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Immigration Administrative Circular No. SBM-2013-007


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Pare, boss, dear and Pinoy culture
Sylvia Estrada Claudio February 13, 2017
How does one call people appropriately these days? When is 'dear' acceptable? Or, for that matter, 'bok'?
There has been a lot of analysis that social media has become a monster, what with fake news and trolling. It’s a bit like inviting the dumbest people and the worst perverts into your home via your computer screen.
Re-introducing the Filipinos to the Escalator Etiquette
September 06, 2016
It’s the usual morning scenarios for the Filipino commuters – the constant pushing and nudging, sometimes accidentally, most of the time, intentionally during rush hours in MRT/LRT and bus stations in the country

the Video: Safety tips for Escalator Users, May 3, 2017

Filipino Proper Manners and Etiquette

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Etiquette for Expats, Tourists and Other Visitors to the Philippines
Jessica Zafra

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Proper Manila etiquette for business and introductions

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Business Etiquette in the Philippines

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Business Meetings
Gifts to a Filipino colleague

Philippine Social and Business Culture

The Philippines Travel Etiquette

What Non-Catholics Should Know About Attending a Catholic Funeral Service

Dress codes for foreigners

A Discussion about Dress codes for foreigners living in the Philippines


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Filipino Proper Manners and Etiquette

This video demonstrates the difference between eastern and western culture. Filipinos are known to be much more conservative than European and American, they are more promiscuous. This video illustrates the right and wrong way about: Social, Business, Dining etc.


How To Survive A Filipino House Party

Xochilt Sanchez is invited to her first-ever Filipino House Party. Mayhem ensues as she tries to navigate her way through the night's events, making one misstep after another. Will Xochilt survive? Take off your shoes, bring your appetite, Mano Po your elders, and get your karaoke pipes ready to find out.


Local Etiquette - Manila

How to behave in social situations in Manila.

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Gym Etiquette

This video explores standard gym etiquette. Jun 21, 2014


Underwater Etiquette

Scuba diving and taking underwater images is a great way to learn more and share what our oceans have to offer. Leaving them the same way we found them is vital for continued enjoyment of this precious resource. Through the videography of Steve De Neef the folks at Atmosphere Resorts have created a great resource to teach good diving etiquette to avoid harming both coral and critters, as well as yourself, and make the dive an enjoyable experience for all divers. This video was filmed and edited by Steve De Neef - and provided to ReefID by Atmosphere Resorts - in the Philippines.

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“Do’s and Don’ts in the Philippines”

to every non-Filipino planning a visit. It’s full of funny anecdotes and you will be sure you won’t make any big mistakes or offend anyone.

Some Do's and Don't's - IN PHILIPPINE SOCIETY
Walking naked in QC? Think twice or you'll be fined
January 30, 2018

Roaming around Quezon City shirtless will be fined P1,000

Filipino table manners, etiquette and Dining and Drinking Tutorials - Etc.

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How to: Setting a Buffet Table

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Dining etiquette in the Philippines

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Table Manners

Like any other culture, Filipino culture has its own idiosyncrasies when it comes to table manners. Some of which cause Westerners to proclaim that all Filipino are rude.

This is NOT really true. It is completely acceptable behavior within Filipino culture.

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Eating with a Fork and Spoon

Eating with Hands (Kamayan)


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How to Set a Dining Table

Before you set the table for fine dining, you must first consider the table itself. True fine dining necessitates a large table with ample room for the dinnerware that will serve several courses and beverage pairings. Under the most lavish conditions, there will be an expansive table covered with linen or lace, an appropriate centerpiece, candles, china, crystal and sterling cutlery.

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Filipino Dining Tutorial by Mikey Bustos

the article Dinner Time Customs in the Philippines


Eating With a Spoon and Fork

We, Filipinos, eat with the spoon in tandem with the fork because our meals involve pairing rice with everything. This video shows the efficiency of the spoon-and-fork technique when eating the Pinoy favorite, chicken adobo and rice. By/Ruby Bayan


How to eat with your hands: Kamayan

This is a tutorial of how to eat with your hands.

Filipino Drinking Tutorial

Filipinos are fun to socially drink with, and this video explores some of the unique quirks of a Filipino drinker.
Filipino Coffee Tutorial by Mikey Bustos

Coffee is a big part of the Pinoy lifestyle. Here are some things I've observed with my family and kababayans when drinking coffee.

Filipino Proper Manners and Etiquette

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Defining Terms: Myth, folklore, legend, etc.

What's the difference?

Fairy tales, myths, legends, and folklore are terms which may seem to mean the same thing: fanciful tales.
Superstitions and unfounded beliefs are important elements in the folklore tradition.

Lamanok island’s petrographs declared important cultural property
October 28, 2020 Hanah Tabios

The archaeological sites and petrographs of Lamanok island, an area seven kilometers north of Anda, Bohol, has been officially declared as an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP).
Dubbed as Bohol’s “cradle of civilization”, the mystical place of Lamanok boasts a richness in beauty and heritage.
During the pre-colonial times, Lamanok also served as a holy spot for local priests and medicine men to make offerings to nature spirits. These mystical creatures were often called upon for bountiful harvest or a good catch.

Cusps and compatibilities: Astrology myths busted
Gigi August 03 2020

You can’t be 'born on a cusp,' there’s no 13th zodiac sign, and having incompatible signs with your crush isn’t a big deal
What do cusp signs, Ophiucus and Sun sign compatibility have in common?
They’re all concepts that have crept into social media and Internet discussions about astrology.

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.

