Hindi na ‘to joke unlike my earlier post touching this similar topic.
For the past weeks, I can’t help but stare at the small french window in our toilet and bath when I pee at midnight or at the wee hours of the morning. This is because on Tuesday morning, our helper Alona and I had this conversation:
Alona: Ma’am, gising ka pa ba ng mga 12:30 ng madaling araw?
Me: Oo, gising pa ata ako kasi mga 12:35 ako natulog.
Alona: Narinig mo ‘yung aswang Ma’am?
Me: Huh? Meron ba?
Alona: Oo grabe ang lakas ng tunog ng pakpak niya! Hindi nga kami nakatulog ni Peter (her common law husband) eh.
Me: Ow talaga? Baka hangin lang?
Alona: Ay hindi Ma’am! Kahit nga si Peter sabi aswang daw talaga ‘yun. Kahit nga si Ate Cynthia (our other helper whose room is directly above theirs on the 2nd floor) napuyat sa takot! Sobrang lakas talaga Ma’am!
Me: Paanong tunog?
Alona: ‘Yung parang sa pelikula…’yung biglang may “paaak-paaaak”…parang may something (yes, English talaga. “something”, hehe) na malaki na pumapalo sa hangin.
Me: Sure ka talagang aswang ‘yun?
Alona: Aaaay, sure talaga. Aswang talaga ‘yun. Kahit si Peter at Ate Cynthia–tingin aswang daw talaga ‘yun. Ang tagal niya. Parang nag-aabang ng kakainin. Parang tumambay sa likod natin.
Me: Bakit hindi ko narinig?
Alona: Siguro kasi sa side namin siya Ma’am.
Except for our bedroom, all other bedrooms in our building is on the west side, for the west side of our bedroom is our toilet and bath.
And I’ve often kept the french window of our toilet and bath open. Tuloy, every time I pee at night, I can’t help but imagine the aswang getting in our toilet and bath through the open french window. The thought makes me shudder. So for a week, I made sure I was the one who lay near the bedside window, and that Raviv lay between Randy and me. The aswang had to get past us first before he/she could touch my baby!
The bat when I was pregnant
So do I believe in aswang? This is embarrassing but yes, I do. That’s why when I was pregnant and I dreamt that a force of nature was sucking something from my stomach, I never slept with the windows open again. And when a huge bat came flying into our toilet and bath through the open french window one night when Randy was out, I went hysterical and never allowed my husband to leave me at night again (yet the bat kept returning…coincidence? Maybe…or maybe not?)
What convinced me that they’re real
Don’t get me wrong–I do believe in God, and I do believe in Jesus Christ. I know that God is waaay powerful than these creatures, but I still think they exist. Although I had skepticism about the existence of aswang (after all, I’ve never seen one. Not that I want to), something I read online really convinced me. The story rang with veracity, and thinking about it always sends shivers up my spine. I’d like to share it with you; I lifted it from one of the replies of an article at yourghoststories.com:
The bird that you may have heard is not the aswang but the “tik-tik”. We have encountered aswangs in the province and they are always accompanied by this bird. According to Philippine folklore, the tik-tik is the aswang’s familiar – much like black cats are to witches in Western folklore. When you hear a tik-tik on the West side of your house, that means the aswang is on the east side of your roof. When you hear the tik-tik at the south, the aswang is positioned on the North. My dad and I actually saw one in Baguio City. We were renting an apartment on the fifth floor and we saw something which we thought was an incredibly huge bird following a smaller bird. But when it landed on the roof of the house in front of our building, which was 2 floors lower than were we where, we saw it was a dark woman with really large bird wings. My dad grabbed me by the collar, dragged me inside, shut the terrace door and made me to [sic] recite the rosary.
I dunno about you, but that story sounded so legit to me. Another one that I believe really happened is this, also lifted from yourghoststories.com:
Last [sic] December 26-28 2009, my family and I went to our beach in Quezon Province. Nothing scary happened on the first night although I saw some elementals there in the area but they weren’t trying to harm us. They were just observing.
On the second night, something strange happened. I thought this only happened in movies. But I thought wrong. My dad, mom, three younger brothers aged 21, 17 and 15, our maid and I slept in our bahay kubo (nipa hut) because our beach house is still under construction. It was around 1:30 in the morning (December 28) when I heard gunshots, I was awoken by the sound so I got up when I saw that my mom and my dad weren’t in their bed and then my brother (21) also woke up because he told me he heard gunshots so we decided to go out and check what it was. When we got out my brother and I saw my mom, dad, driver and my dad’s bodyguard looking at this huge coconut tree, I asked my mom what they were doing and then my mom told me that there’s an aswang (ghoul). At first I didn’t want to believe it. But my dad who is a sceptic [sic] also told that he also saw it. It was a huge black bird with super red eyes (like it was glowing red). My mom also told me that when were all sleeping she was awoken by the sound of flapping wings and the sound “ik ik ik ik” and it circled the nipa hut twice as if it was looking for something or someone.
My mom told me to wake up my brothers who were still sleeping (17 and 15) and our yaya (maid) so that we would all be together. My dad fired a shot again towards the tree but the huge bird was still in hiding. My dad told his bodyguard to turn of all the lights (the moon was shining so bright that night); right after all the lights were turned off the huge bird took flight and swooped down on us. I SAW IT TOO! It was HUGE and it really had RED EYES. My dad, the driver, my brother (21), my dad’s bodyguard ran after the huge bird and they tried to shoot at it again but the bird perched on another coconut tree near us and hid again. After 10 minutes or so, and after 5 more gun shots my Dad finally hit it. The huge bird cried. I got so scared. It was the most spine-chilling cry I’ve heard. I wasn’t sure if “it” was a cry for help or just because it got hurt. It flew again away from us then after a minute we heard our neighbour’s dogs howling like crazy animals so my dad and his bodyguard checked that area and the ones who got left decided to patrol the area.
When my dad and his aide reached the fence, they saw two birds crawling (why would birds crawl?) and when the birds saw them those birds tried to attack them. My other brother (15) and I decided to patrol the back of the house and wait for my dad and his aide to get back when we heard the flapping of the wings again so I decided to turn on the flashlight I was carrying and shone it in the direction in where we heard the sound, there we saw it fold its wing and it was looking straight at us. I started cussing at it and I also told it that we weren’t scared of him or her. I wasn’t afraid of them anymore. The roles where switched. They were the hunted and we are the hunters. Sadly, they got away. But I’m ready for the next time. I’m not afraid of them anymore.
I’m going back there next week and this time I also have a weapon with me. We’ll see who’s stronger… US or THEM…
Of course, these people could probably be just good writers, and their stories really scared me.
Anyway, until now the aswang hasn’t returned (according to Alona)–thank you very much!
Tell me what you think!
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