Archives for the month of: June, 2012

200 year after Spain colonized Philippines in the province of Capiz, city of Roxas in the narrow river of Banica, two young alchemist couple Claire and Julius. Is about to make a breakthrough in the field of medicine. Cholera an epidemic Infection is about to be undone.

A multiple eye’s strange creature lurking, moving inside the mist of the narrow river. Closing the gap between them and the two alchemists. Out of the reduce visibility they assume a body form, a walnut stock of a blunderbuss Rifle appear from the fog. It assaults the back head of the male alchemy. Out of the dark mist 8 military men in uniform shows up. A malicious grin in their faces. They gang rape the lady alchemy.

2 days after the hideous crime. The couple file a formal criminal charges against the military officers. In the office of the Alcalde Mayor Damaso and in the church of Spanish head Padre Ethan. The case was dismissed immediately for lack of evidence. Instead the dogmatic Padre Ethan had them arrested for practicing the art of witchcraft.

They we’re send to prison. Then later on they we’re sentence for stoning.  Both of them we’re thrown in the 12 foot deep open ditch. Padre Ethan and his fellow citizen start throwing stones. While the Alcalde Mayor is watching, having a great time. Moments later, the faces of the 2 alchemist we’re both disfigure. Claire didn’t stand the continues blows, she stumble on the ground. Julius covered her and absorbs all the projectile. Before Julius pass away he whispered to Claire, avenge the injustice they did to us. A heavy rain falls. The crowd start to disappear. The alchemist we’re buried in the mad. Claire crawls out of the ditch using her bare hands and escape. Alone in the woods she grab some “talampunay herb” a strong pain killer. It helps her to continue her journey into the wilderness remote Laboratory.

3 weeks later she discovered that she was pregnant. A baby and broken bones. Create a big distraction to her plans. She can no longer avenge the death of her husband. Pain and anger Drives her mad. She modified the fetus inside her womb. She injected, potion from rare species, and hormones of a war horse. A hidden knowledge from the old world. In effect she altered the fetus into a bony humanoid creature with disproportionately long limbs, to the point that its knees reach above its head when it squats down. What a delightful way to bring a baby into the world. The creature boy think and talk like an ordinary human being but his physical appearances is build for combat. The face of vengeance isn’t always pretty.

12 years had past. Eco the humanoid boy ask her unhealthy mother why he can’t go to school just like the other kids. Claire pause and stares at Eco. She embraces the boy. Claire reply in a low tone. The world is so cruel to us. It didn’t give me enough option. I have to pass on the burden to you. Please stop dreaming about school, career and family. You are not for that purpose. You misunderstood the meaning of your existence. You are an instrument. Born into the world solely for the purpose of revenge. Then Claire gave Eco a box. Two days later Claire died in cholera. Eco buried her mother in the mountain. The humanoid boy cried, Tears are words heart cannot express.

Eco open the black box. He found a diary, list of names and instruction. A brown bottle of potion he needed to pour and rub to his skin. And a set of Damascus axe. He begins his journey.

He hunts down and killed the 7 of the 8 military men in uniform, who molested her mother. His final task is to kill Padre Ethan and Alcalde Mayor Damaso. Exactly 5 a.m  dawn He enter the fortress of Alcalde Mayor, it looks abandon. The place is silent like a mausoleum. He proceeds to the long corridor beside him the ghost of his father wearing a full battle gear. On his right side the soul of Claire carrying the sword of Justice. Eco’s confidence level and adrenalin is pumping up. He proceed, Eco saw a big wooden door at the end of the corridor. In front guarded by 11 Special Forces. A combination of foreign assassins, hunters, marksmen and murderers. All of them are equipped with exotic weapons. They are waiting there for hours. No sign of fear in their eyes. Eco slowly moves towards them for the kill. Eco stop, he heard the cranky noise, a trap door on the ceiling open, and a hunting net drop on him. He was ambushed.

Rifle man shots Eco on right shoulder, Hook man catches his left leg, Eco was down! Blade master buried his fighting knife to eco’s stomach. Then a heavy hammer crash Eco’s left jaw. Other weapon follows. Eco is in a blood bath Wounded. Double axe man slowly aligned the heavy blade in the neck of Eco, waiting to be drop. While Mr. Blunderbuss cock the hammer of the 60mm slug rifle in between the eyes of the humanoid boy. All of them are laughing at him. Just like when they gang rape his mother. Just like when they sentence them for stoning. Eco cannot accept his fate. He shouts to high heaven. I am the instrument of death let me fulfil my destiny!

The blood bursting out of his wound, mix with the chemical he pours in his body. It creates a strange reaction. It sealed his wounds like a silicon antibiotics adhesive. Then a yellow smoke with a distinctive smell rises up, it enter the nostrils of the assassins. The red veins in their eyes enlarge. It creates a strong hallucination and wiggling effect to their heads. Mr. Blunderbuss notice a changed in the physical appearance of the double axe man. He doesn’t like what he saw. He shifts his aim to double axe man and squeeze the trigger. Double axe man is decapitated. Blade master stab blunderbuss underneath his chin pressed up and penetrating the roof of the skull then twist the knife handle. The event became a killing spree among them.

Eco recovered, he escaped the animal net trap. Now he realized his strength and durability. All he needs to do is to let his hand go. How easy he butchers the bodyguards in a brutal fashion. He kicks the Narra wooden door. It opens, he saw Alcalde mayor Damaso on the table dead. A bottle of hemlock is present. Fly’s roaming around his head. While Padre Ethan is crying like a Gay Pig in the Corner of the room. Eco sit beside Padre Ethan. Taking his golden opportunity to acquaint with the Padre. Eco said you know what Padre; I can’t change my past and my physical appearance anymore. Eco made a hand gesture in his face. But I can do something about our relationship. Padre Ethan saw some sign of Hope between the two them. Without a warning Eco chop off the limbs of Padre Ethan one by one. Parting words of Eco. Now we’re even. You can tell the world about your brief encounter with “The TIKBALANG”.


