Bayani now available on Gumroad!

Personal PDF copies are now available for purchase on Gumroad for only $6


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 ||


The Council of Cats

Title: The Council of Cats

Genre: Urban fantasy, mythology

Summary: In the quiet residential district of Diliman, Quezon City, a secret war is raged in the dead of night on empty streets and shadowed alleys. Monsters called Aswang, which can only be seen on the second plane of sight, hunt humans in the city—humans who live under the protection of cats and dogs, who see and fight these creatures on the second plane. It is because of Inang Diwa, the queen cat older than humanity itself, that the Aswang fear the cats enough to be held at bay.

But things change one day, when, in protecting a loved one, the Aswang see the queen bleed. From there on, the Aswang grow bolder, and the dogs and cats must come together, stronger than ever before, to face the coming storm.

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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.