Biringan City

Have you heard of a city of wonder, which appear and vanish at the same time?


This story was featured in the GMA Channel 7, Mel & Joey, hosted by Mel Tiangco and Joey de Leon. According to them, this city appears to be somewhat a kind of portal from and going to the other world.

Anyway . . .

In the Province of Samar, the Philippines, the mention of “Biringan” evokes awe, fear, intrigue, knocking on wood and innumerable signs of the Cross.

What is Biringan? It is reportedly an undefined location somewhere between Calbayog City and Catarman, Northern Samar, where a mythic city(ies) of indescribable grandeur is/are said to exist, unvisited by ordinary mortals, known only by magnificent folk stories that refuse to die despite the advent of television and the internet. Other reports extend its area to as far south as San Jorge, Samar.

Biringan’s “now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t” quality indicates it is not of the usual land and water terrain in which we live in. It seems to exist in a different dimension, which explains why its boundaries can overlap with known towns and cities of Samar island. On moonless nights, seafarers aplenty have reported seeing a dazzling city of light. In a few minutes, though, the manifestation is no longer visible. Obviously, Biringan is not likely to be shown on any map or atlas. But specialized (infrared, ultraviolet, etc.) satellite mapping photography have reportedly turned up a shining area in the reported general location of Biringan.

They say Biringan is the legendary home of the encantos (enchanted ones) and half-encanto, half-human progeny. The encantos are most likely elementals, as old as the mountains and rivers in the area. They are apparently shapechangers because they have been reported to appear in whatever form they wish, human or not. But in human form, their distinguishing characteristic is the lack of the philtrum, the indentation below the nose and above the upper lip.


The Portal

Portals to and from an ethereal city. There are places in the island of Samar that have been described thus.

There’s one story of a bus plying the night route from Catbalogan City to Tacloban City. Somewhere halfway, when the bus had been emptied of its passengers, the driver and conductor stopped to pick up two young lady passengers. Their stated destination was quite off the main route but the driver consented because the two had offered triple the usual fare. When the two mysterious passengers had alighted, and the driver turned the bus around to get back on the highway. But, to his utter bewilderment, he could no longer distinguish the dirt road they had taken just moments ago. Conceding that they were lost, they decided to spend the night at that very spot. At dawn the next day, they were confounded when they found themselves and the bus at a desolate mountain top. A large tow truck had to be sent through rough mountain trails just to bring the bus back to civilization.

Then there’s the story of a bus that somehow lost its way and the driver stopped to pass the night at some sort of depot. When he and his passengers woke up the next morning they were in themiddle of a clump or bamboos with no roads anywhere around them that would have brought them where they were.

Perhaps the most classic example of these gateways involved two motorcycle riders riding tandem on one bike. They were traveling the highway at night from (Western) Samar to Eastern Samar. It was around nine o-clock in the evening and they were negotiating the foggy, winding passes halfway to Borongan, Eastern Samar. The night air was chilly and only their motorcycle headlights split the dark ahead. The deafening silence was only punctuated by the occasional chirping of insects.

Suddenly, as they rounded a sharp curve, they were suddenly engulfed in a bedlam of sound! It was as if they had entered a very busy freeway, invisible to them but its sound assaulted their ears. Shrill air horns blared from every direction and sudden gusts of wind rocked their motorcycle as if huge trailer trucks were passing them by on all sides. The driver tried his very best to keep the motorcycle handlebar steady.

It was only after they had round the next curve that the noise suddenly died down and the night air was deathly still once more. Still, these two motorcycle riders and scores of other highways travelers will never forget their encounters with Biringan’s portals.

Supernatural Abductions

Supernatural abductions. Quite seemingly out of this world, but reportedly true. Some of the most persistent incidents related to the Biringan phenomenon involve the “relocation” of humans from the mortal world to Biringan.

What happens is, whenever a Biringan inhabitant takes fancy on a mortal (usually a fair maiden or attractive lad), he or she is taken away from the mortal world by was of bugkot (a Visayan vernacular term). The transition usually takes the form of sudden “death” (i.e., accidents, fatal illness lasting a few hours at most, sudden disappearance from any physical location). In reality, the mortal never really dies but his/her consciousness or spirit is taken by the Biringan entity.

The anguished kin of the victim are left with the “lifeless body” where in fact it is not the actual cadaver but a log or similar physical object configured to look and feel like a real lifeless human body. All the while, the victim now resides in Biringan as the wife, husband, or servant of the supernatural being which took her away.

