In Philippine folklore, a black giant who is covered in ash and who dwells on top of trees, particularly the balete tree. He enjoys smoking big cigars. The kapre is terrifying but not really harmful.

He is also called pugut (Ilocano, Pampangos) and cafre (Tagalog).



  • de Las Casas, Dianne; Gagatiga, Zarah C. (2011). Tales from the 7,000 Isles: Filipino Folk Stories Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, p. xvi.
  • Ramos, Maximo D. (1990). Creatures of Philippine lower mythology. Quezon City: Phoenix Publishing House, pp. 29, 31.