Filipino Superstitions Filipino Superstitions

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Filipino Traits, Traditions & Beliefs:

Beliefs on House, Home and Family

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Casiguran Agta / Casiguran Dumagat

Culture, beliefs etc.
by Jesus T. Peralta

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The Problem with Superstitions.

So when you believe that superstitions are harmless…think again. By pinoyatheist.


‘Sayaw ng Pag-asa,’ a documentary on Fertility Rites in Obando
May 26, 2016 - Aired: May 21, 2016

Samahan si Sandra Aguinaldo si kanyang pakikilahok sa taunang Fertility Rites sa Obando, Bulacan. Matutunghayan ang mga karanasan, kwento at pagpapasalamat ng mga mag-asawang umaasang mabibiyayaan ng anak sa pamamagitan ng pagdalo sa nasabing pista.

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Traditional Health Beliefs: Filipino: Pregnancy & Childbirth

Upon interviewing Filipino women, we have come to see that many of these women still uphold some traditions from previous generations, but have since transitioned into a more modern approach regarding their maternity experience.



Perceptions and Beliefs of Urban Poor Women on Reproductive Health: A Case Study

by/Realidad S. Rolda

Ibanag Heritage Foundation Inc. - IHFI


Religious and Beliefs

Programs, Projects and Activities

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The Dead, River Spirits, & a Magic Hat

by alex felipe

Filipino Superstitions on Death

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Filipino Myths of Death

The Soul Boat and the Boat Soul

Filipino Superstition on Death & Illness
Filipino Myths of Death Filipino Myths of Death and Speciation : Content and Structure
Indigenous Religious Beliefs and Cosmology of the Filipino

Supreme God
Filipino Trinity?
Ritual and Practice

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the DAKIT tree at Ilihan The myth of the DAKIT tree at Barangay Ilihan, Toledo City, Cebu

In 1920 up to the present and might be forever, the tree stands mystical, fantastic and intriguing.

Bisayan Folk Beliefs and Customs Bisayan Folk Beliefs and Customs

By Francisco Demetrio

Beliefs and Practices Beliefs and Practices of Muslim Women in Mindanao

by/Grace Edmar Elizar-del Prado

Beliefs in Malingin Culture Beliefs, Traditions and Practices in Malingin
Religion and Spiritual Beliefs Religion and Spiritual Beliefs in the Philippines

by/Alisa Pierson

Filipino Spirituality


Philippine Culture, Traditions, Values and Beliefs of Filipinos

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Filipino Superstitions


Pregnancy beliefs in the Philippines

babybuchug wrote on Jun 14, 2010: Here are some pregnancy beliefs or pregnancy sayings that I have heard from the elders in our country. Majority of modern Filipinos do not believe in them but they are nice to share with everyone. - I got the dates mixed up! All the while I thought that June 12 is this Monday because it's a holiday! :)) Ooopsy! I blame it on too much bed rest haha :)


Pilipino Folklore and Superstitions

by/Sac State Kappa Psi Epsilon & Chi Rho Omicron



BETCHsin wrote on May 25, 2008: so... we made another video FINALLY! after sooo long, we decided to do a video about common filipino superstitions that we both were familiar with. we wanted to show how silly the logic of these superstitions are but we didn't want to make fun of it cause many filipinos have believed in them for sooo long. but anyways, we learned most of these superstitions by hearing it from family members, especially our lolas.



- Turn the plate around when someone leaves the table to prevent a car accident.
- Don't face your bed towards the door or closet or you will die early, as a casket goes out the door. Either that, or the evil spirits will pull you out.
- If you put your face in a weird position, it will stay like that forever.


To the Banwaon tribe in Agusan del Sur, man can never own a tree

'I-Witness' host Kara David ventures into the forest to document the datus' animist rituals and beliefs. Aug 23, 2013


Behind the scenes of Kara David's "I-Witness" docu on Banwaon

In August 2013, Kara David and her I-Witness documentary team travelled to Agusan del Sur to shoot a documentary entitled "Ang mga Datu ng Mahagsay" about the Banwaon tribe. Oct 2, 2013

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Subanen food offering

2007 in LakeWood, Zamboanga del Sur

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Filipino New Year's Superstitions

AzNislander143 wrote on Jan 1, 2012: YAY! First ever video up on the first day of 2012 Here's a few Filipino superstitions during the New Year and a cover of the classic "Auld Lang Syne" Hope you enjoy and Happy New Year's.

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New Year's Eve - Day - Etc.

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