I once knew of a very beautiful lady in Catbalogan City in the province of Samar in the Philippines who was separated from her husband and had three good-looking kids. One day, in the mid-Seventies, the car she was driving suddenly turned turtle on the highway near San Jorge, Samar causing her sudden untimely “demise”. The bereaved family held a decent wake for her and had her body properly buried. Until the present, however, there are persistent recurring reports of this lady being seen in the reported location of Biringan City and she is reportedly now queen of the encantos who live there.

No wonder a portion of the population of the city are half-encantos, half-human. It is these progeny who are reportedly fond of frequenting places where mortals abound for relaxation and entertainment (i.e. parks, beaches, nightspots). This is a direct result of all the cases of supernatural abductions

Equipment for an Invisible City

Heavy equipment for an invisible city? Uncanny but true. In the Sixties, Tacloban City in the province of Leyte, the Philippines was the commercial hub of the Eastern Visayas region. It was the natural port of call of passenger and cargo ships plying the Visayas-Manila route. Who could ever imagine that manifestations of Biringan’s existence would take physical form?

One particular incident which is still word-of-mouth to this day involved the arrival of a large lot of first-class heavy equipment from the United States. The shipment consisted of bulldozers, graders, payloaders and hauler trucks. Post officials were astounded when they examined the freight documents and discovered the entire consignment listed the destination as Biringan City. Since the fabled city’s reputation had spread far and wide in the Eastern Visayas region, people were in a tumult of speculation as to who will claim the equipment.

Following prescribed port rules, the heavy equipment were unloaded and neatly parked in the concrete confines of the Tacloban port under heavy guard. Months passed and still no one came to claim the shipment. The elements were taking their toll on the equipment. Conflicting reports have it that the entire lot was either sent back to the shipper or hauled to the junkyard. Was this a matter of mistaken port of delivery of heavy equipment for an invisible city?

The Japanese Venture Into Biringan Territory

In the late Eighties through the Nineties, the Japanese ventured into Biringan territory. They conducted rural development work focused on the town of San Jorge, Western Samar. The implementing agency was the Japanese International cooperation Agency (JICA). The entire Samareño population was perplexed as to why the Japanese would concentrate on San Jorge when there were a lot more towns in the province which needed the development work more. To implement the project, the Japanese brought in tons of equipment (vehicles and machinery) and Japanese engineers and field personnel descended on San Jorge in full force.

One story involved a team of Japanese who went into the forest accompanied by a Filipino guide. Inexplicably, the guide lost track of the terrain. The Japanese promptly whipped out a very detailed satellite-generated map of the area and the team immediately found its bearings again. A related report had it that infrared, ultraviolet, or similar satellite pictures of the area kept registering a shimmering effect right on the location where the JICA was concentrated. This led to further reports that an enormous deposit of uranium is embedded deep in the bowels of the earth beneath that particular area. Others speculate that a mother lode of gold has been detected in the area. The thickest deposits are reportedly under the San Jorge area with the ends tapering as far a San Juanico Strait to the South and the San Bernardino Strait to the North.

Could there be a connection to the reported location of Biringan in the area? In Philippine folklore, elementals supposedly guard vast treasures hidden deep in the forests or deep underground.

Nevertheless, the Japanese left the area without any tangible results of their “rural development” work. That ended the Japanese Venture Into Biringan Territory.


What really is Biringan? Is it a city or kingdom existing in a parallel dimension with ours? Do these two dimensions interpenetrate at times, causing the meeting of inhabitants from ours with encantos? Does this explain the ethereal now-you-see-it, now-you don’t quality of Biringan and its denizens?

To this day, Biringan remains a mysterious part of Philippine folklore (actually still an urban legend). In addition, everyday stories of encounters with Biringan’s residents continue to be told. If these had simply been figments of the imagination, these stories would have died down a long time ago, what with the advent of 100+ channels cable television and the Internet. Still, fresh stories continue to crop up.

Stories such as spirit possession by Biringan’s encantos over ten school children just because their school Principal unwittingly made a bonfire next to the large balete tree in their school yard. How was the poor teacher to know that the huge tree looming large near the old school building was the abode of a Biringanon? And that she had unknowingly injured the youngest child of the invisible occupants of the tree abode?

Even modern-day kids in the Philippines, well-versed on the Japanese animé sagas of the new century, still believe in the existence of the legendary kingdom of Biringan. This is an undeniable fact. Despite all the terror attacks, all the coup rumors, the hunger, the droughts, the floods, and everything, only one thing remains unshaken by it all … Biringan.


