Wakwak

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Wakwak is assumed to grab humans at night as its prey, just like Manananggal and the Ekek who can fly. It likes to haunt in the rural areas of the Philippines. The Wakwak has no ability to separate its torso from its body. Some people believed that it is a night bird that belongs to a witch.

The Wakwak makes a sound by flapping its make while flying. The sound that it produced is typically linked to the presence of an Unglu (vampire) or Ungo (ghost or monster). The Wakwak’s sound also indicates that it is searching for victims. When the sound is loud, it means that it is far from you. If not, then it is near you and ready to attack. The Wakwak rips and maims its victims and then feeds on their hearts. The old folks described the Wakwak as creatures with long sharp talons and pair of wings just like bats. Its talons or claws are used in slashing its victims and getting their hearts.

The WakWak
The Wakwak or Wak Wak by traditional definition is a vampire, bird-bat like creature in Philippine mythology or believed by some yo be another name just for an aswang that is to be a witch transformed into a large evil blood drinking bird. Many others equate it to a Sigbin or infamous chupacabra. More animal then human. It is said that it snatches humans, pets and livestock at night as prey and carries them away to be devoured alive or used in black magic spells. Many who live in the islands contend that a “Wakwak” is a living ghost vampire or undiscovered Philippine chupacabra like cryptid night bird or bat that is sometimes described as an intelligent paranormal ghost-like creature, or that often more so a basic owned imp or specific familiar to a unknown witch.

The manananggal (sometimes confused with the Wak Wak in some areas by the Filipinos) is a mythical creature of the Philippines. It resembles a Western vampire, in being an evil, man-eating monster or witch. The myth of the manananggal is popular in the Visayan region of the Philippines, especially in the western provinces of Capiz, Iloilo, and Antique. There are varying accounts of the features of a manananggal. Like vampires, Visayan folklore creatures, and aswangs, manananggals are also said to abhor garlic and salt.They were also known to avoid daggers, light, vinegar, spices and the tail of a stingray, which can be fashioned as a whip. Folklore of similar creatures can be found in the neighbouring nations of Indonesia and Malaysia.

Different regions have different stories on how manananggals proliferate. One story relates that manananggals have 2-3 dozen black chicks living in their throats, which provide them with their power. A manananggal cannot die until the one special first chick is removed, which can be done by smoking the manananggal upside down in a tree or spinning her until she vomits the chick. The chicks are said to be the dreaded wakwak. And one black chick must live in the throat at all times to keep the creature alive until more are produced. The one special or magical wak wak chick is said to be inside the manananaggal through out it’s entire existence where is the others are expelled whe the throat is overcrowded.

The province of Capiz is the subject or focus of many manananggal and wak wak stories, as with the stories of other types of mythical creatures, such as ghosts, goblins, ghouls and aswangs.

A wak wak might chew off someones nose, lips, ears, oes and fingers as they sleep as a small repayment, or in direct reprisal serve a bloody long retribution of killing off everyone a person they love or just happens to know or be acquainted with in passing. The creature has been known to return to a pen where livestock is kept and with a ruthlessness blood lust kill the animals one by one over a short period of time. This of course until the Aswang gets it’s personal satisfaction, or spitefulness is fulfilled. This tit for tat type of vengeance of the dead creature is often fought with counter measures but to no avail.

One story I was told as a small child of how a very evil aswang’s ghost sent a wak wak from beyond the grave to taunt and destroy the family line of all those in a tagalong village that had destroyed it. The magical powers of the aswang creature are said to transcend death unless properly dispatched. And this aswang was not killed in the traditional fashion or tried and true methods as needed. As the story goes the entire village was wiped off the map. True are not many tales of such or often told throughout many cities and small towns.

The encountering of a Wakwak is usually associated with the presence of an Unglu (vampire) or Ungo (ghost or monster) or aswang. It is also believed that this monster is called a “Wakwak” due to this very odd sound it makes when it flaps its great leathery wings while flying through the night. When one hears the strange waking or slapping sounds that the Wak-wak makes when it is looking for it’s possible victims. If the sound of the Wakwak is very loud or seems close, it means it is far away from you. Otherwise, if the noise is far away sounding this means it is near and worse yet, it is about to attack you.

The Wakwak is often described by small village islanders to have many different physical and magical attributes and characteristics. It is said to have large orange red eyes the size of baseballs that can mesmerize or cause it’s victim to be paralyzed in fear. Similar to what is believed about a chupacabra or as known in the Philippines as a sigbin in it’s actions and blood lust habits. In actual accounts, the Sigbin or Sigben is a creature that roams in the night to suck the blood of its victims from their shadows. Be it man or animal it shows no distinctions in its prey.
Some people claim the wak wak’s large eyes have the ability to hypnotize and paralyze their prey—leaving the person or animal mentally stunned, allowing the chupacabra like creature to suck blood at its leisure. The effect is similar to the bite of the south american vampire bat, or of certain snakes or spiders that stun their prey with a hideous venom. Unlike conventional predators, these chupacabra like creatures sucks all the animal’s blood (and sometimes organs). Some tales told tell that a wakwak slashes and mutilates its victims and feeds on their hearts. Others might relate that it drains it’s victims of all their blood and steals specific organs to take back and feed it’s young or to the witch (aswang) that owns it or controls it’s actions by magical means.

Many disappearances and unaccountable missing persons or often attributed to these monsters prowling the night. It’s range of adeptness in seeking out persons are likened to the ability to taste a family lines blood relatives no matter what city or distant land they might live in. The uncanny ability is likened to that of a bloodhound tracking it’s desire by scent. Some say once the creature is dispatched no matter how faintly you are related as long as that blood is inn your veins it will find you.
The term wak-wak or wuk-wuk is frequently used for the same creature in the Cebu region. The legends of the wak-wak and tiktik(tik tik) are somewhat much the same, but the wak-wak is specifically supposed to be also a shape shifter and can change into many forms, its birdlike form is most common. It is also said to be able to take human for much like a aswang and also by leaving behind its lower body, much like the Manananggal. The tik-tik looks for a pregnant person. Then extends a very long proboscis into the womb and licks the baby to kill it. While performing, a ‘tik-tik’ sound is heard.