Friday, February 17, 2012

The Robinsons' Half-Human Half-Snake



The belief of a snake twin is very old, way back 17th century, when Fray Ignacio Francisco Alzina's 1668 History of the Bisayan Islands mentioned about it. Remember Amaya - the main character in GMA Channel 7's TV series entitled Amaya herself? The idea of snake twin of Amaya came from him.

While for Chinese, snakes are good-luck charms for businesses, that's the reason why some of them keep snakes in their house, more especially in bodega. Well, animals should be fed. (You'll know what I mean.)

An undying famous Philippine urban legend rose from no where. It was about a half-human half-snake son of a wealthy Filipino-Chinese tycoon. The rumor started sometime in the mid or late 1980s and sometime in 1990s (but these dates are not absolute). It made a stir in the public and it's still existing in the present Filipinos' minds. Because of the legend, Filipinos avoided going to the said mall and even in other different malls. Whenever, they need to go there, people avoided going to the fitting rooms.

The Legend



[Metro Manila Legend:]

A famous Filipino-Chinese tycoon had twin children - the one was a normal baby girl, and the other was a strange humanoid creature. It was said that this baby is a half-human and half-snake. No one knows what it trully looks like, if the upper or lower limb is either a snake or human. They hid it from other human's eyes to protect the family's reputation and to protect the child himself. They even pay those people who saw him to put it in secret. The child fed in animals' fresh meat, not in humans' at first. But one time, he tasted a human blood and he seemed to like it.

He grew inside their house without any problem; however, he grew in an enormous size that the house's space is not enough to support him. In addition, his appetite to human flesh became very dangerous. Thus, a plan was made to still hide him from human's hazardous attitude.

The plan was to create a shopping mall in the city with a very large chamber over it that can support the creature. The architects who constructed the secret dungeon was hired from abroad.

He was placed there after the completion of the building. And for feeding him, few of the girl's dressing rooms was customized. Some spy cameras were installed in those fitting rooms, and the floors are remote-controlled that can be opened by someone handling the remote. Or should I say, girl's dressing rooms are traps.

According to rumors, the creature was enamoured with beautiful women, thus only pretty girls were victimized. Some sale's ladies were rumored to vanish suddenly. Their parents went to the mall to find out and ask them where their daughters go, and why they didn't go home anymore. Their managers just replied they don't know. When they checked the time cards of the lost employees, they found out that they didn't go out of there work yet. No one knows what happened next.

One day, a beautiful actress happened to go in the said mall for shopping. Unfortunately, she entered the wrong dressing room, and the creature saw her and fell in-love with her. He opened the floor so he can have her. Luckily, she didn't slid straightly to the creature's hands, though she saw him, she was able to escape from the nightmare. The media learned her bad fate in the said mall and she was flocked by newscasters. One TV show made an interview with her asking about the incident, but before she was able to answer the question, the TV show was cut on air. When it came back, the actress was no where in the show anymore. Because she survived such bad fate, the father of the creature ordered their lawyer to settle the case. They paid the actress a lot of money and told her to go out of country till the news was forgotten by the public. Starting that day, her mouth was shut for answering queries about the same subject.

Another actress was victimized. She was unlucky because she slid directly to the creature. The actress was one of the famous celebrity that time. Because of it, the father ordered someone to change her face to the face of the celebrity, so no one will wonder and question her sudden disappearance.

The creature lived a long life and he died with public not knowing him.


The above story was a reconstruction of the rumored story of the Robinson's Half-human Half-snake. But before I give the rumored names of the above characters, here's the short story of another version.

[Metro Davao Legend:]

According to legend, there was this pregnant woman who was cursed for unknown reason. They went to Davao City for safe living. She gave birth to twin children - the other one was a normal baby, while the other one was a half-human half-snake. In spite of the child's strange and horrible appearance, they still accepted the baby. Both grew in a secret life; however, when the monster grew up, it became gluttonous. It always find something to eat. But because the family owns a department store in Davao, they imprisoned it under the fitting rooms so that whoever enters on it will be victimized.


The two versions were actually identical, except that in the Metro Manila version the legend was added up with some spice. I can't find a reliable source telling who among the two is the first to spread, but other source claimed it was the Metro Davao version.

