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Map of the Philippines
Type Giant
First Sighting
Last Sighting
Country The Philippines
Habitat Jungles
Possible Population Unknown

Bungisngis is a one-eyed giant that is found 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 ngisi which means "to giggle".[2]

Myths & Legends

Although it only has one eye, it has a great sense of hearing and 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] In the tale of the Three Friends, Monkey's tricks led him to his death.


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. Its single eye is in the middle of its head.

A Bungisngis stands more than 10 to 12 feet tall.


Despite its strength, the bungisngis is easily outwitted and quickly panics.[4][5]



  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.