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|Title:||The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo - Bal-Bal|
|Art Type:||Interior Page|
Kajo Baldisimo (all)
8.5 x 11 / Ballpoint Pen
In Philippine mythology, a Bal-Bal is an undead monster that steals corpses whether it is in a funeral or grave and feeds on them. It has a strong sense of smell for dead human bodies. It also has claws and teeth sharp enough to rip the clothing of the dead. Since it eats nothing but corpses, it has a foul breath.
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.