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UNDER THE INFLUENCE: Where we reveal the sources that inspired and influenced this Trese mystery.
The santelmo is another creature from Philippine folklore that has different descriptions, depending on which region of the country the story is told. Most stories have described it as flaming skull, seen on country crossroads. Fishermen have said that it is a ball of fire seen floating above the sea. The santelmo is said to be the souls of sailors who drowned at sea or an omen of bad things to come.
The oriol is a snake creature from Bikol folklore. It was believed to have lived in Tiwi, Albay. She lived in the hot springs in the area and lured men to join her in the pool by transforming herself into a beautiful woman. She would then devour them and bring their souls to her father Asuang.
The cellphone-spelling casting scene was an idea I got from one of Tony Perez’s books. He mentioned how the cellphone can act like a magic wand and how typing in a specific set of numbers and pressing the SEND button is like casting the spell.