Sarangay is a creature resembling a Carabao water buffalo with a huge muscular body and a jewel attached to its ears. It is the Philippine counterpart for the Greek minotaur. They are illustrated to be half bull and half man.

A Sarangay stands more than 7 feet tall and weighs about 700 pounds.

According to old folklore, Sarangays have a jewel or a precious gemstone in their ears that they are protecting. Those who try to steal it from them will be killed mercilessly. It was also said that when a Sarangay gets angry, its nose emits smoke.