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Bungisngis is a one-eyed giant in Philippine folklore. This giant, purported to dwell in Meluz, Orion, Bataan, is described as is always laughing.[1] The literal meaning of the name Bungingis is derived from the Tagalog word ngisiwhich means "to giggle".[2]

Having a humanoid shape, it has large teeth which are always showing, and its upper lip covers its face when it is thrown back. Two long tusks project from the side of its mouth. The cyclops only eye, is found in the middle of its forehead,[1] but this is compensated by its strong sense of hearing. It has also displays unusual strength. In the Filipino tale "The Three Friends – The Monkey, The Dog and The Carabao, The giant is able to lift the carabao and throw it with such force that it ends knee-deep in the ground.[3] However, despite its strength, the bungisngis is easily outwitted and quickly panics.[4][5] In the tale of the Three Friends, Monkey's tricks led him to his death.

A Bungisngis stands more than 10 feet tall and weighs about 850 pounds.



  1. Ramos, Maximo D. (1990) [1971]. Creatures of Philippine Lower Mythology. Quezon: Phoenix Publishing. p. 76. ISBN 971-06-0691-3.
  2. Viloria, Manuel (November 13, 2005). "Philippine Lower Mythology". Retrieved October 9, 2008.
  3. Fansler, Dean Spouill (2009). Filipino Popular Tales. BiblioBazaar, LLC. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-559-95004-9. Retrieved May 9, 2009.
  4. Paraiso, Salvador; Jose Juan Paraiso (2003). The Balete Book: A Collection of Demons, Monsters, Elves and Dwarfs from the Philippine Lower Mythology. Giraffee Books. p. 57. ISBN 971-8832-79-3.
  5. "Magical Creatures and Non Human beings of the Philippines". Filipino Forum.Net. Archived from the original on May 1, 2008. Retrieved October 9, 2008.
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