What is an aswang? An aswang is one of the most horrid creatures in the Philippine folklore. It is often described as a monster that has a taste for human flesh and blood, especially those of sick people, children, and unborn babies. It can transform itself into an unusually large dog, cat, or pig to hide themselves and stalk their targeted victims, waiting for the right moment to attack.
(segment from Magandang Gabi Bayan)
According to him, he was given an amulet with a small book containing some spells that he needs to recite. There was a mango tree in their place that was rumored to be a home to different elementals like engkantos. He decided to recite the incantations near that tree, but nothing happened. After several attempts, Andon became desperate. He eagerly studied the small book until he was able to memorize all its content and later burned it.
According to him, after his transformation, his vision became red. Everything he saw was red in color. It was in this stage that he was able to see other unearthly creatures like the engkantos and the kapres, some of which were even pretending to be human.
He confessed that there are some instances wherein he was tempted to feed on humans, but he fought very hard to go against his urges. Whenever he felt the urge to attack, his teeth would grow sharp in a matter of seconds. He said that someone (a demon perhaps) is telling him in his head to go ahead and feed.
The Christian pastor who lead the pray over and some members of the Christian group were also interviewed. According to the pastor, during the pray over, they couldn't believe their eyes when Andon fell to the floor and had undergone his transformation to an aswang. His face changed into a beastly appearance with thick hair, long ears, sharp teeth, and long tongue coming out of his mouth.
Andon continually attended the Christian group meetings and prayer brigade to finally be free of the devilish grasp of the aswang curse. His faith in the Lord gives him courage to move forward.
(segment from Umagang Kay Ganda)
If Andon decided for himself to become an aswang, the opposite happened to Azon. Azon was living a simple but happy life with her family. But everything changed when she was once invited by a co-worker to a salo-salo or a feast.
Until one night, Totoy heard a strange sound outside. He got out of bed and went to look out of their window. To his surprise, he saw his sister Azon walking barefoot toward a tree, and then instantly, right there and then, she turned into a huge black dog.
When Azon returned home that night, she looked pale and staring off in space. When she realized where she was, she was horrified of the blood on her face and the dirt on her clothes. Totoy helped her get cleaned and wiped the blood of her face.
She was scared of her condition and feared that she will put her own family in danger. She fervently prays to God that there is still hope for her to be cured.
The TV show invited Harold, an albularyo or a local folk healer who claimed to be from a family of aswang, to take a look at Azon's situation. According to Harold, a newly transformed aswang can choose to eat animals at first. However, if the appetite can't be controlled, the aswang will start to feed on human flesh.
Azon wanted to be cured from being an aswang so she agreed to go under an aswang curing ritual performed by Harold. He casted an incantation to a glass of water mixed in with blue tawas or alum powder. Azon drank the water and after a while she vomited a black stone believed to be a mutya or a charm that caused her to become an aswang.
According to Father Francis, a Catholic priest, if what happened to Azon is true, that is the work of evil. He said that the Church does not state if something is true or not. What the Church teaches is that "The Lord is the most powerful among all." The term aswang has many definitions, but what we can say is that it performs evil deeds.
Azon hopes to finally be free of the curse that is haunting her for a long time.
The Church strongly advice that the most powerful weapon against the devil and any form of evil is our faith in the all mighty Lord.
Magandang Gabi Bayan. (Oct 31, 2014). Totoong Aswang: Magandang Gabi Bayan [Video file\. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M38vuCodPLU
Umagang Kay Ganda. (Oct 24, 2016). UKG: Babae, naging aswang umano [Video file\. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m2WZHWW4FE