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Happy New Year 2016 dear Readers! :D May this year will bring bountifulness in wealth, health and happiness.

Edo dialogue on 1st panel inspired by :iconspiderninja24: commentXDD
Lol, Simoun (Kan-Laon) cares so much about his hair due to the custom in Precolonial Visayas XDD


16th Century Hair and Hair Care in Pre-Colonial Philippines
Article written by Ligaya for Pinoy-Culture

In the 15th-16th Centuries, our ancestors were very prideful of their hair. In the 1520’s, the Visayans in Homonhon, an island in the province of present day Eastern Samar, were seen and recorded to have hair down to their waists. In Surigao, that is located on the northeastern tip of Mindanao, men tended to pull their hair back into a knot at the nape of their neck. While in Butuan, another well known region in northeastern Mindanao, a King was known to wear his hair at shoulder length. Others would gather their hair and wrap it in a knot with a headcloth or turban known as a putong.

Our ancestors took care of their hair very vigorously, to the point they saw their hair as an ornament to be taken care of. Both men and women were known to have flowers in their hair, perfumes from the oils of certain flowers and plants, musk of the civet, ambergris, as well as coating their hair with sesame seed and coconut oils to groom it. Like mentioned above, our ancestors were known to put flowers and other ornaments in their hair as well as perfumes and oils such as sesame seed oil which were believed to encourage luxuriant growth. A perfumed ointment called Bulat, as well as flowers or sesame seed oil would be worked into the hair for fragrance. Datus and warriors preferred the bolder scent of ambergris, civet or musk excretions. Even today, the use of these oils and other indigenous hair care remedies is still used today like gugo, which is a vine that is crushed and dried, then soaked in water to extract the juices to be used as shampoo. Others are Sabila or aloe vera for hair growth and of course the well known and very loved coconut oil that most people growing up in the Philippines probably had their mothers or grandmothers teach them how to extract the oil and use it such as in the case of everyone in my family.

In the records by Antonio de Morga in his 1609 Sucesesos de las Islas Filipinas, he noted that men and women, especially the chiefs, were very clean and neat in their persons and clothing. They dressed their hair carefully, and regard it as being more ornamental when it is very black. He already recorded down the use of gugo, which was was also used in pre-colonial times. In his passage he mentions how the people wash their hair with water that has been boiled with the bark of the vines of the gugo (which is also scientifically known as Entada purseta), that grows in most of the provinces of the Philippines. This remedy is also used in the use of washing clothes and precipitate the gold in the sand of rivers.


Barangay: 16th Century Philippine Culture and Society by William  Henry Scott.
Relation of the Western Islands called Filipinas. Diego de Artieda 1573
- Historia de las islas e indios de bisaya (1668) Volume III by Francisco Ignacio Alcina.
- Antonio de Morga in his 1609 Sucesesos de las Islas Filipinas.
- Fr. Alonso de Mentrida in his 1637 dictionary, Bocabulario de la lengua Bisaya-Hiligueyna y Haria de las islas de Panay y Sugbu y para demas las islas.

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Fun-san Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Sensei..please update please??
KatorinGomesuKawaii Featured By Owner Edited Jul 20, 2016  Student Artist
I just realized something. Aren't Nagas are type of fresh water mermaids but instead of having fish tails they have eels and/or water snakes for tails and the upper body of a human female having alluring face, curvaceous body and long flowing hair? they are vicious to adults but gentle to children.

And the Bakunawa was once a beautiful Naga or serpen-like mermaid that turns into the beast because she was captivated of the beauty of the seven moons  and she wanted to eat the moons after swallowing the moons the a deity or bathala become furious and told the citizens to make noise with their pots and pans to scare the beast and then the beast spits out the moons. And the deity or bathala cursed her to never return to her true form and hid underwater, forever.
Kachiirin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
from what I've learned, there are different representations of these creatures in the different provinces in the Philippines, so what you knew may be an another description of the said creatures. :D 
KatorinGomesuKawaii Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Student Artist
there was also another version of it that Bakunawa was a man.
imaddictedtorinxlen Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016
"Please deh, lu kalo mo pdkt liat sikon napa?!"
—Edo Yambise, Yomngga Naga—

