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Unreported Murders

(Trese #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,043 ratings  ·  46 reviews
When dusk arrives in the city of Manila, that's when you become the most likely prey of the criminal underworld.

Kidnappers and thieves will be the least of your worries.

Beware the criminals that can't be bound with handcuffs nor harmed with bullets.

Beware the ones that crave for your blood, those who hold your heart ransom, and the ones that come to steal your soul.

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Paperback, 88 pages
Published July 2008 by Visual Print Enterprises
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K.D. Absolutely
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommended to K.D. by: Apokripos
Unreported Murders seems like just a continuation of the first book. Four short stories about murders and they are not as interesting as those in the first. Primarily, Tan did not use any Philippine mythological characters except the tiyanak (devil child) in the 3rd story. The duendes (dwarves) in the first can also be found in Latin American mythologies while the zombies in the second is like cockroaches as they can be found in all kinds of books in this genre. Although his name sounds so Filip ...more
Dec 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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The second Trese volume takes a turn to include some of the Filipino urban legends instead of just sticking with the usual lower Philippine mythology. It still has the same approach as the first book, only I find the stories here closer to what I know. Growing up in the city has obviously lessened my exposure to the remote areas of my country. That's where most of the creatures are said to lurk, so I've always been more secure with the idea that there were less things t
C.J. Edmunds
Equally as good as the 1st one, the second TRESE book continues the supernatural adventures of paranormal consultant & investigator, Alexandra Trese & her magical gun-wielding & flying righthand men, The Twins.

Focusing more & utilizing the appearance of elemental forces than the plethora of philippine mythological beings, the collection has Aswangs, Tiyanaks & zombies to keep you busy while keeping the suspense & mystery surrounding Trese with lotsa hints about who her fa
And it is getting better and better! 

Trese: Unreported Murders is the second volume in the Trese series by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo.

It is my habit of picking up short reads while I am in the middle of reading long novels. And I am happy that I eventually picked up this second volume. It was not so long time ago when I finished reading the first volume. I can say that the second volume in the series is even more better. That is in terms of storyline, depth and animation. The story still re
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The second volume in the Trese series, Unreported Murders delves deeper into the world of the paranormal, much to my delight and horror. I have revived my old high school habit of reading during the thin sliver of time between studying and sleeping, and reading about monsters that could probably be a-creepin' around my room at the moment doesn't really help in the sleeping part. Nevertheless, I was able to revel more in the interesting aspect of this volume rather than the
Oct 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short
I recommend Unreported Murders.


This second book in the series is still good. i liked two out of the four cases that Trese dealt with. By now, I am already a fan of the Kambal (twins). very intriguing characters!

Unreported Murders is consistent with the first book. Trese is getting impressive by the minute! More dealings with the common Filipino folklore but with a twist; it is surely an enjoyable read. :)
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
The author is having a dandy time making fun of some local artists and customs, isn't he?
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one wasn't as fun as the first but I still loved it anyway so (shrugs).
Nick Klagge
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Reading this volume last out of the six, I can confirm that the series hits its stride in #3, "Mass Murders." The stories here, as in #1, are very episodic and don't build the character of Trese or the overarching plot very much. Also, I was definitely disappointed that Case #7 turns out to be an anti-abortion story. It's a natural place to go with the tiyanak (a mythological evil spirit that is spawned when an unwanted child is left to die), but there are plenty of other ways the story could ha ...more
Tia Seitz
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This Indie graphic novel was very well done. the graphics are awesome and the stories are pretty cool. It had 4 different story lines in it and they are based on Philippian folklore.
Patrick Razo
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
The Trese books keep getting better and better!

I can't wait to see where the story goes after that line from the typhoon lord: "There is a storm coming, Alexandra!"
Rai Peñafiel
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ayanami Faerudo
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I found the word to describe this comic series : EPISODIC.

*Still short.

Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Not as fascinating as the first collection but still a fine, thrilling, and quick read. Alexandra Trese is fast becoming one of my favorite characters in Philippine literature.
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ambivalence here.

The Okay. The book is awash with references to real places, people and urban legends. If you have lived in Manila, this book will be a bit of magic. And yes, let me join the chorus of "the binding sucks."

The stories are short, but the peripheral characters are more fleshed out (and more interesting)than the main character, Alexandra. Although I love the concept of human weakness gravitating all sorts of (paranormal) trouble, I'm very disappointed with the "Just World" moralizi
Aviecayl Uy
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sa kasalukuyan, ang “Trese #2: Unreported Murders” ni Budjette Tan at KaJo Baldisimo ang paborito ko sa seryeng ito. Lahat ng hinahanap ko sa Trese #1 ay nasa Trese #2 - ang paraan ng pagbuo ng kuwento at maging ang mga twists na kulang sa unang libro ay napunan nitong ikalawa. Mas nagustuhan ko rin ang mga drowing dito. Kaya naman, lalo akong nahikayat na basahin ang mga kasunod pang libro. Ang rating ko ay 4.75/5 stars.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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A unique, urban-fantasy graphic novel showcasing Filipino folklore and mythology, with a strong female protagonist at its helm!

This is the first book from the Trese series that I actually picked up. It's the first one I've read, so I read it without any expectations or preconceived notions. I wasn't without hesitations though...

