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|Title:||The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo - Aswang|
|Art Type:||Interior Page|
Kajo Baldisimo (all)
8.5 x 11 / Ballpoint Pen
Aswang is an umbrella term for various shape-shifting evil creatures in Filipino folklore, such as vampires, ghouls, witches, viscera suckers, and werebeasts. The Aswang is the subject of a wide variety of myths, stories, arts, and films, as it is well-known throughout the Philippines.
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.