This Filipino-Made RPG Is a Fun Intro to Local Heroines

It's part of a college thesis!

(SPOT.ph) Probably except for Gabriela Silang and Melchora Aquino, not much is known about the Filipinas who fought side by side with Filipino generals like Antonio Luna and Gregorio del Pilar during the revolution, Andres Bonifacio during the time of the Katipuneros, or intellectuals like Jose Rizal and Marcelo del Pilar. This is what the team behind Mamayani, an online role-playing game, is hoping to change: "To bring the Philippine heroines to light, as they are often forgotten, separated, or barely discussed in history lessons from our experience and research."

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"We were inspired to make this by the desire to see ourselves better represented, and by learning about these heroines and more, we became even more motivated to tell their stories! And we thought we could start by bringing these heroines to the youth, that they may grow up with them, especially young girls," creators Marielle Genovaña and Steffie Francheska Patalinghog say, in an interview with SPOT.ph about the project. Both graduating students from De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, Mamayani is actually part of their thesis for the completion of their undergraduate course in Multimedia Arts.

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Now in its beta stage, Mamayani has two acts or two stories that need to be completed by a single player. It starts with naming and selecting your heroine, with plenty of options that let you choose anyone from a short-haired Maria to a curly-haired Clara. There's Manong Manok, a talking chicken that provides a disclaimer about the games' accuracy. "I'm a talking chicken; it can't get any more fictional than that," the dialogue starts. It goes on to mention the 1937 Women's Suffrage Bill in the Philippines and the formation of women’s rights movements in the country. You’re then given tasks to complete, such as teaching the English language to students during the American period, to reveal names and more factoids about various Filipino heroines.

Mamayani is available online and for download on Windows. For more information, follow Mamayani on Facebook.

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