When I first picked up this graphic novel, I was quite skeptical because of two reasons: one, I've read too many Japanese and
Book #3 in my Read 20 Books by Filipino Authors challenge

Trese is definitely an interesting series and I’ll be hunting for the next volumes soon. I couldn’t help but laugh at the parody of showbiz people in the A Little Known Murder in Studio 4 case. The Association Dues of Livewell Village reminds me of a Supernatural episode I once watched where people also sacrificed others every year to continue to have fulfilling and successful lives. Although the two are very similar (and also Supernatural
Aljohn Laid
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Initial thoughts:
1. Innovative recreation of the folkloric creatures (i.e. summoning the Santelmo through a mobile phone, offering of chocolates to the anito, the duwende living in the manhole, etc).
2. The Trese family's the bad-est defenders against dangerous tribes of aswang, etc.
3. The plot in some of the cases can be a bit too fast that it jumps to the end without a clear transition of events.
4. Some sketches can be mediocre. I'm glad they've digitally updated it in Trese: Book of Murders.
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Four short stories to continue what was started in the first volume.

A Little Known Murder In Studio 4
"I tasted her hate. I tasted her sadness. I tasted her despair. And it filled me so much that it killed me."

You know, your basic showbiz drama.

The Outpost On Kalayaan Street
"Sometimes, I wish your dad put together a rule book about how this whole underworld works"
"It's quite simple, really. All those lessons about showing respect and helping others still apply. The consequences of disobeyi
Ian Cruz
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Trese has been such a wonderful read so far. Between my breaks in studying Ecology, endlessly getting anxiety attacks about my thesis, or worrying on my girlfriend getting home safely, Tan and Baldisimo's masterpiece has left me feeling very energetic and, in most cases, alive and comforted. I don't think none can really compare to what Trese has offered in terms of gratifying the strange and nocturnal tidbits of Metro Manila in the Filipino comic book industry. Sure, we have the likes of Mars R ...more
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-best-so-far
A very good follow up to the first one. Unreported Murders continues to dive into the interesting story of the bar owner / occult investigator, Alexandra Trese. It widens the Philippine folklore and mythology in the most modern and yet dark and gritty way. This volume contains issues 5, 6, 7, and 8. So far, none of the first 8 issues made me less interested about how Trese's story goes. Above that, The Kambal is equally interesting as their Bossing. Budjette Tan, you sir are amazing for giving u ...more
Sami C
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: illustrated, series
3.5 stars

The first volume was better, imo. Then again, the second installment to anything rarely bests the first. This wasn't an exception.

As usual, Alexandra Trese deals with four cases, each involving (view spoiler)

I like the play on Filipino urban legends
Steve Magay
Nov 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
And so it goes, my heart is broken. Look's like Budjette ran out of good stories to tell. I was so much hopeful in reading the sequel, the first book was awesome. Turns out, the plot is all the same, it gets old that fast. Even Trese, her character is stuck on being a hard-case. Audiences don't know what drives her to be this part time detective. Budjette needs to define these characters. Even the cases featured are as dull as the story. As for Kajo, he did well on the last stories but not for t ...more
Ms. Elarine
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
more on 3.5

medyo nadissappoint na ko dito..
akala ko kasi ung first book eh "patikim" lang, pero maumay na ko dahil tikim padin ang naramdaman ko sa book 2..

i was really expecting a story that revolves on someone, a story that will entertain my "curious self", kaya lang wala..may mga pagkakataon pang gusto ko nalang ibaba ung book dahil tinatamad na ko..

pero nakita ko na mas makapal ung kasunod nitong book kaya sa tingin ko eh hindi na nila ako bibitinin sa "tikim" lang..

still like this book..
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This was much better than the first volume. The story and art was great. Minor complaint- the binding was still awful (but I understand that you can trade in your copies for newer ones with better binding- I'm just to lazy to do so.) But then, this only costs 150 pesos.

If the creators ever decide to compile the entire series (it's only 13 issues anyway) into one deluxe edition (oversized? with color?!? hardbound!?) I'd definitely shell out again.
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
The adventures of Alexandra Trese continues! I like this one more than the first one but they're both great. The presence of Pinoy supernatural creatures both as protectors and antagonists made me like this series. For this volume, I liked the bit on the mall creature urban legend that's a part of my childhood. They got it down pat. Well done. On to Trese 3.
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Probably my fave in the series, it's got superb standalone stories that will make even the most movie reader of Trese excited to read through the pages. it's also an excellent intro to the succeeding books, with a great dialogue among its characters. Excellent illustrations by Kajo make the pace fast and action-packed.
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
More clues about the history on the Alexandra would be great! But, the build up on what her world is good too. It would give readers a better feel on what she would see on a regular basis. Therefore, giving the readers to discover Alexandra through each case. I still love the twists and in - depth look on each of the character. It doesn't feel like they were simply fillers to much bigger story.
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Budjette is a founding member of Alamat Comics. He has since written comic-book stories like Batch72, The Flying Phantom, and Payaso. His most recent work is Trese, co-created with artist KaJo Baldisimo. Like any typical superhero, he keeps a secret identity and works as the Deputy Executive Creative Director in the ad agency Harrison Communications.

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Trese (6 books)
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