The babaylan lives in her story

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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.

Look also the below videos and the videos Pagdiwata Ritual Dance

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

Look the full description of the video HERE




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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Cemeteries - Etc.

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Burying Marcos in Libingan ng mga Bayani - 'Heroes' Cemetery?

Indigenous - Ethnic - Etc. culture in provinces about Death, Funeral, Burial, Mourning and the Dead

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Republic Act 289 Republic Act 289
Traditions and Protocol of a Presidential Funeral

Although there are no laws mandating presidential funerals, certain protocol and traditions are maintained. A deceased Philippine president may be given a state funeral, which involves funeral expenses defrayed by the State; a Book of Condolence opened for local and foreign dignitaries in the Philippines; lying in state for public viewing; and arrival, departure, and final military honors.

Libingan ng mga Bayani - Heroes Cemetery

Heroes' Cemetery, also officially known as Libingan ng mga Bayani, is a national cemetery within Fort Bonifacio, formerly the American Fort William McKinley in Western Bicutan, Taguig City, Metro Manila
It was established as a fitting resting place for Filipino military personnel from privates to generals, as well as heroes and martyrs.
On the cemetery's entrance it is written: "I do not know the dignity of his birth, but I do know the glory of his death."
The Republic Memorial Cemetery at Fort McKinley was established in May 1947 as a fitting tribute to the gallant Filipino men and women who brought honor to the country and fought for the sake of freedom and democracy. On October 27, 1954, the Memorial Cemetery was renamed Libingan Ng Mga Bayani, LNMB by the late President Ramon Magsaysay.

FAST FACTS: Libingan ng mga Bayani
Paco Tantoco August 31, 2016
The Libingan ng mga Bayani is the final resting place of more than 49,000 Filipinos

Who can be buried at Heroes' Cemetery? AFP explains rules
May 27, 2016
In the 103-hectare Heroes' Cemetery – the designated resting place for Filipino soldiers, war veterans, and citizens considered as heroes and martyrs – around 49,000 are buried

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Memorial sites, ex presidents’ tombs at Manila North Cemetery
Nov 1, 2018
Rename cemetery to Libingan ng mga Bayani at mga Dating Pangulo

by Mara Cepeda August 25, 2016
Kabayan Representative Harry Roque says renaming the Libingan ng mga Bayani may breach the divide among Filipinos over the planned hero's burial for Ferdinand Marcos.
Kabayan Representative Harry Roque filed a bill seeking to rename the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery) to the Libingan ng mga Bayani at mga Dating Pangulo (Cemetery of Heroes and Former Presidents.)

LNMB renamed 'Libingan ng Mga Bayani and Friends' on Google Maps
by Gelo Gonzales November 11, 2016
'Libingan ng mga Bayani' is a grave misnomer, some netizens believe.
ONLINE PROTEST. The Libingan ng mga Bayani marker on Google Maps continues to be renamed as the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos looms.
Manila Memorial Park (MMP)

is the pioneer in the memorial park industry in the Philippines. Its first park opened in 1964. It is the largest memorial park company in terms of number of parks and development. In pursuit of its objective to provide prestigious memorial parks in the country, Manila Memorial Park is expanding to other parts of the nation, starting with the major cities, namely Cebu and Davao.

Flames and Mirrors at the Mission Compound Cemetery

Sagada, Mountain Province

Look more about the Sagada Panag-apoy ritual HERE


The existing situation of a mass grave in Metro Manila

A common grave in Metro Manila does not serve as a peaceful place for the departed ones. Other corpses are unidentified, and "disposed." Nov 2, 2014

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Toledo Memorial Garden

Aerial video of major cemeteries in Cebu
Oct 31, 2017

People from all walks of life have started to visit the graves of their departed loved ones since last week of October in preparation for the All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Watch this aerial video of at least three major cemeteries in Cebu, Philippines.
Video by: Allan Cuizon of SunStar Cebu

Crypt Burial

A concrete forming system for multiple burial chambers in the Philippines.


The Cemetery America Forgot

Clark Veterans Cemetery

Look the full description of the video HERE


Manila American Cemetery and Memorial

Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

the article with photos HERE

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Mausoleo ni Vasyon Tenora, Zamboanga del Norte
ABS-CBN News Jun 9, 2019
Sa isang sementeryo sa Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte, agaw-pansin ang mausoleo ni alyas "Vasyon Tenor."
Cemetery of Vietnamese refugees at Bataan Processing Centre in Philippines

There are about 300 graves found in this cemetery. Bataan was a Processing Centre established in 1980 and closed down in 1994, now called Bataan Technology Park, in Subic Bay area (Philippines), 2 hours drive from Manila.

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the Video "Introduction of the Archive of Vietnamese Boat People"


Art Casket of Jun Tupas in Carcar City

Ornately crafted caskets now a must-see in Carcar

Art Casket of Jun Tupas in Carcar City

PRLog The Flower Of The Dead

Aside from poppies, chrysanthemums, marigold, and orchids, Filipinos have also used some of their native flowers as a sign for grief and symbol for the dead. These particular flowers are popularly known as the Kalachichi.


How much you pay for funeral expenses?

It is said that it's somewhat expensive to live but it's more expensive to die. Let's see how much it cost when a man die. Nov 1, 2014

'Patay Gang', which is to solicit money from people for the burial purposes of their "dead" relative.

Things most don’t know about funeral homes
October 29, 2016 by Chelzee G. Salera

There are a few things that stay hidden behind closed doors and are not known to most of the living. Here are a few things behind the funeral parlors that groom those who leave for the next chapter of their lives.

