MANANANGGAL. Literally means “one that removes”. This creature is usually an attractive woman by day. At night, especially when there is a full moon, her upper body detaches from her lower body; it utters a special demonic prayer and applies some kind of oil on all of its body parts before the ‘detachment’. Bat-like wings sprout out from its back, and it uses its long tongue to feed on human blood and flesh (usually that of unborn babies). Before the sun rises, it goes back to where it left its lower body and attaches itself again, ready to blend in with the human crowd for another day.
KAPRE. This mythical creature is often considered as a tree demon with human-like characteristics. Often described as giant-like and hairy, wearing loincloths (or bahag) and smoking tobaccos, Kapres are not particularly evil. They just love playing pranks on people, and would sometimes look for friendship with mortals.
TIKBALANG. Usually depicted as a very tall creature with a head of a horse, tikbalangs are famous for leading travelers astray by scaring them. They play tricks on humans, making them return to the place where they are trying to get away from. There are some superstitions stating that tikbalangs are guardians of the forests.
TIYANAK. Tianaks are evil creatures taking the form of babies in order to lure unwary travelers to their trap. They frequent forests and woods, and they imitate the cry of an infant to catch the attention of passersby. When picked up, the tianak would revert to its true form and attack the victim. They also play pranks on people. Some sources say that tiyanaks are the souls of unborn children who were killed in an abortion, or of those who died with their mothers during childbirth.
DUWENDE. They are goblins or dwarfs who can either provide good fortune or bad fate to humans. They are often thought as mischievous little beings who love to play tricks on humans. Usually, people mutter “tabi-tabi po” to excuse themselves whenever passing by supposed homes of duwendes (usually small mounds of earth or trees) so as not to disturb them.
SIRENA. Philippine version of mermaids. They love hypnotizing people, usually fishermen, by their sheer beauty and enchanting singing voices. Some say that they pull humans to the water and offer them to ocean deities; some accounts said they just love to distract humans while working (though sometimes it still lead to death, i.e. shipwrecks)
…four homeless men, camped out under an awning, trying to keep out of the rain. They were all huddled around something, and as I got out of the car I spotted a blocky pit bull head at the center of the circle.
I was worried the dog may be hurt, but I was too chicken to go over and ask.
As I did my grocery shopping in the warm, dry store I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I bought some dog treats and a $20 gift card. I put my bags in the car and grabbed the treats and the gift card and approached them.
Is your dog okay? I asked.
We’re just tryin’ to keep him warm, the guy in the center answered. Their dog - a beautiful and well-fed white pit bull with tan spots got up and showed off his coat, which the guys told me someone had donated to them during the last rainstorm. The four guys were clearly cold, but all of the blankets were surrounding their dog, keeping him warm and dry.
I handed them the treats and the gift card. Do you need dog food? I asked.
They promised me they were okay.
I have blankets in the car, I told them. Do you want those?
One of them trekked back to the car with me and I unloaded the blankets I had intended to donate to a pit bull rescue.
Four guys who had nothing but doing everything to keep their dog warm and dry in the rain.
Sometimes I think humanity may not be so fucked after all.
After STFUConservatives reblogged my affirmative action display with useless commentary and an arrogant tone, dozens of people reblogged it again. Most of the time, they added their own commentary; mostly complaining about the display while refusing to (1) message me or (2) say anything intelligent about the topic.
I’ve thus conducted a list of these people. If you’re following, make sure to hit that “- unfollow” button at the top right of their page. Enjoy their hate and illogicality.
“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of star stuff.”—Carl Sagan (via thechocolatebrigade)