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An Encounter With Satan (capri, aswang, devil)

Updated on January 23, 2014
The Amamayomg jumped over this kind of church to hide in its dao-tree house beyond.
The Amamayomg jumped over this kind of church to hide in its dao-tree house beyond.

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Tita's encounter with the devil

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Tita now 71 years of ageTita now 71 (right) with Lou Dacillo picture taken May 2011The amamayong looks a bit like a carabaoTita saw a hairy hand pokes through the nipa wall
Tita now 71 years of age
Tita now 71 years of age
Tita now 71 (right) with Lou Dacillo picture taken May 2011
Tita now 71 (right) with Lou Dacillo picture taken May 2011
The amamayong looks a bit like a carabao
The amamayong looks a bit like a carabao
Tita saw a hairy hand pokes through the nipa wall
Tita saw a hairy hand pokes through the nipa wall

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Vesper Day

IT WAS August 23, 1955 and Catbalogan, now working hard to become a city, was celebrating its Vesper Day. Among the many-splendored, colorful and eventful activities lined up for the day, was the early morning parade that would crawl snake-like through all the thoroughfares and bring profound joys to all Catbaloganons, visitors and viewers alike.

Catbalogan Vesper Fiesta Parade

Among the school participants slated to grace that grand affair was the Samar School of Arts and Trades now Samar State University where Tita was schooling- a junior in high school. After the mandatory around-the-town parade- Tita exited herself silently from the scene and boarded a bus homeward 29 kilometers towards Paranas where she would act as surrogate mother for the next hours more or less to her 10 siblings. Tomas and Pilar her parents the early hours of the 24th the Kaadlawan or Patron Day- catch the bus to hear mass, attend the celebration and partake to themselves all the good things the religious festivity has to offer.

The children went to sleep early

After taking their supper and attending to every individual needs of her younger brothers and sisters, Tita requested them to close the windows and door of their house to sleep. It was 7:00 PM. Pedoy- Tita's elder brother by Pilar's first marriage- and Julio- Tita's first cousin- slept with them in the house that moonlight night.

Tita awoke to find a hairy hand

At about 9:00 in the evening when all was still and nothing could be heard except the singing crickets and the howling of dogs in the distant- a shrill, loud cry of "Aswang! Aswang!" ["Witch! Witch!] reverberated through the night. It was Tita. She was awakened by a tickling, sensational feeling that make her hair stands on end. Opening her eyes- she beholds something strange and unbelievable.. A hand of unusual length and size had bolted itself through the nipa-thatched walling. With fingernails unkempt and hand unusually big and hairy- it was trying to reach Tita's breast and face. Mustering enough courage- the now horrified teenager shouted at the top of her voice.

Julio and Pedoy ran after the intruder

Awakened, Julio and Pedoy took stock of the situation. They maintained their composure and armed themselves ready for any eventuality. With sharp bolos- they rushed outside to run after the intruder. They saw nobody outside. They overtook nobody outside.

By and by neighbors led by Tay Candy trooped to Tita's house. These elders were still awake and having a little drink of tuba when the commotion ensued.

The witness' story about the Capri

Tita and the whole house occupants were all ears when Tay Candy- their neighbor- began his horrible tale: "I saw a giant two-footed Capri peering into your house. Just a second after Tita's cry- the Capri changed form into a dreaded amamayong. It looks like a huge, grown-up carabao. But it bears no horns. Instead- it has two drooping ears almost touching the ground. Alarmed, the now four-footed serpent trotted southward towards the church. It jumped over the church and disappeared headlong into a big, sturdy and spreading dao tree. The old dao tree was the home of the amamayong.

This story actually happened. Believe it or not. Tita or Julita was then 16 years old. Tita, now 73, is still alive and she happens to be my wife.

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    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      Thank you for reading this hub, Mimi and for your inspiring comment.

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      7 years ago

      Beautifully written Mano Nick...I loved reading your stories since I was a kid in Bliss...Is-is used to share your magazine articles with me, which was very inspiring to a young impressionable girl...thanks!

    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      pfize- I'm truly delighted to have you find this hub which is one of 72 thus far. Thank you for the visit. The kids, Lola and I together with our prayers wish you good luck on your voyage back to Riyadh.

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      8 years ago

      thank u so much for d pasalobong,just received.your still a great writer.we love u so much.hope to see u next year.


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