Insurance Commission goes after memorial chapels
July 13, 2015
The lnsurance Commission (lC) is investigating memorial chapels and associations offering products similar to life or memorial plans without the required licenses to operate as pre-need firms.
A memorial plan is a product that enables the plan holder pre-pay future memorial services at a lower cost today. It typically includes the following in its package:
Memorial service in accredited mortuaries;
•Assignment or transfer of the plan, and;
•Insurance protection.

Republic Act No. 9829
– the Pre-Need Code of the Philippines

Heritage Ancient Death, Funeral, Burial and the Dead

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Death, Funeral, Burial, Mourning, etc.

Indigenous - Ethnic - Etc. culture in provinces about Death, Funeral, Burial, Mourning and the Dead

Ancient Goldworking & Treasures

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Michael Charleston B. Chua - Arts of the Philippines

The Mannungul Jar was found in the Tabon Cave in Palawan

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Manunggul jar ‘ship-of-the-dead’ and the journey to afterlife
ATTY. DENNIS GORECHO December 29, 2020
The journey of the soul to the afterlife was closely associated by early Filipinos to maritime culture as represented by the “ship-of-the-dead” burial container called Manunggul Jar.

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The cultural treasure "The Manunggul Jar"

found in the early 1960’s in Manunggul Cave - Tabon Cave, Lipuun Point, Palawan is a secondary burial jar. The upper portion of the jar, as well as the cover is incised with curvilinear scroll designs and painted with natural iron or hematite. On top of the jar cover or lid is a boat with two human figures representing two souls on a voyage to the afterlife. The boatman is seated behind a figure whose hands are crossed on the chest. The position of the hands is a traditional Filipino practice observed when arranging the corpse.


Pre-colonial limestone tombs discovered at Mt. Kamhantik, Quezon
Award-winning documentarist Kara David visits the excavation site in Quezon Province, Philippines. Aired February 18, 2013

1,000-year-old village found on a jungle-covered mountaintop near Mulanay town in Quezon province

Limestone tombs of Kamhantik

The video Documentary of Mt. Kamhantik in Mulanay, Quezon

Ancient Philippine Burial Traditions and Qingbai Ceramics

Jan 19th, 2011 by Tip Writer

Burial Goods Burial Goods in the Philippines: An Attempt to Quantify Prestige Values


The Burial and Mourning Customs of Filipinos

(Mostly old - ancient)

Ancient human remains in Philippines reveal rare ritual burial 9000 years ago

A team of scientists have discovered the 9,000-year-old remains of a woman buried in a cave in El Nido, Palawan in the Philippines, which reveal evidence of an elaborate and bizarre ritual burial. About 9000 years ago, she was buried in an elaborate ritual that involves defleshing and separation of bones, crushing of the big bones and finally, cremation and burial. Published: 3 October, 2013

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Anthropological reflection on Philippine masks

Visayan burial masks

Gold death mask found in Plaza Independencia
he Heritage of Cebu

Bisayans who could afford would cover their deads eyes, nose and mouth with gold so that they would be welcomed well in the next world.

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Was gold really present in Cebu during the Pre-Spanish Era? Together let us answer this question through this episode of Kabilin entitled BULAWANONG SUGBO.

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Kabayan Mummy Burial Caves

located at the Municipality of Kabayan in Benguet, Mountain Province.

The Kabayan Mummies are also known as Fire Mummies, Benguet Mummies and Ibaloi Mummies

Ancient Mummies Discovered In A Cave In The Philippines After 300 Years
By Clayton Aldrich

ALL the Videos about The Kabayan Mummies UPDATED 30 October 2019


Death & Beauty in Old San Remigio, Cebu

Join Prof. Jojo Bersales as he rediscovers for the second time around, the culture of what has been the KARAANG KANGHAGAS or the town of SAN REMIGIO. San Remigio was formerly known as "Kanghagas", a kind of tree that grew abundant in the place.


Karaang Kanghagas o San Remigio - Know more about what was once Karaang Kanghagas and now known as San Remigio.

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How ancient Visayans revered the dead - San Remigio - Cebu

By Trizer D. Mansueto - Inquirer Visayas

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Ancient Burials
Ancient graveyards in Philippines have the same belief with the Greeks on after-life.

In the eastern part of Bohol, Philippines, ancient graveyards can be found in barangay Basdio in the town of Guindulman.

The burial caves or graveyards have boat-shaped coffins.

The boat coffin was a funeral custom in ancient times. Usually a dead person was put into a coffin shaped like a boat. It was believed the dead would traverse the sea.

Traditional Burial Practices of Bontoc, Mt. Province

By: WAKIT, JORELYN October 27, 2012

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Settlement and Burial Sites in Butuan City


Of all areas in the Philippines reported to have archaeological sites, Mindanao is the least explored and investigated. Although there were sporadic explorations and surveys conducted in and around Davao, Zamboanga and Sulu, and Cotabato, no proper investigation has ever been done in northern Mindanao until the discovery of the sites in Butuan


Ermita ruins, Honeycomb-shaped tombs - Dimiao Bohol:

The mystery of the empty honeycomb tombs of Bohol
4 November, 2013 - aprilholloway
In the municipality of Dimiao in the province of Bohol, Philippines, lies an eerie and perplexing image – rows and rows of honeycomb-like tombs. The site would not be so strange if it were not for one unusual fact – they are all empty.

