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…

Catching up with Komiks at Komiket 2017

by Allana Luta To say that I am ignorant of the local comic scene is a gross understatement. My exposure to local comics when I was a kid was limited to the newspaper’s entertainment section, with Pugad Baboy, Love Knots, and later on, Kikomachine, as well as Culture Crash Comics, a bi-monthly comic magazine that featured five original titles from local artists. When Culture Crash ceased publication in 2004, I stopped reading local comics as well. So when we went to the third Filipino Komiks Arts Market, or Komiket, on October 14, I honestly had no idea what to expect. According…

#MagbasaMonday Season 1

Happy #MagbasaMonday! If you’re subscribed to Bookbedwatch, you’ve most likely been following the first season of this series, where Bibi Mangki of the Banana Feelings Comics has been recommending books. Today, Season 1 ends with its 15th episode: an excerpt from Detective Boys of Masangkay by Bernalyn Hapin Sastrillo. Check it out below! To see all episodes, check out this playlist below: By the way, EXCITING NEWS: Bibi Mangki is now officially part of the Bookbed team (yay!), the reading monkey is now open to requests for the next season! Both local and foreign titles are accepted. To send, contact us here….