M. O. Olivares is a Pearl Islander, descended from the tribe of Zales, western Usnon. She remembers a childhood of balmy sweet-scented evenings, huddled over lamplight, listening to tales of a bygone era. Sadly, the aswangs, manananggals, and tikbalangs, as well as other creatures that used to roam the land, including the love-sick kapre who pined for Olivares’ mother through a window, have long departed. She writes so they will not be forgotten.
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TALES FROM THE PEARL LEGENDS are teen and young adult fantasy stories inspired by Philippine myths and legends, Filipino culture and folklore. They are set in an ancient magical kingdom where men, together with anitos, aswangs, fantastic beasts and other shapeshifters, fight against evil forces that threaten to dominate the fantasy paradise. They are action adventures suitable for ages 13 to 18 and beyond.
PEARL LEGENDS is a teen and young adult fantasy series inspired by Philippine myths and legends, Filipino culture and folklore. Set in an ancient magical kingdom, men, together with anitos, aswangs, fantastic beasts and other shapeshifters, fight against evil forces that threaten to dominate the fantasy paradise. It is an action adventure series for ages 13 to 18 and beyond.
Arno can’t believe his good fortune. He and his family are beginning a new life in Tigbi, a lush and prosperous village. But when his twin brother goes missing, he quickly discovers that Tigbi is not the tropical paradise it seems. It hides a dark secret. His brother has paid the price. Now, he is next. Short fiction at 17,000 words.
Midel has a lot to be angry about. His father left when he was ten, forcing him to live with his cruel uncle. On top of it all, the girl he loves dumps him for another boy. But when she asks Midel for help to look for his missing rival, he can’t refuse. To his horror, he finds himself face to face with the amomongo, a creature that is half-man and half-monkey. Can he escape the terrifying beast?
As the second son of the Chief of Nilad, Alon is used to being overlooked. But when he receives the biyaya, the gift of the spirits, his life changes. Meanwhile, a dark spirit threatens to destroy his tribe and spread terror all over the Pearl Isles. Alon realizes that he can challenge the dark spirit. The biyaya can make him the most powerful warrior in the land. If only he learns to control it.