220th Post: Scary Filipino Urban Legends!


My forthcoming book "Destroying the Summit" features some reimagined characters from Greek, as well as Roman mythology. Well, that's not exactly surprising since my team tends to focus on mythos, urban legends, and even video games. In today's blog post (I must admit this is the first in about a week), we will discuss the first urban legend from the Philippines.



In my next book, original versions of "Apollo" and "Artemis" play significant roles.


Interestingly, this is a topic I've discussed with coworkers from that part of the world. I remember watching videos about Filipino urban legends in the past, and many of the stories took place in karaoke bars. Some of my friends are from the Philippines, so they found this hilarious. If it hasn't been made clear, those particular friends love karaoke. Located in south-east Asia, the Philippines has its fair share of horrific legends. Now, as we dive into today's content we will focus on the "first" of several urban legends from this country. Of course, there will be more to come at themodernistson.com.



"Manila", which is the capital of the Philippines.



The Elevator:

In the centre city of Manila, a doctor was returning to his designated floor at the hospital. It had been a hectic day, so his best intentions were taking a short break before returning to duty. In order to access the floor above him, the fastest route was using the elevator at the end of the hallway.


"Why is that little boy running?" this from another doctor, as her gaze was fixated on the panic-stricken child. Within seconds, the senior doctor closed the elevator doors- as the child was unable to get inside.

"Why would you do that?" This from the younger doctor, as she remained confused, "that little boy clearly wanted to get on!"

The senior doctor replied with a half-smile,

"Didn't you notice his red wrist band? We only give those to the patients that are no longer with us, if you know what I mean."

"The dead ones? You're certain of this?"

The senior doctor nodded his head, as they traveled to the upper floor of the hospital.



-Original version of story written by Brandon Skanes. September 3, 2021.


So, what can we take away from this? Although ghost stories are not considered urban legends for the most part, their popularity allows them to fit into this category. Is this story true? Well, that remains uncertain. Countless people have lost their lives in hospitals all around the world. Therefore, it's quite possible the ghost of children are lurking in Manila hospitals.


What are your thoughts? Don't forget to let us know!



The Modernist Son, 2020-2021.


Further Reading:

https://filipiknow.net/filipino-urban-legends/

https://www.britannica.com/topic/history-of-Philippines


https://www.greekmythology.com/Olympians/Apollo/apollo.html