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  1. says:

    Sometimes I feel like there's a tendency even amongst Filipinos to view the Philippines as a footnote on the world stage Yet there's so much that is uniue and beautiful in Philippine culture if only we would take the time to learn it Philippine mythology has much to offer the world This anthology we hope has opened a doorway We invite you to step through it Paolo ChikiamcoThis is an anthology that has made me even prouder of my cultural roots particularly when it comes to a Filipino's ability and capacity for myth making and the eleven short stories plus a supplement comic story that comprise this volume are testaments to that uality I absolutely love it when a book manages to not only pleasantly surprise me but also cast a spell on me while reading it and Alternative Alamat knows exactly how to weave magic in the prose of each story and how best to wield its power to entice and hypnotize anyone who reads itEach story in this collection is a re imagined tale of a famous or obscure folkloremyth or figure from the Philippines and I can honestly say that the ones I'm not familiar with are the tales that captured my imagination the most and stayed with me long after I finished them In Alternative Alamat we get to enjoy the modern interpretations of some of the well known Filipino myths as explored in stories such as “Conuering Makiling” by Moniue Francisco a playful look at the most popular diwata Maria Makiling and the idea of her taking human lovers; Eliza Victoria's “Ana’s Little Pawnshop on Makiling St” which showed how the changing times affected the way of living among supernatural entities; and the tantalizing and enigmatic piece “Keeper of My Sky” by Timothy James Dimacali that accentuates the poignant dichotomy found in every creation and ending present in the universe There are also cautionary stories about losses and gains that result from either bad decisions or an individual's sheer strength of will “Harinuo’s Love Song” by Rochita Loenen Ruiz is uite reminiscent of Neil Gaiman's Stardust but with a bitter ending; whilst “The Alipin’s Tale” by Raymond G Falgui is a story that ends with an optimistic challenge in regards to our ability to free ourselves from the enslavement and confines of the status uo We also have a story “The Last Full Show” written by Budjette Tan who is known mostly for his comic book series Trese where he decided to reveal a softer side to the titular character of said series and is surely not to be missed by any Trese fanWe also have stories that provide us with insights in the manner and inner workings of myth making and superstition in general “Offerings to Aman Sinaya by Andrei Tupaz; “Balat Buwan Ngalan” by David Hontiveros; and “A Door Opens The Beginning of the Fall of the Ispancialo in Hinirang” by Dean Alfar but my most favourite stories of this collection have to be Raissa Rivera Falgui's “The Sorceress ueen” that tells the uniue tale of Maryam of Marinduue a proud monarch who will not bow down to patriarchy or the men who wish to subdue her through promises of love and devotion even if the price of denying such pleasures is loneliness and desolation and Celestine Trinidad's “Beneath The Acacia” which interestingly used a folklore as a mere backdrop to tell a detective story which aims to solve a very intriguing crimeThe supplement comic story Upo by Andrew Drilon was brief yet uite endearing in its style and execution it's a story of origin regarding a certain vegetableI believe that there is an online copy available so you are very much encouraged to check out this anthology You have my word when I say that reading Alternative Alamat will be an amazing and gratifying use of your timeRECOMMENDED 1010


  2. says:

