In some ways, I’ve been privileged enough to grow up with a sense of magic. I was raised being told stories of local creatures and cryptids, not far-off myths but actual, real-life stories where you can win a sigbin at a drinking game (ask your uncle!) or chance upon a parade of creatures at dusk with your grandson (your lolo, this time). Even now, in my twenties, I’d be hard pressed not to declare these tales true, even the ones about a tiktik caught in a few telephone wires.
This Halloween, we at Nolisoli present to you the profiles of different creatures around the country, based on Edgar Calabia Samar’s “Mga Nilalang na Kagila-gilalas.” Some of these may seem familiar to you (who hasn’t heard of an aswang?), but we’re willing to bet that a lot of these are far more obscure. And all of these are true—or at least, true enough, with a wink. Let’s all believe in magic again, why don’t we?