From the creators of the award-winning graphic novels Trese, Seroks, Tabi Po, and Mikey Recio and The Secret of The Demon Dungeon comes an imaginative book that seeks to divulge the deepest, darkest secrets of Philippine lower mythology.
Out now from Summit Books is The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo: Creatures & Beasts of Philippine Folklore by Budjette Tan, Kajo Baldisimo, David Hontiveros, Bow Guerrero, and Mervin Malonzo. The book reveals riveting details about the many monsters and mysteries that abound in local folklore, purportedly based on documents written by a character named Alejandro Pardo.
In The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo, the titular character was a Spanish explorer who came to the Philippines in the early 19th century during the Spanish colonization. Pardo studied the creatures of local folklore—among them the aswang, kapre, bakunawa, duwende, tikbalang, tiyanak, and manananggal—and chronicled his eyewitness observations in a journal which also contained hair-raising illustrations of its subject matter. Pardo’s writings, which were gone from the light of day for two centuries, ends up in the hands of one of his modern-day descendants and a colleague—and the result is this book, a chilling look into the world of Philippine folklore’s ghastly beings. Things turn a lot darker when the colleague suddenly disappears and a lot of unfortunate events followed soon after. Cursed or whatever you might call it, this book details popular creatures from Philippine folklore as well as how can one defend oneself from the creatures when confronted. The chapter “Defending Against the Dark” emphasizes the need to always be ready and identifies which weapons are the most effective.
Behind The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo is a who’s who of the Philippine comic book scene: David Hontiveros, the Palanca Award-winning and National Book Award-nominated writer of the Seroks science fiction collections; Budjette Tan, author of the National Book Award-winning works Trese and Mikey Recio and The Secret of The Demon Dungeon; Kajo Baldisimo, co-creator and illustrator of the Trese series; Bow Guerrero, co-creator and artist of the Mikey Recio and The Secret of The Demon Dungeon; and Mervin Malonzo, author and artist of the National Book Award-winning Tabi Po.
The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo: Creatures & Beasts of Philippine Folklore is out now in bookstores, newsstands, supermarkets, and convenience stores nationwide for P295. The book will also be available at the Summer Komikon on April 16 at the Bayanihan Center, Pasig City.
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