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  • lampara-ni-simoun
    19.05.2021 - 8 monts ago

    beware these snake-eyed children.

    In the olden times, there was once the hero Handyong. He was a fierce warrior, descended from Bikol’s first hero Baltog. Like his ancestor, he had tremendous strength, and thus defended his people from the monsters of the land. Eventually, he encountered an enemy he could not defeat: the wily shapeshifter Oryol, who could take the form of both a serpent and a woman. She could escape any trap and charm any animal with her gaze. She was Asuang’s daughter, born of a mortal maiden.

    The two were so powerful they were locked in a stalemate. Oryol in her caprice then proposed that she and Handyong instead aim for peace rather than enmity. The two worked together as diplomats, Oryol speaking on the monsters’ behalf and Handyong on the humans’. Such was their closeness that they became lovers and eventually married. The monsters and the humans lived in peace with one another (although the monsters shifted their forms to better fit with their human counterparts), and everyone lived happily ever after.


    Handyong and Oryol’s marriage produced many children. They possessed their parents’ wanderlust, and scattered around the archipelago. The more magically potent ones inherited their mother’s hypnotic gaze and penchant for mischief. Beware these snake-eyed children - if you ever encounter anyone with a supernatural charisma, they could very well be one of Oryol’s descendants.

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  • apolakai
    09.12.2021 - 1 mont ago

    The Ancient Bicolano Deities and Creatures


    - "Gugurang"

    Gugurang loomed high in the Bikol pantheon of gods. He was their (the people’s) benefactor, guide and defender against the god of evil, Aswang, who would anger Gugurang by inciting the people to rebel against the good god, do evil deeds and resort to sloth and easy pleasures. Seeing this, Gugurang would punish and pounce on Aswang and to his people, he gave protection and exhorted them to make sacrifices in order to appease his anger. The myths disclose him as a powerful and loving god who would vent his fury mercilessly on the transgressor but would shower them with gifts and protection in return. (Realubit, Bikols of the Philippines, p. 10).

    It is believed that ancient people looked up to him with great respect as they fervently gestured to the skies and spoke with profound affection for a great lord whom they adored, revered, and feared.

    - "Asuang"

    Brother of Gugurang; an evil god who wanted Gugurang’s fire, and gathered evil spirits and advisers to cause immortality and crime to reign; vanquished by Gugurang but his influence still lingers.

    - "Bakunawa"

    Believed to be the cause of eclipse, Bakunawa is the deity of the deep and the underworld.

    - "Oryol"

    A demi-goddess in Bicolano myths, she is mentioned in the Ibalong Epic. A wily serpent who appeared as a beautiful maiden with a seductive voice; admired the hero Handyong’s bravery and gallantry, leading her to aid the hero in clearing the region of beasts until peace came into the land

    - "Haliya"

    Haliya is the masked goddess of the moonlight worshipped in pre-colonial Ibalon (present-day Bikol region) and in some parts of coastal Bisayas. Haliya was a warrior goddess who would wear a mask of gold to hide her beauty. In Philippine Mythology, Haliya was the name of a lunar goddess. She was said to be so beautiful that the sea goddess Bakunawa fell in love with her and sought her affections.

    - "Tambaluslos"

    A tall humanoid creature from Bicol. Generally black in complexion, it has long and thin legs with big joints, hooves, long thin arms and fingers, and a mane that runs from the back of the head down to its buttocks. It also has wide protruding lips like an ape. Another strange feature of this creature is that it has a long wrinkled penis and loose testicles which dangle on the ground. The creature’s name is derived from this feature which is referred to as ‘luslus’ which means ‘loose and hanging’. The Tambaluslos chases people who wander in the woods. The only way to escape it is to take off your clothes and wear them upside-down. The creature finds this act very hilarious and it will laugh so much that its wide lips would cover its face, therefore preventing it from seeing the victim who in turn will have ample time to escape.

    - "Tawong Lipod"

    The ''Tawong Lipod'' or wind people, is a race of mythological creatures in Philippine mythology, most prevalent in Bicol area they are the court servants and handmaidens of the lunar gods Bulan and Haliya. They are beautiful, supernatural beings, youthful and elegant, and superb in the art of dancing. They are the nymphs of the winds and clouds forever loyal to the moon gods. lithe beings with light-colored skin who inhabit the skies, and are often depicted taking flight. they are called Biraddali by the Tausug

    - "Daragang Magayon (Beautiful Maiden)"

    The heroine that appears in the legend of Mt. Mayon. She grew up to be a very beautiful and sweet woman that struck the swains from faraway tribes who vied for her attention. When a war between her lover, Panganoron, and his enemy, Pagtuga, arise, her lover dies in her arms. In her grief, she grabs the knife used to kill Panganoron and stabbed herself. Magayon and Panganoron are buried together, their burial soon turning into what is now Mt. Mayon.

    Some people say that it's a curse because she took her own life, but myths and legends say Magayon is the volcano and Panganoron is the clouds that surround the beautiful volcano.