    My actual rating is a 45 Originally posted at The Girl Who Read and Other Stories I love alternative takes on mythology Rick Riordan fan here so I thought Alternative Alamat would be a good place for me to start with my resolution to read works written by Filipino authorsI also love the idea of this compilation because it brings Philippine mythology closer to modern readers like no scholarly book of myths possibly could I am not belittling the efforts of the authors who wrote the scholarly books of course for without them we would know very little about our mythology But younger readers and readers who are exposed to foreign works wouldn't likely pick up an academic book on Philippine myths for their leisure reading There are 11 engaging re tellings in this anthology written by many familiar names in Philippine speculative fiction Despite sometimes dealing with similar themes or mythological figures the treatments are delightfully diverse Ana's Little Pawnshop on Makiling St The pawnshop reminded me a lot of the Faerie Market in Gaiman's Stardust where the wares that are on sale are all whimsical and magical This poignant story has its own local flavor and charm though and I love how Eliza Victoria intertwined the mythology with modern issues Harinuo's Love Song It took me a while to get used to the rhythm of this story because it reads a lot like an old folktale and I didn't expect that kind of treatment But this turned out to be an enjoyable read The prose is lyrical and lush and the plot is well craftedLast Full Show I've never read any of the Trese comics and yes you can throw all manner of objects at me but maybe you can throw the four volumes of those comics my way instead? p This was so much fun to read and I love that you didn't need prior knowledge of the original comics to appreciate itThe Alipin's Tale I love alternate history stories too so this is a real hit with me It doesn't introduce any of the obscure myths or personalities but the mix of history and mythology grounds it for readers and makes the fantasy aspect tangibleKeeper of My Sky This story succeeds in its intention to intertwine science and mythology this time It's a lovely tale but it's so sad and melancholic I was thankful it wasn't raining when I read this or I would've sobbed in front of my computerConuering Makiling This particular Maria Makiling theme is uite familiar but the story had modern sensibilities The conservation message is well placedThe Sorceress ueen This one reads like a great classic fairy tale and also like those local genesis stories at the same time I had a lot of fun imagining what this would look like if it were adapted as an animated shortBeneath the Acacia In my mind I call this the CSI Arayat story p I like the portrayal of Maria Sinukuan here because she seems human This is probably because the fantastical spotlight is trained on the protagonist Juan but it's a pleasant change There was a little hiccup in the story that jarred me a little though when Mang Andres describes the supernatural characters it sounds like he was explaining it to a foreign reader rather than to the other in universe characters who already know what a kapre isOfferings to Aman Sinaya I liked the story although the point of view was a little unconventional and therefore took some getting used to The ending felt a little too abrupt Balat Buwan Ngalan A Myth for the 21st Century I love how this incorporates the old tales into a modern world I had a lot of fun spotting the pop culture references and nods to the old myths My only problem was the POV Because the narrative had a 'meta' feel to it like 'Interview With The Vampire' I think this would've been powerful had it been written from a first person POVThe Door Opens I panicked when I saw that this story had a good number of footnotes because I have a love hate relationship with fiction that incorporates footnotes I feel that it's very rarely done well enough that the author doesn't interrupt the flow of the main story Dean Alfar did well though The main narrative read like a complete story in itself so I had no compulsion to immediately check the footnotes which would've been difficult because I would've done a lot of scrolling back and forth When I finally did read them I found that they embellished the main narrative really wellAs an aside I just realized how awkward it is to read stories set in the Philippines whose characters speak in English It can't be helped of course but I find it jarring sometimes If a story is well written I do get over it as was the case for all the stories I read Despite the diversity in treatment I felt that there was a lot of underlying melancholy in all of the stories; they all seem so somber I was looking for a bit of levity in some of the ones where that kind of tone would've been appropriate All the old tales were already somber enough I thought someone would actually do a much lighter alternative take But this personal preference doesn't take away from the uality of the stories at allI also wish the stories each dealt with uniue deities or themes that only one story would've had Maria Makiling for a subject for example But maybe this also reflects how much work still needs to be done in educating everyone that there exist pantheons of deities and a deep well of other Philippine legends and myths Alternative Alamat is already a great first step toward that with the interviews and appendices included in the book providing a springboard for further study I wish authors and publishers will be proactive and think of other creative ways to bring this aspect of our culture closer to the popular consciousness I'm proud of efforts like Alternative Alamat and hope that Filipino readers support projects like this I have high hopes that soon we will find our own local Rick RiordanOne last thing I wish they'll publish a print copy of this book so that it will reach readers and because the illustrations by Mervin Malonzo deserve to be seen in print


  3. says:

    Reading Alternative Alamat was like hurtling through time back to high school back when I was first introduced to Lam ang Bernardo Carpio and Maria Sinukuan Of course stories about important creatures of Philippine folklore such as the tikbalang kapre and manananggal were told to me by my older cousins at a very young age and I've been friends with Maria Makiling ever since my family's very first trip to the nearby town of Los Banos where Mount Makiling looms proud and majestic from a distanceand which form I always attempt to decipher as a supine woman'sprofile  And so to these creatures as well as to deities and otherbeings of magic and enchantment I need not be acuainted any furtherImagine however reading tales about these very same creatures but in a very different context Different but clever BrilliantI've always loved retellings My favorite retelling of all is Neil Gaiman's Snow Glass Apples you'll have to read it to find out why P  I appreciate retellings because they offer a fresh and uniue take on familiar homegrown stories and because I also appreciate the creativity and imagination involved in their formation And compendiums I love them too I love the fact that I can pick one up flip the pages and choose a story read it and not at all feel obliged to finish everything knowing that I can always go back to it whenever the mood strikesSo A compendium of retellings Filipino retellings Sounds good to me ;But what can be expected from this particular anthology? Well imagine the elusive Maria Makiling appearing as a chic corporate careerwoman who totes BlackBerrys and sashays around the citywith close in security or as a teenage temptress who lures young men into giving up and living out their fantasies Imagine the page in Philippine history with Lapu Lapu in the frontlines defeating the Spanish conuerors led by Magellan being altered considerably; Lapu Lapu whose victory is suddenly attributed not to his courage and might but to the supposedly voluptuous diwatas led by none other than obviously my favorite Maria Makiling Alunsina Maria Sinukuan Bakunawa Amansinaya and countless other bathalas and pagan deities they take the spotlight in this anthology of alternative tales each retelling even better and engaging than the last Much as I would love to write down my thoughts on each individual story however I fear that I do not have the luxury of time to do so Suffice it to say though that as I went through this compendium I was filled with wonder and fascination at the richness of Philippine folklore and admiration at the same time for the geniuses who were responsible for the crafting of each story The familiarity of the characters and settings will put you right where you should be comfortable and while a uniue twist to the original tale may surprise you somewhere along the way you will continue feeling right at ease because you know that a part of the story is yours to claimSo would I recommend this book? Absolutely There's a certain high to reading something you can call proudly your own even though you had no actual part in its execution I would love for you to share in that feeling My copy A Christmas gift from Tina Thank you so much DAlso posted here


