The Aswang is an infamous Filipino monster. The Aswang can shapeshift and usually has a combination of the traits of a vampire, warlock/witch, ghoul, werebeast, or maybe they even have all of them. During the day, these terrible monsters take the shape of a quiet or shy human that usually works around meat. For example, an Aswang might work as a butcher or sausage maker, or something like that. They are ugly monsters with wings. When far away, their flapping is loud, but when they are close, its quieter. Their eyes are usually bloodshot when they're in human form, and their reflections are inverted. These monsters steal corpses and also living people. They make replicas of the living person that they stole, and the replica usually gets sick and dies of sickness a couple days later. Every full moon, these creatures must eat. They sometimes eat the unborn fetus of a child from a pregnant woman, or the blood of a person. An Aswang can be killed if their heart is destroyed. An Aswang also avoids salt, garlic, charcoal, and coconut sticks. Mothers often tell their children the legends of an Aswang so that they wouldn't go out late at night without the parents knowing. Similarly, teens shouldn't sneak out late at night, or something can happen to them.
The city of San Juan has ghosts. Yes, ghosts, as in more than one. That's a city I wouldn't want to live in. The first ghost is a headless nun who was decapitated by Japanese soldiers, who also burnt down her convent. There is a convent in that place today, and it is said that if you pass by the convent on the midnight of a full moon, the bells will being to ring, meaning that the nun will appear from behind you. Then, you will feel a cold breeze and something on the nape of our neck, and when you turn around she will be there. Although the meeting time with the nun is rather elaborate and fancy, if you really, really want to meet the famous beheaded nun, go right ahead. The second ghost a white lady. If you've read one of my previous blog posts on Filipino urban legends, you would know that a white lady is a woman who died tragically or violently and basically likes like Samara/Sadako from The Ring. Anyways, this white lady appears on an old watchtower, and only appears to handsome young men. So, guys out there, if you're wondering how girls view you, go see if the white lady of San Juan pays you a visit.
This legend is about a woman who goes bonkers and kills and cooks her children. Yikes. Mother of the year award goes to her. There are some versions where she turned into an aswang, a Filipino monster, and there are others where she just went crazy. When her husband came home and noticed the absence of their children, she replies straight up by telling him exactly what she did- she killed them and was currently cooking them for dinner. A little brutal, if you ask me. Angered by this, the husband grabbed a nearby bolo knife and slashed her face. The wife survived and fled, and it is said that she know roams the countryside, looking for her next victim to eat. Sometimes, people can go crazy and do stupid things. That was an understatement.
We all know that hitchhiking is not a very good way to get around. Seriously, are you willing to trust a complete stranger to take you somewhere? Even if you said yes, are you really? For all you know, they could be some psychopath that wants to dump your body in an empty field. This story, however, takes a sort of different turn on hitchhiking than you might think. A woman is hitchhiking late at night, and a man eventually picks her up. After a while of driving in silence, the woman requests to be dropped off. The man just looks at her through the mirror, and keeps on driving. Obviously fearing for the worst, the woman begins to get frightened. Eventually, much to the woman's relief, the driver lets her out, but before she can leave, he tells her to burn her clothes. When she asks why, he said that when he saw her in the review mirror, she had no head, which was an omen of death. I would've been freaked out beyond relief if I saw someone with no head in the mirror behind me. Talk about freaky. Regardless, despite scaring the crap out of her, the man helped her by not dropping her off where she wanted to, since the possibility of her dying there due to the omen he saw might've been very possible. Even though she didn't know it, he helped her. That can be considered a moral, right?
First off, imagine a really creepy female ghost with long hair. Take a moment. Now, what did you imagine? You probably imagined a girl with a dirty gown and long, black hair covering her face, like Sadako/Samara from The Ring, (fun fact, The Ring's storyline is actually a Japanese urban legend, starring Sadako, the original psychic girl) right? That's probably the most well-known image of an Asian ghost, and Japan is not the only country to be a home to such a ghost. The Philippines is a really pretty place with good food (though I've never been to it, my grandma from the Philippines makes some great food) but, like most countries, it has its' creepy side as well. The White Ladies of the Philippines often have a very tragic past, usually involving death by murder or dying in an accident. The White Ladies take the form of scary, ghastly-looking women with long, tangled black hair and an all white dress. Although there are many White Ladies, the most famous and well-known one is the one of Quezon City's Balete Drive.
There are two versions of the backstory of this ghostly woman. One is that she died in a car accident. The other, which is definitely darker and a lot more gruesome, is that she was raped and killed by Japanese soldiers, or a taxi driver. Apparently, she appears to any motorcyclist who dares to ride through Balete Drive alone at night. Other times, she will appear in the car review mirror, her face bruised and bloody. Sometimes, she will ask cab drivers to give her a ride and then later disappear with no indication that she was ever really there. Never go to creepy places alone, kids, even if you're trying to impress someone, because you might end up seeing something.