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BAYANI by Motzie Dapul

In the year 2050, Patrick “Paquino” Aquino: president of the Philippines, former superhero, and murderer—not necessarily in that order—deals with the consequences of his actions following four years of martial law and the raid that ended a bloody political dynasty in the far north. With a death sentence looming over his head and a revolution rising against him, he begins to wonder if his bid to save the country, made back when he was the impetuous young bayani Lastikid, is worth dying for.

A spinoff of the Project Bayani Komiks by Motzie Dapul and Patricia Ramos. Cover by Antonette Perez. Learn more about the characters at ||

Review by Anne Plaza for my novella, “Bayani”

Sharing a wonderful review and interview for my novella about Philippine politics, mythology, and superheroes, set in the year 2050 in Metro Manila


Paquino was depicted as the son of a business tycoon, a privileged individual in his own right, but also a man torn by guilt and remorse about his past. He was the president who, in today’s times, did the right thing as expected of his office. But this is the Philippines, the land where the adage “damn if you do, damn if you don’t” is something that happens in the literal sense. I loved Paquino as a flawed character, and I think his actions were justified by the motivations and personal cross he carried.

.Review can be found here.