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    Video of ‘aswang’ spotted in Iloilo goes viral, draws mixed reactions

    A video of an alleged ‘aswang’ spotted in Iloilo recently went viral, drawing mixed reactions from netizens. Posted by RJ Mondragon, the video has since received nearly 900k views since it was shared last March 29.
    Video of ‘aswang’ spotted in Iloilo goes viral, draws mixed reactions

    In the caption, Mondragon explained that if viewers are wondering why the people in the video were running around and shouting, the answer is that they were trying to get a better sight of the alleged ‘aswang’.

    Video of ‘aswang’ spotted in Iloilo goes viral, draws mixed reactions

    A number of netizens were wondering why the people were trying to chase the ‘aswang’ when they should have been hiding. After all, according to myth, the ‘aswang’ could eat people! But perhaps they were emboldened because they were so many, other netizens suggested.

    Because it was dark, the alleged ‘aswang’ was not also clearly seen in the video, but the people could be heard screaming after the creature appeared to land on one of the houses. The video was supposedly taken somewhere in Lapuz, Iloilo City.

    Video of ‘aswang’ spotted in Iloilo goes viral, draws mixed reactions

    After some time, the people saw the ‘aswang’ at a tree. It is not known whether someone dared to go closer to check whether the ‘aswang’ was for real though there were people in the video carrying what look like air guns.

    One of the women could be heard explaining that they saw what looked like a huge cat crawling up the rooftops before it flew up, leading them to believe it was a real ‘aswang’.

    Twitter user Kernel’s Corner posted a transcript of the video:

    “Sa mga hindi nakakaintinde, ito ang commentary in ate:

    Oh nagkakagulo ang mga tao, tingnan niyo. Nasaan na siya? Mahihirapan tayo nyan. Saan siya pumunta? Ang bata!!!! (nagsitakbuhan dahil may nawalang bata) Andyan na siya sa labas! Ayon, ayon! Ang bata! Asan na naman siya?

    Saan! Andon may kumalampag doon. (Kinausap ng lalaki ang may hawak ng camera) Sige lng... sige lng kasi walang... Oh ayon siya! Lumilipad! Ayon siya! (lalong nagkagulo ang mga tao) Ayon siya sa taas ng Day Care ayon siya! Ayon siya. Ang pangit!

    Ayon siya sa taas ng Day Care ayon siya! Ayyyy!!!!! Ang pangit, ayyyy! Ang pangit parang malaking pusa! Ayyyyy!!! Ang pangit! Ayon siya, ayan oh… sa bubong ng Day Care! Ayon siya, grabe! Nakita ko talaga parang pusa na sobrang laki! Mabuti na lang malayo tayo.”

    But many netizens were also skeptical that it was an ‘aswang’, saying that we already live in modern times and stories like the ‘aswang’ are from the past. Others explained that the ‘aswang’ in question might actually be a huge fruit bat.

    “Most likely just a harmless fruit bat. They may look scary but humans are probably endangering them more than they could possibly endanger humans,” replied netizen @siyentipisko, sharing a sample photo of a ‘scary’ fruit bat.


    — Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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