Tag Archives: filipino folklore


Ghosts and staircases

Background: I asked about the informant’s background with Pacific Islanders and how they heard about it to which they responded, “I work with a lot of Filipino coworkers, I have friends who are various nationalities, I know some Indoneseians, I know some Fijians, Samoans, Hawaiians. And they all have similar, like, the one consistent thing… Continue Reading »

Hiwit

Context:The interlocutor (JP) is the mother of the interviewer (INT). She and her family grew up in Bacolod, Philippines, and lived there up until she moved in her 20s. Since then, she’s lived in Los Angeles. Description: (told in person)(JP): “Apparently ginger was a thing to ward off the spirits, especially for babies. So my… Continue Reading »

Manananggal

CONTEXT/BACKGROUND:The interlocutor (JP) is the mother of the interviewer (INT). She and her family grew up in Bacolod, Philippines, and lived there up until she moved to Los Angeles in her twenties. DESCRIPTION: (told in person)(JP): “The manananggal is this mythical creature that separates from their lower body. She usually has fangs and wings, like… Continue Reading »

The Man With the Coconuts

Context The following story comes from my friend who enjoys telling me about various Philipino folktales that she heard from her parents when she was younger. ———————————————————————————————————— Performance The following is a transcription of the story told to me. “So there’s this man with a bunch of coconuts and he’s loading them all up on… Continue Reading »