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Monks in the Streets of Manila: Are They The Real Deal or Are They Fake?

Two Netizens posted photos about the monks roaming around Manila asking for money.

Are the monks in Manila real or not? [Image Credit: Pixabay]

  • Monks are known to live in poverty, obedience, and chastity without any vanity.

  • A concerned Netizen posted a photo with a story on Facebook saying that there are fake ones roaming around Manila.

  • These monks are asking for money for 100 to 500 PHP.

Monks are members of a religious community of men who are typically living under the vows of chastity, obedience, and poverty. They dedicate their lives to serve all other living beings and live their lives in prayer and contemplation.

Monks can be seen in Asian countries, particularly in Thailand, Japan, China, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan. They are believed to be modest people with no traces of vanity.

Monks are respected all over the world. [Image Credit: Pixabay]

Suspicious Monks in Manila

Unfortunately, there are monks spotted in the streets of Manila who are spotting the opposite of what monks are in other countries.

A Netizen named Xavier Naldoza Apostol posted a photo via Facebook about the alleged impostors posing as religious members. According to his post, a “fake monk” is roaming around Manila and is a scammer. He mentioned that the “modus” of this person is to put a bracelet around the wrist of the victim and ask for money ranging from 100 to 500 pesos.

They roaming around Manila asking money from people. [Image Credit: Xavier Naldoza Apostol/Facebook]
They are very aggressive in insisting that you pay them. Sadly, they are also not accepting any other amounts below the 100 pesos.

People Are Not Believing

Apostol also mentioned that some netizens were mad at him and was thinking that he was just making up stories, so he went directly to the Mabuhay Temple in Vito Cruz to verify the information before posting it online.

He revealed that the Master of the Monks said that:

  1. Real monks do not siphon and force people to give them money.
  2. They aren’t connected to the Monks who live within Malate area – thus making them (the ones you see on the streets giving beads) dubious.
  3. Monks spread teachings and not just beads along any street.
  4. For the monks of Mabuhay temple, their habits are brown, and not orange like what we usually see in the movies.

Another Proof

Another netizen named Quinn Safyr also posted another photo of a monk and shared a similar story like that’s of Apostol.

Although there is no confirmation on whether these monks are real or not, it is better to be safe than to be sorry. The warnings posted by this concerned netizen should not be taken for granted.

What do you think? Do you think these monks are genuine or they are fake ones like what Apostol mentioned?


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Written by Kristina Suarez

Kristina is a freelance writer and author of "My Thrifty Thoughts." She loves random weekend trips, coffee, toys, and spas. Guided by her mantra "chill and travel," she enjoys unplanned escapades without compromising leisure and budget. Her free hours are spent reading books, watching dramas and movies, doing toy reviews or thinking about her next travel destination.

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