I am interested in hearing our local urban legends, and I may be collecting them into a book. Can you help?
What do you know of past popular urban legends like the Robina snake that gobble up customers in fitting rooms?
Here's one interesting one from the Marcos era:
When the San Juanico Bridge (which was renamed Marcos Bridge and then back again), the longest bridge in the Philippines was under construction, there was a rash kidnappings in the Samar-Leyte region.
The explanation: Then first lady Imelda Marcos was in charge of the building. She consulted a "manghuhula" who said that the bridge would never be finished unless the blood of children be let drop on it. So Imelda ordered the kidnappings of children and slit their thoat to drench the unfinished bridge. Their bodies were disposed unto the river. A mermaid or diwate who resided in the river saw the plight of the children and was saddened by it. She cursed Imelda. So the first lady grew scales on her legs and she smelled fishy. That was why she wore long skirts and bathe as often as possible.