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Twitterverse Sends Chills Through

#ManilaEncounters

by Pearl Bacasmas, February 27, 2019 1:08pm

Art by Allen Mirambel

Trending

Twitterverse Sends Chills Through #ManilaEncounters

by Pearl Bacasmas, February 27, 2019 1:08pm
Art by Allen Mirambel
 

Short storiesespecially scary oneshave always been part of the Filipino culture: from urban legends gathered through word of mouth from generations and old folklore collection Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang, to short creative exchanges on social media (remember the six-word horror story trend?).

Twitterverse exploded early this week with different takes on the #ManilaEncounters thread. BJ Recio, an independent publisher started the hashtag, hoping to create a tabletop role-playing game where participants write about their characters actions and speech.

BJ started with his notes on Filipino myths and culture inspired by fiction writer Joseph F. Nacino (@banzai_cat):

The hashtag gained traction from nostalgic and curious users, who then created their own take based on Filipino myths, historical figures, pop culture, and short horror stories:

The one that made you think of Nick Joaquin

When we realized monsters are real and they are all around us all along

You’ll never look at a Sto. Nino the same way again

Society’s myth about beauty is scarier than the entity living in Balete Drive

That church horror story inspired by 'Noli Me Tangere' (or true events)

A gift or a curse?

An alternate Manila with a Twilight Zone twist

And the scariest short by far

What other short stories from #ManilaEncounters gave you the chills? Share in the comments below!

 

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