Alice Dixson Finally Airs Her Side of the "Taong Ahas" Story

It's been three decades, but we now have the answers.

( Practically everyone in Metro Manila has heard of the crazy tale: Alice Dixson, "it" girl of the '80s and '90s, was almost a victim of the half-snake, half-human monster that supposedly haunted the dressing rooms of Robinsons Galleria, eating up any pretty lady it fancied. Dixson, as the tale goes, managed to escape the creature's clutches and was apparenly paid handsomely by the Gokongwei family to keep mum about the incident—until around 30 years later, when she finally dropped the facts through a vlog on July 25.

So what was behind the crazy urban legend that haunted the Metro's folks, giving generations some weird fear of dressing rooms for years to come? Well, Dixson chalks it all up to a small incident that grew to a ridiculous size thanks to the rumor mill. We know, we know, it's anti-climactic, but on the other hand, we're just happy to finally have answers from the subject of the story herself.


According to Dixson, she barely remembers the exact circumstances but can confirm that there was indeed an incident at Robinsons Galleria. Fans and friends tell her she was there for a shoot, and when asked to change, she does remember being directed to the "bathroom, just outside the department store"—nope, not even the fitting rooms! While there, the then young star jokingly yelled out, "Tuklaw! Tuklaw!"

This was in reference to her Dyesebel co-star Richard Gomez' popular 1986 film entitled Tuklaw and perhaps, the already growing rumors of a snake monster that supposedly brought the Gokongwei family all their riches.

"I don't really know kung bakit ko 'yon ginawa. Siguro kasi, I was just being funny?" said Dixson in her vlog. There were folks milling about the shoot who must have heard her little joke play out and in the next few days, the crazy tale of the attack on Dixson was born. Dixson explains that a Robinsons rep did try to reach out in the following weeks, but she never got back to the person. After all, who'd think a little prank could grow into enormous proportions? 

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Dixson adds that the myth may have been fueled by a project done by Mass Communication students "to disseminate information, to see how far, how convoluted, how long information could spread." Somewhere along the way, the urban myth became a huge part of Metro Manila culture—and TBH, it's one of those stories that may not necessarily be factual, but it says a lot. 

Dixson herself said that whether she speaks up or not, people will still basically believe what they want to. "I already told you my truth," she said. "Hopefully, this is the first and last time I'm going to need to explain myself or say anything about it."

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