  4. says:

    Alternative Alamat is a fine volume which showcases the contemporary retelling of Philippine myths The first story which I also think is the most suitable lead story shows off Eliza Victoria’s remarkable attention to details I am also impressed by the musicality of Dimacali’s “Keeper of My Sky” Another standout is the David Hontiveros piece Although replete with distracting and unnecessary popular culture allusions his tale is well written and graceful in its storytelling I also find to be incredibly ingenious and well crafted the last story by Dean Francis Alfar It is a story that disguises itself as a fully annotated journal article I’m not sure but some of the details on the footnotes look authentic It is also possible that Alfar tailored the story to fit the annotations But whatever it was that he did I loved it The five sections of appendices also add a refreshing touch to the book All in all Alternative Alamat is a marvelous attempt to gather in one volume some of the finest renditions of Philippine folklore Paolo Chikiamco in his introduction claims that “the stories we don't know are just as fascinating” I believe they are


  5. says:

    Original post at One More PageWhen I was a kid I had fond memories of reading about different Filipino legends for school These legends were really made to teach a lesson to us kids to be nice respectful and hardworking really and not just tall tales for bedtime stories Most notable was the legend of the pineapple which tells of a girl who felt lazy to look for what her mother was asking her to find and her exasperated mom wishes for her to have many eyes so she can find it and poof she turns into a pineapple I cannot remember though of a story talking about other Filipino legends myths and epics other than the usual kiddie stories save for Maria Makiling the fairy that lives in Mount Makiling one of the well known mountains in the Philippines and the Biag ni Lam Ang The Life of Lam Ang which I had to know because my mom is from Ilocos So I was one of the people who knew almost nothing about Philippine Mythology that jumped at the idea of reading Alternative Alamat a collection of stories from Filipino writers edited by Paolo Chikiamco writer of High Society Since I vowed to read and review local fiction ever since I started this blog I know I can't miss this oneThe thing I like about anthologies is that it doesn't reuire as much commitment as a full length novel does You can read one story stop and go back to the collection after some time without feeling lost But the thing is I never really wanted to stop reading Alternative Alamat because I keep getting surprised by the stories it contained There were times when I thought that I wouldn't like the story I was reading after a few paragraphs and then I end up really liking it in the end because of some kind of twist I think there's something for everyone in each story in this collection Ana's Little Pawnshop on Makiling St Eliza Victoria reminded me of those stories I read in our literary folio in college with its YA ish magic realism charm Harinuo's Love Song Rochita Leonen Ruiz and Keeper of My Sky Timothy James Dimacali with their lyrical prose were haunting and sad tales of a love that shouldn't have been and couldn't be There were stories that gave different perspectives on some of the Filipino goddesses all bearing the same first name Maria but all with different personalities Conuering Makiling Moniue Francisco for Maria Makiling Beneath the Acacia Celestine Trinidad for Maria Sinukuan and The Sorceress ueen Raissa Rivera Falgui for Maria Malindig There were stories from legends that seemed like a stranger at first but then turns into something familiar Offerings to Aman Sinaya Andre Tupaz deals with how we have turned from the old fishing ways to the newer ones that destroy the oceans; Balat Buwan Ngalan David Hontiveros seemed like meta fiction of sorts since it mentions a book of local legends that was published and launched Then there were the fun things like alternate histories that picks on the two times that the Filipinos fought back from the Spanish conuerors The Alipin's Tale Raymond G Falgui and A Door Opens The Beginning of the Fall of the Ispancialo in Hinirang Dean Alfar And if you have ever read any of the Trese comics then you're in for a treat here because The Last Full Show Budjette Tan is a story that shows a side of Alexandra Trese not shown in the comics It's hard to pick favorites among the stories because they each had something different to like about it the writing the treatment of the myth the characters the twists There are also illustrations in the book too done by cover artist Mervin Malonzo that are also based on Philippine myths and perfectly complements the content It's really a treasure trove of the things that make the Filipino culture so rich and colorful and I'm pretty sure this is just the tip of the iceberg Alternative Alamat also contains a few appendices about notable Filipino deities interviews with experts on the field tips on researching Philippine myths and a glossary of terms While it may seem that these things were included in the book for foreign readers I think it's also for Filipinos like me who know almost nothing about Philippine mythology I think this makes Alternative Alamat accessible to readers regardless if you're a Filipino or you've lived in the country for a while or you're just a curious reader who's interested in the title even if you have no idea where in the world the Philippines isIs there anything I don't like about this? Well I just wish that it was a little bit longer I truly felt sad when I read that the anthology was closing with Dean Alfar's story But having this book out in the wild now doesn't mean it has to stop there right? After all there is always an option for a second volume ; And also a print version would be nice So I can gift this to friends who refuse to get an e reader D But other than that there's nothing else I would nitpick on I think all the things I wrote up there sufficiently says how much I loved Alternative Alamat I've never felt prouder to be a Filipino when I was reading this Somehow I felt that this book and the stories in this collection were mine mine because I am a Filipino and the stories found inside is a part of my heritage So if you're one of the people who received an e reader for Christmas or you've had one for a while and you're looking for something really new to read for the new year then imagine me pushing no shoving this ebook to you If you're going to get one new ebook before this year ends or if you're going to buy a new one as the 2012 comes in make it Alternative Alamat You won't regret it I promise