The catacombs of Dimiao
April 20, 2013

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Ermita ruins - Dimiao Bohol
Dec 14, 2015
Honeycomb-shaped tombs reveal mysterious mass grave
Oct 26, 2016
A town in Bohol is home to a cemetery with tombs grouped together like a honeycomb. But there's more to this mysterious resting place than just its unique shape.

Our Heritage and the Departed: A Cemeteries Tour

The Presidential Museum and Library offers a comprehensive diagram of the cemeteries and memorial shrines in Metro Manila and surrounding areas, including the specific graves and markers that house the remains of key historical figures, including Philippine Presidents and heroes of the Philippine Revolution.

The Mystery of Manila's Octagonal Cemetery

KABILIN Mga Karaang Lubnganan sa Sugbo

Explore and discover the beauty as well as stories that lie in every old cemeteries not just only in the city but also in the Province of Cebu.

The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery, Laguna

It is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday between 8 am-4 pm.

It is the only one of its kind in the Philippines - it is a burial site located inside, or more accurately, beneath a church. This church is rich in history - it was built and designed for funeral mass in 1845 by the Franciscan priest Fr. Vicente Velloc. He also directed the construction of an underground graveyard 15 feet below the church.

The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is considered a national historical landmark because its underground crypt was used as a secret meeting place in 1896 by Filipino revolutionaries or Katipuneros, members of the KKK. During the Filipino-American War, Filipino patriots also used the underground cemetery to formulate their battle plans and to seek shelter. It also became a safehouse for Filipino guerillas during World War II.

the Videos - Aug 01, 2018


Sunken Cemetery, Camiguin Island
Fearless & Far Aug 25, 2018

The sunken cemetery fell into the ocean with the 1871 eruption of Mount Vulcan. It was built by the spanish, and has seen a lot of destruction over the years. More eruptions, typhoons, and tsunamis have turned this beautiful graveyard into rubble, leaving only a few relics under water.

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Healers & Healing

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Rumsua: Ancestral Traditions, a site that provides information on Filipino culture and heritage, with particular emphasis on the amianan. Included are topics on the healing arts, literary works, and other cultural facts and information.
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.

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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Videos in the album Healing Rituals - Etc.


Totoo ba ang Barang?
ABS-CBN News Nov 24, 2019
Faith healer Remedios Absalon explains how she uses her gift to help people afflicted by barang and kulam hexes


Siquijor Island of Mystery, is known for its HEALING POWERS
globalvideopro1 Oct 28, 2019
Siquijor Island of Mystery, is known for its HEALING POWERS. Formerly known for witches, curses and black magic. Watch four people being healed in 30 minutes. These 4 patients had various 'life threatening illnesses. 18 year old girl with large, painful, growing cyst in her breast GONE. School Teacher with Arthritis and Diabetes . Treated. Man stage 4 cancer. Foreign woman. Remove curse. I videotaped each one only 3 feet from my camera. No tricks!


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

Most of the videos are albums in the album Mythology, Fables, Babaylan Culture, Superstitions & Beliefs, Etc. or one of the sub-albums

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The Meaning of Myths, Folklore, Legends, and Fairy Tales

Look the article as pdf

Philippine folklore - mythology

look also HERE

Pantheon of the Gods and Goddesses
Mythological Creatures

Or look it as pdf HERE or look it as video HERE (each slide goes on for 12 sec.)

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

a site with so many links to different categories

Philippine Folklore Stories
Supernatural Creatures in Philippine Folklore
Philippine Myth
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

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

Look also the article HERE


The Legend of the Magat River

Look the description of the legend


The Legend of Maria Makiling

2 parts: part 1 and 2


Maria Makiling, Short Film
Roselyn Labsan Dec 23, 2017
A Project by Lorma SHS students

Look the description of the legend and Mt. Makiling


in the album Great Places to Visit

Halloween Special 2019, mysterious stories in Laguna, Rizal and Quezon
GMA Public Affairs October 25, 2019

Biyahero Drew delved into the eerie and mysterious stories in Laguna, Rizal and Quezon.


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.

Biag ni Lam-ang


The 7 Biraddali Sisters
In English, Tagalog Translation, Bicol Sorsogon Translation and Animation
Elise Mendoza December 31, 2017

Everyone thinks the biraddali are myths on earth, we’re just too careful to let ourselves be seen. Except for one occasion, one time when one of us let our guard down. You see, us seven sisters take the rainbow down to earth to remove our silver wings and relax and bathe in the fresh mountain springs.


Sulu: The 7 Biraddali Sisters
September 28, 2019

You can listen to the story told in Filipino in the Video (HD)

‘Us seven sisters take the rainbow down to earth to remove our silver wings and relax and bathe in the fresh mountain springs. One day, a human saw our wings on the ground and threatened to make us his wives.’
Originally chronicled by Gerald Rixhon in his 1973 book Sulu Studies No. 2, the story was republished in a 2010 compilation of his works entitled Voices from Sulu: A Collection of Tausug Oral Traditions.

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.

this article

Look also HERE, HERE and HERE and the Videos:

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.

Look the full description of the videos in this album HERE and more on the above links

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.
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.
Look also HERE and HERE

AND the Video: White lady, nakitang umaangkas daw sa mga sasakyan?
GMA Public Affairs February 26, 2020
Naging usap-usapan sa isang kalsada sa San Rafael, Bulacan na mayroon daw white lady na umaangkas sa mga motorista. May katotohanan kaya ito?

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.

