Bloody Mary

Tahimik at tulala si Mei habang nakaupo sa kama ni Sandy at hawak-hawak ang duguang kotsilyo. Walang bahid ng kung anong ekspresyon na makikita sa kanyang mukha, di mo alam kung ano ang kanyang iniisip o nararamdaman. Siya ay nagmistulang bingi sa ingay ng telebisyon at tila hindi pansin ang lagkit ng dugo sa kanyang mga kamay. Mapagkakamalan mong hindi siya humihinga sa halos di mapansing pagtaas baba ng kanyang dibdib upang pumakawala ng tila panatag na paghinga.

Sa sahig ay nakahandusay ang malamig na bangkay ni Sandy; naliligo sa sariling dugo, laslas ang lalamunan at tadtad ng saksak ang dibdib. Bakas sa mukha nito ang sindak sa karumal-dumal na sinapit. Ang bibig na kanina’y pinagmumulan ng makapanindig-balahibong tili ngayon ay bahagyang nakabuka at nakangiwi na tila ba nakakaramdam pa rin ng kirot ang bangkay. Nagsisimula nang matuyo ang dugo na kanina’y dumadaloy mula sa magkabilang gilid ng bibig nito. Nakatirik ang mga matang pinanawan na ng ningning at para bang napako sa pagkakatingin sa kawalan.

Ang mga mata ni Mei ay biglang kumisap at ipinako ang tingin kay Sandy, na hindi iginagalaw ang kanyang ulo. Walang kakurap-kurap ang mga mata ng dalaga habang pinagmamasdan ang duguang bangkay sa sahig. Ang kanyang mga mata ay parang matatalim na punyal na tumatagos sa laman ng patay. Biglang tumunog ang kanyang cellphone, at dito ay parang natauhan siya. Agad niyang nilagay ang kotsilyo sa kama, at nang mapansin ang dugo sa kanyang mga kamay ay dali-dali niya itong pinunasan ng maigi gamit ang bedsheet. Pagkatapos ay dinukot niya ang cellphone sa kanyang bulsa, sabay tayo at patay sa telebisyon. Saglit niyang tinignan kung sino ang tumatawag, at itinapat ang cellphone sa kanyang tenga.

“Hello?” sabi niya habang nakatitig sa bangkay ni Sandy.

Isang pilyang ngiti ang gumuhit sa kanyang mukha habang pinakikinggan ang nasa kabilang linya, na parang walang nangyari.

“Gaga. Gimik ka dyan. Nag-aaral po kaya ako dito,” balik niya sa kausap.

Muli siyang napatingin sa bangkay ni Sandy sa sumunod na tanong ng kausap sa cellphone.

“Human anatomy,” sagot niya na may pilyang ngiti sa mga labi, at muling natahimik upang bigyang daan ang nasa kabilang linya.

“Loka ka talaga,” hagikhik niya. “Sige na nga. See you there 9:30. Sige, bye bye na muna at tatapusin ko lang ‘to. See ya. Mwah mwah.”

Napatingin si Mei sa oras sa hawak na cellphone. Pasado alas otso. May panahon pa, sa isip niya habang nakatingin kay Sandy. Ibinalik niya ang cellphone sa kanyang bulsa at dinampot ang kotsilyo sa kama. Dahan-dahan siyang tumayo at parang lasing na lumapit sa katawang nakahandusay sa sahig. Wala na ang ngiti na kanina’y gumuguhit sa kanyang mukha. Ito ay napalitan ng mukha ng isang taong walang damdamin. Walang awa. Ang mga mata ay puno ng poot at galit. Mga matang parang dalawang bolang apoy. Mga apoy ng impiyerno.

Kinabukasan ay laman sa radyo at telebisyon ang pagkakatagpo sa bangkay ni Sandy Murano sa apartment nito sa University belt. Pugot ang ulo at kinatay na parang baboy. Ang mga laman-loob ay nagkalat sa ibabaw ng kama. Ang ulo ay natagpuan sa loob ng rice cooker. Walang mahanap na saksi o lead ang pulisya na makakapagturo kung sino ang may gawa sa karumal-dumal na krimen. Ang tanging palatandaan mula sa salarin ay ang pangalang “BLOODY MARY” na nakaukit sa noo ng pugot na ulo.

WAKAS

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Mandurugo: A vampire of Philippine folklore

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The Mandurugo

The blood-sucking mandurugo (means, “one who draws blood”) of Philippine folklore use their beauty to attract and prey on men. In the olden days a mandurugo would get married to a healthy, plump youth to ensure a constant supply of blood every night. The tip of her hollow tongue tapers to a needle point and pricks the sleeping victim’s neck and sucks a bit of his blood. Another way for her to consume the victim’s blood is to insert her tongue into her sleeping husband’s mouth – the tip of her needle-like tongue pricking the inside of the mouth – and suck the flowing blood while seemingly kissing him passionately. The clueless husband loses weight rapidly, weakens, and withers away as the days go by. When the mandurugo has drained her husband dead, she assumes the form of a bird-like creature and flies off to look for another healthy youth to marry and feed on.
In later times, most mandurugo no longer get married, victimizing different men each night instead and not killing them to avoid being discovered. Those who do get married don’t harm their husbands out of love. Instead, they use their marriage as a front and seek out other men to feed on.
It is said the mandurugo arose from kinnara or kinnari who were betrayed by their human lovers, turning into blood-sucking monsters to exact revenge on men.
A mandurugo will remain young and beautiful as long as she consumes blood.

