History and Culture
Weird or Amazing: The Golden Vampires of Miagao
Belle Piccio | Nov 25, 2015
Miagao, a municipality in Iloilo Province located in Western Visayas, is known for its picturesque cathedral of Santo Tomas de Villanueva, old bridges, pottery and hablon weaving.
One would surely feel the warmth of the people from Miagao, in fact, they also welcomed what they call the "golden vampires" to their neighborhood.
Yes, you've read that right. But there's nothing to worry about. These so called vampires are fruit bats or more commonly known as flying foxes.
The bats nestling in the big tree just right behind the Municipal Building are the “Golden-Crowned Flying Foxes." These little flying creatures have been living in Miagao as early as 2001 when there were still no houses or structures surrounding the municipal building. The bats living in the century-old bubog tree are considered as endangered species already. Now, the estimated number of bats inhabiting the tree is almost 7000.
Despite the area becoming heavily populated, the bats do not cause any disturbances in the community. The municipality has protected these bats and it’s still a mystery why they stayed in Miagao. The residents near the giant bubog trees have already managed to coexist with them.
Hundred of bats fly out of the giant tree at sunset to look for food and because of their large number, these bats could almost cover the entire sky. Don’t worry, they only eat fruits!
Now, the question is: amazing or weird?
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How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, one hour).
The Iloilo Airport is 30 minutes (approximately 19 km) away from Iloilo City. From Iloilo City, you can take a “Miagao” or any southbound jeep from Mohon Terminal in Molo District or from the Iloilo Terminal Market.
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