by, January 4th, 2017 at 08:44 AM (241 Views)
So Imperial asked me a while ago about this idea for a Philippine Grail War I had, entitled "Fate/Mano Po". I figured that, since I basically admitted that I can't continue the idea any longer, I might as well give voice to the proposal I had in my head. Basically, I'm just following suit from Sunny's honestly amazing pitch a few posts back.
So the idea of a Grail War in the Philippines sprang out because the Philippines is a mostly Christian country where a few pre-colonial beliefs got syncretized with the mainstream Catholic beliefs (kinda like in Mexico). There's amulet making, monster hunting (especially for bloodsuckers like aswang), shit like that. The title comes from a Tagalog (yes, that's different from Filipino) expression accompanying a gesture of pressing the forehead on the hand of an elder as a sign of respect. It's also the title of a long-running local movie franchise about Chinese Filipinos and their family lives. As you can probably guess, "family relations" was going to be the major theme here, and readers would've been able to see for themselves how the various characters react to the things their families expect of them.
I'll be dividing my ideas based on characters and putting shit in spoiler tags in case it gets really long.
I hope you enjoyed sifting through this proposal. This was kind of cathartic to write, and as I'm writing this, I feel hopeful that I can revisit the idea someday. Cheers.