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Fighting a demon with flashlights and screams

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Residents here got a brief break online after a video posted on a Facebook page caught the attention of people who are mostly on self-quarantine mode a day before an Emergency Community Quarantine swings in effect over the province.

The video claims to capture an aswang in Lapuz, Iloilo.

Screenshot of the video from Ilonggo RealTalk Fb page.
Screenshot of the video from Ilonggo RealTalk Fb page.

The more than four-minute video was uploaded on the page Ilonggo RealTalk and has so far gained more than 125,000 views.

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DNX transcribed the audio on the clip.

The following is the transcript with the accompanying English translation per line.

DNX transcribed only up to the halfway mark as there was mostly screaming and running past that point.

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Transcript from 0:00 mark.

Woman 1: Daw gasala mga tawo di lantawa bala hu (People here are panicking, look at them) …

Woman 2: Diin siya? Ginsayawan ta na sa iya ah. Diin tu? Diin siya nagkadto ang bata da hu (Where is it. Where is it? Where did it go? The kid went there…

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Crowd: (screaming and running)

Woman: ara siya sa gwa (It is outside)

Man: Ara na, ara na (There it is, there it is).

Woman: Dakpon siya, dakpa, dakpa, diin nagkadto tu. Ang bata (It will be caught, catch it! The kid!)

Man: diin siya (Where is it?)

Woman: ara saaaa, ara saaa (It’s there, it’s there!)

Woman: ay! Ay! Ay! Ay! Ara sa sa babaw dikir. Kalaw-ay, daku daku, daw kuring!

Throughout the video, there was no clear giant cat or cat-like creature that could be seen on the rooftops.

The video was shot using a smartphone and was mostly aimed at the rooftops in Lapuz, Iloilo.

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Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.
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