When thinking of spine-tingling monsters, most think of Japanese horror stories or creepy Korean urban legends. You may be surprised to find the Philippines has its fair share of mythic creatures that are as bizarre as they are mortifying - not to mention, there's this major baby-eating trend with Filipino monsters. Pranksters, witches, and deathbed stalkers also have a place in the line-up of scary creatures prowling around the Southeast Asian country.
Most myths have some kernel of truth to them, like weird creation stories that explain documented tragedies or natural disasters. However, that's not the case with the urban myths of the Philippines - these tales are woven with the sole intent of terrifying you. Compiled in this list are contemporary legends of mythical Filipino creatures that will have you checking over your shoulder as you read.
The Amalanhig (also called Maranhig or Amaranhig) are a variant on the Aswang, but if possible, they are even more terrifying. Like Aswang, they bite their victims on the neck, but they can also catch humans and tickle them until they die. They are also closer to zombies than the vampire-like Aswang: they reek of decay, look like rotting corpses, and move with a stiff, shuffling gait.
Luckily, Amaranhig can be avoided. The creatures can only move in straight lines, so you can throw one off your trail by running in a zigzag direction, or by climbing up a tree or other tall object (they can't climb). Some say they are always unwilling or unable to cross a body of water, so you can always try fleeing over a bridge.