Do you believe Manananggal or Aswang exists? I was skeptical at first of its existence but now, because of what I have experienced, I'm not so sure.
It was in the year 2002 or 2003 and I was living in Aklan. My mom sent me and my younger siblings there to live with our relatives. We stayed in a two-storey house that has a thatch roof made of coconut leaves and sliding windows made of Plywood -it moves like that of Capiz windows-. My room is located at the second floor and it doesn't have a ceiling. It is a big room but it has a divider because the maid sleeps on the other side. I sleep on the left side while the maid sleep on the right side of the room.
My side of the room has a big window about 5ft wide and 3ft tall. It is already in the state of disintegration and already full of tears. You can only open the right window because the left window is already bonded by a steel wire (alambre). My bed is next to the divider. And also parallel with the window and facing the door. There is only a 2ft gap between the window and my bed.
It was late at night, around 12 midnight, when I went to sleep. I look at my window and can see the moon outside through the holes. It was so bright that it was literally shining inside of my room even though my window is closed, that's how big the tears on my window are and bright the moon was at that night. I climbed my bed and was about to sleep when I heard a gushing wind outside my window. Then the room became dark all of a sudden. The thing outside my window covered the entire length of my window. My window started rattling and I heard a scratching noise against it. It sounds like scratching noises made by a dog on a door or floor only much louder.
My sister, who was sleeping at my bed, woke up. I was so afraid that I can't move my body. My sister grabbed my arm and start whimpering. I keep shushing her and tried to make her still. I was watching its silhouette on my bed and contemplating if I will crawl at the door. I decided against it because if the window would fall off, as I was crawling towards the door, the only thing that will separate me from it will be my mosquito net (kulambo). I just lied still, watched if the window would fall off, and prayed for it to go away. As I was watching the window, I can only see its shadow on the cracks. The moon keeps flickering through the tears and gaps of my window.
The rattling of my window eventually stop, I don't know how long it stayed because it seems forever for me, and then we heard a crash on my neighbors roof. The thing that get me is the growling we heard after the crash. It was like a huge man growling then the tone changes like that of an elderly woman. It keeps growling for a while then it stops and we heard a meow and skittering of something on my neighbors roof.
We did not sleep that night and did not inform any person at the house because they will just mock us. The funny thing is, it went back the next night after it visited us, but on the other side of the house. My cousin experienced it but hers is a lot better because her window is sturdy and she can easily run outside of her room.
She told her father about it and I told them we also experienced it but her father, my uncle, told us it was just a big bird. I was a little bit skeptical of it because we live in Kalibo, which is like a mini-city of Aklan, and I have never heard of a big bird sighting in there.
Even though I experienced this, I still refuse to believe that there are Aswangs living on Aklan.