Awesome words by the awesome Edo-senpai


Me : Ehhhh..NO. Edo-senpai is more awesome.

mander-lee Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG, I've finally caught up!! I've been quite busy these past few months, so I haven't had time to continue until now, which is criminal, because every single page you post is absolutely astounding and educational and it makes me happy! I haven't even read El Fili, because I know it's going to be tragic, and I tend to stay away from tragic things, so I'm glad that I can find a way to learn more about the story through yours. Your story is getting so intense too, and ughhh asdflo;kj, there's so much Danisnotonfire: FEELS 

I cannot thank you enough for undertaking this project, especially since it's done out of pure passion for pre-colonial Philippine culture, and the culture of surrounding SEA countries a well. There are hardly any fantasy stories out there regarding SEA in general, which is a shame, because I'm sure we deserve to have fantastical adventures as well, like the rest of the world! Also, thank you for including a variety of ethnicities from the Philippines; Filipino culture today is sadly so centralized among the Tagalogs, but in your story, other groups can also shine!

I hope you don't mind my asking, but I sadly don't know much about Indonesia; is pre-colonial Indonesian culture taught in your country? At least, is it well known that you guys had advanced civilizations before the coming of the Europeans, and your histories not obscured like it is in the Philippines? I've been reading all the comments (at least the ones in English) on every single page of your story, and people seem so knowledgeable about all the empires and other cultural information.

Anyway, this story is so the feels 
misschocoholic Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Hi, I hope you don't mind me answering your questions

History lessons in Indonesia do teach us about the civilisations before colonial era. Mostly the names of kingdoms back then and their timeline. There are way too many kingdoms to cover, for Java alone have about 10 kingdoms existed at the same time. They don't exactly teach us the daily life per se but each ethnicity in indonesia have different technology tied to their culture. So it's impossible for me to list it all here. If you want to know a very specific period, you need to find the books that cover exactly that.

Our cultures are still mostly intact if compared to pre colonial Philippines. Unfortunately the majority of Indonesian people don't really think about out precolonial eras. One great loss of our precolonial culture is the method to build Jung ships. This ships were much bigger than European's ships back in the day. I read somewhere that the biggest ones can fit elephants in it. Unfortunately, a ruler in Banten decided to close the port and the jung ships are stopped being used. Eventually the knowledge to build it is gone.
mander-lee Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there!! Thank you so much for answering my question!

It's really fascinating to learn more about Indonesia! I really admire that you guys were able to keep much of your culture intact despite colonization. The Philippines, on the other hand, lost so much. I don't know what the history education is like now in the Philippines, because I left it when I was 9, but I remember when I was in primary school there in the 90s, our history lessons began when the Spanish "discovered" us. And because I didn't get the opportunity to learn deeper history after I moved away, I didn't realize there was any pre-colonial civilization in the Philippines until I was almost 20! I thought there had been nothing there, lol. That's why I really admire Nagaraja because it gives me a glimpse of that history that is a part of my heritage but I never knew. And at the same time, I get to learn about Indonesia and other South East Asian countries. I really wish there were more stories like this!!
mariegotera Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Student Artist
Begging for more... Please ate!!! hehehe Deadpool - Cute 
La-Cucharilla Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016
Bombed by cannons. Falling ships. Windy days. All the same.
--- Simoun/Kan-Laon.

One must learn from him the importance of hair care. XD

On the other hand...
Smooth move, Ankar. Very smooth~ Indeed, so smooth i slipped off my chair. hahaha~
NatalieErikawa Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
Moonkun91 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 8, 2016
kak... buat kaka Heart  more more more more Hypnosis..Onion 
maricookie Featured By Owner Edited Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist

And chill out Simoun XD 
Reniwi Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016
Happy new year (so late tho) Sita!!
i'm crying at simoun here
simoun pls calm down
shaine26 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I were at the boat with them...

"I think help has arrived!"