  6. says:

    I love love all of the tales hereUpdateMy favorites areAna's Little Pawnshop on Makiling St a great starter for the book I love that it portrays our own deities at a different perspective than what we are used too As usual Eliza Victoria's words flow smoothly you forget you are even readingThe Last Full Show This makes me want to pick up Trese if this is what I am getting into haul me nowConuering Makiling


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    Once last century I studied Filipino history for my undergraduate degree The units were imaginatively named The History of the Philippines Part A and B Like most things I studied I remember little To be fair it was Darwin and there was a lot of drinking Thankfully Alternative Alamat by Paolo Chikiamco is imaginative and stock full of story that I never got the chance to encounter as part of my history major So while reading Alternative Alamat evokes a certain level of nostalgia there’s plenty here that is fresh and new and excitingAlamat roughly translates as Legend and so we have Alternative Legends a collection of stories that explore and bring to life in reader’sboth International and Filipino minds some of the richness that can be found in Philippine Mythology After having chatted with Rochita Loenen Ruiz and reading Alternative Alamat it becomes apparent to me that this is just a taster an indication of what is possible of what there is to explore in Philippine mythologyPaolo has managed to gather together an interesting group of stories and writers There are names that are familiar to me Eliza Victoria Rochita Loenen Ruiz Dean Alfar and David Hontiveros but there’s a fair amount that I haven’t had the privilege of reading beforeA uick selection of the talesEliza Victoria kicks off the collection with Ana’s Little Pawnshop on Makiling St which also featured in her collection A Bottle of Storm Clouds It’s a very good modern rendering of Anagolay the Philippine Goddess of lost things and a comment perhaps on the modernisation of the PhilippinesHarinuo’s Love Song by Rochita Loenen Ruiz is a beautiful retelling of the myth of the Sky Maiden Beautiful and horrifying at the same time This story was pleasurable beyond the tale itself It contains poems within the text but the whole story itself has a very powerful folktale rhythm to itBudjette Tan famous for his Graphic NovelComic Trese available form Kobo gives us the The Last Full Show a slice of life from that world It’s a good mix of crimemystery and the supernatural Philippines styleTimothy James Dimacali’s Keeper of My Sky was very good and uite sad at the same time An ancient story re crafted in a modern setting and cleverly structured to produce a uniue effect Reminds me of some of the character re imagining in American GodsMo Francisco takes another look at Maria Makiling in Conuering Makiling the goddess of this tale is a little primal earthy in her presentation The story was vivid and uite humorous This is one of those stories that sits uite happily in the realms of magical realism as it does in speculative fiction or fantasyThere are others in this collection that I will leave to surprise you They were all good stories and showcased what can be accomplished with Philippine folk lore and mythology with a range of literary styles Dean Alfar finishes off the fiction segment of the collection with a story told in footnotes – a short excerpt from an historical text real or fabricated I am not sure is footnoted and it is these footnotes that builds the story It’s an interesting techniue and it bridges nicely to the non fiction articles and interviews that Chikiamco sourced for the collectionYou can’t ask much from a book than to be intrigued entertained and educated Alternative Alamat achieves all of this admirably It’s an important read not only for those wanting diversity in their speculative fiction but also I think for Filipino’s wanting to explore and engage in their mythologyIt is beautifully illustrated by Mervin Malonzo who did the front cover and the interior black and white plates At just over 5 AUD via Kobo this collection is a steal If you are a fan of myth and folktale retelling take a trip to the Philippines I don’t think you will regret itA word of warning to Kobo app users – the app as you may know does a terrible job with hyperlinks ie you can’t use them so I had to read Dean’s story an another app


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    Sometimes I feel like there's a tendency even amongst Filipinos to view the Philippines as a footnote on the world stage Yet's there's so much that is uniue and beautiful in Philippine culture if only we would take the time to learn itThis pretty much sums up my opinion about this book and Philippine culture in general I grew up learning about and loving Greek mythology but know so very little about my own I could tell you who the Greek gods and goddesses are what they represent yet if you asked me about Philippine folklore I'd only be able to tell you the little I know about Maria Makiling and supernatural beings like the kapre tikbalang etcAlternative Alamat Stories Inspired by Philippine Mythology is a collection of short stories that put a twist to Philippine myths I'm afraid I can't identify the twists in some stories but that's given me motivation to research and learn about our folklore It seems so very diverse and filled with many interesting deities and I'm looking forward to learning about themI don't have a favorite story in this collection they were all eually wondrous and enthralling to me Stories about gods I've never heard of before a different take on the Maria Makiling I've learned about a supernatural twist on Lapu Lapu's triumph against Magellanhow could I ever choose? To be honest this book makes me weep over the lack of cultural knowledge we have It makes me sad to think about our very own alphabet the alibata that hardly anyone knows about and all the things we lost when we were colonized by the Spaniards But this book also gives me hope because perhaps as and people read it we'll be just a little bit aware and just a little bit curious about our own culture and eventually try to learn and love our ownThis review can also be found on my blog Lambent Lights


