Alternative Alamat: An Anthology of Stories Inspired by Philippine Mythology


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 eleven 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 MeƱez Coben and Fernando N. Zialcita.

The digital edition of Alternative Alamat, co-published by Flipside Digital Content, may now be purchased for US$4.99 at the Kindle store and for PHP235.00 at, and will soon be available at the Apple iTunes and Barnes & Noble Nook stores.

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Ms. Yingling said…
My son was just told by Rotary that he will be going to the Phillipines next year as an exchange student. He is very excited. I'll have to pay closer attention to your blog!
Tarie said…
Hi, Ms. Yingling! Let me know if your son needs a tour guide or more contact people here and I will be very happy to help. =D

If you want blog posts specifically about Philippine children's and YA books, I also blog here:
KateCoombs said…
Oh, I want this! How nice that it's available on Kindle. (Even if I only have Kindle for PC--it works!)
Tarie said…
Kate, I hope you get it and enjoy it! =D