Pepper power versus dark creatures

“Forget garlic, holy crosses and silver bullets. Chiles were often considered the best deterrent against vampires and werewolves. They were burned to protect against attacks from these creatures of the night.”–Pepper Mythology: Flavorsome Folklore

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One rainy afternoon I finally gathered some comments from the Facebook Page of the TV newsmagazine show at GMA 7, “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho,” which featured in August 17, 2014 the case of mysterious goat killings in Sibale Island, Romblon since 2011, usually around the full moon, and either werewolves or vampire dogs were suspected. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to translate the comments, which are mostly in PIlipino, the vernacular language of the Philippines. I can read Pilipino better than I can translate it.  

Except for some minor editing (mostly I just changed the Facebook account names into boldface font and removed the number of Likes), the contents remain as they were posted in the comments of the thread announcing the upcoming episode. (I still have to find time to recap the said feature on the case. Stay tuned!)

The comments I copied and pasted from the FB Page were all about the commenters recounting their own experiences or stories about dark creatures such as the aswang, the Pilipino term for vampiric creatures that are not at all like the Western stereotype of fanged humans like Dracula or those from pop novels and films such as Twilight. Rather, these aswang  are either shapeshifters, usually from human to animal, or actual dark, nonhuman entities who hide somewhere and only come out when hungry.  

Señorito Bigotelyo totoo yan mga guys, kasi lumaki ako sa province at napatunayan ko yan don, ngyn dito na ako sa manila nakatira meron din dito kadalasan sa hospital sila umatake yng mga baby at malapit na mamatay or sa morgue sa bilog lng ng buwan sila kumain, sa mga taga capiz nmn dyn piliit nilang tinatakpan pagkatao nila pra hndi sila mabulabog pra hndi nmn maging masama ang imahe lugar nila hndi nmn lahat cguro sa liblib na lugar may isang bario don at nakatira din ako don, sa ngyn naglipatan na sila at ang iba professinal na rin…
August 17 at 4:44am

Zarah Peralta totoo po ang aswang sa romblon taga roon dn ako at isa ako sa mgpapatunay nyan kz noong hi skul ako ung kpatid ng classmate ko namatay un sa sakal ng aswang meron doon sa amin sa brgy. isang matanda napapabalitang isa xang aswang isang araw ung matandang yun na napapabalitang aswang nagpunta sa bayan naglakad lng xa dhil wla pa gaanong mga sasakyan dun sa baryo nmin kya lhat kmi naglalakad lng , doon sa my waiting shed my bhay doon na my tindahan ang bhay na un ay sa kaklase ko ung matandang napapabalitang aswang nagpahinga sa waiting shed at habang nakaupo xa sa tapat ng tindahan napansin nya ung kapatid
August 17 at 10:46am

Dindang Mhar Naniwala ak!jn kc laking probinsya ak.try nyong tumira sa Mindanao yng sa pagitan ng cotabato at parang maguindanao.at aswang ay Hindi nmn kumakain ng Tao.dugo LNG kinu kuha Nya.yng beyenan ko n my sakit yn ang ki namatay Nya sinipsip ang dugo.napag a laman nmin yng kapitbahay pla nmin.ang aswang kya pla pg day puro tulog sila at pg gabi wala silang ilaw.pg binibigyan sila ng mga kapitbahay ng Luto n mga ulam ayaw Nilang tanggapin.pro nong mamatay beyenan k.kc hating gabi namatay beyenan ko.kina umagahan.walang nakaka alam kng nasaan sila.kya Nga lumayas kami don sa Lugar na yon.urandang parang maguindanao.hindi Basta Basta maniwala ang Tao.as long na di Nya nakita.naniwala ak kc kita ng dalawa kng mata.isa pa anak k noon.
August 17 at 11:31am

Zarah Peralta sa romblon po marami na ngaun kahit sa sta. fe try nyo po pumunta dun para hindi lng kwento tlagang maeexperience nyo lalo na kapag bilog ang buwan
August 17 at 11:40am

Susan Luha Totoo poh ang mga aswang kc nakakita n po tatay q aso hanggang dibdib ang laki di un naniniwala s mga aswang pro ng nakakita cia ayon naniwala n cia sister q nanganak nhirapang lumabas ung baby un pala may asong malaki sa dingding nila pag labas ng isa nming sister nakita nia ung aso nanlilisik ang mga mata di
August 17 at 2:33am