    - "Triburones"

    A shark, with razor sharp teeth,  that can fly and circle its prey from the air. ‘Tiburon’ is Spanish for ‘shark’, most English translations of the Ibalon use this name for the creature (Triburon). In Bikol, these creatures are known as Pating na Pakpakan. In the Ibalon epic, they were tamed by the warrior-hero Handyong.

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  • maaarrriiiaaagg
    07.06.2021 - 7 monts ago

          I have searched some information about Legazpi boulevard since it is one of my desired places to visit. Legazpi boulevard is a coastal road network extending from the city's central business district and port area. The area is planned as a new frontier for future development. It is one of the most picturesque seaside roads in the Philippines, with spectacular view of the Mayon volcano and the kapuntukan hill to the north. Tourists can check out the monuments and landmarks, there are numbers of notable landmarks along the boulevard such as the statue of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the Spanish conquistador for whom the city is named: the JCI Legazpi Tourism marker, one of the most popular photo op spots for tourists. Good for Sight-seeing, also, you can watch or join sports activities, there is a shop that offers Jet Ski rentals for a fun ride on the Albay Gulf along the boulevard. The water front area has also become the venue for annual sports such as the Mt. Mayon Triathlon, Mayon 360 Ultramarathon and Ibalong National Dragon Boat Competition. Lastly, you can also practice photography skills, the unparalleled view of Mayon, spectacular sunrise and sunsets, and the ever-changing perspectives of the Albay Gulf make it one of the best sports for a landscape and street photography in the city.

          And finally, my desires become real. Way back 2020, I had an opportunity to go there, and so, I didn’t waste it, plus the fact that I need to escape from toxic environment, it pushes me to travel from Camarines Sur Province to Legazpi Albay, gladly, I found my happiness and that is to be free and alone.

          There’s the realization that I have learned, whatever our heart desires, follow it, because it will lead us to the perfect destinations that we won’t regret when we get older. And everything we do is a history of our life that we can tell to other people someday. It was a great satisfaction to follow our heart and also a big impact to make us grow and be shape better than before. Every decision that we make, and every situation that we are encountering, there’s a parts of us that is little by little enhancing until it becomes fully furnished, and so, we can be on our own and be independent.  

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  • iamthatwhich
    30.05.2021 - 7 monts ago

    “in Philippine folklore, Oryol was a beautiful naga with a hypnotic voice. She was the one who commanded vicious mermaids called the Magindara. She was also said to protect the land of Ibalong where monsters and beasts lived peacefully.“

    #patron saint of hypnotists and monster lovers #aka me#filipino#diwata#oryol
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  • phgq
    04.01.2021 - 1 year ago

    Legazpi City logs 95% recovery rate from Covid-19

    #PHnews: Legazpi City logs 95% recovery rate from Covid-19

    LEGAZPI CITY – Health authorities here reported no new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases since Christmas Day, marking a significant achievement in the campaign to curb the contagion, the City Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (CIATF) said on Monday.

    City Mayor Noel Rosal, CIATF chairperson, said the development led to another milestone of recording 373 recoveries or 95 percent of the total 389 cases.

    There were 16 deaths recorded or 4 percent of the total since March last year.

    In a phone interview, Rosal said having no new Covid-19 cases for the past 10 days and zero active cases was a significant breakthrough that meant efficient management of cases by the IATF as well as community cooperation in pursuing strict health protocols.

    The health guidelines strictly enforced here include the close monitoring of arrivals of local stranded individuals and authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) in the airports, ports, terminals, and villages where they undergo profiling, assessment and swab test.

    They also have to undergo 14-day quarantine and if found positive for Covid-19, those with symptoms were admitted to the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BTTTH), while the asymptomatic were placed at the Ibalong Center for Recreation, the city’s designated isolation facility, or accredited hotel quarantine facilities. Some were allowed to undergo home quarantine and strictly monitored by village officials.

    Checkpoints were established in five strategic areas -- the Legazpi Domestic Airport and Barangays Padang, Taysan, Bogtong, and Em's Barrio.

    A Barangay Active Covid Cases Alert System was also set up where five-color flags (White, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red) are raised signifying the Covid status of each village.

    So far, there are nine villages under the White flag meaning there is no Covid-19 case recorded since March. All the rest of the villages are under the Green flag. (PNA)



    * Philippine News Agency. "Legazpi City logs 95% recovery rate from Covid-19." Philippine News Agency. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1126283 (accessed January 05, 2021 at 02:30AM UTC+14).

    * Philippine News Agency. "Legazpi City logs 95% recovery rate from Covid-19." Archive Today. https://archive.ph/?run=1&url=https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1126283 (archived).

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  • quarkmaster
    16.02.2018 - 3 years ago

    Before Alliance

    The warrior Handiong's encounter with the seductive serpent Oriol. From Bicol, Philippines' Folk Epic Ibalong

    Godfrey Escota

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  • tormentedolrac
    31.08.2013 - 8 years ago
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