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The Magic Circle

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  9 reviews
"Alternately and together, it sunned and it rained, the sky turned red and violet and gray and through it all the sun shone fiercely. Then it drizzled. He was sure the wedding was on." (from the opening lines of the book) ...more
Paperback, 61 pages
Published 2012 by Anvil Publishing Inc.
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Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Umaaraw, umuulan. Kinakasal ang tikbalang.”

“The Magic Circle” opens with this Filipino belief about sun showers -- that is, when the sun is out and rain is falling at the same time, a tikbalang wedding is going on. This phrase doesn’t occur frequently anymore. I guess there has been barely any tikbalang weddings happening, which must be why their population is dwindling. A tikbalang, by the way, is a tall, humanoid creature with the head and hooves of a horse.

Yes, I know they are not real! It
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May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
When it is raining and the sun's shining at the same time, beasts are being married in the netherworld.

In this story, it is the wedding of the tikbalang, the Philippine mythological creature that is half-human, half-beast. They are getting married in the underworld that can be accessed via an old tree. The boy, the oldest boy in town, accidentally discovers it when his dog Galis bumps to the tree while running away (from the boy) with the blouse of a snooty senyora that is being dried for i
Kevin Cortes
The Magic Circle tells us a story by using the Philippine mythological creatures. It gives a perspective on the human life through the eyes of the invisibles. A dying kapre opens the window for us to look at what we have been doing to our planet. Our home that we live in side by side with the animals, plants and spirits.

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Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a quick, but enjoyable read about Philippine mythological beings and how humans have been instrumental in the destruction of the environment, and ultimately, these wonderful creatures. It's something you'd want to read to kids to make them appreciate local folklore and how to better take care of our surroundings. ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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A beautiful Filipino fairytale about the folklores we grew up listening
Ivy Catherine
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A quick read... but very touching.
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Gilda Cordero-Fernando is a multiawarded writer, publisher and cultural icon from the Philippines. She was born in Manila, has a B.A. from St. Theresa’s College-Manila, and an M.A. from the Ateneo de Manila University.

She started off as a writer and was awarded the Palanca Award for Literature several times. She has also written and illustrated children’s books.Her short stories are collected in T

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