Christalbless Sabulao Alva Hahahaha.. totooo yan.. merun talagang mga nagmamana sa angkan yan.. yan yung sinaunang panahun na mga taong ayaw nila maging isang ganyan pero hindi nila pwedeng tanggihan may isa talagang magmamana parang anting anting yan hindi kaagad mamatay ang taung maydala nyan kung hindi maiisalin sa apo o sa anak..? Kaya sa hindi na niniwala inyung opinyun yan sa naniniwala nman ay talagang nakakita na sya nyan… ? At ako isa ako sa nkakita ng akoy buntis taung naging aso kasing laki ko nkalawit dila mata nanlilisik sa pula… ginawa ko yung payung nadala ko isasaksak ko sa knya.. lalaban ako ahh hindi baleng mamatay basta lumalaban.. kilala ko sya.. puntahan ko sya kinabukasan sa bhay binuhusan ko ng asin.. pinto nya.. akala nya hindi ko sya kilala.. yun humingi ng sorry sa akin at umiiwas na.. dhil kilala ko sya.. maynila pa yun haah.. hindi probinsya.. kya.. sa mga hindi naniniwala kyo na ang bhala sa opinyun nyu… pero sabi nga ng kasabihan hindi baleng aswang kapitbahay mo wag lang magnanakaw kundi lahat ng nasa iyo mawawla.. !..
August 17 at 2:46am

Ched Salvador Meron din sa Batangas nyan nong madistino ako don…tuwing gabi may namamatay na kambing at may kagat sa leeg….hinabol nga namin ung kumagat malaking asong puti di namin inabot….
August 17 at 10:52pm

Leobel Palmones totoo ang aswang…sa barangay namin sa bikol..nong bata pa ko..nakakita na ko nyan…napakalaking aso na pula mata..nakaupo at njatingins sa bwan..
August 17 at 10:00pm

Raf Mahinay Francisco nangyari na rin yan sa amin sa burias island parehong pareho talaga ang nangyari 21 na kambing ang namatay. may naka kita daw po na isang malaking aso ang umaataki. kulay itim na aso.
 August 17 at 9:47am

Herine Ioj Baka k9 dog yun? Kasi yung in-examine na kambing na namatay sa episode ni Soho ang klase daw ng hayop na maaring nakapatay ay k9 dog. Tapos may tama pa ng ice pick kaya pwedeng tao ang gumawa.
August 17 at 10:56am

Eris James Sa Sibale lang po yan. Number of killings ay 7 goats per night. Minsan 3, ang pinakamadami ata ay 15 sa isang gabi. Kahit nasa silong ng bahay o nasa loob ng kusina, namamatay pa din kinabukasan. Taga dun ako kaya alam ko. Nakakapangamba lang kasi baka sa sunod mga bata naman. Delikado.
August 17 at 2:10am

Anne Valentos Carlon That’s really true,naka-encounter na ang kapatid ko at pnsan nuon late 1994’ata sa probnsya,ang tawag dun s amen mamumugno…Tao sya na nag-evolved,parng nagi2ng halimaw,my kakayahang mang-hypn0tized.
Hnd n aq magtataka,kc kht sang panig ng televisi0n mga palabas 2ngk0l s aswang,bampira at kng anu2 pa..mas pnapalakas nu lng cla kc tinatangkilik n ng mga tao…
Mas lalo na date,ung lola ko nagdadala ng dagger(bronze na patalim) na panaksak parang c juan dela cruz..Hehe
August 18 at 6:12pm · Edited

Maila Cortez sa mga nagsasabi na hnd totoo,sinasabi q sa inyo tunay ang blitang yan tlga d2 aq s sibale kya msasabi kong totoo yan..mdami d2 ang halos maubos alaga nlng kambing..
August 17 at 5:06pm

Sharpie Allador Pastolero Pano kpa mkapag vedio at pic kng takot kna,kpag hayop ung unang inaatake bagong yanggaw lng yan.
August 17 at 5:16am

Sharpie Allador Pastolero Totoo nga n my aswang,na ranasan q n yan bagong panganak ako non.7 pm plng ng gabe anjan n cya.grabe tlaga.
August 17 at 5:14am

Kitkat Love Cybil yung mother ko laking masbate nakatira sila sa bundok nun na malayo pang lalakarin papuntang bayan may nasalubong silang wakwak kwentong akala mo barbero pero i think totoo xa dahil kung mag kwento man mother ko feel kong ngsasabi xa ng totoo
August 17 at 5:05am

Charlie Daliva Dumapit hnd aswang tumira nyan sigbin poh tumira nyan kc poh tueing kbilogan ng bwan pinapakawaln yan ng may alaga nito upang maka kakain ng atay at mkainum ng dugo para hnd cla manghna at mamatay pinapakawaln ito ng may ari nito upng lumkas sa katunayan ang sigbin ay parang pusa pero ksng laki ng lion at itoy ksng bilis ng isang kurap ng inyng mga mata at itoy alaga lmng ng isang normal na tao at may dasal yan ang totoo
August 18 at 8:42pm

5 tips versus night entities

NOTE: A friend recently emailed me this article below, which she had written soon after her firsthand encounter with vampires in the Philippines, where they are called “aswang,” “wakwak,” “ik-ik,” etc. Her article inspired me to come up with a blog that discusses such creatures, and how human beings can deal with them bravely and successfully. 