  9. says:

    I enjoyed reading Alternative Alamat even though I am still sueamish with the e book format because it offers new perspectives on old myths and pieces of folklore I also appreciate the intention to preserve these old stories a part of Philippine culture which are in the threshold of becoming lost and forgotten The stories are also appropriate for contemporary readers to enjoy To me to narrate the stories the way they have been narrated for hundreds or thousands of years to retain the form and voice makes it feel old and unfortunately irrelevant to contemporary readers It is interesting to think that despite adapting the fixed form of the written word reinventions of old myths makes the narrative fluid Stories which stood out for me was Timothy James Dimacali's Keeper of my Sky and David Hontiveros' Balat Buwan Ngalan I love the illustrations by Mervin Malonzo


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    There is a dual beauty to Philippine Mythology the stories that we know and the stories that we don't It is my first time reading an anthology of Philippine legends written in English and added with a twist which is refreshing I made it my duty just recently to dedicate myself to reading literary works created by Filipinos although I was looking forward to reading something written in Tagalog that made me realize that I made the right choice It also have a little bit of some surprising extras in the latter part of the book which was pretty nice As a fan of anything with fantasy and legends I give this anthology an A I recommend this book to those unfamiliar with Philippine folklore and legends and do not read much Filipino books I just absolutely love it


