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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Songs of the Lewenri (complete story)

They were named lewenri by the people of Romblon. 

For those who have claimed to have met or seen a lewenri, they were described as tall, handsome men with fair skin. These creatures make frightful, shrill-like sounds, but also play sad or joyful music. They’ve also been known to help the humble and punish the proud. This was the description given by Maximo D. Ramos in his book “The Creatures of Midnight”.

In 2008, Mark Torres invited me to collaborate with him on a comic book anthology based on Ramos’ book. Editor Miggy Escano asked the contributors to pick one of the creatures from the book and speculate where would these characters be now found in modern society; where can we find them in this busy, bustling city.

At first, I was at a lost on what to do with the lewenri. I just kept re-reading its description: tall, handsome, fair skinned, and can sing. And it just suddenly occurred to me that if one had all these qualities, then the next best thing to do would be to form a rock band and enter Philippine showbiz. (Well, that’s what I’d do!)

And so, next time you tune into one of the music channels on TV, be careful who you send your request to. They might just come true.

Story by Budjette Tan
Art by Mark Torres


Wandering JacKAL said...

this is actually interesting
this is the first time i've heard of such paranormal creature

nice story. short and sweet pero slightly bitin

Unknown said...

this one's great! doesn't matter if it's part of a book or solo, THIS DUDE ROCKS! hope to see another one from you sir!

Unknown said...

i'm so hooked on your stories, Budjette! i hope there's more to come

Budjette said...

Thanks Bre!

We will try out best to tell more stories in 2012 :)