You know, there are lots of superstitions, legends and such here in the Philippines. Some of them may have some basis in fact, but to me, most are so outrageous that I don’t even consider them a possibility! Let me tell you two related stories and see what you think.
For many years, I have known about the legend of “Robinson’s Snake Boy.” I think I may have written about this on this site before, but something came up the other day that reminded me more about the Snake Boy. As the legend goes, if you go to a Robinson’s Store (a department store here in the Philippines) and try on any clothes in the dressing room (I believe that according to the legend, this applies only to the Women’s dressing room, although I might be wrong on that), you just might be a victim of the Snake Boy. You see, it is said that the floor in the Robinson’s dressing room is actually a trap door, and sometimes they release it and you fall through to the basement. Underneath the dressing room floor is the legendary Robinson’s Snake Boy! This creature is half snake and half human boy. It eats people! If the trap door is sprung while you are trying on clothing, you just became dinner!
As the legend of Snake Boy goes, this creature is transported from one Robinson’s store to another (after all, it’s a chain of stores that is nationwide), and you never know which Robinson’s store that it is in. This is all legend, and of course, it is fiction, but a lot of people believe that it is true! I actually know people who will not shop at Robinson’s, because they worry about the Snake Boy!
Now, a few days ago, LiP reader Paul e-mailed me to tell me about a story that he read in the Manila Times Online. Let me say, the Manila Times is not some wild tabloid that is into sensationalism and such, it is an upstanding newspaper! However, they had a story about a woman in the Philippines having given birth to twins, and one of the twins was a Python! The story started out like this:
TABACO CITY: This story may sound incredible, but it’s true. Maricel Berzosa-Bellen, 24, of Sto. Cristo gave birth to twins, one a healthy baby girl, the other a seven-inch python.
Come on! A respectable paper says that the story is true? In the first sentence they specifically say “it’s true.” Talk about sensationalism!
The mother told about the incident:
“I was shocked and frightened when I saw the python come out of my womb. My husband Gil took the baby snake and placed it in a bottle of Ginebra San Miguel. A day after, I gave birth to a healthy baby girl at the Ziga Memorial Hospital, “ she said.
A python came from her womb? If I was the husband, I’d be very careful about any future “baby making expeditions.” That could be a dangerous adventure!
Anyway, the article is absolutely hilarious, go read it if you have a chance.
What do you think about legends like this? To me, these are just funny, because they are so implausible.
Just out of curiosity, do any LiP readers have any “snake children?”
Update: I have sad news to report, the “snake twin” has died! Don’t miss the (hilarious) article about the death of the snake, which you will find here.