Selected works from a series of illustrations for Folktale Week 2018.
This is based on a Philippine folktale about the Tambaloslos. The stories differ very little from each other, men or women would get lost inside the forest and they'd be trapped walking around in circles unless they start to wear their clothes backwards. If they fail to do so, they'll be ravaged by this lust demon. Once, he angered the mountain god Gugurang because of his perverse ways that the god cursed him with privates so grossly enlarged, the demon would have difficulty to use them. He may have been punished but some say he still lingers in the forests tricking people to lose their way till he can pounce on them.
We call them Mambabarang. They use witchcraft to harm or to maim. In the Philippines, Siquijor is infamously referred to as the island of witches because of their prominence there. They usually keep a swarm of carnivorous beetles in a bottle as medium to their dark arts. And sometimes they use the usual dolls and needles to hurt someone. Witches in our folktales have turned people into insects, fruits, animals, monsters etc. One must always be tactful when conversing with them, otherwise, a hex maybe placed on you.
We were told that when you stand alone in front of the mirror at midnight with only a single candle for light, one might see the face of their true love. But some say, it could also summon the devil or something else entirely.
The long swerving Loakan Road in Baguio City, Philippines is one of the most infamously haunted places in its vicinity. They say decades ago, a lady dressed in white would hail a cab and tell the driver to stop by the Loakan Cemetery, only to vanish when they get there. Hearsay is that it belongs to a woman who was raped, murdered and hanged on one of its trees years before. When the tree was cut down to give way for the concrete road, her hauntings started.