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By Linda Grace Cariño

Baguio Stories

Friday, March 14, 2014

THE past several weeks have had aspects of Philippine culture featured in two major American TV series. The February 25 episode of NCIS LA is “Tuhon,” itself a title bestowed upon head honchos of the ancient Filipino martial art, kali. And the March 7 episode of Grimm is titled “Mommy Dearest,” where “mommy” is an “aswang.”

AN ASWANG IN OREGON. In “Mommy Dearest” Detective Wu’s pregnant childhood friend Dana and her hubby now live in Oregon. Dana is one night visited by an “aswang” whose super long, black, and scary tongue attaches itself to Dana’s belly button to suck out the blood from her womb. Very gruesome. And the “aswang” fashioned by the show looks really just frightful. Then it turns out that the “aswang” is the mother of Dana’s husband. She preys upon her own son’s unborn child in order to prolong her own life. Which ends when Wu battles with her as “aswang,” and the cops save Wu by shooting her. When she dies, her “aswang” body returns to its normal female form.

KALINGA IN CALIFORNIA. In “Tuhon,” NCIS LA characters Sam and Callen review footage of an assassination, and as we all watch the assassin take off his shirt and reveal a chestful (haha) if tattoos, we see the two series heroes recognize said tattoos as those exclusive “to the Kalinga tribe of Northern Philippines.” Yeah, enough for any Baguio soul to keep watching. If you haven’t seen this episode yet, do. The head “tuhon” in California turns out to be an old friend of Sam and Callen, who the two now suspect of being behind the assassination. And the plot thickens... An overload of tattoos, knives, sticks, arnis, kali, and mano a mano in a final fight scene. The LA “tuhon” turns out to be a good guy.


I am regaling my son with these two tales when he says, after my narration of the NCIS LA episode, “Ohhh, so they go Kalingafornia, huh.” Indeed, they do. And on Grimm, “aswang” gets accented on the first syllable, with the “a” sounded as the “a” in apple – ergo, “aeswang.” Or maybe it’s the second syllable that has that “a” in apple – ergo, “aswaeng.” Watch Grimm’s “Mommy Dearest” and decide.

ANGELS IN BAGUIO. Next, nothing at all to do with aeswaengs and such. On the contrary. This is about Angel Intuitives Tess and Chiara Trinidad, who give a Law of Attraction (LOA) Workshop on Sunday in thecountryclub, all worth the watching, so to speak. Tess and Chiara are certified Michael Losier LOA Workshop trainers who successfully explain and demonstrate that like begets like, and how we attract what we like. No one is really a novice at this, but some of us have to be awakened to the truth of this universal law, and many of us benefit from the “how to” exercises given in the workshop, even those already in the know. So sign up and attend it; learn, relearn, or review how to manifest love, money, health, success, whatever you like! Workshop is from 1:30 to 7:00 p.m. Go the Lightcatchers Crystals page on Facebook for details, or visit the Lightcatchers store in the market building beside that overpass from the plaza.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 15, 2014.


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