Look also HERE and HERE


Awayan: Philippine Mythological Creatures

Mythical Creatures of the Philippines
Truth or Fiction?
Elise Easterbrook


The Sarimanok is a legendary bird of the Maranao people

Look also HERE

Chocolate Hills legends

 How the Chocolate Hills Came to Be


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

The Myth of the Banana Plant

Tale of the Banana Tree

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

the Video

The Legend of Pineapple

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

The Myth about Dama de Noche

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

The Legends of Mt. Mayon

The story of two lovers not unlike Romeo and Juliet

The story of an uncle Magayon

Magayon Festival, the annual celebration derived from the legend of the Mayon volcano, referred to as a beautiful maiden, "daragang magayon."

Mayon Volcano, also known as Mount Mayon

and the Videos

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
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

Mayoyao Ifugao Hudhud volume 2

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

Mary T. Dumanghi

Women in Philippine Folktales Women in Philippine Folktales
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

Michelle Kitma

Look the legend as pdf  HERE

Visayan Folktales

This link is very often dead, but comming up again, so try again later

Cebuano and Visayan Folktales



the Video: 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 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.


'Aswang' killed by neighbor in Bacolod City
Jun 6, 2020 GMA Public Affairs

A man believed to be an "aswang" by his neighbor was found dead outside his house in Barangay Estefania.
The victim, Leodegario Gulmatico, 74, suffered several injuries.
The suspect, Christopher Trocio, 31, immediately surrendered to the police after the incident.
Trocio argued he decided to kill Gulmatico, who he believes is an "aswang" (supernatural creature), to spare people from being eaten and killed by Gulmatico.

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

Look about Children´s book with myths etc. HERE

Kalinga Legends and myths of Kalinga, Philippines

Virginia Gaces



MANOLO BALLUG as passed on by the elders.

Look the legend as pdf


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


Misteryo ng San Juanico Bridge - Urban Legend
Published on Jul 9, 2018

Pag-usapan natin ang Urban Legend tungkol sa pagkakagawa ng San Juanico Bridge noong 1969.


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

Look the contents - titles of all the tales HERE


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
Albert Ernest Jenks, Manila 1905

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

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.

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


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."

Ghost month begins tomorrow
Aug 17, 2020 CNN Philippines
It’s the beginning of ghost month tomorrow. Feng Shui master Marites Allen tells us how to prepare for it.

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Beliefs - Superstitions - Amulets - etc.

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Pinoy New Year’s Eve superstitions

Filipino-Chinese New Year

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Early filipino in the pre-hispanic period

Filipino beliefs and practices before the arrival of the Spaniards.

Or look as pdf HERE or as Video

Remark this is an album in the album "Philippine History"

Spooky school stories: UP Los Baños edition
by Jerico Levita, Maria Isabella Ordoñez, and Mille Graziella Lisse Wy October 31, 2018

For countless years, these spooky stories have passed on from generation to generation – sending chills running down everyone's spines

Spooky school stories: University of St. La Salle edition
by Hezron G. Pios and Lance Christian M. Juarez October 31, 2018
From ghosts haunting the halls and rooms of the school to apparitions that disappear in the blink of an eye, University of St. La Salle has its own share of spooky stories.

Spooky school stories: Bicol University edition
by Lea Boringot, The Bicol Universitarian October 31, 2018
Creatures of myth and horror stories passed down from one generation of BUeños to another

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Burial traditions customs superstitions in the Philippines

Filipino Superstition on Death & Illness

Filipino Beliefs, Contradictions, Value
Understand your BFF: What their zodiac sign says about your friends
Monch the Mystic March 07, 2018

Always in sync with your best friend? Your compatibility may have been written in the stars!

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

Look also HERE


Look the article as pdf HERE


Powers ng Anting-anting
ABS-CBN News Apr 28, 2019
Look into the roots of the Filipinos’ belief on amulets, and shows different kinds of stones and charms.


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.


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.”

Look the article as pdf HERE



Belief in Supreme God
Philippine Trinity

Look the article as pdf HERE

Growing spirituality among Filipinos

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.

Look the article as pdf HERE

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.

Look the article as pdf HERE

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).

About Philippines recommend this site with MUCH more about:
Mythology, Creatures & Monsters

Mambabarang and Mangkukulam
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.

Look also HERE and HERE




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

Read also about Fetishism


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

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.

Filipino Superstitions

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
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.

Look more in the section Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday - Semana Santa "Holy Week" (Mahal na Araw) - Easter

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.

Look the article as pdf HERE Look also HERE

Superstitions - Baptism Filipino superstitions - Baptism
Filipino Superstitions

Filipino Superstitions about Christmas etc.

Compiled by Laura B. Corpuz

10 Filipino Superstitious Beliefs during Wakes

Filipino Superstitious Beliefs on Good Luck

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

Filipino Superstitions Filipino Superstitions
Filipino Traits, Traditions & Beliefs:

Beliefs on House, Home and Family

Beliefs on Bad Luck and Good Luck

Casiguran Agta - Casiguran Dumagat

Culture, beliefs etc.
Jesus T. Peralta

Look the article as pdf HERE

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.

Remark this is an album in the album Obando Fertility Festival - Ritual - Music and Dance of Bulacan in the album Culture - Festivals - Fiestas - Events

Ibanag Heritage Foundation Inc. - IHFI


Religious and Beliefs

Programs, Projects and Activities

Ibanag Childbirth Rituals - Beliefs

The Dead, River Spirits, & a Magic Hat

alex felipe

Filipino Superstitions on Death

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

Developing a Philippine Philosophy

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

Francisco Demetrio

Beliefs and Practices Beliefs and Practices of Muslim Women in Mindanao

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

Alisa Pierson

Filipino Spirituality


Philippine Culture, Traditions, Values and Beliefs of Filipinos

Remark this is an album in the album Filipino Culture and Traditions & Tradition vs. Modernization


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

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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 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.

