Tabi-tabi Po

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The Filipino word tabi-tabi po signifies (excuse me). It is the most prevalent Filipino custom that we follow, particularly when we are going through a forested area or come across a balete tree.  We believe that there are other elements living in that tree or anthills. If you failed to say the word "tabi-tabi po" expect that you will experience unexplainable illness right after, that can only be cured by an "Albularyo" or (folk healer).  From giants smoking tobacco to little, grouchy old guys dwelling in anthills, Filipino folklore is full of elementals. Many Filipino children's childhoods are filled with tales about these monsters, which inspire both curiosity and dread. Many superstitions still exist today when it comes to such creatures.


Let me share you a little story of my grandfather encountering different kinds of elemento. I have published an article before about elemento "A Castle in our School" you can freely check it out if you want to.

When we were little, our grandparents used to tell us a story about them encountering different elemental spirits such as, engkanto, Kapre and duwende. These are the most common elemental spirits in the Philippines.

The Kapre

Kapre is like a dark giant humanoid creature who lives in a huge tree such as acacia, mango, balete and even bamboo. They just usually sits in a tree and smokes cigarettes. They believed that if you ever got lost in a place again and again  that means a Kapre is playing with you. To get rid of it, you'll have to take off your shirt and wear it inside out. I have mentioned in my other article that our house was just right next to our school, and our school was haunted and filled with huge acacia trees around. My grandfather told us this story how he encountered this Kapre which he called "Manoy". It was 11 in the evening when my grandpa wakes up to pee. The wall of our school before isn't concrete yet and it's just a pilled of bamboo. The biggest acacia tree was right in front of the house of my grandparents. When my grandpa went outside, he noticed a smoke coming from the acacia tree. Who would've burned leaves at the middle of the night at that hour? That's what he thought to himself when he saw the smoke. Then he saw a huge dark man holding a huge cigarette smoking in the acacia tree. My grandpa was not a scaredy type of a man, so instead of running heading back to the house. He instead greeted the Kapre in our vernacular language "Maayong Gabie diha noy" which means (Good evening, noy). Then the Kapre stared at him with his red eye.

The Engkanto

Engkantos are the most common elemental spirits. They mostly live in a balete tree or what they called their castle. They said that if you look at your reflection at someone's eyes, and you see your reflection upside down, that means that person is not human and it's an engkanto. They believed that engkantos are the richest of all because it's palace were all gold. We have a neighbor that had been taken by an engkanto. He's been missing for like a week and then he was found right under the acacia tree. They've been wondering he got there all alone. He then said he was in a beautiful castle with a beautiful girl. You can read the rest at my other article here.

Duwende or Nuno


Duwende / dwarfs  or commonly called as Nuno sa punso. If you see a mounds of soil or anthills, they're not just nests for insects like termites and ants. You should never break or even step on it. "Tabi tabi po" was taught to us by our parents in the Philippines, especially in the provinces, whenever we passed by a soil formation or a secluded area where trees and shadows create an air of mysticism. As a result of the fact that it is their home and we should not interfere. Also, it was believed that the inhabitants of these mounds were to blame for sudden fevers, inflammations, and other undiagnosisable diseases. There are different kinds of duwende in the Philippines. There are Good, friendly and evil. Some say that they keep thousands of precious gems and gold under their anthill home. You can ask Duwende for anything you want, and he will oblige. It is possible to ask for gold or gems from a duwende if you are friends with them.


Philippines is also known for its folklore and legends. There are lots of elemental spirits in the Philippines but I will no longer mention them all, I will just give it to other Filipino user who will participate on this prompt initiated by @JonicaBradley

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Kapre

Engkanto

Duwende

If you haven't watch this movie, I highly recommend this Filipino animated film in titled "Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia" it's one of the best Filipino animated film I've seen before RPG Metanoia and Trese.


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Oh I haven't seen Dayo... Where can we watch it na legit sites? Hehe.

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2 years ago

JENNIFER JENIFER JENIFEEEER JENIFERRRE!!! 🤣🤣🤣

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2 years ago

Kadalasan sa liblib na lugar ang mga yan or sa mga hindi matao nakikita mga yan. Pag maingay ka or nagulo mo sila expect mo na talaga na merong mangyayare sayo. For example yung babae na rider dati don sa Kmjs ata napanuod, yung katawan niya lang nakita pero buhay pa talaga yon yung kaluluwa niya lang kinuha ng mga engkanto.

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2 years ago

Uu, may maraming ganyan na cases din dito sa'min, ganyan kasi nangyari sa pinsan ko. Grabi sobrang bilis ng pangyayari, napaka unexpected. Sa isang araw lang nangyari lahat. That day sobrang liksi pa niya, nakikipag habulan pa siya sa mga kaibigan nya, nakakapag laro pa nga ng bicycle eh. Tas nong Gabi na, don na nagsimula. Bigla nalang siyang nanghina tas dinala nila sa isang manggagamot na folk healer, tas ang sabi nakasala daw yung pinsan ko, napatay niya daw yung anak ng engkanto sabi ng folk healer. Sobrang hina na ng pinsan ko non, pagka uwi sa bahay galing laro bigla nalang daw nanghina. Nong dinala na nila sa hospital, ayon, dead on arrival na ka agad. Nangyari yan lahat sa isang araw lang :(

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2 years ago

Awtsss di nagamot ng albularyo? Sad naman namatay pinsan nyo. :(

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2 years ago

Ewan ko lang talaga pero awan if maniniwala pa ako sa ganyan. Wala pa kasi akonh nakikita pero maalam akonh mag tabi po nuno ahahaha. Wala ee nakasanayan na din talaga

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2 years ago

Nakasanayan narin kasi natin yung mga ganyan , kahit minsan nga walang nuno sa punso pero nag ta tabi tabi po parin HAAHHA

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2 years ago

Ahahaha kaya nga, kahit nga sa palaka naga tabi po nuno ako huehuw

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2 years ago

Does it mean the Kapre isn't evil? I mean when your grandpa greeted him. I believe these kind of spirits do not hurt those who aren't evil or wicked in their world.