The Rumored Names



According to legend, the famous Filipino-Chinese tycoon and family was Mr. John Gokongwei, owner of Robinsons and Universal Robina Corporation. He was the rumored father of this creature. Its twin sister was Robina Gokongwei, the daughter of John Gokongwei.

The actress number one who escaped from the terrible fate was Miss Alice Dixon. During that time, she's in the peak of her popularity. Accordingly, she was paid to go out of country, and she lived in Canada. There is no assurance if the story about Alice is real or not, but the fact that she's silent about the issue, makes it speculative. Alice Dixon never confirmed this story in every interviewed about it.

The lawyer allegedly hired to settle the affair was Atty. Solicitor Frank Chavez.

The actress number two was Miss Rita Avila. The Rita Avila we see on TV was allegedly fake and the true her was is dead.

The mall was named Robinsons Galleria in Ortegas. Other rumor has it that Robinsons Place Manila was the correct mall. Another one has it, that the mall was the one at the corner of Boni and EDSA. It was not named, and I would prefer not to name it.

Accordingly, the foreigners who were hired to create a plan for a secret chamber came from Germany and Great Britain.[1]

Variations



Like other famous urban legends out there, it also has variation of stories.
  • The reason why the R of the Robinson's logo is in the shape of a snake.

  • Instead of a spy camera installed in the fitting rooms, the mirrors were allegedly one-way windows, from which the snake-man could view its prey before activating the trap door.

  • An earlier story has it that the Gokongwei son, Mr. Lance Gokungwei was the twin of the snake, not Robina herself.

  • Mr. Lance Gokungwei, rumored to have scales in his arms.

  • The half-human half-snake was not actually John Gokunwei's son, but only his pet.

  • Other version said that it was actually not a monster, but just a giant snake - a python or boa perhaps.

  • Others



    I am not sure with this, but people said, the tabloid news papers really started to spread this story. I also found this which could help us identify the time when this rumor started to spread:

    [Taken from Internet:[2]]

    She hatched in the dank
    Basements of our gullibility,
    Warmed in the gasp of our telling.
    Curling in the tongues
    Of housewives and clerks.
    We gave her a body half-serpent,
    Half-voluptuary, and a taste
    For maidens and movie stars
    Who began to vanish mysteriously
    Behind the curtains of boutique
    Fitting rooms and water closets,
    Never to be seen again,
    Or only to be found in the parking
    Cellars, wandering dazed
    Into the headlights of shoppers' cars.
    How she fed on our thirst
    For wonders, fattened on our fear
    Of vacant places. Slowly
    We embelished the patterns
    On her scales and admired
    The sinuous grace of her spine.
    Avidly we filled our multifarious
    Hungers at belly, and lapped
    The marvelous tales of her forked
    Tongue. And as the gleaming temples
    Of her worship rose in the midst
    Of our squalor, how we trembled
    At the seduction of her voice,
    O what adoring victims we became.

    -----------Marne L. Kilates, January 23, 1993


    The poem is impressive.

    Afterword



    I would prefer not say anything about this. I cannot even approve if its existence is true or not. It's up to you if you wanted to believe it or just ignore it. If at first, I told you it wasn't true, now I'm in between but I don't really believe on it.

    By the way, the Robinsons Galleria was built in 1990. It was said that the urban legend circulated some time in 1980. But to my research, the rumor really started in the early 1990s in Metro Manila - not 1980s. As you notice, 1990 is in the middle of the years 1980s and 1990s. If it's true that the rumor originated from Davao, then the legend possibly started to spread in 1980s.

    Actually, this urban legend created another urban legend from itself.

    The first one is about the two-way mirrors of the dressing rooms. According to rumor, behind those two-way mirrors are lecherous people watching someone, instead of the rumored monster.

    The second one is about the origination of the rumor. No one knows who really started this legend. But according to an urban legend, the rumor was started by UP (University of the Philippines) Diliman Mass Communication Department to scientifically study how fast the rumors could spread. They actually spread many rumors, but this one became popular.[2]

    Last Updated: February 03, 2014

    Sources:
    [1] Contributed by: Andrew Barrientos
    [2] http://www.reddit.com/r/Philippines/comments/1g18fh/filipino_urban_legends/
    http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2363214.aspx
    http://www.gl3nnx.net/blog/urban-story/robinsons-galleria-snake-a-half-snake-half-human.htm
    Roseann Coscolluela
    http://ph.news.yahoo.com/philippine-urban-legends-093005285.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robinsons_Galleria

    69 comments:

    1. I heard the said issue, but I haven't seen nor heard the real concrete facts about it. shitifujon.blogspot.com

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      1. yes your right??????????

