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Title Berberoka
Description Philippine water spirit
Gender Female
Region Philippines
Equivalent Water Nymph, Naiad

The people from Apayao, Abra and Ilocos Norte believe and fear a swamp creature called Berberoka. It lures victims by sucking water in the pond enough for a number fish to come into surface. When the potential victims get attracted to the school of fish, the Berberoka drowns them by hosing water and swallowing them afterwards.[citation needed] Despite all their powers, these water ogres have a morbid, ironic fear of crabs.

They were compared to the Greek naiads, the nymphs of water elements. They have the ability to suck all the water in a swamp or lake. Also, many old folks believed that they use water to attack their enemies. They discharge a large amount of water (just like a fire extinguisher) to their victims until they drown.[1]


  1. ^ Mga Engkanto: A Bestiary of Filipino Fairies. Philippines: eLf ideas Publication. 2003.