If you know of anyone who lives in or has visited a remote area in the Philippines, they will most likely have a story or two to tell about a vampire encounter. Not the kind that comes alive at night and sucks blood out from humans, more like an offspring of a vampire or a variety belonging to the vampire family.
The Kapre is believed to be a night creature that lives in tall enchanted trees. He or she is supposedly gifted with super powers belonging to the mythical world. There are many accounts of sightings in areas where there is no electricity and civilization is limited, in towns and barrios where life turns pitch black once the sun has set and in nooks and crannies of the remotest places where people have nothing to do at night but either drink or wander around.
The Kapre is an oversized demon creature that can fly and carry you to their unknown world. Battling with them is like facing death. Anyone who survives an encounter with this half beast-half human entity either dies or survives but no longer sane. They turn out to be possessed or crazed from seeing this ugly fierce creature.
I’ve heard many stories from my nanny growing up. They hide in big trees, enchanted ones like the Mahogany Trees and the Balete Trees that we have lined up in our compound. She never failed to remind me “be home before 6 pm because come dark, the Kapre will wake up hungry and if he sees you, he will carry you and take you away.”
I guess this was her way of telling me to be home before mom gets home so I have enough time to study and shower.
One evening, I got carried away and did not realize that time had crossed the 6 pm mark. I realized that nightfall had arrived when I could hardly see what was around me. So I started running home in fear that the oversized giants would lift me from the ground and take me away.
No such thing ever happened! Except the fear from a wild imagination that these species of vampire would suck the daylights out of me!