San Jose de Buenavista


About two hundred years ago, the site now occupied by San Jose de Buenavista was dense jungle and a favorite landing place of the Moro pirates who raided the countryside. The Spanish rulers at that time decided to cut down the jungle and prevent the pirates’ landings and invasions of the areas. As the capital town of Antique, West Visayas, San Jose de Buenavista is famous for being the town of many ghostly tales like aswang, wak-wak or mananaggal (vampire), duende (evil dwarf) and mangkukulam (witches). Visaya local people tell a story about a family of aswang who lives around Antique. They say these aswangs are afraid of garlic and salt and they usually roam around the house because they love the smell of pregnant women.

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