The Kapre, Aswang, and Manananggal Take Center Stage in France

Illustrations of them, anyway. Catch this exhibition until September 16!


( Aside from a rich culture and history, Philippine literature is also something Filipinos should be proud of. Our oral tradition comprises, among other things, stories about scary-looking creatures of the underworld, enchanting gods and goddesses, and powerful beings that thrive in the land of the supernatural (and our imagination). At the ongoing Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics exhibition at the Le Lieu Unique in France, these "Filipino monsters" reveal themselves through artistic renditions from the pages of The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo: Creatures and Beasts of Filipino Folklore. The show opened on June 30, and runs until September 16.




Mangasia, organized by British comic book critic Paul Gravett, is the first exhibition to showcase manga from around Asia and highlight both the similarity and differences in this collection of works of art. Pages from The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo by Budjette Tan, Kajo Baldisimo, David Hontiveros, Bow Guerrero, and Mervin Malonzo can be seen at the Fables and Folklore section, beautifully complemented by hanging lanterns of the yokai—a class of supernatural spirits in Japanese tales. Also on display are works by Ian Sta Maria and Mervin Ignacio from Arnold Arre's Mythology Class, and illustrations from Tagalog horror comics by Randy Valiente.



Other works in the exhibit are from Japan, North Korea, South Korea, India, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, Mongolia, and Vietnam.


Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics runs until September 16 at Le Lieu Unique, 2 Rue de la Biscuiterie, Nantes, France. For more information, follow Budjette Tan Stories on Facebook.


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