INGKANTO

Type         Zine Illustration
Zine        LAMAT Project Series
Issue      Tuo-tuo (Superstition)
Editor     Louise Pulvera

"Gi-tuohan sa kadaghanan nga ang mga ingkanto magpuyo sa dagko na kahoy ilabi na sa Balete."
(translation: It is commonly believed that Tree Spirits dwell in large trees, especially the Banyan tree.)
from the Encyclopedia of Philippine Folk Beliefs and Customs Vol 1 by Fr. Francisco Demetrio SJ

Tuo-Tuo is the second issue of the Lamat Project Series. The issue is a compilation of illustrations and comics by fellow Cebu illustrators depicting scenes of local superstitions and myths. I chose to illustrate a tree spirit in a Banyan tree. I grew up on a small subdivision in a valley guarded by huge Banyan tree beside a small river. As a child, I loved playing in that river right beneath the shadow of the tree--a lot of superstition surrounded the old tree including nightly hauntings and vehicles strangely halting if they don't sound before crossing the small bridge over the river at night. It is said it's a hospital for spirits. I was never aftaid of the tree, I always felt at home near it.

Kring Demetrio