HE looks more like a gangster than a ball player, his arm covered with tattoos and an omni-present scowl on his face when on the court.
But PBA D-League bad boy Eliud Poligrates admitted that no matter how tough he may look on the court, there's one thing that never failed to strike fear in him back when he was a kid.
"Sa amin kasi sa Cebu tawag doon wak-wak," the dribbling whiz said, referring to ghosts. "Kaya kapag ganitong mga panahon nakakatakot talaga."
For the Cebu native who now aspires to make the move to the PBA by way of Sunday's rookie draft, there is nothing more frightening than the 'aswang' stories her mom used to tell him.
Poligrates still vividly remembers the time his mother would warn him not to go out of the house at night, lest he be grabbed by the 'white ladies' roaming in the night.
"Sasabihin ng Mama ko, 'Hala sige ka, may white lady dyan.' Kaya ako nasa bahay na lang di na gagala," he recalled with a smile.
However, the 26-year old Cafe France guard said he is no longer as afraid of 'while ladies' now - unless, he sees one with his own eyes.
"Pero ngayon hindi na ako takot kasi alam naman natin na hindi totoo 'yun 'di ba?" he said. "Pero siguro kung makakakita ako ng white lady matatakot talaga ako, baka magtakbuhan mga tattoo ko."