I was still in elementary when the news of Waway started to circulate. My mom would scare me with stories of young girls being abducted by what appears to be a monstrous creature, sending chills down my spine. I did not dare go out of the house at night nor did my friends. We were so consumed by the idea of a man having the powers to transform into a cat or any animal whenever he likes just to kill and kidnap children. We also made sure no slippers will be left outside as Waway is infamous for spitting on them and coming back to victimize their owners.
The story started in the northern part of Cebu, and although we live in the city, my parents would insist that Waway’s moving from one town to the next. It was pretty believable especially because everyone was talking about it and the story developed to more horrible attacks.
It was one of the best urban legends that Cebuanos wouldn’t forget. I guess it was pretty believable for kids and adults alike. The proliferation of posters with Waway’s face made it worse. Even if the police did not tag Waway as murderer, robber and serial killer, they confirmed that the person’s real ,and even they couldn’t catch him.
As it turns out, Waway was just an ordinary fugitive named Warlito Toledo.
According to police, there is no truth that Waway seeks to avenge the murder and rape of his wife. But just like other rumors, there’s a hint of truth in the stories about Waway.
In the 90s, Toledo or Waway was charged of reckless imprudence resulting to homicide and was arrested for a rape case. In 2002, Waway was dragged in another rape case but he disappeared. After five years, the murder of a 17-year old student in Danao once again involved Waway.
Until now, however, Waway is on the loose. Where or what he’s up to, well not one of us know, but he surely is a person to watch out for. Anyways, don’t you think our Cebuano youth needs to hear this story once again to keep them off the streets at night?