A link to the province of Capiz by wikipilipinas

A link to TIKBALANG by wikipedia

Hand drawn by Nonoy Manga

Folklore Story by Nonoy Manga


Nonoy Manga

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.

By Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s not as bad as it looks. My future mother Zenaida Cleofas under the brown river of Bocaue bulacan. The year was 1993.

The anniversary of the Holy Cross of Wawa. In the river of bocaue. Zenaida Cleofas on board the floating Pagoda. A decorated barge like a Giant crown of  Queen Elizabeth made of flowers and wooden structured.  All the passenger are dress in old tradition classic saya for ladies and barong for men’s. The scent of different flora is in the air. You can see the joy and excitement painted in their faces. Except for one boy, a native of south Philippines. He looks a bit strange. As if something wicked is about to happen.

The capacity of the Pagoda is around 200 devotees. Due to lack of discipline among the organizer they allow to squeeze in 300 people on board. The integrity of the pagoda was compromised. For Devotees who failed to climb on board. They swim and cling on the side of the pagoda. It created imbalance to the barge. The pagoda all of a sudden became very unstable it turns turtle. More than 300 devotees toss out of the pagoda into the water. Some tenaciously cling on the inverted pagoda, some devotee get panic they start pulling each other. Others end up in flood plain, the deep side of the river. Some trap under the inverted sinking pagoda. The 12 year old boy name Sajid Bulig. Jump out of the barge before the flip. The boy reaches the shore in no time.

Senaida Cleofas break away from the rest of the devotee after the flip. She was not a trained swimmer but her mind set for survival is unquestionable. She knows she doesn’t have the stamina to reach the high river bank. But By holding to a scrap  Styrofoam from the pagoda, about a size of a shoe box and a combination of mere luck She end up in the marsh area. She was able touch down her toes on top of a plastic beer case, after the Styrofoam disintegrated into several pieces. She sank for about 8 inches deep under water then she used the plastic beer case as a spring board to risen her head out of the water and renew air content in her lungs. She keeps her rhythm. She Hold her current position as long as she could until the rescue arrive. It’s a Sink and float situation.

Twelve life guard jump to river to rescue Hundreds of drowning victims. Two of them swam back immediately to the shore. The victims became desperate they swarm to the life guards like leeches. They drag them down to extinction.

Everyone was rattled and stunned with the gravity of the problems on hand. A 10 year old girl clings on a piece of wood in the middle of the chaos shouting for help. The mother desperately looking for the life guard. But nobody responded to her call. She decided to take her own life by joining her daughter to Death River. The bystander stops her.

The 12 years old elementary student name Sajid Bulig had enough of what he sees. He takes charge jump into the river. 1 dozen victims swarm on him. But Unlike the other life guards Sajid is no ordinary boy. He was fast, agile; he can hold his breath longer than an average human being. And he was not afraid of the deep. The boy took all of them to the river floor. The devotee releases their holds to sajid. The boy rises again from the river floor and snatches the 10 year old girl in the middle of the chaos. Both of them reach the shore safe. Sajid jump swam back and forth and save another 5 minors. Sajid Bulig renews the confidence of the other life guards. Several of them joined the rescue.

Just when Zenaida Cleofas about to see the end of days. Her left foot cramp. She starts to sink in the marsh.  No strength to spring board her self. Her body temperature drops.  Hypothermia is taking effect on her.  Bubble of oxygen escapes from her mouth. Out of the blue an arm of a hero pulls her up. Then assisted her to climb the river bank.

The final look at the giant Pagoda before the sank. A Waving arm of a 13 year old girl trap inside. What a perfect way to say goodbye, to her love one. The mother with tears in her eyes, and a lost for words. Looks at the life guards. None of them responded. Turn their heads down. Sajid body cold as ice shaking cover with blanket, after participating in several successful rescues. The mother of the girl turn to Sajid. She Stare at him like a mother to a son. Then she kneels holding the two feet of Sajid begging for the impossible. Sajid look down at the woman in pain. In no time He decided to do what his fellow country men will remember him forever.

Sajid made a sign of the cross. Then dive again in the cold water. He witnessed the grotesques. More the 200 dead corpses drowned under the river. Most of them Eyes wide shut. Sharp Wooden debris everywhere blocking his path. It ripped his flesh. Sajid saw the way with the help of the natural sun light. He was able to locate the girl. Sajid said to the girl. It is very unfortunate we meet this way. Please listen to me carefully close your eyes. Don’t open it until we reach the shore. The last thing we need is a distraction. Inhale all the air you can take in your body, hold your breath. We will take a deep dive, hold my hand tight flip your feet constantly, I promise we will reach the shore in no Time. With Out a warning a big piece of wood, a scrap from the damage pagoda drop like a French guillotine hitting Sajid on the head. He was bloody as hell. His vision was affected. But sajid is determined to finish the mission. He uses all his remaining strength. They dive together, cross the river of death and bring the 13 year old girl safe in the shore. Upon reaching the river bank Sajid collapsed.

The citizen of Bocaue still managed to bring Sajid to the nearby hospital but the young boy was not immediately attended by physicians. The hospital at that time was swamped with victims.

Sahjid died at the age of 12 and was declared later as a hero of the 1993 pagoda tragedy.

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Story by Nonoy Manga

Hand drawn by Nonoy Manga


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