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  1. What a story! For those who came from Samar provinces please tell us more.

    1. i came from samar...what do you want to know?. eheheh

  2. Does any of you happen to know princess Olayra?or the golden galleon of hers?or doctor wakwak?or the route of it? these are some of the urban legends here in my province.


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  6. IGNORANCE is on the devil's side, and often the guilty are hypocritical religious fanatics.

  7. CAROLINA is the princess of Biringan City..and MAITA GOMEZ from Calbayog City who died when her car hit the balite tree..She is now one of Biringan City guardians. In 1978 my 12 year old cousin fall asleep on the seashore, while we were swimming on the beach. Her soul was taken to Biringan City, fortunately her kababayan Mata Gomez told her not to eat black food in Biringan City or else she will never come back to reality. When she woke up she otld the story to u about Biringan City

    1. If you in the Biringan City, you need to request salt that way you can return to the real world. Yan po sabi ng mga lolo at na mamatanda sa amen. My tawag sa amin yan sa Eastern Samar (ARAW). At ang palatandaan yan na taga araw (Biringan) sila walang kanal sa baba ng ilog (indentation below the nose). Nag sisimba sali sa catholic church malalamo na sila yon lalabas sila pag malapit na ang pag communion. BIRINGAN OR BORONGAN.

  8. Biringan City is an ethereal city and I don't think people have to be scared of this place. This is an area with inhabitants of the 5th of even 6th dimension. Only those who have fear of the unknown have souls that are not awakened.

  9. Biringan city is a enchanted place..the story is true..even we are in a modern age this legend biringan city story is a things to understand

  10. Dito sa amin nasira yung na kapataas na tulay... Sabi ng matatanda domaan daw ang napakalaking bangka ni maria cacao..

  11. Guys ayon sa pag reresearch ko
    May nakausap ako isang babae taga cavite

    9 years old sya noon at may program sa school nila
    Medyo hapon na noon

    At biglang nawalan ng kuryente
    At noong nagbukas ang ilaw pati siya ay nawala

    May kumausap sa kanya isang batang babae din

    At inimbita sya na maglaro
    Naglakad sila ng naglalad nang makarating sila nakita nya ang isang napakalaking gate

    Lahat ng tao magaganda at gwapo
    Ngunit di raw nagsasalita

    Naglalakad lang daw sila nung kanyang kalaro

    Hanggang sa nagpa alam na siya umuwi
    At hinatid siya ng batang kalaro nya

    Tapos nakita nalang siya sa hagdanan ng kanilang skwelahan

    30 minutes na daw siya hinahanap
    Ang pakiramdam daw niya ay pagod na pagod
    Para daw 1 araw sya naglakad
    Pagod na pagod.

    At sa mga sumunod na araw nakita nya pa ang batang kalaro ng 3 beses ngunit umiwas na siya.

  12. Interesting story, when I read this blog, I feel like in biringan and experience those unexplained moments happened in there, But I want more story about that place, I think this topic is a kind of interesting, but to go on that place and seek something liked different kinds of unexplained experience, it's difficult but still a rough and risky adventure. Wow I like to join a research team about Biringan Samar, Nakakatakot pero napaka interesting na job.

    1. I think we should go to Biringan City to know the truth.

  13. My friends and I went to Catarman to ask about this mysterious city and rumored creatures. We ask some natives there and they wont give us any answers knowing our intentions.Luckily one of the crew of the Inn that we stayed (secret na lng ang name ng Inn) was a grandson of one who those people who vanish all of a sudden. we talk to him the whole night and he shared a lot of story from his family and here's one...

    This started when his grandma saw a group of people outside there house calling her name. She was wondering since it was already late at night, she look at the window and saw 4 people, they were beautiful & handsome and look rich.. She thought they calling different person so she disregard and go to sleep. then it happen again on the next night, she was just looking at them and never attempt to go out.. then it became a habit, everyday there visiting his grandma. one time his lolo notice that she's awake at the middle of the night and looking outside. He ask why she's still awake but grandma cant hear and its not moving.. so he keeps on asking and shake grandma until he was heard.. however his Lolo cant see nor hear those guys. then grandma tell that there been here everyday, just like their inviting me.. as quoted by his grandma..
    His father notice it as well that both of his parents were still awake every night but disregard it and go back to sleep.
    until he woke up alone and then immediately decided to go out.. he saw his grandpa shouting and asking their neighbors if they saw his wife. but hear no answers. they're been looking the whole day and even reach the town but find nothing..
    His grandpa remember that are people who visits his Lola every night and inviting her to go with them before that incident happened..
    days past, months and years they didn't saw his grandma after that..
    this happens when his father was still on primary (elementary).. now his father is already in 50's.
    ~~~azir of Bacolod ~~~

    1. I didn't know One Direction existed during the 60's and coming from Biringan City

      Man, it gives their song 'One Way or Another' a whole new meaning to me.

