Bayan ng Ginhaw
Step into the enchanting realm of Ginhaw, a fictional town brought to life in this graphic novel by Filipino artist Rodel Tapaya. Known for his paintings that incorporate Filipino folk narratives, Tapaya embraces the rich tapestry of Filipino legends and folklore, refracted through the lens of his artistic vision.
Drawing influence from Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s fictional town Macondo in his book One Hundred Years of Solitude, Tapaya’s Ginhaw is a thought-provoking journey into an imaginative world.
In this book, the town of Ginhaw is attacked by a monster which snatches the eyes of the villagers. Mang Bel sees through his telescope the vague outlines of a monster committing the crime but he can’t be certain of who or what is causing the epidemic of violence. Meanwhile, a line of masks the townspeople call “Antipara” becomes all the rage as a prosthetic for all those who had their eyes taken out. The masks promise clearer vision and the ability to enter other worlds.
Rodel Tapaya & Istorya Publishing House, Philippines
Hardcover / 7.95 x 5.59 inches / 176 pages / BW