New Year's Eve - Day - Etc.

Haunted Houses - Places - Etc.

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Top 10 most haunted places in PH
ABS-CBN News Jun 30, 2013

Aside from its natural wonders, the Philippines is also known for places that can pull off a good scare. So prepare for horror as Rated K lists down the Top 10 haunted places in the Philippines.

Scary Stories at These Haunted Places in Baguio City
Oct 14, 2019 Baguio City Guide

The rich history of Baguio City has brought about a gloomy past that has made the city a go-to tourist destination not just because of the weather and lush pines, but also because of the different kind of chills you might experience when you go to these different haunted places in Baguio City

Scary Stories At These 5 Haunted Places In Baguio City
Baguio is said to be home to wandering souls who have unfinished business and thus are walking around some of the now popular haunted places in the city.

Kaba sa Haunted House
ABS-CBN News October 27, 2019
"Rated K" investigates an abandoned house in Bunawan, Davao City believed to be haunted by ghosts. Experts assess the veracity of supposed paranormal activities captured by CCTV cameras around the house.

'Antigong Ligaw,' dokumentaryo ni Jay Taruc (full episode)
Aug 7, 2015

Employees of an antique shop report hearing strange noises and seeing ghostly images. Jay Taruc sets out to investigate if these reported hauntings are true.

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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Baguio City Guide Oct 24, 2019

The Diplomat Hotel is undeniably very well known as one of the most haunted places not just in Baguio City but in the entire Philippines. We already know that for sure, so why don't we take a trip down to memory lane to revisit the past and find out how it has become this hauntingly beautiful place visited by many. Learn about the history of the Diplomat Hotel


Rember Gelera’s Diplomat Hotel
Oct 31, 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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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.

Inside Baguio’s Most Haunted: The Laperal White House

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Casa Nicolasa

Casa Nicolasa is the oldest "bahay-na-bato" in San Fernando, Pampanga. But aside from its architectural beauty, rumors about paranormal activity within its walls are rife.

Clark Air Base Hospital, Pampanga

is now an abandoned hospital, but it looks alive and well, without walls and interiors, the hospital was used during the world war 2 and most of the patients here are soldiers who are casualties of war, and not only from the world war but also during the year of Vietnam War. Haunted hospitals are the most scariest place ever, because it’s a tug of war place for life and death.

The Facebook: Clark Abandoned Hospital

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Abandoned Hospital in Angeles city Clark Pampanga
Ang misteryo ng abandonadong ospital sa Pampanga

Got fear of cemeteries? These are the sites to visit in the Cordillera
Frank Cimatu November 01, 2019

If you leave through John Hay’s main gate going to the PMA, you will pass by one of two Phil-Am veterans cemeteries.... the White Lady of Loakan sometimes hitches a ride there, taxicab drivers would attest.
And read also about these haunting cemeteries:
The Baguio Cemetery - Sagada Episcopalian Cemetery

Martial arts

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WATCH: Defend yourself with Kali Eskrima
Beatrice Go March 19, 2020 - with Video

Kali Eskrima is a Filipino fighting system dating back to pre-colonial Philippines, but has risen again in popularity in modern times.
Get a glimpse of how Filipino martial art Kali Eskrima can save your life!




Arnis: Grandmaster Rodel Dagooc
ABS-CBN News Sep 20, 2019

Grandmaster Dagooc talks about the practicality and effectiveness of arnis and looks back on learning the martial art when he came to Manila to find work. He then explains how he began his career as a martial arts teacher. After arnis gained more attention in the 1980s, Dagooc began receiving invitations to conduct arnis seminars abroad. He then used the money to start his own arnis cane manufacturing business. He demonstrates how to make grade A arnis canes and talks about the legacy he hopes to leave behind.


Filipino Martial Arts Documentaries


GMA Public Affairs Jul 29, 2019
Arnis athlete, ikinuwento ang aral na itinuro sa kanya ng Filipino martial art
GMA Public Affairs Published on Jul 31, 2019

Like many chubby girls, Kamya was bullied as a child. She was kicked out of kindergarten when she punched one of her bullies, who happened to be the daughter of the school owner.
An embittered Kamya was on her way to being a bully herself when a teacher suggested she try out for the school’s arnis team. She found her calling in the national sport. Now a consistent medalist, Kamya is a disciplined athlete and a leader on her team.
In the arnis hotbed of Cebu, the documentarians hang out in the busy gym of the celebrated Cañete clan of arnisadors.
There even petite girls learn how to tightly control their aggression while training to use any available object to gouge out an attacker’s eyes.
It’s the hub of martial artists of all ages, one of the Philippines’ oldest living traditions and now practiced by martial artists in dozens of countries.
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Cebuano Martial Arts
Orders, decorations, and medals

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Definition of Terms.

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Order: An Order is an award that grants membership in an exclusive  association of honored individuals, and which by tradition carries with it distinctive insignia to be worn by recipients.

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For purposes of this Executive Order, Orders, Decorations and Medals, which are awards of the highest prestige, are collectively referred to as Honors.



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Duterte to confer 'Order of Lapu-Lapu' on supporters of his advocacies
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Orders, decorations, and medals

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Philippine Medal of Valor
is the Philippines' highest military honor awarded for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. The medal is awarded by the President of the Philippines to members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and allied military personnel, including recognized guerrilla forces

FAST FACTS: List of Medal of Valor awardees and their privileges
Carmela Fonbuena December 20, 2017
Marawi hero Army Captain Rommel Sandoval is the latest recipient of Medal of Valor. He is only the 41st to receive the award since 1935.

