The Atlas Obscura Guide To Philippines
55 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in the Philippines
Updated November 24, 2023
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Stories About the Philippines
Did an Enslaved Man Beat Magellan to Circling the World?
The unsung hero may have also been instrumental in defeating the colonizers.
by Kate McMahon
Commander Liwayway and Other Filipino Women Who Fought During World War II
The “Huk Amazons” were military commanders, leaders, soldiers, spies, and more.
by Sarah Durn
The Disappearing Philippine Tradition of 'Souling' for Rice Cakes
Pangangaluluwa means singing, costumes, and treats.
by Barbara Woolsey
A 105-Year-Old Tattoo Artist Is Teaching Girls to Ink for Independence
Filipino tribal tattooist Fang-od Oggay has built an economy on the back of skin art.
by Lynzy Billing
Giant Cloud Rats Hint at a Prehistoric Biodiversity Paradise
Oversized, fluffy rodents in the Philippines may have been hunted by our evolutionary cousins.
by Gemma Tarlach
Why Filipino Christians Greet the December Dawn With Purple Rice
Puto bumbong is a sweet, post-mass breakfast during Simbang Gabi.
by Pam Casis
The Malaysian Penanggalan Haunts Pregnant Women and Newborns
These provincial specters are as gruesome as they are hungry.
by Josh Levine