aswang festival



A festival organized by Dugo Capiznon, Inc. determined to change the negative notion of Capiz being an Aswang haven and turn it into an advantage. The festival intends to eclipse the aswang impression with the world-class quality of Capiz’ seafood products and warm captivating hospitality of the Capicenos.

Aswang Festival is a culturally significant and controversial celebration in Roxas City, Capiz intended to change the negative connotation attached to the province popularly called domain of aswang by turning the monster into Capiz' premier attraction. This annual festivity runs towards the end of October, in time for the yearly observation of All Saints Day or undas in the Philippines. It has been commonly known as the local version of American Halloween celebrations.

Aswang or "asuwang" is derived from the Sanskrit word Asura which means 'demon'.

Sometimes this creature is called the "bal-bal" or ghoul (maninilong in Catanauan, Quezon), which replaces the cadaver with banana tree trunks after consumption. Aswang stories and definitions vary greatly from region to region and person to person, and no particular set of characteristics can be ascribed to the term. However, the term is mostly used interchangeably with manananggal and are also usually depicted as female.

An Aswang (or Asuwang) is a shapeshifting monster usually possessing a combination of the traits of either a vampire, a ghoul, a warlock/witch, or different species of werebeast in Filipino folklore or even all of them together. It is the subject of a wide variety of myths and stories. Spanish colonists noted that the Aswang was the most feared among the mythical creatures of the Philippines, even in the 16th century.

The myth of the aswang is well known throughout the Philippines. It is especially popular in the Visayan provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Cebu, Bohol, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, and Samar, as well as Romblon, Marinduque, Quezon, and Batangas in Luzon. Other regional names for the aswang include "tik-tik", "fi-fi", "bayot", "wak-wak", "sok-sok", "mariz" and "kling-kling"

How to get there


Cebu Pacific Air
Roxas Airport, Roxas City
Tel. No.: (036)6214-548
Airphil Express
Roxas Airport, Roxas City
Tel. No.: (036)6210-244

Acacia Terminal
KM1., Roxas City
Tel. No.: (036)6212-530
Albar Terminal
KM 1, Roxas City
Ceres Liner Terminal
KM 1, Roxas City
Tel. No.: (036)6210-423

Moreta Shipping Lines
Magallanes St., Roxas City
Owner: Dr. Segundo Moreno
Contact Person: Marites Dela Cruz
Tel. Nos. 6215-841 – Magallanes St.
6216-053 – Culasi Port
Ferry from Roxas City to Romblon/Masbate
From Culasi/Banica Wharf
Contact Number: 09208042339
Contact Person: Joan Bronola

Car/Van Rentals

Acacia Tours
Mobile No.: +369173120793
Tel/ No.: (036)6212-530

GM’s Tours
Contact No.: 09197601112

Capiz Cab
Tel. No.: 6217-547


Sources and Credits

Scott, William Henry (1994). Barangay: Sixteenth Century Philippine Culture and Society. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press. ISBN 971-550-135-4.

Tan, Michael (2008-10-26). "Aswang! Aswang!". Sunday Inquirer Magazine.

Clark, Jordan (2011) The Aswang Phenomenon Documentary, High Banks Entertainment Ltd.

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