“ASWANG is inspired by Philippine ghosts stories that we enjoyed telling each other when we were growing up in the province. I wanted those creatures to come alive and tell their own stories from their point of view.”
– Florante Aguilar, Composer, Lyricist, Writer
Story co-written by Fides Enriquez
Aswang is a sarswela in full production and a dramatized song cycle as a concert piece. It debunks the common stories of creatures such as mananaggal, a mythical creature in the Malay folklore described as an older beautiful woman capable of severing its upper torso and flying into the night.
Also featured are the stories of the tumao – a humanoid, big-foot like creature who roams the mountains of Mount Banahaw in Quezon Province, the syokoy – a commonly villified merman, and the tikbalang – a tall creature with a human body and the head of a horse.
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