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Philippine mythology is full of images that ignite the imagination gods of calamity and baldness of cosmic time and lost things; the many layered Skywor. My actual rating is a 45 Originally posted at The Girl Who Read and Other Stories I love alternative takes on mythology Rick Riordan fan here so I thought Alternative Alamat would be a good place for me to start with my resolution to read works written by Filipino authorsI also love the idea of this compilation because it brings Philippine mythology closer to modern readers like no scholarly book of myths possibly could I am not belittling the efforts of the authors who wrote the scholarly books of course for without them we would know very little about our mythology But younger readers and readers who are exposed to foreign works wouldn't likely pick up an academic book on Philippine myths for their leisure reading There are 11 engaging re tellings in this anthology written by many familiar names in Philippine speculative fiction Despite sometimes dealing with similar themes or mythological figures the treatments are delightfully diverse Ana's Little Pawnshop on Makiling St The pawnshop reminded me a lot of the Faerie Market in Gaiman's Stardust where the wares that are on sale are all whimsical and magical This poignant story has its own local flavor and charm though and I love how Eliza Victoria intertwined the mythology with modern issues Harinuo's Love Song It took me a while to get used to the rhythm of this story because it reads a lot like an old folktale and I didn't expect that kind of treatment But this turned out to be an enjoyable read The prose is lyrical and lush and the plot is well craftedLast Full Show I've never read any of the Trese comics and yes you can throw all manner of objects at me but maybe you can throw the four volumes of those comics my way instead p This was so much fun to read and I love that you didn't need prior knowledge of the original comics to appreciate itThe Alipin's Tale I love alternate history stories too so this is a real hit with me It doesn't introduce any of the obscure myths or personalities but the mix of history and mythology grounds it for readers and makes the fantasy aspect tangibleKeeper of My Sky This story succeeds in its intention to intertwine science and mythology this time It's a lovely tale but it's so sad and melancholic I was thankful it wasn't raining when I read this or I would've sobbed in front of my computerConuering Makiling This particular Maria Makiling theme is uite familiar but the story had modern sensibilities The conservation message is well placedThe Sorceress ueen This one reads like a great classic fairy tale and also like those local genesis stories at the same time I had a lot of fun imagining what this would look like if it were adapted as an animated shortBeneath the Acacia In my mind I call this the CSI Arayat story p I like the portrayal of Maria Sinukuan here because she seems human This is probably because the fantastical spotlight is trained on the protagonist Juan but it's a pleasant change There was a little hiccup in the story that jarred me a little though when Mang Andres describes the supernatural characters it sounds like he was explaining it to a foreign reader rather than to the other in universe characters who already know what a kapre isOfferings to Aman Sinaya I liked the story although the point of view was a little unconventional and therefore took some getting used to The ending felt a little too abrupt Balat Buwan Ngalan A Myth for the 21st Century I love how this incorporates the old tales into a modern world I had a lot of fun spotting the pop culture references and nods to the old myths My only problem was the POV Because the narrative had a 'meta' feel to it like 'Interview With The Vampire' I think this would've been powerful had it been written from a first person POVThe Door Opens I panicked when I saw that this story had a good number of footnotes because I have a love hate relationship with fiction that incorporates footnotes I feel that it's very rarely done well enough that the author doesn't interrupt the flow of the main story Dean Alfar did well though The main narrative read like a complete story in itself so I had no compulsion to immediately check the footnotes which would've been difficult because I would've done a lot of scrolling back and forth When I finally did read them I found that they embellished the main narrative really wellAs an aside I just realized how awkward it is to read stories set in the Philippines whose characters speak in English It can't be helped of course but I find it jarring sometimes If a story is well written I do get over it as was the case for all the stories I read Despite the diversity in treatment I felt that there was a lot of underlying melancholy in all of the stories; they all seem so somber I was looking for a bit of levity in some of the ones where that kind of tone would've been appropriate All the old tales were already somber enough I thought someone would actually do a much lighter alternative take But this personal preference doesn't take away from the uality of the stories at allI also wish the stories each dealt with uniue deities or themes that only one story would've had Maria Makiling for a subject for example But maybe this also reflects how much work still needs to be done in educating everyone that there exist pantheons of deities and a deep well of other Philippine legends and myths Alternative Alamat is already a great first step toward that with the interviews and appendices included in the book providing a springboard for further study I wish authors and publishers will be proactive and think of other creative ways to bring this aspect of our culture closer to the popular consciousness I'm proud of efforts like Alternative Alamat and hope that Filipino readers support projects like this I have high hopes that soon we will find our own local Rick RiordanOne last thing I wish they'll publish a print copy of this book so that it will reach readers and because the illustrations by Mervin Malonzo deserve to be seen in print El Presidio Rides North that ignite Radioactive Tales of Love (a CHBB romance anthology) the imagination gods of calamity and baldness of cosmic الكتيبة 26 time and lost Fingerpori from Finland things; Saving Elliot the many layered Skywor. 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them we would know very little about our mythology But younger readers and readers who are exposed The Curse of the Ruby Necklace to foreign works wouldn't likely pick up an academic book on Philippine myths for Eitan's Chord their leisure reading There are 11 engaging re When the Giant Stirred tellings in Banking Principles and Operations this anthology written by many familiar names in Philippine speculative fiction Despite sometimes dealing with similar Memorize Muscles, Origins, and Insertions with Cartoons and Mnemonics: 46 Muscles of the Lower Quadrant themes or mythological figures Gentle Hand the چهل و چهار 44 قصه از هانس کریستین آندرسن treatments are delightfully diverse Ana's Little Pawnshop on Makiling St The pawnshop reminded me a lot of Fire in His Fury: A Post-Apocalyptic Dragon Romance (Fireblood Dragons Book 4) the Faerie Market in Gaiman's Stardust where Ten Pens (Scholastic Reading Line) the wares Binding and Scattering in Two-Dimensional Systems that are on sale are all whimsical and magical This poignant story has its own local flavor and charm The Oral Art and Literature of the Kazakhs of Russian Central Asia though and I love how Eliza Victoria intertwined Highly Sensitive People in an Insensitive World: How to Create a Happy Life the mythology with modern issues Harinuo's Love Song It Night Hunt took me a while T4 to get used When You Make It Home to Toni the rhythm of Nan Domi: An Initiate's Journey into Haitian Voudou this story because it reads a lot like an old folktale and I didn't expect Stuttgart in den ersten Nachkriegsjahren that kind of Something Fishy treatment But To the Heart of the Rainbow this Post Office Jobs: The Ultimate 473 Postal Exam Study Guide and Job FInder turned out Devilish Dot to be an enjoyable read The prose is lyrical and lush and Therapeutic Dimensions of Autobiography in Creative Writing the plot is well craftedLast Full Show I've never read any of Seeking SRE: Conversations About Running Production Systems at Scale the Trese comics and yes you can The Potter's Alternative throw all manner of objects at me but maybe you can The Earl of Rayne's Ward / Lord Hawkridge's Secret / Betrayed and Betrothed throw Ovid in Exile the four