Just posted the conclusion to the aswang attack my wife's family experienced in the Philippines many years ago at their home at Lawi in Guimaras province. The aswang story was the third most popular post on my first blog, "The Rooster Crows at 4am!"
The family at "The Compound" is gearing up for the upcoming All Saints Day observance on November 1st. All Saints Day is a solemn holiday set aside to remember the dead in other countries, but in the Philippines there is a festive atmosphere. I have heard numerous fireworks in preparation for the big day the last two days, but no gunfire, yet.
November 1st marks the beginning of the Filipino celebration of the Day of the Dead. The celebration continues through the next day, All Souls Day. The two days are traditional Catholic holidays set aside to commemorate all the saints and the souls of the dead, but His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Philippines (official news releases refer to the President as "His Excellency"), himself a Catholic, has deemed November 2, All Souls Day, to no longer be a national holiday.
According to a report on the Inquirer.net, a full alert status for the Philippine National Police, PNP, was raised 8 a.m. Friday, as Philippine National Police Director General Raul Bacalzo ordered police assistance centers (PAC) to be put up along major thoroughfares across Luzon, cemeteries, and public transport terminals.
The Inquirer goes on to say that the PACs " will assist in situations such as missing persons, medical emergencies and accidents, traffic gridlock, over-crowding and congestion, stampede, petty crime, illegal parking and vendors, swindlers impersonating as priests and long-lost relatives, and possession of deadly weapons and prohibited items."
I was somewhat surprised to read about the police being put on full alert, but have to confess that weapons being brought into the cemeteries did not shock me. When visiting establishments in the Philippines, I often seen signs posted at the front doors of businesses which read: "CHECK YOUR WEAPONS AT THE DOOR." At timesit seems a bit like the "Wild West" over here, but we have not experienced any problems in our area.
My brother-in-law Joery and myself will be staying home to serve sentry duty at "TheCompound" as the family makes their annual trek to the cemetery. My wife's group will be going tomorrow, October 31st, to beat the large crowds that will be gathered on November 1st. I will have to check with my spouse to see if any local Philippine National Police were dispatched at our cemetery. Maybe they will just go out for coffee and some Dunkin Donuts!
POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO."
Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor."
Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world.
They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao.
"Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.