Alternative Alamat: Stories Inspired by Philippine Mythology

Buzzer beater post for today – I just wanted to give a shout out to Alternative Alamat: Stories Inspired by Philippine Mythology, which has been released today. It’s a book edited by my friend Paolo Chikiamco. I keep meaning to read more books written by Filipino authors but the giant TBR pile doesn’t always let me. I added this book to my wishlist because it looks pretty interesting and I’m always up for stories revolving around mythology. It doesn’t hurt that this one focuses on Philippine mythology, that makes it easier for me to relate to the stories, right? Plus I love the title (alamat is the Filipino word for legend or myth) and the pretty cover. Another nifty thing about this collection? It’s internationally available. So you can check it out if you’re interested in learning more about Filipino myths. You can buy Alternative Alamat in Amazon or Flipreads.

Here’s the description of the book from Rocket Kapre:

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.

Let me know what you think if you ever get around to reading this!

2 thoughts on “Alternative Alamat: Stories Inspired by Philippine Mythology

  1. Alternative Alamat looks totally awesome! I would love to have a copy of that!
    I’m also finishing the editing of my book as of the moment. It’s not set in the Philippines, but it is inspired by Philippine mythology as well. I think what’s fun about our own myth is that it’s something fresh. I let my friends, who are from other countries and who is not aware of the Pinoy myth and lores, read my work and they liked it. They said it sounded “native.” Nevertheless, they said it was something new that should be read by other people of another nationality, and to let the world know about our own share of stories. That made me feel excited actually.

    • It does have a pretty good lineup, right? You can buy a copy through the links that I posted. 🙂 Flipreads is really convenient, you don’t even have to have a credit card to buy from them. You can pay in 7-11.

      Yes, I would love to see more foreign readers pick up books inspired by mythology from the Philippines. It’s something fresh and new for them and fun for us because we’ve heard these stories and it’s interesting to see how the authors give them new twists.

      Good luck with your own work. 🙂

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