8 crazy Filipino superstitions that’ll make you go ‘WTF’

Gelo Lasin

Pamahiins, we all have them

Whether it’s your lola believing in usog, or your mom claiming na ‘pinaglihi’ ka niya to a famous celeb, superstitions have become such an integral part of our colorful Filipino culture.

And while we might know the common ones such as those previously mentioned, here are a few insane ones that you might not know have existed.

Someone whose gilagid (gums) are black is seloso.

‘Jnudge kagad?’


When you get a tinik (fishbone) stuck in your throat, don’t ask for help. Instead, grab your plate, spin it thrice, and the tinik will magically disappear.

‘Hindi ko kailangan nang tubig! I-abot niyo yung pinggan!”

When three people pose for a picture, the one in the middle will be the first to die.

‘Naki-third wheel na nga, namatay pa. Nyeta.”


Laying down your purse or handbag on the floor will not make you rich

‘True. Na-snatch na kasi a few minutes later’

If you add up the number of letters in your husband or wife’s name and it’s equal or more than 30, then that means you’ll have good luck.

‘#blessed by José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda – Josephine Bracken’

Leaving rice on the pot guarantees that you’ll always have food inside the house

Team Unli Rice can’t relate.

Leave a few grains of rice in a pouch and tie it tightly so your guests won’t consume all of the food you prepared for them.

Madamot tip #369

The sound of thunder signifies the death of an important person

If this were true, then Pinas would have a lot of recently dead prominent peop- ohhh…

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