People in Print: Alexandra Trese

by Ian Miraflores Alexandra Trese is the main character of the komiks series Trese, created by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo. She’s a detective that specializes in crimes with supernatural origin. The setting is in modern day Metro Manila. Creatures from Filipino folklore—the white lady, nuno sa punso, tikbalang and kapre, among other—are brought to life and reintegrated in the modern setting, still around but still inconspicuously hidden. The sixth child of Anton and Miranda, she was born with contradicting prophecies hanging over her head. Different psychics, including her mother, have predicted she would bring great change to the underworld, the place…

Shelfwalking: Books By Life Stages

by Celestine Trinidad This is quite possibly the hardest list I’ve ever had to make, because I like reading a little bit too much. I read everything, even the nutritional information off food packages, and when I’m sad, book shopping is the equivalent of retail therapy for me. So I decided that, for Shelfwalking, I will choose one book each from a genre I like for this list, books that not only do I highly recommend, but also meant a lot to me at different stages of my life.  1. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood Genre: Realistic Fiction Margaret Atwood is…

6 Pinoy Comics To Love

by EK Gonzales If you ask me about the history of komiks in the Philippines, I, unfortunately, will not be able to give you very good answers. I came late to the scene, in the middle of new komik history being made. Trese was already a recognized series, ZsaZsa Zaturrnah had been made into a musical, and Komikon had moved to the Bayanihan Center, when I properly started following komiks. But most of the things I have seen, and continue to see, in independent komiks has made me a fan and loyal follower. The following are the local komiks that made…