Top 10 Scariest Filipino Monsters

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On November - 30 - 2009

Via Charles Tan, there’s a list of Top 10 Scariest Filipino Monsters posted by gabi319 over at Listverse. Not really sure about the creatures being “scary” although I like the fact that the Kumakatok are high up there. I’d probably take out the Kapre and Tikbalang (especially after Dayo :P ) and put in the Mambabarang and the Pugot. A Mananaggal has too many weaknesses in my opinion to ever win top honors in a scare-fest (compare to the Black Court vampires in the Dresden Files).

I do wish that the author was more consistent in giving attribution to the sources/creators of the images used though… But one thing I’m happy to have discovered thanks to the list is  a rendition of a Tikbalang by the awesome Keith Thompson, illustrator of Scott Westerfield’s Leviathan YA novel (which I loved and ought to review soon). He’s even got a little fictionalized, anthropology-style description of the creature to the right of the pic.

[Images in slider sourced from Listverse and attributed to and]

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