No, the answer is no
The belief that playing at your backyard can harm spirits is a superstition.
We also know that while there are many Catholics in our country, we also believe in superstitions.
We have inherited the belief in superstition in our ancestors. Belief in superstition has also become part of our Filipino identity. Some of the superstitions we believe in are:
• When you encounter a black cat you will experience bad luck
• You can't kick the "punso" because the elf might get angry
Wala ng Explanation.
A wide unmanaged backyard darkened by the shades from trees is believed to be the ideal habitat for unseen spirits according to our forefathers. Philippine folklore is filled with creatures that live near our homes especially in the province where many tales come from. Here are a few examples of spirits or beings that are known to have the most encounters with people from rural areas.The story of the white lady is a frequent topic when the conversation slides towards the spirit realm. Jeepney and truck drivers, tricycle riders and even private drivers have mentioned seeing a woman in a long white dress standing on the side of the road at night. Stories of a woman that has been abducted, violated and left hidden in the bushes is always mentioned. They have also been seen in people’s backyards, partly hidden by the trees, with an unsettling faceless stare at your direction. This appears to be one of those vengeful spirits that can’t seem to find any peace. It has some similarities with the Enkantada which frequently inhabits the deep forest. The tiny old man that lives inside the termite mound, or more popularly known as the Dwende or Nuno sa Punso is probably the one that lives closest to people since any yard can have a termite mound or two. They can be playful at times, especially with maidens. The old generation would tell stories of courtships between pretty young women and these tiny seniors. They are wary of being too close to babies and toddlers, afraid of being grabbed and eaten. Before walking in the backyard or any plant covered area, the elders would always advise the person to ask for permission by saying “Makikiraan Po” or “Sus mar sep, tabi Nuno huwag pong Manuno”. Swollen legs or feet and rashes after doing something in the backyard are usually blamed on the failure to ask for permission. The Enkantos are spirits that mostly appear in human form among others. They come in different forms, from the ones that appear to far-exceed society’s modern standard of beauty to the unsightly. Their favorite home is the Balete tree, but they are also known to inhabit large rocks. Just like people, some Enkantos can be good and some are just naturally evil. Owning an Antin-anting or Amulet protects a person from an evil Enkanto’s tricks. Skin boils, fevers, depression and sudden Schizophrenia is commonly blamed on Enkantos.
There are many other beings that inhabit our forefather’s list of things to watch for when in the backyard, and although they are all just folklore, they have guided our ancestors for many generations, allowing them to live in harmony with their surroundings. The fear of angering these beings have taught them to respect the environment by taking only what they need, very far from how forests are seen today wherein everything has a price.
The answer to the question “Can playing at the backyard harm some spirits?” would be NO. we know today that these are just stories that are part of Philippine folklore. These beings are still a very interesting part of our culture, that is why we still talk about them to this day.