WHERE TO BUY TRESE?
If you're based in the Philippines, you can now order these TRESE titles from Visprint's Shopee site.
If you're based abroad, you can order directly from our publisher at: bit.ly/visprintbooks
UNDER THE INFLUENCE: Where we reveal the sources that inspired and influenced this Trese mystery.
It seems like every generation (and some cultures) have their version of the Lady in White. In Manila, one of the most popular urban legends is the White Lady of Balete Drive. Almost the entire length of that road is lined with balete trees, which according to folklore, is a favorite place of elementals and spirits.
The story of the White Lady of Balete Drive has many variations, depending on who’s telling it. Since the 1950s, people have talked about a lady in white that seen hitchhiking on that road. If a driver does stop and let her in, she would direct them to a particular house and would vanish soon after. Somehow, the driver later discovers that the lady did live in that house but supposedly died many years before that. In other stories, the driver would not stop for the lady in white. As he drives down the road, he’ll happen to glance in his rear view mirror and suddenly the see the lady in his backseat. This would supposedly cause the driver to panic and get into an accident.
As mentioned, some stories have said that the lady in white is the spirit of someone who once lived on that street. Couple of years ago, I heard another story that said the lady is actually a diwata, an fairy-creature that dwells in balete trees.