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Quack Doctor

A quack in the Philippines is quite different from what the term means in a Western context. We have to put it in a specific context to create a relational identification though it may not be entirely accurate.In the Western context, a quack doctor is someone who either uses unproven or unorthodox techniques or medicinals… Continue reading Quack Doctor

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Saliva, good for what ails you part 2

  Kevin can be quite the practical joker. First I thought I misunderstood him. Then from the look of the grin on his face I thought he was kidding around.Now maybe I misunderstood, but from what I remember, I was told that someone had brought evil spirits with them and those evil spirits were upsetting… Continue reading Saliva, good for what ails you part 2

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Saliva, good for what ails you part 1

My introduction to Philippines Folklore was not the aswang. That would come a couple years later. My first encounter was actually my sponsored child’s mother. I’ve sponsored a child (Allyn Bongat) through an organization called Children International for 12 years now. Children International allows sponsors to visit sponsored children and my first visit was scheduled… Continue reading Saliva, good for what ails you part 1