Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology

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In the Capiz province of the Philippines, there is a vampiric creature that looks like a very beautiful woman called a mandurugo ("bloodsucker"). It only appears at night and uses its beauty to lure men into marrying it so that it will have a constant supply of blood. The vampire has the ability of flight, but it is particularly susceptible to sword and knife attacks.
Capiz province's capital is Roxas City, wherethe annual ASWANG FESTIVAL is held. Back in 1 992 during the presidential elections, word quickly spread that a mandurugo had been sighted wandering the streets. Although no reliable sources have admitted to making this statement, the vampire's presence was enough to keep many potential voters at home.
Source: Lopez, Handbook of Philippine Folklore, 227; Ramos, Creatures of the Philippine Lower Mythology, 11 6; University of San Carlos, Philippine Quarterly, vol. 1 0­11, 213

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