Do you believe in superstitions? In this modern age, we could hardly say “yes” but in older times they believe it’s real. Basing on some real stories happened. This is to what according to my grandfather.
This story was taken place in Jagna, BohoL, Philippines. In 1960, there was a couple hiding the name, Ben and the wife Belen. After two years of marriage the couple was blessed because Belen conceived a child.
During those days, traditionally the woman who will give birth will be done at home with the help of the “Hilot”. (describes as an expert woman who can deliver a mother in labor, like of the midwives today) but they never undergo studies. They were blessed women who can do such things.
The day came when Belen have to deliver her baby. Usually the person inside the room is the “Hilot” and an assistant. But in this case, it was only the “Hilot”, because that was the “Hilot” wanted.
A healthy baby boy came out to life safely after some hours of Belen’s labor. But something is unusual happened. When Ben came into the room to get the used bedsheets and clothes, to his surprise, he never seen lots of blood in it which is supposedly be there? He’s wondering and asked the “Hilot” what had happened? The “Hilot” just shrugged and never say anything. Ben never suspected anything from her since he trusted her as the "Hilot"
Ben was reluctant however told this thing to his family. But then later, they’ve forgotten it when all was well with his wife and his baby. Eventually, his wife was not really well it seems like she even looked paler and paler each day. The “Hilot”, would still come to visit the mother and the baby every day.
Belen never spoke anything and she’s very weak after giving birth. The “Hilot would then say, it’s normal for a new mother. He believed her. Until one day, Belen died. Just simply like that. And later after some days, the baby was dead, too. They found out that, the baby had lost his blood.
By then, they’ve searched for the “Hilot” but she disappeared and nowhere to be found. They believe that the “Hilot” sipped the mother’s blood and the baby. It is then everyone says, the “Hilot was the “Aswang” (is an evil- vampire-like or a blood sucking devil in the form of a person) People believed, the “Hilot” was the "Aswang" who disguises herself without the family's knowing.
Maraming ganyan sa Pilipinas lalu na sa mga nagmula pa sa bikol at bisaya. May nakita akong orasyon laban sa aswang at ayon sa nakasulat duon pampatay siya ng aswang! Baliktad ang sistema ng aswang kaya dapat listo.pag mahina ang huni malapit yaan. Ang nasa itaas nasa lupa yan.ayon sa matatanda ang matulis na buho ay pangsugat sa aswang at kapag ang ipinang sugat sa aswang ay sinunog at sinabayan ng orasyon tiyak manghihina ang aswang hanggang matuluyan.ang pisi ay pang huli ng aswang pag marunong kang maglagay sa nilalakaran ng aswang.
27th September 2013
Hmm, this is an interesting legend though it does not tell the origin of the Aswang "Hilot" or why she does suck blood etc. Still pretty awesome!