FACT CHECK: Is the PNP’s 'Medalya ng Kagitingan' different from the 'Medal of Valor?'
Bea Cupin February 15, 2017
While Napolcom recommends the awarding of medals, it is the Special Promotions and Awards Deliberation Board of the PNP that does the deliberations.
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Orders, decorations, and medals - ribbons

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Philippine Legion of Honor - rank of Chief Commander

President Benigno S. Aquino III conferred the Philippine Legion of Honor with the rank of Chief Commander to Secretary Jesse M. Robredo posthumous, August 28 2012, the same day as the State Funeral for the late Secretary.

The medal was made by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the official manufacturer of State awards

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The National Artists of the Philippines

Order of the National Artist of the Philippines

The Order of National Artists, Orden ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining is the highest national recognition given to Filipino individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts; namely, Music, Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, Literature, Film, Broadcast Arts, and Architecture and Allied Arts.

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The Presidential Medal of Merit Award given by sculptor Willy Layug of Betis, Pampanga


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Exploring Transnational Communities in the Philippines

The volume chronicles the history and emerging trends of South Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese influx and settlement in the Philippines, and describes how these foreign resident populations compare with early foreign inflows into the country.

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The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM)

Its main objective is to deepen the global understanding of Japan and enhance mutual cooperation through the promotion of various cultural activies like lectures, film festivals, exhibitions and performances.


The Philippine Institute of Japanese Language and Culture


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The whistle-blowers against Duterte and his close allies
Jodesz Gavilan May 07, 2019

Peter Joemel Advincula, formerly known as Bikoy, is not the first whistle-blower to go public against either President Rodrigo Duterte or his close allies

It's IMPORTANT this article and ALL links in the article and:

Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation Group (CIDG) sues Robredo, LP, bishops for sedition over Bikoy videos

Bikoy says other whistle-blowers will surface after his Senate testimony
Rambo Talabong May 08, 2019 - with Video
EXCLUSIVE: 'Mayroon pang mga kasama ako na lalabas din at papatunayan ang mga unang sinabi ko,' says Peter Joemel Advincula, the man accusing the President's family of drug links

Marlon Manuel on fighting inciting to sedition case vs Robredo
September 24, 2019 - with Video
On Tuesday, September 24, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with human rights lawyer Marlon Manuel to discuss the case and what the harassment against the opposition means to the rule of law

Bikoy applies for state protection
Lian Buan August 05, 2019
'My life and the life of my family... is at risk,' says Peter Joemel Advincula

Bikoy surrenders again to PNP
Rambo Talabong July 29, 2019
Peter Joemel Advincula, the controversial man known as Bikoy, surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday, July 29, over a warrant of arrest in Legazpi City, Albay.

Bikoy links: IBP mulls disclosing press con details to authorities
Lian Buan July 23, 2019
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines' current and former presidents are included in the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group's inciting to sedition complaint over the Bikoy videos

Lacson: 'Bikoy' backed by PNP officials in 2016
Rambo Talabong May 09, 2019
Senator Panfilo Lacson says active Philippine National Police officials backed Joemel Peter Advincula, also known as 'Bikoy', in 2016

Lacson cancels Bikoy hearing: ‘Enough of this nonsense’
Rambo Talabong May 08, 2019
'We are now recalling the letter of invitation sent to Advincula yesterday. Enough of this nonsense,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

IBP declines Bikoy's request for legal aid
Lian Buan May 08, 2019
'Mr Advincula may not be provided free legal assistance based on the standards provided for in the National Center for Legal Aid Manual of Operations in approving such requests,' says the IBP

TIMELINE: The 'Bikoy' controversy
Jodesz Gavilan May 08, 2019
This controversy has led to several events, including a warantless arrest, a charge of inciting to sedition, and a whistle-blower going public

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CIDG sues Robredo, LP, bishops for sedition over Bikoy videos

Bikoy vs Bikoy
The biggest flip-flops of the government's star witness
August 12, 2019
By Lian Buan and Rambo Talabong
Developed by Patrick Santos
Graphics by Alyssa Arizabal
Peter Joemel Advincula, the man known as Bikoy, has told many versions of a sensational tale about drugs and the country’s most powerful
Who is Eduardo Acierto: Criminal cop or whistleblower?

Who is veteran anti-drug cop Eduardo Acierto?

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran anti-drug operator Eduardo 'Jojo' Acierto hides from a government that's out to get him. What drives him?


Awareness, Attitudes and Structures

Whistleblower charged: Interview with Jun Lozada
August 30, 2012

Making whistleblowing safe: a view from the Philippines
by/Nica Dumlao 25 November 2015


Protecting Whistleblowers
Is whistle-blowing...


Whistleblower Association of the Philippines
Balitaan - Ulat ni Noel Perfecto: Whistleblower Association of the Philippines, nanawagan kay Benhur Luy at iba pa na magsabi ng totoo. Sep 25, 2013

Why the PH is a safe haven for refugees - Etc.

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1951 Refugee Convention

The 1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol
The most frequently asked questions about the treaty and its protocol.

Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees

De Lima urges gov't to 'seriously consider' Iranian beauty queen's asylum application
Sofia Tomacruz November 03, 2019

'Let’s do the right thing in the name of human rights,' says Senator Leila de Lima.
Bahari, who arrived in the Philippines last October 16, earlier said she feared would be executed on politically motivated charges were she deported back to Iran.