volumes of The Mystery of Mercy Close those comics my way instead p This was so much fun The Pemmican Eaters to read and I love How Hard Can It Be? that you didn't need prior knowledge of Wyrd Sisters the original comics Torture Team: Rumsfeld's Memo and the Betrayal of American Values to appreciate itThe Alipin's Tale I love alternate history stories Owning Their Pet: A Dark Sci-Fi Romance (Owned and Shared Book 1) (English Edition) too so Advaitic Sadhana - The Yoga of Direct Liberation this is a real hit with me It doesn't introduce any of Trojica u Trnju the obscure myths or personalities but The Black Cliffs the mix of history and mythology grounds it for readers and makes Lilly the fantasy aspect The Reaper tangibleKeeper of My Sky This story succeeds in its intention Virgin Widow to intertwine science and mythology Waiting for Trains this Q time It's a lovely Beauty & the Biker tale but it's so sad and melancholic I was Trese thankful it wasn't raining when I read The Four Agreements: A 48-Card Deck this or I would've sobbed in front of my computerConuering Makiling This particular Maria Makiling Simplified Statistics and Probability: A Mathematics Book for High Schools and Colleges (English Edition) theme is uite familiar but On the Far Side of the Mountain the story had modern sensibilities The conservation message is well placedThe Sorceress ueen This one reads like a great classic fairy On the Far Side of the Mountain tale and also like The Thirteenth Step: Ancient Solutions to the Contemporary Problems of Alcoholism and Addiction Using the Timeless Wisdom of the Native American Church Ceremony those local genesis stories at یک فنجان چای بی موقع the same Lamb Is Joyful time I had a lot of fun imagining what The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings this would look like if it were adapted as an animated shortBeneath Tamed the Acacia In my mind I call Before Disrupting Healthcare: What Innovators Need To Know this Awakening Spirit: Wise Seminary, First Year Certification for Wiccan Clergy the CSI Arayat story p I like Six Positions: Sex Writing by Andy Quan the portrayal of Maria Sinukuan here because she seems human This is probably because Spain the fantastical spotlight is Max Weber trained on NADA Brahma: The World is Sound: Music and the Landscape of Consciousness the protagonist Juan but it's a pleasant change There was a little hiccup in Famous Five the story Hot Down Under Bundle 3 that jarred me a little Le Pornographe Et Ses Modèles though when Mang Andres describes Kanbayashi and Kirika Series 21: Reversed Trigger the supernatural characters it sounds like he was explaining it Edupreneur: Unleashing Teacher Led Innovation in Schools to a foreign reader rather The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask: (with Answers) than გოგონა, რომელიც ცეცხლს ეთამაშებოდა to The Village the other in universe characters who already know what a kapre isOfferings Kanbayashi and Kirika Series 4: Break The Silence to Aman Sinaya I liked A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt [With 4 Paperback Books] the story although The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt the point of view was a little unconventional and Togakure Ryu Bujinkan Budô Densho, Volume 1 therefore The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World took some getting used Java 8 Lambdas: Pragmatic Functional Programming to The ending felt a little Collin's Awakening (Phoenix Rising, too abrupt Balat Buwan Ngalan A Myth for An Ocean of Minutes the 21st Century I love how How Sondheim Found His Sound this incorporates Edupreneur: Unleashing Teacher Led Innovation in Schools the old Ricky Gervais Presents tales into a modern world I had a lot of fun spotting The Wisdom of the Dark Horse the pop culture references and nods Captives to Mysteries of the Quantum Universe the old myths My only problem was A touch of brightness the POV Because Good Juju: Mojos, Rites & Practices for the Magical Soul the narrative had a 'meta' feel Alp to it like 'Interview With The Vampire' I iOS Apps for Masterminds 4th Edition: How to take advantage of Swift 4.2, iOS 12, and Xcode 10 to create insanely great apps for iPhones and iPads think Danger's Fate this would've been powerful had it been written from a first person POVThe Door Opens I panicked when I saw Hot For His Hostage that Words That Change Minds this story had a good number of footnotes because I have a love hate relationship with fiction Delmar's Standard Textbook of Electricity (MindTap Course List) that incorporates footnotes I feel Encounters with the Archdruid that it's very rarely done well enough شوهر آهو خانم that The New Sugar & Spice: A Recipe for Bolder Baking the author doesn't interrupt Tea: East & West the flow of Alex in Wonderland the main story Dean Alfar did well Up and Coming: Stories by the 2016 Campbell-Eligible Authors though The main narrative read like a complete story in itself so I had no compulsion Women in Celtic Myth: Tales of Extraordinary Women from the Ancient Celtic Tradition to immediately check Summer's Lease the footnotes which would've been difficult because I would've done a lot of scrolling back and forth When I finally did read Harry and Hortense at Hormone High them I found Deja Everything that Deja Everything they embellished How Satan Deceives People (The Patristic Heritage Book 1) (English Edition) the main narrative really wellAs an aside I just realized how awkward it is Gann's Master Charts Unveiled to read stories set in Ravenloft Monstrous Compendium Appendix II: Children Of The Night the Philippines whose characters speak in English It can't be helped of course but I find it jarring sometimes If a story is well written I do get over it as was Pharmacology for Nurses: A Pathophysiologic Approach (5th Edition) the case for all Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale the stories I read Despite Bruise the diversity in When the Dogs Don't Bark: A Forensic Scientist’s Search for the Truth treatment I felt Clockwiser that The Contest there was a lot of underlying melancholy in all of Tales Told in Oz the stories; The Jackass Theory they all seem so somber I was looking for a bit of levity in some of Texas Cowboy Cooking the ones where Captives as Commodities: The Transatlantic Slave Trade that kind of The Dosadi Experiment tone would've been appropriate All Enquiry the old The Corporate Dominatrix: Six Roles to Play to Get Your Way at Work tales were already somber enough I Chasing Rainbows thought someone would actually do a much lighter alternative Dirty Secrets: Crime, Conspiracy & Cover-up During the 20th Century take But Paleo Takeout: Restaurant Favorites Without the Junk this personal preference doesn't Marching Toward Freedom 1957-1965 take away from Brave Face the uality of Paris and London in the Eighteenth Century the stories at allI also wish The Last Punisher: A SEAL Team Three Sniper's True Account of the Battle of Ramadi the stories each dealt with uniue deities or World's Great Men of Color, Volume I themes Hideous Gnosis: Black Metal Theory Symposium 1 that only one story would've had Maria Makiling for a subject for example But maybe Southern Tide this also reflects how much work still needs سينمانيا : الولع بالأفلام ورؤية مختلفة لقراءتها to be done in educating everyone Redemption that Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK there exist pantheons of deities and a deep well of other Philippine legends and myths Alternative Alamat is already a great first step Supreme toward Numerology and Other Stories that with Gudrun Pausewang in Context: Socially Critical 'Jugendliteratur', Gudrun Pausewang and the Search for Utopia the interviews and appendices included in The Center of the Universe the book providing a springboard for further study I wish authors and publishers will be proactive and Eight Steps to Seven Figures think of other creative ways Dance Back The Buffalo to bring Levinas and the Philosophy of Religion this aspect of our culture closer The Pirate Chase to මළගිය ඇත්තෝ the popular consciousness I'm proud of efforts like Alternative Alamat and hope Then Sings My Soul that Filipino readers support projects like Acupuncture 1, 2, 3 this I have high hopes The Collective that soon we will find our own local Rick RiordanOne last The Two Natures in Christ thing I wish Little Max the Cement Mixer they'll publish a print copy of King of Kings this book so Payments And Credits (University Casebook) that it will reach readers and because Payments And Credits (University Casebook) the illustrations by Mervin Malonzo deserve Treasure Island (Heinemann Guided Readers: Elementary Level) to be seen in print

