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Time to Binge This Filipino Podcast on Every Creepy, Local, True Crime Tale

Everything creepy and Filipino, all in one place.

Here’s one way to freak yourself out during quarantine: catching up on every true crime and mystery story in the Philippines. The independent, all-Filipino podcast Stories After Dark was made with the true-crime fanatic in mind, relaying these tidbits of history like a legend told around a bonfire.

It’s one thing to read about these terrible tales, but it’s something else completely to have it narrated to you in detail. So prepare for goosebumps and feeling like someone is watching you.

The Philippines is home to hundreds of horror stories, but the worst are the ones that are true or based on truth. Stories After Dark unravels 14 true tales of local tragedies and horrors. These episodes explore Lucila Lalu, the country’s first chop-chop leady; the Diplomat Hotel; the rape-slay of Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez; the mass shooting of Kawit; the rape of Maggie de la Riva; the hanging coffins of Sagada; the tragedy of Pepsi Paloma; the haunted roads of the Philippines; the Maguindanao massacre; the legend of the transported soldier; the Baguio massacre; and the Ozone Disco Fire.


Stories After Dark releases around one episode per month, so look out for April’s episode. Who knows what else these creators can dig up and entertain us with during quarantine.

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You can binge Stories After Dark on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Anri Ichimura
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