10 Most Common Phobias in Manila

Like REAL fear of trains, robbers, or being single


(SPOT.ph) We all have fears; it’s just that some of them can get so hyperbolic that they become phobias. A lot of these are unheard of—or people are just not aware of them. Believe it or not, there’s even a phobia called Arachibutyrophobia: the fear of having peanut butter stuck on the roof of one’s mouth.


In Manila, we’re always protective of our bags (or even our hearts) to avoid our worst fears from happening. Here are 10 phobias we didn’t even know are common.



Nomophobia: Fear of not having mobile phone contact 

Admit it, you can’t stand a day—okay, an hour—without your mobile phone. How can you? Your life is in there!



Politicophobia: Fear of politics 

This is pretty self-explanatory–unless of course you’re part of the, um, dynasty.




Anuptaphobia: Fear of being single 

Cause being single sucks...half of the time.



Philophobia: Fear of falling in love 

But then again, there are those who prefer to party with Tinder dates at Valkyrie every night.




Harpaxophobia: Fear of being robbed 

They used to be fairly easy to spot. Now, robbers have also upgraded to using umbrellas, coins, or even wearing suits—hence the major trust issues.



Siderodromophobia: Fear of trains 

Even the thought of riding the MRT/LRT can be nerve-racking—with the possible pick-pocketing, mixed human stink, and long lines. But you go through it anyway, which proves how brave you are!





Carbophobia: Fear of carbohydrates 

“Is butter a carb?”



Hoplophobia: Fear of guns 

Malamang holdap!




Antlophobia: Fear of flood 

One hour of rain can cause the streets to fill up with water, which probably means hours of standstill traffic or the need to evacuate. Afraid.



Macrophobia: Fear of long waits 

“Waiting is more fun in Manila,” said no one ever. LTO, that girl you’ve been courting, your friend who’s always late, or your period—every one is making every one wait.

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