Me: *looks up and sees the ship*

xxlovelycutiexx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I'm loving Ankar's flirting hahaha. It's too cuteee! ♡ The ship literally has sailed.

And ohhh yes. Simoun and his prized hair yo. Don't mess up the hair unless you want to feel his childish wrath. Lol.
Dangara2610 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
Wooooo!! (feeling the waves xDDD) , also the notes were sweet n3n!!
Thankies for the update! Greetings and blesses 
wisteria-fields25 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
Men and being smooth in times of danger... I suppose this applies to the nagas too O_O
SakuraPrincess15 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Student Writer
HAHAHA! THE BEST! ANKAR IS FLIRTING WITH ISAI! I Love it This part ever it gave me a big smile and laugh with it. 
Oh Happy New Year!
deopitts Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
Nasaan na ang pake ni Simoun? Andoon, hinahanap sa kalangitan :tagalog
where are the fucks that Simoun can give? there in space : english
MiMiMiLiter Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omfg, at a critical moment he had the time too flirt?! YESS PLZZ Britney Spears - HilariousBritney Spears Super Excited 
AnkarxIsabella I am shipping them hard!! (The Ship has sailed!...or should I say, it has fallen on this chapter  :dignity-laugh: )
MiftahulKrm Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I smell modus here :^)
And as usual, amazing drawing kak *tepuktangan*
Misaikoneho Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Edo, just calm down... there just seatbelts! It's not like your seasick... or airsick if the ship is.... flying...
Aaaaduuuuy~ Ankar's flirting XD yes, Ate Isay, hold onto him until the very end//shot
Four spanish warships against one rickety boat is overkill? Simoun do you really care about it or just your hair? 
Aaaaand there goes the ship!
AuFigirl Featured By Owner Edited Jan 1, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Wait...did the Pinsi ship just dropped from the sky?! (I'm getting an One Piece vibe.)

Electing Kan-Laon as the next face of L'oreal! 
SansTheSenpai Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
comic sans
SpiderNinja24 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
But Edo, tis the perfect time to flirt, or really... to satisfy the Shippers hehehe...Hiyori Iki (Evil Scheme) [V1]  
Kaigaazuko Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
I love men with long clean and shining hair
aquariussincebirth Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha. My reaction is the same as Kanlaon when my hair get's blown away by the wind. XD

By the way, I am loving the comic relief in this page.
Manigong bagong taon(happynewyear) !! Selamat Tahun Baru..? Yeah ! Take your time, okay? Waiting is everything ! (Although, I do say so myself that Filipinos like myself are very impatient people haha //slapped) :iconhappynesiaplz:

Btw Flirty Ankar is best Ankar :iconeyebrowplz:
xshikawax Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Professional Artist

 Anyways, Happy New Year, dinosaurusgede!!~ :D
MoodyMoon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
What a start to a new year, or rather, what an end to chapter 5. Thank you for this whole page of comic relief, as much as I like where the story is going, I like how you balance the drama and comedy.
I have always known Filipino men have been metrosexual, a survey was done by Synovate in 2004, that 84% of men in Manila thinks that looks are everything (this was done on all social classes).... and well, looking clean and neat has always been ingrained by our elders, so this really happens a lot.
Oh, and seriously, how dense could Isabella be?
Once again, thanks for the chapter....
misschocoholic Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Happy new year senpaaai

this scene reminds me of another webcomic....

Koneko387 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Happy New Year!
dinosaurusgede Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
happy new year to you too ^^
mengky335 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ankar you sangat cerdas //kagum

then kan laon will blame pinisi for making worse
dinosaurusgede Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
making worse rambutnya? XDDD wwwww

Ankar tipe2 yg suka memanfaatkn kesempatan dalam kesempitan dan Edo selalu bisa melihat dibalik ngelesnya Ankar. Mereka memang jodoh-//plakk
mengky335 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Anehnya selama di Solo aku tiba2 kebayang terus adegan pinisi terbang, ankar n edo pose titanic, ankar dengan wajah coolnya pose ala rose di uung pinisi, edo megangin pinggang ankar "hati-hati ankar ntar jatoh"
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