On November 17, 1981, at around 3 am, an accident occurred at the site where the Manila Film Center was being built. The scaffoldings collapsed, sending at least 169 construction workers down to their tragic demise. They got buried under quick-drying wet cement.

Certainly, that padugo did not, in any way, do well for the center and to the families left behind by the unfortunate workers.

Meanwhile, San Juanico Bridge is considered as the longest bridge in the country, connecting Samar and Leyte.

It was said to be the gift of former President Ferdinand Marcos to his wife, Imelda.

However, despite the joy a gift can bring, padugo rumors also surrounded the construction of the bridge.

At that time, a lot of children reportedly went missing in Samar and Leyte. The disappearances only stopped when the construction of the bridge was finished.

According to tales, the blood of the children was mixed to the foundation to make the structure stronger. As crazy as it may sound, parts of the children’s bodies were said to have been added to the cement mix.

Word of mouth tells that a fortuneteller gave the vicious advice to the woman (forewoman) overseeing the construction of the bridge.

After following the advice of the fortuneteller, a river fairy cursed the forewoman, causing her to grow foul-smelling scales on her legs.

While the disappearance of the children was never proven to be connected to the construction of the bridge, San Juanico has stood the test of time and continues to connect the country’s two wonderful provinces.

No matter how theatrical the padugo tradition sounds, there seems to be no harm in observing it, as long as no human blood is involved.

Besides, if blood is really an important ingredient for the cement mix, the live and noisy chicken in the neigborhood or at the market always has it.