It’s HALLOWEEN in the Philippines! Learn about Ghosts, Ghouls and … History?

It’s Hallowe’en and that means the Philippine media will be releasing top 10 lists of scariest mythical creatures, infographics on where to find them, and first-hand accounts of sightings.  What is never covered in these stories, is how these creatures came into being.  All that is about to change.

For the very first time, the record is being set straight in a new documentary web-series about the CREATURES OF PHILIPPINE MYTHOLOGY.  Finally, a program that doesn’t sensationalize the monsters, but instead challenges the incorrect assumptions about their origins and tracks their history and evolution, creating an informative and educational tool to learn the history of the Philippines.

TIKBALANG: The Horse Demon – DOCUMENTARY (14min)

In the Philippine forest  is said to lurk a creature, part man, part horse known for its speed and mischievous nature.  Some say it is a mythical spirit that guards the gateway to the Skyworld.  Others believe it is a demon who is determined to cause trouble for those who cross its path.   The episode takes us back in time to the pre-Spanish Philippines where we learn about their animist beliefs.  It traces the image of the Tikbalang back 4000 years to Hinduism and explains how that influence evolved into the mysterious half horse creature we know today.

” For decades, stories of the Tikbalang have been viewed as ignorant superstitions invented and demonized by the Spanish, but it’s animist roots go back to the earliest Filipinos, and the image dates back more than 4000 years.  It’s arrival in the Philippines pre-dates the Spanish by as much as 4 centuries, holding a  historical relevance that  transcended colonialism and  threads it directly to ancestral Filipinos.  It’s a testament to their creativity and  adaptive preservation of identity through story telling.”  – Jordan Clark (Director, Creatures Of Philippine Mythology Web Series)

The Series is produced for THE ASWANG PROJECT by High Banks Entertainment Ltd. and features interviews with Peque Gallaga (director, SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL), Budjette Tan (creator, TRESE comics), Karl R De Mesa(writer, NEWS OF THE SHAMAN) and Yvette Tan (writer, WAKING THE DEAD).

"HORSE-FACE" - A demon in Chinese folklore said to guard the gates of hell. One of the historical links to the TIKBALANG.
“HORSE-FACE” – A demon in Chinese folklore said to guard the gates of hell. One of the historical links to the TIKBALANG.

You can now watch episode one of this series online.
CREATURES OF PHILIPPINE MYTHOLOGY: Episode One
TIKBALANG: The Horse Demon – DOCUMENTARY (14min)

 

 

About Jordan Clark

Jordan is a Canadian documentary director/ producer. He made the 2011 feature length documentary "The Aswang Phenomenon" - an exploration of the aswang myth and its effects on Philippine society. Currently he is in production for "The Aswang Project" web-series, which will feature 6 mysteries and myths from the Philippines.