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‘Tabi Po,’ a graphic novel now a TV masterpiece

Growing up, we were told countless tales about this infamous miscreation in Philippine folklore known as aswang. Always depicted as a flesh eating and ruthless creature hunting for its prey, is that what they really are – mindless killing ghouls? 

Cignal TV, through its Sari Sari Channel, brings you a brave and bold TV series about the lives of aswangs in Tabi Po. 

Tabi Po tells the story of Elias, a neophyte aswang. Born from a tree during the country’s Spanish era, Elias embarks on a journey with two older aswangs, Tasyo and Sabel, in the quest to understand their true nature. Along the way, Elias meets Salome, a sex slave of the friars, and falls in love with her. In the middle of a rising revolution, Elias is forced to face his own battles – his love for Salome versus his hunger for flesh, the growing rift between himself and Tasyo, the society’s stigma with aswangs, and the battle with his own inner demons. 

After extensive preparation, Sari-Sari Channel airs the epic tale of "Tabi Po," a bold series that follows the lives of "aswangs" and the battle with his own inner demon

Unlike anything on TV now, Tabi Po shows love, beauty, amidst the horrific lives of these creatures called aswang. Where did they come from? What is their purpose? Is there more to the massive killing, gore and bloodshed typically associated with them? Know the untold stories behind the aswang in this new cinematic TV masterpiece. 

This series is a TV adaptation of Mervin Malonzo’s best-selling graphic novel series with the same title that won the National Book Awards for Graphic Literature. Directed by award-winning director Paul Basinilio, Tabi Po stars a powerhouse cast led by Adrian Alandy as Tasyo, Phoebe Walker as Sabel, Jourdanne Castillo as Salome, and AJ Muhlach as Elias.

Find out which side will prevail, Elias’ true bloodthirsty nature or his deep feelings for the girl he loves the most? 

This epic tale premieres tomorrow and will air every Friday at 8 p.m until Dec. 1. 

Watch it on the Sari-Sari Channel on Cignal.

Topics: Cignal TV , Sari Sari Channel , Tabi Po
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