  14. Wow.. Same story but different scenario as my grandma's

  15. here's another story..

    The person that I'm referring in my 1st story on top also tell us about his own story.. btw "andoy" was his nickname . After his grandma disappear, his family also encounter weird and rare experiences. One of this is when someone knock on their door late at night and ask if they can come to attend a fest and when they ask where, he wont reply at all and will just say "just come". With luxurious car and suit outside their house. They are really wondering who is this person and cant even think of relative who is rich and has car. His father was asking lots of question about who he is and where they will go but they notice that this guy is not opening his mouth however they can hear answers from him. "its just a telepathy, sending message through their minds" as quoted by andoy. Since he was still at young age andoy don't mind about that guy and go to bed to rest since it was late already. he notice that his father was never beside him the whole time he slept. he ask his father what are the things you talked the whole night, his father replied "he will give me food, he will give me money and as I was about to go with him you suddenly shouted STOP, so I quickly check you and your sweating too much when you sleep and when I look back he's no longer at the door and the car was also gone..
    Andoy told us he was not aware that he shouted STOP cause he's asleep. He cant even remember if he's having a nightmare that time. "if I didn't shouted probably I also lost my father" last word of andoy with this story.
    ~azir of Bacolod~

  16. All of the stories about the engkantos and their world such as biringan were all true to me and I can relate to all of the descriptions because I have encountered those enchanted beings occasionaly since I was still small up to the present. Yes they have the most beautiful angelic faces you can ever imagine ranging from golden haired to dark haired ones; some were just wearing white clothings while some were sophisticated fashionistas. They are so fond of mortals like us and they even get so fataly attracted to us. I grew up in our province in Bacolod City and and I'm so used in seeing them and they even get to follow you everywhere you go when they want you and many times I've been invited to visit their realm I never dared go on venture even though sometimes I'm already just a step away from their portals and I can even see at the distance their magnificent kindom. I even can't avoid to think that there might be possibility that I have an engkanto blood and my philtrum canal above my upper lips were very shallow as in almost nothing. The truth is, my face even look so similar to them specially the shape of my eyes they're very identical to theirs. Well, no matter how mysterious they are I can't deny that I am very attracted to them also..

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    3. It is just not in Visayas region but here in Mindanao has numerous hidden cities as well. The funny thing is, when I told them about what I saw they do not believe me because they themselves cannot witness of what I saw, they think I was making up or hallucinating.

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  18. I was wondering if you all could help or advice me regarding in these strange paranormal happenings around my 18 years of struggling from these phenomena:

    When I was 3-4 years old as far as I recalled, where I was raised in my lola's vast farm, there is this lady-in-white with angelic face; long-haired brownish color; long dressed with embellished gold and white satin. That keeps following me whenever I do farming/chores/at school. Everyday she keeps on staring at me as if beckoning me to come near her but I don't because it creeps me out often when she suddenly appears! From that day, she never ceases to visit in my dreams and vice versa always sudden reappearing on my sight. Starting that year, years passed when I am 4 to 8 y.o, a day/week that I am experiencing to wake-up inside a Magnificent gigantic skycrapered-building; towers pointing at sky with pointed ends; huge gold, black, and white infrastuctures; technologies that we never have; friendly people-- it is like some otherworld dimension or something? Well, the worst part is, my lola shared that they kept on searching me that time but they did not have a clue where the hell I am, later did they know that some residents in the area, they found me where I was located at the base of the "balete tree" sleeping. And I felt like I have no strenght at all and some force trying to stump me downwards. Well, after those incidents, my lola gave me a locket ( I somehow lost it ) from preventing those elemental beings to lure me out. Up to this day, they kept on appearing all of a sudden-- the lady in white, unexplained dark figures, and hearing trumphet sounds. Some says I had this weird dilated pupil that is bigger than normal ones. Until now, I am still wondering all of these events, even some folks I tried to seek help with, they don' t believe.

  19. Please see Pi's life story....the first island where he and the tiger landed is located in the pacifPacific ocean...take a look at the movie. It was located near or in the Philippine teritory. A disappearing island too


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