Cover Art by Mervin Malonzo
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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 Skyworld, 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 tales are known and read today. “Alternative Alamat” gathers stories, by contemporary authors of Philippine fantasy, which make innovative use of elements of Philippine mythology. None of these stories are straight re-tellings of the old tales: they build on those stories, or question underlying assumptions; use ancient names as catalysts, or play within the spaces where the myths are silent. What you will find in common in these eleven stories is a love for the myths, epics, and legends which reflect us, contain us, call to us–and it is our hope that, in reading our stories, you may catch a glimpse, and develop a hunger, for those venerable tales.
“Alternative Alamat” also features a cover and interior illustrations by Mervin Malonzo, a short list of notable Philippine deities, and in-depth interviews with Professors Herminia Meñez Coben and Fernando N. Zialcita.
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Ebook / US$4.99 (Note possible Amazon $2.00 surcharge outside the U.S.) ; PHP 235.00 / 14 December 2011 / Speculative Fiction Anthology (Philippine Mythology)
“[A] treasure trove of Philippine myths and legends reexamined and rendered for modern readers…lyrical…ground-breaking” - Angelo Ancheta, Philippines Graphic (December 25, 2011 – January 2, 2012)
“OK, if you only read one anthology all year, please let this one be it.” - Jaymee Goh. (Scroll all the way down – this post reviews three books.)
“[B]rings Philippine mythology closer to modern readers like no scholarly book of myths possibly could… delightfully diverse.” - Meann Ortiz, The Girl Who Read
“Somehow, I felt that this book and the stories in this collection were mine — mine because I am a Filipino…” - Tina Matanguihan, One More Page.
“…an excellent work indeed, well done!” – Catherine Batac Walder
“[A] marvelous attempt to gather in one volume some of the finest renditions of Philippine folklore.” - Kristine Ong Muslim (Amazon review)
“Different, but clever. Brilliant.” - Monique, Bookish Little Me
“This anthology came to me late in the year, but rocked my world on most counts. Between the illustrations by Mervin Malonzo and the intelligently done interviews at the back of the book, it was difficult to put this one down…” - Katrina Stuart Santiago, Facebook
“I know nothing of Filipino culture, and these stories were all brand new to me. And I loved them!” - Robin Edman, Goodreads.
Sample the Book
“For the educated [Filipino] minority, Greek and Roman mythology is more familiar than their own. They can summon Apollo and Aphrodite or mentally wander around Olympus; but they are puzzled by Bugan and the seven levels of the Bukidnon sky-world. A vast area of our collective self, a self that is the product of generations of reflection upon life’s meaning, is thus submerged in darkness. In fact the ridges and valleys of this unexplored self continue to underlie our own view of the world, ‘modern’ though we are. A rediscovery of our myths unlocks this hidden continent.”
- “The Soul Book” by Francisco Demetrio, Gilda Cordero – Fernando, and Fernando Zialcita