Christiana Jade Macapagal, AB English

People nowadays no longer involve themselves in reading folklores. Today’s generation forgets to read folklores and the likes. Folklores are our own stories which are spread through oral and written, traditions and customs. Folklores like stories of creatures of the dark are taken for granted, since they are said to be untrue or outdated. In the eagerness to save the dying Filipino Folklore, the creative and multi-awarded authors and artists such as David Hontiveros, Budjette Tan, Kajo Baldisimo, Bow Guerrero and Mervin Malonso created “The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo: Creatures and Beast of Philippine Folklore” from the retrieved writings of Alejandro Pardo. According to the foreword of the book, Alejandro Pardo said to be ancestors of one of the creator’s colleagues who lived during the 16th century.

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Why is “The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo: Creatures and Beast of Philippine Folklore” a must read? First reason why you must read it, it tells about the rich folklore of the Philippines.

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The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo talks about the creatures and beast that are endemic in the Philippines. The book does not focus on the basic “aswang” stuff that most of this generation know. This book talks about all the creatures of the dark to the most famous to the lesser known ones. Aside from the information about the creatures and beast it also has a section there called “Defending Against the Dark”. That section includes effective weapon to defeat the creatures of the dark. Second, this book is something that will make you think if those creatures were real, if they still exist and what will you do if they still exist. It is something that tickles your mind and would make your imagination work. Lastly, you must know those creatures since they are part of the Philippine History. Those “aswang” and the likes are used by our ancestors to scare off their children. It was also used by the “gerilya” to scare the Japanese soldier and to drive them away.

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As a Rizalian, we must be part on preserving our culture and tradition by knowing parts of our folklore and keeping it alive.  We must preserve and spread this folklore whether they are true or just a product of our ancestor’s imagination, because it is our own identity and it is who we are before the colonization. Rizalians can help in preserving and spreading it by reading the book and influencing others to read it. Promoting this book is not about making the publisher and the creators rich. It is more on promoting the talent of our local artists and our rich folklore. Let us not forget the main purpose of the book was for us to be informed and to be observant and aware of our surroundings.  As what Pardo said, “What we think we see is not actually what is there.”