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    2. Love it now i know

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    3. prang ndi ka panipaniwala ei, peo how nice is it??????????? n he had a son like what the picture is in the above???????????? NICE HUH??????????????

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      1. Actually, the picture depicted above is not the real form of the monster I'm talking about in the article, its just a representation. I just want to let people think that a being might be like that. Hehehe .. :)

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      2. Will sa akin Lang naniniwala ako Jan..me alam ako may kambal din syang girl pero ulo niya Tao and pang-artistahin ang mukha nito pero Wala siyang kamay meron din itong maliit na ari same sa mga guy and nagdudumi din siya his 24 y.o na pala.. Hindi naman to nakakatakot Sadyang Isang disease Lang to ng Isang nilalang o yin bang congenital disease na tinatawag nila :) HERCHIE chocolates

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    4. allthough he had a prove that their picture is in the above i'm not convinced that it has a creature like what i see

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    5. hemp.,.,for all i know i believe that the robinson snake ,is true,.,.and their are many...of them .hemmp .,.actually her on surigao ,may nakakita,,at nkahuli ng katulad ne robinson ,pamilyang may kalahating ahas,.

      ,. ,..

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      1. You came from what Surigao? del Sur or del Norte ... My grandparents reside there (Surigao del Sur), and they told me some sort of stories like that which I don't really believe.

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      2. no body knows what's the real story, i too was skeptical to believe it, but when you think deeper no such a story will ever told, if not those who have seen, or experienced it...maybe part of it was true!!!

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    6. wow .. just wow.. my mother told me about the snake thingy that's why i researched immediately and i was very shocked 'bout the info. i just read.. I don't think I'm going t0 step a foot in Robinson again. CREEPY..

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    7. awesome.. i heard about this snake thingy too.. i thought it was just something like a fantasy, but somehow it seems true..

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    8. I`d heard already this issue..since when I was a kid.


      That`s why I`m scared to go to Robinson mall

      ahhhh!

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    9. I used to work in the said Mall at the height of this
      frenzy. We made jokes out of it, but strange enough
      our Managers avoided these dresssings rooms. They asked
      the Saleladies to bring the goods to the office.

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    10. If I may correct here a gross error. The mall referred
      to was the one at the corner of Boni and Edsa. This was
      a small mall and not the Robinsons Mall at the corner of
      Ortigas. The latter Mall did not fully operate until the
      1989.

      On the other hand, the one in Boni was a low rambling
      Mall. Adjacent to it was a long building occupied by
      the Administrative Officers.

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      1. Thanks for your correction. But I'm sorry, I can't change the story above about Robinson Mall. People are pointing the latter mall, not the one you are talking about. However, if you insist, you can e-mail me (philurbanlegends@ymail.com) and have a discussion about the subject. If you can explain to me about what you know (like the whole story of why Robinson was blamed instead of the mall you told me), perhaps I'll add it to the article, and you as distributor. :)

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      2. Ken Lace

        That is the problem with Urban legends. Many facts are convoluted
        and therefore the truth is muddled. All I can say, please check the
        date of completion of Robinsons Galleria. It was late 1980's. This
        story ciruculated in the middle of the 1980's. Unfortunately, I could
        not devolve more because this is a sensitive issue. As I said before,
        our Managers refused to go to the Dressing Rooms and asked the
        Sales Ladies to bring the items to our Department.

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    11. The story about the snake in the dressing room in Davao have different versions. It started when a textile store became a department store (not a mall, since there were no malls at that time). It was known as NCCC, the main competitor of Gaisano and Felcris during those times. Presently NCCC is now a mall. The story has some flaws, because the owners got married in Davao, and raised their children in Davao. Besides too many people knew about them, therefore the story is a hoax.

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    12. uu meron nito sa GMA7 nga lang manood ka merong mulawin, ibong adarna, sa channel 2 naman merong lobo, bampira at marami pang iba...hayy buhay hanggang kelan kaya tayo magbubulagbulagan sa katotohanan puro na lang kwentong walang kwenta panahon na mga kabayan GISING!!!

