From the Midwest redneck author of "The Rooster Crows at 4am!," "Lizard Poop!," and "The Philippines Expat Advisor"
“Evil Spirit Possessions” Reported in Iloilo City High Schools
A recent article in The Daily Guardian, a local newspaper in Iloilo, where my asawa and I live, caught my attention. Two cases of “evil spirit possessions” of students that are puzzling two high schools in Iloilo City have been reported.
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The first incident occurred at the Iloilo National High School (INHS) this past Tuesday when six students went berserk while in the middle of a class prayer. My niece and nephew that live with us attend classes in nearby Mandurriao, one of the seven districts of Iloilo City. They have not reported, at least to me, any cases of students gone wild during their prayer sessions.
Students and teachers can pray in public schools in the Philippines. The schools are not threatened by lawsuits filed by offended atheists. An avowed atheist in this mostly Catholic nation, would be akin to a born-again Christian proclaiming “Jesus Loves You” in the middle of a mosque. Chances are, you’re not going to get a good reaction in either case.
The first “possessed” pupil was a fourth year female student who suddenly collapsed and convulsed on the floor. Her classmates tried to restrain her but she was too strong for them.
But five more students soon followed suit and collapsed and shook uncontrollably. A case of “mass hysteria?” Their fellow classmates claimed that the voices and faces of the “possessed” students looked different. So did Joan Rivers and Kenny Rogers after their mugs received massive Botox injections.
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The second incident of possession happened at the San Jose Catholic School in downtown Iloilo last Thursday morning.
Five second year students were looking out of their classroom’s window and discussing a banana tree outside of their school. Why in the world students were discussing a banana tree and not the Justin Bieber release, is beyond me. The news article reports that the students collapsed as if an unseen force toppled them. They regained consciousness after they taken inside San Jose Catholic Church.
One student claimed seeing a dead relative who invited her to go on a trip which the student refused. The article did not report where the dead relative had invited the student to go. If it was the Marymart Center Mall in downtown Iloilo, I can understand the pupil’s reluctance. That place doesn’t have any air con and is probably the worst shopping complex in “The City of Love.”
Dr. Nordy Siason, INHS principal, doubts if the students were indeed taken over by spirits saying they might be suffering from severe anxiety. Siason said the students might be facing personal problems that affected their mental and emotional health.
The INHS has subjected the students to counseling to find out what’s bothering them. I love that term “subjected.” “What did you do today in school, Mary Maria?” one of the student’s mothers might ask. “Oh, I was subjected to counseling, Nanay.” Only in the Philippines.