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A haunting look into Filipino history and culture, inscrutable yet intriguing characters, and lots of monsters eating-things action! Finally, translated into English! What better way to introduce the world to Filipino Mythology than this elegantly (and most of the time brutally) illustrated horror comic."

- DJ Legaspi, co-editor, The QBCCC
"There are very few people who can do justice to the idea of myth, especially in this age of introspection when the idea of things larger than yourself become nothing more than notions held in the space of the folds of your brain. Preconceptions of what an "aswang" is are abound and all of them are in this book. What Mervin Malonzo has managed to do is circumvent cliche, and protocol into something original and meaningful. He's managed to condense myth into something more manageable, and personal. Basically, he took something old, tired, and refuses to die and gave it a reason to search for a new purpose, walking the streets in all its punk swagger. TABI PO asks that you step aside and look on in horror and delight at what it's going to do to your idea of monsters. Here is his atheist's gospel"

- Josel Nicolas, Windmills
"Yes. Yes. You’ve seen one vampire, you’ve seen them all. But make no mistake, the “aswang” of Philippine myth is no mere copy of the western bloodsucker.

Mervin Malonzo introduces us to an "aswang" named Elias, presents us Elias’ mysterious birth, and his gradual discovery of his nature and purpose.

The artwork of TABI PO is lovely and haunting. You’d imagine this kind art style used to paint idyllic country scenery, except, these scenes depict a lot of blood and gore.

Elias narrates his lifestory in the most poetic fashion, even though he’s talking about his insatiable hunger for blood and flesh."

- Budjette Tan, Trese
A young man wakes inside a hollow of a tree in the middle of a forest with no memory of who he is or where he's from or even how to speak. The only things he knows for sure are the image of a young woman he sees every time he closes his eyes, and the maddeningly painful hunger that grows inside his navel-less belly... a hunger for flesh... and blood...

Make way for a new chapter in modern Asian horror: Mervin Malonzo's TABI PO chronicles the continuing biography of Elias and his odious odyssey to discover his origin, destiny, and true horrible nature, in this gothic komix deconstruction and rebuilding of the Philippine "aswang" mythology.
Elias is a lowly performer in a traveling carnival who entertains and shocks audiences by eating live chickens on stage. But nobody knows that a very long time ago, live chickens used to be just a fraction of his dietary intake. He used to eat live humans too. Bored from the monotony of his modern life, he recounts the old days. Back when he first came to this world, a time when everything is his to take and to consume.
As the "first hunger" overwhelms Elias, two personages walk in out of the wilderness and into his life bearing vital knowledge about the hunger he's feeling, leading him to take the first few steps towards understanding his origin.
Simon is only known today from the pages of his notebook. In these pages, he recorded his life experiences which are utterly out of the ordinary. It borders on the occult and the supernatural. Because of this, he's been a favorite subject of interest among paranormal researchers who have knowledge of his existence. Among them is Dr. Jaime T. Lim who keeps the original pages of the notebook.
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Tasyo & Sabel

Simon
About Tabi-Tabi
Po
What is an Aswang? Filipino Culture Press Video
Tabi Po started out as a Filipino web comic on May 2010. It immediately gained a cult following among Filipino readers and a few eager people started translating it to english in some online forums for those who cannot understand the language.

Fortunately during this time, Mervin was approached by Flipside Digital Content to create an english version of the ongoing book. Now, translated by Adam David, the official electronic english version is available for Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad. Download it now.

The original Filipino web comic is still continuing at www.tabi-po.com. It serves as the initial draft of the comic because the ebook versions contain additional pages and are more polished.

Mervin Malonzo graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from University of the Philippines, Diliman. "Tabi po" is his first attempt at creating comics and he plans to do more in the future. He's a co-founder and lead designer of an anthology of comics and stories called The Quarterly Bathroom Companion Comics Compendium or the QBCCC. Currently, he is working as the New Media Creative Head for a local TV station and he also has his own design and web development team called Pepe & the Polygons based in Parañaque, Philippines.

Most of his design and animation works can be viewed at www.mervinmalonzo.com and www.pepeandthepolygons.com.
"Tabi-tabi po" is colloquial Filipino for "Excuse me, passing through." This phrase is normally uttered when an individual is uncertain of the presence of other entities/spirits in his/her surroundings. It is to respectfully ask the entities to move aside before you pass (or sometimes pee) because you cannot see them. Forgetting to speak these words aloud may offend the spirits and may result in unfavorable consequences.
An Aswang is a popular creature of Philippine myth. They appear as humans during the day but at night, they become hideous monsters.

In some regions, they are believed to transform into a huge Dog with flaming red eyes while others believed that they sprout bat-like wings in their back allowing them to fly and victimize people who are still out in the ungodly hours of the night. But people inside the houses aren't safe either because the aswangs are known to linger in the roofs of women in labor waiting for the chance to snatch up their babies using their long tongue.

They are usually likened to vampires of the west but aswangs do not just drink the blood of its victims. They also eat raw flesh, particularly organs like the heart and the liver. These qualities make them the most feared among the creatures of Philippine folklore.
In a nod to Philippine's national hero Jose Rizal, the characters in "Tabi Po" are named and loosely patterned after the characters in his novels (Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo). Other references in Filipino culture can be seen throughout the comic book. From religion to popular folk songs, cockfights, costumes, to the way the townsfolk gossip, they are truly Pinoy.


TABI PO: A GRAPHIC NOVEL
BY MERVIN MALONZO

English translation by
ADAM DAVID
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Published by
FLIPSIDE DIGITAL
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The Filipino web comic can still be read at
tabi-po.com

This website is created by Mervin Malonzo. Contact him at
mervin@tabi-po.com

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