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    13. I've heard this when I was still a kid. But a reliable source me. It's not a snake that eat people. He is a twin son but the family hides him because of his snake like appearance, he just likes good looking ladies unfortunately he targeted Alice Dixon not knowing she was a celebrity that's why it caused news

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      1. creepy!! but interesting.

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    14. The story for many of the people in davao believe it is true. There are some proof of evidence that people have seen the creature in that certain mall or believing it is being transfered from one branch to another not just in davao. but to make it more realistic, people would say its a giant snake more like a pyton or boa believed to have been born twins with one of the child of the owner. and similar to robinsons, it slyther trough vents and pipes inside the mall and snatch its victim in the dressing room.

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    15. eh panu kung totoo talaga un...

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    16. meron po ung story about Alice Dixon sa fb na ngkakalat kninang umga ko lng nbasa posted by people about the snake in Robinson and yung mismong nkakita sa knya na nkayapos sya kay Alice Dixon ang sabi mistiso ito at hangan bewang ang katawan ng ahas..

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      1. how can you say it's true?

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    18. i can tell that its true....though, we have no proof what was the real story behind all those chaos. but mythical creatures or some "kababalaghan", i can really tell you, its true---it was happened to me!!!! and it was--you--you might die because of fear..at first i really don't believe, but the situation I've encountered, perhaps they just no body, that moment if i'd become or lose my faith, maybe i'm not writing these. you believe or not, i cannot sure it of--BUT one thing is for certain,i grow up an in urban. ITS CREEPY, BUT THEY ARE REAL!!!

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      1. really??? how?? can you tell us why did you say its true??

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    19. It is really true.this snake has twin but not Robina niether Lance Gokongwei.but he was born with twin brother in Tubod, Lanao del Norte on July 19,1970.He was brought by the Comadrona(trained midwife) to Cebu City and sold it to Robinson Cebu without the knowledge of the parents of the said creature. In later days the comadrona told the mother that his son had a snake twin that was brought to Cebu.The parents was hopeless in knowing that it was brought far from them and they have no other option to take him back because Cebu was too far from Tubod.Wherever he maybe his parents still love him much.

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    20. Robinsons Galleria had a closed stock room in the 1st level of the dept store with a wall reaching the fitting room of girls in the 2nd floor.

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    21. My mom had her own version of story about that twin, accurding to her that half snake always wanted a virgin girl as a food and he will poop a gold.

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    22. Merely a wild girl's opinion:
      1. This could be a tactic from rival companies. To scare the shoppers, they would definitely gain customers.
      2. Must we be scared? Girls usually shop in groups, go to comfort room in a crowd, go to movie house accompanied. Seriously, they said virgins and they said beautiful. Then I am safe.
      3. Do you know anyone from your neighborhood with a first-hand experience?
      4. Do you know who many employees they have in a mall in every 5 months contract in a year, in a decade? There should be evidences by now.

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      1. But money can do nor can hide everything.. even evidences..

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    23. noon nga sabi ng lola may artista nga daw dito na pumunta sa robinson's mall na muntikan ng makuha eh.. mabuti na lang daw may nahawakan siya..sabi ng lola ko si alex dixon daw..

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    24. it coud be true meron ako nakausap na mag asawa at sinabi nila na may kakilala silang foreman na nag construct dyan sa basement na kulungan ng taong ahas ang sabi din sa kanila ang nag architect at engineer daw nito ay taga britain at germany.nag work ako dati sa unimart greenhills at madalas din ako pumunta sa galleria,may nakausap ako na saleslady at sinabi di daw yun totoo,pero mahahalata mo sa kanila na parang takot at may alam at ayaw pag usapan,may nakausap din akong isang saleslady dyan at sinabi nya na minsan nagpunta sya sa stockroom ay meron sya narinig na huni ng ahas sa takot daw nya tumakbo sya palabas ng stockroom.

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      1. Chrislee Jonel RicardelApril 7, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        Scary but if its true,no sales lady will apply to that mall . I'm very pitty to that mall that is being blamed but its very scary and truthfull for me its either the rumors or science I'll believe and thanks and GOD BLESS :-)

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    25. regarding naman kay alice dixson posibleng totoo yun kasi nung na interview sya biglang na cut sa ere.pagtapos nun nawala na sya at nag ibang bansa,i analyze nyo na lang nasa peak ka ng career mo tapos biglang aalis ka ng bansa,sinayang mo lang yun kasagsagan ng kasikatan ng career mo,posible talaga nabayaran si alice to keep her silence.totoo din yun may mga magagandang saleslady ang nawawala sa robinson at di na malaman kung saan napunta pag na check naman yun vandi clock di naman sila nag out sa work,posible din nabayaran yun ng robinson yun mga pamilya ng nabiktima nung ahas

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      1. Napakatanga mo. Yun lang masasbi ko sayo. Jejemon lang at mga taga skwater lang maniniwala sa mga ganitong kwento. Alang logic.

