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December 15, 2009

Aswang Attack

Filed under: General — Donald @ 11:53 am

One of my neighbors reported that two men were attacked by an aswang last week inside their home just a few kilometers from where I live. The aswang entered the house as a cat and then turned into a dog and attacked. Neighbors heard strange screams coming from the house, like those of a goat. They came to investigate and saw the aswang briefly take human form before becoming a bird and flying away. One victim is dead and the other is in the provincial hospital with lacerations to the shoulder area.

She says this is the first time she remembers hearing of anyone in San Juan dying from an aswang attack. Last year she witnessed an attack herself, but the victim was only a goat. On that occasion, late at night, she heard a goat screaming outside her house and went to find out what was wrong. With her flashlight she saw what appeared to be a dog attacking the goat and she fought the dog off with rocks. It was apparent that the attack had really been by an aswang because the goat had only a small puncture wound, but under the skin there was a large cavity. Aswangs normally bite and then suck the insides out of their victims. She also found a dead chicken with its guts eaten out. The meaty flesh was intact.

To ward off aswangs, she carries a bottle of herbal oil, touching a bit of it to her neck whenever she hears something suspicious. She also stuffs the many holes in the sides of her house with ginger and salt, so that an aswang’s tongue cannot slip through.

[This was hottest aswang story I’d come across so I put my neighbor in the truck and tried to track down the witnesses. Many people had heard the story, but in every neighborhood we checked, people said it happened in some other one. My neighbor friend was shamed that the story didn’t pan out. Very bad idea to bring her along for the investigation.]


  1. OMG..that sounds scarey. I would carry a bottle of herbal oil with me EVERYWHERE.People that truly know me, know that I am a very superstitious person.I don’t mess with spirits. Anyway, I really do enjoy your posts, so please keep us posted, & invest in a bottle of herbal oil.I’m goona try & send you an email. Love & hugs, Donna <3

    Comment by Donna — December 23, 2009 @ 6:39 am

  2. * gonna…see how scared I am

    Comment by Donna — December 23, 2009 @ 6:40 am

  3. Hey Don, Happy New Year!

    I hope 2010 is aswang-free for you and that Siquijor’s reputation as a haven for malevolent spirits continues to seem undeserved. Maybe you should anoint yourself with herbal oil on a regular basis just in case …

    Cheers, Nick & Vik

    Comment by Nick Haslam — January 4, 2010 @ 9:08 am

  4. Oiling myself up occasionally does seem to help. My guts were sucked out long ago, so there’s really no downside anyway.

    Happy New Year to you too Nick and Vik and Donna, Check your email. The spam box, if your filter is any good.

    Comment by Donald — January 6, 2010 @ 3:58 pm

  5. i know that i heard that philippineis people talked about real aswangs, manananggals, ghouls and tikblang.. serious, i am real creature hunter.. what do i kill? vampires, werewolves, excroists, ghouls, and other creature monsters… trust me.

    Comment by "Varen" — January 9, 2010 @ 11:19 am

  6. Be ready for the call, Varen. It will come at night.

    Comment by Donald — January 13, 2010 @ 9:19 am

  7. Hey Dr. Ernst!

    Waiting for more updates! It has been quite some time. :) I hope the aswang didn’t get you…

    Comment by Jonathan Holmes — June 3, 2010 @ 6:19 am

  8. Happy Birthday brother!!!

    Comment by Paul — April 2, 2011 @ 12:40 am

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