the aswang is a shapeshifting creature in filipino folklore, usually depicted as a woman with long, unkempt hair, blood-shot eyes, sharp nails, and an elongated, black tongue. during the day, she lives as a normal, if elusive, townsperson. she spends the night searching for victims in the form of a cat, bird, and bat or, most often, a dog. the aswang preys on unborn fetuses and small children, favoring the liver and heart. once she has overpowered a victim, she creates a replica out of tree trunks and other plant materials. the facsimile is sent to the victim’s home, where it will soon grow sick and die.