True or just part of the old Filipino old folklore, my experienced was somewhat strange or rather mystical. When I was a kid, my parents sent us to our ancestral home in Negros Oriental, Philippines. We had to spend the whole of summer to learn the ways of the country side. All this includes farming, fishing, and some ways were rather a bit enchanting. My great grand parents, they're both old already that time but amazingly still able. My great grand father was like on his early 90's and had so much to learned from him.
I've heard some of the oldest great stories of how life was way back then during his younger years. He possesses some unexplainable talents and knowledge in holistic medicine. Some of which I can't discuss myself in respect to him. Some things that were not meant for general discussion.
What I remembered was the Sigbin stories that other people talked about, when some of the people said they saw him walking so early in the morning with a big unknown creature walking behind him strolling along the beach and just suddenly disappeared when they tried to get closed to him. Well, the onlookers meant to check if he was alright and if he knew about the big creature walking behind him and just replied " what creature?" and just smiled and just walked away. People were scared to mess with him after some of the stories passed along were one time, some youngsters tried to jumped on him but was attacked by some strange creatures, after that, then they labeled my great grand father as " Sigbinan".
I know he practiced some mystical rituals and passed Oracions to us so to protect us from any danger. I remembered had to ware this strange empty bullet shell case believed to stuffed with Oracions for years. Indeed a lot of things happened and somewhat it serves it's purpose, not only for one time when it proves to be true but in so many times over the years I am grateful to be a survivor for so many things that had happen to my life.
He don't wanna teach anybody for it takes a lot of responsibilities to posses it and he thought that we will just end up crazy if we can't fulfill the obligations. There were things that beyond comprehension, unexplainable in nature and a taboo to discuss it here, but it was part of my life being a family member of the clan considered to be "Sigbinan." Wither if it was true or not, it instill a great measure of respect from people who don't wanna mess with us because of that particular incident.
Witchcraft and black magic is still practiced in some parts of the country and one area that are known for it is the island of Siquijor. Rituals and practices are still performed for personal protection or even for more dark intentions. I would not touch the full details as not to encourage the few that are fascinated with it's potential, but what I know that it would do more harm to you when people knows how to repel it.
The Pulahan or the Ilaga were one of the groups formed to counter insurgencies in the country and because of their said to be supernatural powers to elude bullets, the military took advantage of their capabilities and make them as a para-military units. The Salvatore and many other groups were known to have the same supernatural powers and were being utilized as a para-military organization to counter raiding Moors in the country side.
Sad to say these, but a lot of this things shouldn't be discussed over here because of it's superstitious in nature but it is up to the individual to discover it's natural gift as we all have a unique abilities and capabilities to a mystical proportions. As they always say that there is nothing wrong to just try it and in fact you don't loose anything from just trying. So what is your story?
Lumad Sigbin Kali- FMA