Anyway, my friend who sent this article is one smart and well-educated lady, so I have no doubt of the veracity of her firsthand experience. She and I are on the same page when it comes to dark creatures: they do exist as part of the “Other Side,” or OS; they view humans as a food source; and yes, we can protect ourselves and our loved ones against them. Be not  afraid!–Editor

As a young child, I was not particularly afraid of the dark nor of entities that go bump in the night. That’s because I believed that the only thing one should fear is harboring fear in your body. That is when these “dark beings,” or “entities,” as they are called, might have an easy hold on you and can terrorize you.

Until I had an encounter with one of those dark entities lately and made me think not just twice but several times about dealing with these dark beings 😉

The encounter happened a week after Typhoon Glenda wreaked havoc in the sleepy quiet town where I currently live. Surrounded by trees, vast rice fields and a majestic, lush mountain near by, it was such an idyllic place to be parked in for my writing pursuits.

Anyway, like in any sleepy town in the Philippines, I encountered some of the local, old-timer senior residents. One of them is Aling Meding (not her real name). About seventy years old, Aling Meding is one of the town’s long-time catechism volunteer teachers, a post she has been gladly fulfilling for more than thirty years or so.

Aling Meding also is known locally as one of only three catechists in this town capable of helping the local parish priest in executing exorcism among its Catholic members. This capability became a specialty of Aling Meding ever since, according to her, she did have an encounter with a “local aswang.”

At the time of her supernatural encounter, Aling Meding recounts to me that she was only in her late twenties but already active in teaching catechism in her local town. This encounter occurred at her ancestral home. The said aswang, with red eyes, batlike wings, sharp talons, and even wearing a woman’s blouse, perched on the windowsill of her home and attempted to get inside her house. With a broom, Aling Meding fought off the winged creature until it flew away.

Because of my acquaintance with Aling Meding, I was introduced to the world of aswangs, wakwaks and ek-eks or ik-iks in this idyllic little town. For your information, a wakwak is a Visayan term  for a vampiric creature of the night who is so called because of the sound it makes (“Wak! Wak!”) while flapping its wings at night, in the search for pregnant women or sick people as food.

As for the ek-ek, Philippine folklore particularly in the Visayas region says it is a type of aswang with birdlike wings and a beak and flies around with the sound “Ek! Ek!” Local belief says that the louder you hear the ek-ek call out, the farther it is from you, and vice versa. But from my experience and from my trusted sources, it is undoubtedly, a birdlike reptilian that acts as a “spy” and/or a vanguard for the Other Side (OS), when they come visiting.

Normally the aswangs, wakwaks, and ik-iks alike, being reptilian in nature, can smell fear that it feeds on, just like the OS. [NOTE: Here’s a video interview that explains what reptilians really are, and what they’re really after. Here’s reliable info about Alex Collier, the guy being interviewed.–Ed.]

And so my story starts a week after Typhoon Glenda uprooted and leveled trees in our town, and basically downed our electricity and water. Because there was no electricity, we had to contend with the pitch-black darkness around the house after 6 p.m. Everyone made it a point to be home by sundown.

It was one of these evenings a week after the typhoon that I was sitting before a small writing table at the second floor window of my little bedroom. Leading out from my room on the second floor was a little veranda that extended in front of my little glass window. It was late at night already, around half past 11 p.m., and as usual, it was pitch black outside with no moon whatsoever. I was working at my little table beside the window when I heard the “ek-ek” of what I thought was a batlike creature.

I was not unfamiliar with bats, since they would practically go past by my house in the metropolis in the early, early morning. So I wasn’t alarmed when I heard the same bat go fly nearby with the same “ek-ek” sound. Now, bats are said to be blind, and the reason why they make sounds is because they can ascertain distance by how far their sound travels.

But this bat creature was different! At first, the “Ek-ek!” sounded like the bat was flying past. Then, it started making the sound just right in front of my glass window. I stood up several times to peek but couldn’t see anything because of the darkness.

So after several times hearing that ek-ek sound so close in front of my glass window, I stood up and made my special black pepper concoction and sprinkled it in front of the window. The ek-ek somehow, sensing a bit of my agitation, flew to the other glass window on the side of my room. Apparently it was trying to get in.

So I did my silver light visualization and directed that toward the windows and all around the house for protection against these dark entities.

What is the learning from this encounter? Definitely one has to do the following preparations for such an incident not to occur again:

  1. Prepare a concoction of black pepper (I prefer mine cracked), salt and a pinch of cinnamon to be sprinkled in all entrances to your room, particularly in front and behind windows and doors.
  2. Visualize silvery-white light enveloping inside and outside your room, as well as the surroundings of your abode.
  3. Chant or pray, whichever prayer will strengthen your faith and will.
  4. Believe that you are Love and because you are Love personified and that everything on this 3D planet is Love, then there is nothing to fear.
  5. It is natural to feel afraid and stressed out. Just remind yourself that this is a product of the OS. Do not internalize fear! The OS can smell that. Do your fear processing exercise [here’s a transcript of the video meditation–Ed.] regularly.

The following day, I sprinkled my concoction around my room and the veranda, did my silvery-white light and chanted. And to date, I have not had a very close and major encounter with the ek-ek anymore (I get a single squeak once a day ago but not more than that 😉