The Philippines comprises more than 7,000 islands, with people speaking about 19 languages, and 10+ major ethnic groups. It was not a surprise to learn that there are about over 200 creatures and mythical beings in Philippine folklore and mythology.
This new blog/gallery will attempt to re-interpret and illustrate the rich tapestry of Philippine folkloric beasts and monsters. I’m excited to revisit the ghouls I grew up with, and in the same time discover creatures that are just as fascinating. In addition to the illustrations, I will be more descriptive of each entry, more likely I will rant a lot. In that sense, this ‘personal’ project would prove truly be the most ‘personal’ and I apologize ahead of time.
In this illustration, I wanted to create a glimpse of a quiet evening in the 18th century Philippines. In the foreground we see a typical upper class couple in their fine baro at saya, the traditional male and female costumes. Behind them, we see a busy crowd going about their routine.