Aswang Philippines Werewolf?

In the Philippines, a legendary creature similar to the werewolf is said to inhabit the country. The creature, called the “Aswang“, is not so much a werewolf, as a vampire-werewolf crossbreed. Some of the commonalities it has with the werewolf, include it’s propensity for meat, as well as that it’s said to be a shapeshifting creature. However, because the aswang is said to be able to transform into many different types of animals (not just canines), some also believe that it may simply be a witch. The legend of the filipino aswang is as big as the werewolf or vampire, and there is alot of argument as to its true existence as well as controversy over supposed aswang sightings.

Almost every part of the country of the Philippines (which is made up of over 7,000 islands, and has over 92 million people) has heard of the aswang. In different areas of the country, different attributes are given to the creature, indicating that there may be several different species of the creature.  The highest concentration of sightings in the Philippines comes from the province of Capiz on Panay Island.  Because of this, the townspeople of Capiz are very superstitious, and throughout Capiz, you’ll find garlic hanging on doors as a means to ward off the aswang, as, like vampires, this is said to be one means to fend them off.

The creature is somewhat vampire-like, sometimes described as looking like a human with huge bat wings…the difference however is that the human part of the body only goes down to the waist (it has a torso only, with no legs).  In human form, the creature is said to be reclusive, possibly trying to hide its identity from the humans it lives around.  It is said that you can identify the aswang by the fact that it has bloodshot eyes, and steals dead bodies.  Another method of identification includes a special coconut oil recipe.

The below video is a supposed shot of what could possibly be a real aswang sighting flying through the air.

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22 Responses

  1. ireallyluvwerewolves says:

    i think its sum fake
    its probably a kite

  2. lol! now they are getting into my country the philippines! lol! so much misunderstanding lol!

  3. Elan' says:

    The thing on the doctored video is supposed to be a Manananggal. A type of Aswang. They’re more like vampires.

  4. Elan' says:

    Since I’ve been getting a few hits because of my last comment, here’s a link to a short comic I did about Aswang and WW2

    http://theoryofeverythingcomics.com/oneshot/02_aswang_army.html

  5. Nat says:

    That was taken on daytime, right? I live in Philippines and know a few facts bout this. Aswangs don’t really take that form on daytime so it’s probably fake. 🙂 Also in Siquijor, there have been reports of ‘mangkukulam’. People who practice black magic, ability is usually passed through generations of families. USUALLY (not always) it’s grandparent to grandchild but that’s just what most people claim. Just a comment.

  6. Aconissa says:

    My mum is Filipino, and she said she never heard of the Aswang (possibly because she’s from the city), but when I was a kid she told me a story about these vampires from the philippines whose bodies detach from the waist, and the top half flies away to suck blood. She also told me that when they want to have a fetus’s blood, they insert a tiny line into the mother’s belly-button to get to the baby. Not nice. She also said that once, when her grandmother was pregnant with her mother in the province, a huge dog-like thing came (wolf?) and tried to eat her grandmother. She might have made the dog story up, I’m not sure, but the vampire ones she was serious about.

  7. Greyr Storm - Lunar is MISS ILWS 2010 says:

    @Aconissa:

    lol XD yep those are the monsters which are popular in the philippines. and i think that dog is not a wolf but rather just either way a shapeshifter type of monster that somehow transforms itself into a dogs form that kills people cause dogs are a much preferable choice than wolves cause well.. dogs are much more in number here, which means not only just a dog but even huge wild boars, eagles, etc. ^_^ they are true but i think not all is what it seems to be as what the humans have misunderstood everything else XD

  8. Aconissa says:

    @Greyr Storm – Lunar is MISS ILWS 2010: True. May I ask, what part of the Philippines are you from?

  9. Tyrone says:

    A friend of mine told me a story about a woman in the philippines that was caged every full moon. She said that in this village she would turn into “a big black dog”.

  10. The Aswang Phenomenon says:

    There is a new documentary exploring the aswang. Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Aswang-Phenomenon

  11. exoticvibes says:

    aswang are true! to know more about aswang! search word YANGGAW on youtube

  12. waya jerry says:

    aswang are real… they indeed exists somewhere around in this country; i believe becuase i myself had already encountered it… seem too frick but true… i am werewolf and i already did some fighting scene against this dark forces… we are creating now a forum for all were creatures around the globe… our allies ant the highest council are making a way to solve this problem… if you don’t believe it’s up to you… believe it or not aswang are real… were creatures are exinsting just you believe that the air you breath also exist… but you can’t see

  13. waya jerry says:

    aswang are real… they indeed exists somewhere around in this country; i believe becuase i myself had already encountered it… seem too frick but true… i am werewolf and i already did some fighting scene against this dark forces… we are creating now a forum for all were creatures around the globe… our allies and the highest council are making a way to solve this problem… if you don’t believe it’s up to you… believe it or not aswang are real… were creatures are existing just you believe that the air you breath also exist… but you can’t see

  14. KC says:

    hey i belive vampires,werewolves are real and that aswang are real as well….and im sared of the aswang but not vampires or werewolves because the awang looks like the gradge…..you know that movie the gradge me and my friend watch it and we keep on stopping and eatting food and jumping out of the bed and have to stop the movie because it was to scary……i have’nt saw any of them but i have friends at school that say they are vampires and werewolves….and im not close middeing i do belive it and i wont stop beliveing it….. from KC

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  16. she wolf says:

    Well Im from manila. I’ve been researching about this aswang for a year. I beleive on those even my father and mother. theyre from iloilo(mother) and aclan(father). One time I went to my moms province, my uncle(the uncle here is from my moms side, the other uncle I was talking about on the holy water vs. werewolves was from my fathers side) and I were walking on a dark road. Then we came across a large black carabao. It was larger and darker than most carabaos here in the province. We pass through it. Moments later, when we turned back. The carabao disappeared. Then we heard a ‘tiktik’ sound from above. We did’nt look instead we run away. But the creature chase us. Luckily our home was not far from the road so we reached in time. Its hard to beleive my story but its true. Im telling you, Im no kidding here.

  17. Filipino kid says:

    I’m from the Philippines and I’m just a kid but I’m old enough to tell you guys that what this page is saying is TRUE some of my great grand parents and relatives have encountered this even me. my mom said when I was just a baby and we were still living with my grandmother (who is on my father’s side ) I was preyed on by a “tiktik” my mom said she heard the tiktik and she saw some movements on a tree near the porch (it was late afternoon that day ) it swayed as if it was being blown by the wind but mom.checked the other trees and not one tree was moving. The next day my grandmother’s sister who was also our neighbor said that she saw a figure jumping or sitting on the tree watching closely. And if you believe me or not then go ahead I’m just a kid why should I lie online?

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