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Yup, they won't do anything to you but, if you also not do anything to them, you will have unexplainable illness that cannot be healed by any doctors. But sometimes, not all are good, there are also lots of bad one

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2 years ago

Hhaaha jusko natatakot parin ako sa ganyan eh. Pero di na tabi tabi po yung sinsabi ko ahhah. In Jesus name na. Mas effective eh ahHha

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2 years ago

By "elementals" do you mean spirits without physical form like what the Japanese call "mononoke"?

I like your grandpa's story where he greeted the Kapre and the Kapre stared back at him with his red eyes. I wannaa know how it ended pls tell me.

I'm also interested in the story of the man that got taken by the engkantos. I'm reading that right away.

I really enjoyed this article, could you write more stories like this? I like stories about spirits, Angel's and demons.

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2 years ago

If you wanna read some, you can check out my other article that I've attached ;)

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2 years ago

Alright...thanks.

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2 years ago

Hahaha ewan ko per hanggang ngayon, paniwalang-paniwala pa rin ako sa mga ganyan hahaha yun na kasi nakalakihan ko haha

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2 years ago

Ako, uu naniniwala parin ako pero hindi na katulad nong dati na sobrang careful talaga na hindi maka apak ng mga kahit ano HAHAH. Hirap din kasing hindi maniwala, kasi yung mama at Lolo ko naka encounter narin kasi ng mga elemento eh

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2 years ago

Kaya nga hahaha. Lalo na nasa probinsya ako. Yan talaga kinakatakutan lalo na pag nagha-hiking kami. Kaya ingat na ingat kasi may mga hindi tayo nakikita haha

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2 years ago

My new prompt pla haha.. Sa pinas dami story tlga na ganyan

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2 years ago

Sobrang dami mga ganto sa pinas especially provinces. Yung iba kinakaibigan payung mga elemento. Hahaha

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2 years ago

Naalala ko yung kuwento ni mama ...nakakita daw siya ng kapre sa sobrang takot kada matutulog siya may kutsilyo sa tabi niya mga ilang buwan rin bago siya naka get over sa kapre ...kaya kung magbabanggit ako ng multo/kapre na word ket iibahin niyaa yung topic or sasabihin niya tumigil kami 🤣

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2 years ago

Grabi sobrang takot ng mama mo nun, baka totoo talagang nakakita siya. Na traumatized na ata yung mama mo. kasi pati sa pag tulog may dalang kutsilyo 😂

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Ayy opo haha tawa nga ako ng tawa habang kinikiwento niya 🤣

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2 years ago

parang gusto ko ding sumali sa writing prompt na ito ate ah :)..tapusin ko lang po muna yung ginagawa kong article today :)...Madami ding mga ganitong ele elemento sa amin sa probinsya sa mindoro. Meron pa nga yung santelmo .. natatakot nako pag naalala ko ang mga kwento kwento ..

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2 years ago

Ay uu yung santelmo ba yung apoy diba? Interesting din yun, gawa ka rin ng entry nito 😁😁

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2 years ago

ou sis. May puno dun sa amin ng balete, nasa gilid lang ng kalsada na sabi nila may santelmo daw na nanghahabol.. Tapos madaming mga confessions na nahabol na daw sila nun, etc. Kaya takot na takot ako dumaan doon sa gabi.

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2 years ago

HAHAHAHA hindi rin mawawala yung ganitong kwento dito samin 😆 hanggang ngayon pshh. 😂

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2 years ago

HAHAHAH pero ngayon mga bata dito sa'min, hindi na natatakot eh, mga wapakels na sila sa kanilang paligid. Kapag tinatakot mo, sasabihan kalang na "hindi naman totoo yan eh" HAAHHAH

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2 years ago

HAHAHAHA mga matanda pa tatakotin nila, mga matatanda nalang naniniwala kasi 😂

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2 years ago

Wala pako kita anang DAYO

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2 years ago

Naaaahh tanawa na, nindot kaayo na pramis 👌

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2 years ago

Sa province namin uso ung mga elemento, kzhit saan naman ata, nadalanko nga yung Laughlin dito sa Manila na kapag dadaan ako sa damuhan o puno nagtatabi tabi po ako para lang safe. Madamk din malalaking puno samin kaya kelangan tlaga magbigay respeto kundi sakit aabutin mo.😅😅

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2 years ago

Trueee hahahha though nakasanayan narin kasi natin mag sabi ng tabi tabi po kapag nasa mga mapunong lugar

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2 years ago

Akong ugangan dili jud motoo ana ,dili kono ta angay mananghid nila or mo excuse nila og molabay ta,pero ako kay murag mahadlok ko oi ,mas mayo siguro mo excuse ta kay sila may nakakita nato ,wman ta kita nila😁

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2 years ago

Sakto gyud, sila ang nakakita pero Kita Kay wala. Pero mga bata karon dili naman mahadlok hahah

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2 years ago

Mutuo pud ko ug mga ing-ana sis. Pero karung panahuna kay dili naman kaayu sila dungog.

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2 years ago

Mao bitaw, karon wala na kaayo na uso nang mga hing ani. Ang uban mga bata Kay Wala nay paki, dili na mahadlok. Sauna mao ni mga hing ani ang gamiton nga pang pahadlok sa mga bata para matulog dayon hahahah

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