Carlo Vergara is Leaving Comics and It’s All Our Fault

      Award-winning graphic novelist and playwright Visconde Carlo Vergara announced today that he’s leaving his beloved medium, comics, for monetary reasons. In short, making comics isn’t enough to live on. He writes: “Yesterday, I met with the organizers of Komikon, and during that meeting we talked about the challenges that local comic book…

Ilawod: How our monster got its name

A lot of people have been asking about the title of the movie. Why Ilawod? What does it mean? How did you guys come about it? This post will answer that question. When director Dan Villegas and I brainstormed on what was to become Ilawod, we had no idea that we were going to create…

Stories of the supernatural from the enchanted resort, Villa Escudero

If you grew up in Manila the 70s and 80s, Villa Escudero was the place for family vacations. And now, decades later, the resort still hasn’t lost its charm. Highlights included (and still includes) rides in hydraulic carts pulled by carabaos with flowers on their horns, as well as dining at the foot of a…

Traveling alone is lonely, but worth it

Many people will tell you to travel alone, will tell you that it is mind-blowing, life-changing, world-shattering. What not a lot of people will tell you is that it can be lonely, even for the most antisocial introvert. The good news is that the loneliness rarely lasts. First, there is fear. My first solo trip…