Celebrate National Literature Month with these free reads

Although we aren’t still out of the woods when it comes to the pandemic, April still holds many things to celebrate here in the Philippines, one of which is National Literature Month. This time, the spotlight is on Filipino authors and other literary treasures, whether autobiographical or pure fiction, a 500-paged book or artsy graphic novels. 

Yes, graphic novels or comic books are now seen by many as a form of serious literature, not only because of the rise of superhero movies but because of its history of great storytelling that comes from the wild imagination of writers and talented illustrators. Locally, many periodicals and magazines in their golden days are filled with comic strips, exploring different themes such as societal issues, romance, and, topping it all off, Philippine folklore. 

Today, these folk tales are still a favorite topic of many comic book creators. Whether going for a full fantasy, a dark thriller, or more of a youthful vibe, folklore and comics make for a combination that excites Filipino readers. This month, relive the magic that comes from ancient Filipino myths and legends with these graphic novels online. No need to say your “tabi-tabi po” as stepping into these comic book worlds is free.

Ang Pambihirang Mundo Ni Bernardo Carpio’ by Jerwin S.J.

Known for being a man of great strength, Bernardo Carpio is among the famous characters in Philippine mythology. There are many versions of his story. But in this comic book, two students accidentally fall into his world and encounter the beings that inhabit it.

The Mythology Class’ by Arnold Arre

The graphic novel follows Nicole Lacson, who is passionate about studying Filipino myths. She meets a diverse group of companions in a special Mythology Class at the University of the Philippines where they have to catch real engkantos who are living and causing havoc to the human world.

Juno: Ang Dakilang Albularyo’ by Juan Tamad

At first glance, Juno seems to be just an ordinary kid who loves to play mobile games. But what people don’t know is that he was blessed with a power to be a great albularyo at an early age.

Carnal Tales’ by Bambi Eloriaga-Amago and Roland Amago

A grandmother has a close encounter with a shape shifting aswang, a clueless boy is protected by crucifixes, and lamang-lupa walking on the face of the Earth are stories all told in Lola Basyang style.

Bukang Liwayway’ by Sysygees

The Tagalog goddess of morning falls in love with a morning-person Filipina. All seems to be light as day until the evening strikes and all anxieties kicks in.

Check out more of Filipino comics online for free at KomikSpot and Penlab.

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2021/04/15/look-graphic-novels-on-filipino-folklore-but-with-a-twist/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=look-graphic-novels-on-filipino-folklore-but-with-a-twist)