Philippines grants asylum to Iranian beauty queen
Lian Buan November 08, 2019
Among the benefits is the authorization to work here

Duterte offers refugees a home in the Philippines
by Steve Chao 17 November 2016 - with Videos

"Send them to us. We will accept them," the president says at a time many Western nations are closing their borders.

Philippines backs 'long-overdue' UN migration pact
by Aika Rey July 14, 2018
United Nations member-states approve the final text of the Global Compact for Migration, upholding the rights of refugees and migrants. The United States has pulled out of the pact, citing its inconsistency with its 'America First' policy.


Why the PH is a safe haven for refugees
June 18, 2015

The Rohingya weren't the first group of refugees to seek asylum in the Philippines.
When anti-communist refugees known as White Russians were forced to flee China due to the advance of the communist army in 1949, only one country opened its doors to them, the Philippines.

Facing persecution at home, Ahmadiyya Muslims find refuge in Manila
by Fatima Qureshi January 15, 2019

The Philippines is home to hundreds of refugees who identify as Ahmadiyya Muslims. For decades, followers of the Ahmadiyya faith, a minority sect of Islam, have fallen victim to laws that target them as non-believers in Pakistan. Some of them have sought asylum in the Philippines.


From refugees to Filipinos: How two former refugees found a home in the Philippines
May 7, 2017 by UNHCR Philippines

After waiting for years on end in legal limbo, former refugees Maher Mohammad Al Raee and Kamran Karbasi were naturalised as Filipinos in January 2017, decades after they first came to the Philippines after fleeing their home countries because of war and persecution

Philippines may open doors to Rohingya migrants
19 May 2015
Government indicates willingness to provide welfare for boat people, after other SE Asian nations reject new migrants.

Rohingya migrants reached PH in 2014
by Paterno Esmaquel II Updated May 29, 2015
The United Nations refugee agency calls the Philippines a 'beacon of hope' for thousands of refugees.

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Philippines ready to help Rohingya refugees

When the PH opened its doors to Jewish refugees
by Gari A. Acolola June 24, 2017

'We would not be alive today if not for the Philippines,' says Lotte Hershfield, one of the thousand Jews who came to the country during World War II

Ten Facts About Refugees in the Philippines
07 Nov 2016 - with video
The Philippines has a long history of resettling displaced refugees into their country, stretching back to the 1940’s

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Holocaust Refugees in the Philippines
How Filipinos became heroes during the Holocaust

Humanitarianism: Why is Philippines so generous and accepting to refugees compared to other countries like Egypt Indonesia etc.?

Duterte offers refugees a home in the Philippines
17 November 2016 - with Video
"Send them to us. We will accept them," the president says at a time many Western nations are closing their borders.

The history of the former "Philippine Refugee Centers" and "The Boat People" in the Philippines - Etc.

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The Philippines Refugee Processing Center (PRPC) (1980-1995)

was a large facility near Morong, Bataan, Philippines, which was used as the final stop for Indochinese refugees making their way to permanent resettlement in other nations.

Important look also these links HERE and HERE and about Palawan Refugee Camp below HERE

Cemetery of Vietnamese refugees at Bataan Processing Centre in Philippines

There are about 300 graves found in this cemetery. Bataan was a Processing Centre established in 1980 and closed down in 1994, now called Bataan Technology Park, in Subic Bay area, 2 hours drive from Manila.


Vietnamese Refugees in the Philippines


The Philippine Refugee Processing Center (PRPC)

was a large facility near Morong, Bataan, Philippines, which was used as the final stop for Indochinese refugees making their way to permanent resettlement in other nations.

Look much more on the above links and the full description of the video HERE


Philippine refugee camp memories


Stateless Vietnamese Refugees in the Philippines 1997 - 2009

A trip down memory lane. A short documentary on VOICE work in the Philippines and what it set out to achieve in the years to come.


and look the 5 videos The last chapter of Vietnamese refugees in the Philippines

and look also the video Introduction of the Archive of Vietnamese Boat People

The former link has been closed, so we will be glad if you can help and send a new link

The Boat People Museum

was set up to commemorate the former Philippine Refugee Processing Center in Morong, Bataan which was used in 1980-1994 as a temporary resettlement and preparation area for boat refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. The Museum is about the story of suffering, people diaspora, and the triumph of the human spirit. It is about compassion, cooperation among various peoples, NGOs and governments, and about the United Nations. It is a story which unfortunately repeats itself. Yet there are small untold heroes. The Museum was set up with meager funds and volunteer help, mainly from those who were involved earlier as employees of the camp. Photos and small memorabilia were gathered from the villagers, as well as from visitors. An authentic boat that was used in the migration was refurbished and is a real monument to this period.

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P.F.A.C. - the Vietnamese Refugee Camp (V.R.C.) in Palawan.

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PFAC Palawan, Our Second Home Blog

was created as a tribute to the Vietnamese Refugees who used to live in P.F.A.C. or the Vietnamese Refugee Camp (V.R.C.) in Palawan, Philippines. We hope that this blog can serve as a venue or tool to reunite us, bring us closer together once more. Please feel free to post comments or requests below every post. We welcome submissions related to PFAC and its former volunteers and residents.

Palawan Refugee Camp Palawan Refugee Camp

PFAC refugee camp, 1989, Palawan

This is a video (in 6 parts) taken by Mr. Jan Top Christensen, Head of UNHCR Field Office in PFAC, Palawan, Philippines, in 1989.

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God Bless you & Many regards
"A Balikbayan family"