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    26. may nagsabi din sa akin na di daw yun kalahating ahas at kalahating tao,ang itsura daw nun ay tao din pero meron mga kaliskis sa balat posible na meron itong mental disability dahil kinakain nya yun mga babaeng nagugustuhan nya pagtapos nya gahasain

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    27. ano man ang totoo.. let's just pray na wala nang mabiktima.

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    28. for the longest time ngayun ko lng nalaman na ung "half snake half man" eh ung ulo ang tao... kc sa isip ko.. for more than 15 years ko n ciang alam eh iniisip ko n snake ung ulo tapos may 2 paa.... hahahaha.... natawa n lng ako sa sarili ko....

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    29. yun kakilala kong mag asaw na naniniwala dyan ay hindi taga skwater,at di mga jejemon may friend sila na foreman na isa sa mga nag constract sa basement ng galleria.

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    30. Meron rin pong parehong kwento dito sa naga city (camsur), yung may ari naman daw ng "robertson mall" hahaha

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    31. SA LAHAT NG BABANGA SA AKIN MGA PUTANG INA NYO!!

      -ROBINSON

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    32. Heck.... kaya nga ang tawag Urban Legen - just for your entertainment.

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    33. chrislee jonel ricardel or hiccupApril 7, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      Logically I'm not so sure for that because a DNA of a human and a snake is very far for it will develop but I'llsay goodluck you all :-)

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    34. It is also rumored that the mother is naglilihi and the one that she is pinaglilihian is a snake

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    35. before kase..meron xiang picture sa google cguro way back 2009..not sure..pero nung isearch ko ulit kanina,,wala na ung picture na nkita namin..dun sa picture patay na xia..medyo long hair..

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    36. so? tao ba half human ba tlga ? san sia nagmula.

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    37. panu nabuo ang ganyang tao ? snumpa.

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    38. may isa pang version nyan. may isang pamilyang mahirap tapos yung tatay binenta yung kaluluwa sa dyablo kapalit ng kayamanan. naging taong ahas yung tatay at kaylangan nyang pumatay ng mga babaeng virgin hanggang sa kamatayan nya. ginamit ng pamilya yung kayamanan para gumawa ng mall at tinago yung halimaw doon sa mall

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    39. my ngsbi dti n sa robinsons ermita dw un ngyri. bata pko nun pumutok un isyu ky ms. alice dixon at ntkot ako pumasok n s robinsons ermita noon. dti kc maliit p lng un robinsons ermita nbili lng nla un mga lupa n nkpaligid dun kya pinaalis mga bisnes establishment pti my simbahan dti dun. nun maliit p ang rob s gilid nun my prang underground n abandonado tpos my basketball court. ewan lng kun abandonado tlga bta p kc ako nun pro nkakatakot s baba n un. usap usapan n bka dun un s my underground. ang isang nkakatawang kwento lng dti lht dw ny robinsons ay underground at konektado dw ang mga ito. hehe

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    41. Actually I have watched Actress Alice Dixon appeared in Kapiso Mo, Jessica Soho ! and she told the story about the Half-man , half-snake and the issue that she was one of the victim of this creature is TRUE.

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    42. ang kwento sakin nung bata ako, dahil daw sa perfume ni Alice Dixon kya hndi sya nalapa nung half man half snake hndi nagusuhan ung amoy ng perfume kya naka takas c Alice Dixon.. Bata pa ako nun kya naniwala agad ako HAHA... According yun sa lola ko hehe i dont know if true or not..

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    43. nanini wala po ako jan sa ahas ng robinson kasi naka punta na ako xa mga mall ng robinson ehh.

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    44. Nandito ako ngayon sa robinson mall. Kaso sa may boni. Baka may ahas dito. Wahaha.

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    45. pinatay ko na ang ahas na yan gamit ng aking balisong...

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    46. Half Tite Half Puke yan

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