The tikbalang is the Filipino version of the centaur. However the it is the tikbalang's head that is a horse, and its body is human. Some people claim that the tikbalang is harmless, but mischievous. He only tries to frighten people he fancies. Others claim that the tikbalang eats evil people, and people who do not pray the angelus.

Some people also say that the tikbalang has 3 golden hairs on his mane, and that if you manage to pluck them from the tikbalang, you will enslave him to your will. Others, however say that it will ask you three riddles (bugtong), and if you answer them correctly, you will get a pot of gold.