Pinoys R Us

Modern Philippine mythical creatures

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:19
A report from a totally reliable source -- an anonymous text message -- says Batangas is being menaced by a group of aswang on a truck.
I think it's a hoax. Don't you think it's suspicious how the message fails to say how the aswang were recognized? Did they drive their truck close enough for the texter to get a good look at their Official Aswang IDs? For all we know they could have been congressmen -- it's easy to confuse the two species.
But even if the report is bogus, it raises a timely question: isn't it time to update the list of Philippine mythological creatures?

Onli in da Pilipins

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:36
(originally published in SCMP Nov 24 2005)
Any morning that a daily newspaper splashes a story about crime, corruption or government ineptitide, you can bet that across the land citizens will be shaking their heads over coffee and muttering, onli in da Pilipins - "only in the Philippines." The expression, which is increasingly common, seems to show Filipinos believe sins and misdemeanours have a national brand.

Fare play

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:29
(originally published in SCMP, 2006)
It has happened at least several times in the past year: somebody takes a taxi ride and leaves their valuables behind. The driver discovers the item and promptly goes out of his way to return it to the owner, refusing any payment.
Could this truly be happening in Manila?


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