The Girl with Many Loves

“The Girl with Many Loves” is an old Tagalog folktale about an alleged mandurugo. As the story goes, there was once a young woman described as one of the most beautiful to live on the land. She married at the age of sixteen. Her husband, a husky youth, withered away in less than a year. After his death, she married again, with the same result. She married a third time and then a fourth. The fourth husband, having been warned, feigned sleep one night holding a knife in his hand. Soon after midnight he felt a presence over him and then a prick on his neck. He stuck the knife into the creature on top of him. He heard a screech and the flapping of wings. The next day his bride was found dead some distance from the house with a knife wound in her chest.

References:
Bane, Theresa. Encyclopedia of Beasts and Monsters in Myth, Legend and Folklore. McFarland, 2016
Melton, J. Gordon. The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead. 1999
Ramos, Maximo D. Creatures of Philippine Lower Mythology. University of the Philippines Press, 1971

 

Tiyu-an the fetus-eater

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The Tiyu-an

In Philippine folklore the tiyu-an is a flightless variant of the manananggal from the Capiz province. It preys on pregnant women and sick people. It doesn’t have wings and doesn’t split its body in half. In addition, all tiyu-an are female, with some having a stooped posture due to the habit of prowling under elevated or stilt houses. A tiyu-an owns a puppy or puppies which never grow old. These puppies, which are passed from one generation to another like an heirloom, are the actual masters while the tiyu-an is their servant and must share with them the blood and flesh she gets from her victims. These puppies are also the source of her powers. She also has a familiar in the form of a small black bird, which helps her locate prospective victims after dark.
By day, a tiyu-an is a normal girl or woman but by late night her masters will lick her legs as a way of expressing their hunger and to signal that it’s time for her to hunt. So she sets out on foot, guided by the black bird, to a neighboring village or town. The bird lands on the roof of a chosen victim’s house and calls for the tiyu-an with a rapid succession of chirps. If the target is a pregnant woman, the tiyu-an jumps onto the roof undetected and positions herself directly above of the victim’s location. If the house has a thatched roof, she will look for a hole or create one. When access to the victim through the roof is impossible, she will squat under the floor (if the house is elevated or on stilts) or cling on the window. Once her position is secure she will extend her long, tubular tongue – the tip of which tapers to a sharp point akin to a syringe needle but as thin as hair – and pierce the sleeping victim’s navel. The victim won’t feel a thing while the tiyu-an’s tongue reaches for the baby in the womb. If the victim is in the late stage of her second trimester up to third trimester the tiyu-an will only suck the fetus’s blood but if she’s still in the first trimester, the tiyu-an might be able to dissolve the fetus and suck it out. Either way, this will result to the death of the child and miscarriage for the mother. If there are no pregnant women to prey on, a tiyu-an will go after sick people, especially those who suffer tuberculosis, whose phlegm and saliva she loves to consume. She may worsen the sickness of a person or even hasten his death by sucking the victim’s life force through licking and sniffing.
Some tiyu-an have the ability to take the form of a black pig.

 
Reference:
http://www.geocities.ws/horrorflip/aswang1.html

The Jump

  THE cool breeze caressed her smooth face. She felt every molecule of air with her eyes closed. The wind danced around her, strands of her hair dancin along. Her body began to rock to and fro. Not only did she feel her heartbeat, she heared it as well. Its steady but hard beating drowned the shouts from below. Slowly, she raised her arms and opened them to the nothingness in front of her. Her mouth twisted to a smile. With a single step she hurled her body off the ledge.

The spectators screamed in horror when the girl went crashing onto the pavement with a sickening sound of breaking bones. A pool of blood welled from the limp body. The arms and legs were all in an awkward position. The girl’s face hugged the cold pavement, blood rolling from the open mouth.

And that was the end of pretty Kei.

THE END

At the Art Lecture

IT was this year’s Art Festival. Free art lectures and workshops here and there. Amateur and professional artists and art enthusiasts alike swarmed in the venue.

I was so engrossed with the lecturer’s discussion on the Classical Revival that I didn’t notice when a girl sat beside me. When I finally did, the first thing I noticed were her clothes. She was wearing a uniform from a certain university–long sleeved white polo blouse with a black necktie and a black and white checkered skirt. It was Sunday but there she was, fully dressed for school.

She was looking away as if staring at the wall so I didn’t have a good look at her face.

The other attendees didn’t seem to notice her. I thought maybe because we were at the last row.

Then she turned to me suddenly. My heart jumped to my mouth. Her eyesockets were two gaping empty black holes dripping with blood–lots of blood!

I backed away in shock and fell to the floor with a violent jerk, only to realize that it was all a dream. The fat guy beside me obviously noticed.

I guess it served me right for dozing off in the middle of a lecture. But that girl really creeped me out.

THE END