22-year-old Jeepoy Taberna is fortunate to be alive today. He’s an Iloilo City man who survived a recent early morning aswang attack.
Fearsome Shape shifting Creature
An Aswang is a well-known shape shifting monster prevalent in Filipino culture. Aswangs usually possess a mish mash of the traits of either a vampire, a ghoul, a warlock/witch, or werewolf. Some Aswangs have been known to possess all of these traits together.
Spanish colonists even noted that the Aswang was the most feared among the so-called mythical creatures of the Philippines, even in the 16th century.
The aswang legend is well known throughout the Philippines. It is especially popular in the Visayas, southern parts of Luzon, and parts of Mindanao. Iloilo City, along with our home province of Guimaras, is part of the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. Aswangs are said to roam our region on a fairly regular basis.
Iloilo City Man Survives Aswang Attack
Jeepoy Taberna is a member of the household staff at the Fajardo Compound on Q. Abeto Street, Mandurriao district in Iloilo City.
Taberna was sleeping on his stomach on the second floor terrace of the Fajardo residence when something or someone landed on his back and started strangling him!
The attack woke him up, said Taberna, and he felt pain on his neck.
Whoever or whatever was strangling him had very sharp nails or claws and was very strong in gripping his neck from behind, said Taberna.
It was around 4:30 a.m. and still dark. Taberna said he could not see his attacker’s face.
The young man desperately tried to free himself from the tight grip of what he believed was an aswang. He struggled and put up a fight for some three minutes. It felt like an eternity, he said.
His cry for help appeared to have panicked the attacker as it released him and jumped from the terrace to the ground some 10 feet below. Q. Albeto St. Mandurriao district in Iloilo City (Google Maps)
The Aswang Escapes
Taberna was convinced his attacker had supernatural powers. After landing on the ground even from a considerable height, the aswang appeared unhurt. The creature quickly climbed over the high concrete fence of the compound and vanished into the darkness.
Another household staff who got awakened by Taberna’s shouts for help claimed to have seen the aswang jump over the fence to flee.
It was a man who had no shirt on and wearing only a pair of shorts, he said.
Taberna sustained scratches and bruises on the neck. He said these were caused by the aswang’s sharp nails.
He he’s had suspicions that the aswang had long been intending to attack him.[ii]
Spouse’s Family Attacked by Aswang
Now if you’re a Westerner reading this, you might be somewhat sceptical of the Aswang legend. I was, at first. But the longer I live in the Philippines, over eight years now, the more Aswang stories I hear.
In fact, my wife’s own family in the Philippines, right here in Guimaras, was attacked by an Aswang many years ago. Check out that story here.
If you think an aswang (or mother-in-law) might be stalking you, prepare yourself. Check out this post.
[ii] IAN PAUL CORDERO (2018, January 5) ‘Aswang’ attacks sleeping man. Retrieved from Panay News. http://www.panaynews.net/aswang-attacks-sleeping-man/