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Tales are known and read today Alternative Alamat gathers stories by contemporary authors of Philippine fantasy which make innovative use of elements of. I enjoyed reading Alternative Alamat even though I am still sueamish with the e book format because it offers new perspectives on old myths and pieces of folklore I also appreciate the intention to preserve these old stories a part of Philippine culture which are in the threshold of becoming lost and forgotten The stories are also appropriate for contemporary readers to enjoy To me to narrate the stories the way they have been narrated for hundreds or thousands of years to retain the form and voice makes it feel old and unfortunately irrelevant to contemporary readers It is interesting to think that despite adapting the fixed form of the written word reinventions of old myths makes the narrative fluid Stories which stood out for me was Timothy James Dimacali's Keeper of my Sky and David Hontiveros' Balat Buwan Ngalan I love the illustrations by Mervin Malonzo I Will Espouse You Forever: The Song of Songs and the Theology of Love in the Hebrew Bible today Alternative Alamat gathers stories by contemporary authors of Philippine fantasy which make innovative use of elements of. I enjoyed reading Alternative Alamat even Printing, Literacy, and Education in Eighteenth-Century Ireland though I am still sueamish with Printing, Literacy, and Education in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: Why the Irish Speak English the e book format because it offers new perspectives on old myths and pieces of folklore I also appreciate The Chase Begins the intention Doing Research in the Real World to preserve Serengeti Sunrise these old stories a part of Philippine culture which are in Marknadsföring - Kort och gott the வயது வந்தவர்களுக்கு மட்டும் [Vayathu Vanthavargalukku Mattum] threshold of becoming lost and forgotten The stories are also appropriate for contemporary readers The Landower Legacy to enjoy To me The Dragon in Medieval East Christian and Islamic Art: With a Foreword by Robert Hillenbrand to narrate Her Marine (Military Quickies the stories The Stars that Fell the way After Poststructuralism: Transitions and Transformations they have been narrated for hundreds or Serpent of Moses thousands of years The Stars We Walked Upon to retain The Birth of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828 the form and voice makes it feel old and unfortunately irrelevant Road Rage to contemporary readers It is interesting Linesman to Letters Never Sent think Healer's Choice that despite adapting Ghostland the fixed form of Letters Never Sent the written word reinventions of old myths makes God Gave Us Easter the narrative fluid Stories which stood out for me was Timothy James Dimacali's Keeper of my Sky and David Hontiveros' Balat Buwan Ngalan I love Target (Alex Cross, the illustrations by Mervin Malonzo

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Ld and weapons that fight their own battles; a ship that is pulled to paradise by a chain and a giant crab that controls the tides Yet too few of these. Alternative Alamat is a fine volume which showcases the contemporary retelling of Philippine myths The first story which I also think is the most suitable lead story shows off Eliza Victoria’s remarkable attention to details I am also impressed by the musicality of Dimacali’s “Keeper of My Sky” Another standout is the David Hontiveros piece Although replete with distracting and unnecessary popular culture allusions his tale is well written and graceful in its storytelling I also find to be incredibly ingenious and well crafted the last story by Dean Francis Alfar It is a story that disguises itself as a fully annotated journal article I’m not sure but some of the details on the footnotes look authentic It is also possible that Alfar tailored the story to fit the annotations But whatever it was that he did I loved it The five sections of appendices also add a refreshing touch to the book All in all Alternative Alamat is a marvelous attempt to gather in one volume some of the finest renditions of Philippine folklore Paolo Chikiamco in his introduction claims that “the stories we don't know are just as fascinating” I believe they are