Open Letter on The Aswang Project Controversy

Kalipay meets Gamay at school (scene from “Kalipay and the Tiniest Tiktik”). Illustration by Happy Garaje.
  • Expense: Hosting costs of The Aswang Project is about $300 per year.
  • Expense: Recent Filipino creator-led initiatives (mythology podcasts, art, commissions) that The Aswang Project has supported: $1,500
  • Income: Book sale net profits (on resold titles) are about $2–5 per book.
  • Income: Ads earned about $480 last year.
  • The illustrator, Raph Reyes, will keep all the profit + royalties on the Philippine edition. Raph plans to use his earnings to then fund his wife’s book, “Filipina: Lakas at Ganda”
  • Profits on the U.S. edition are going to pay back the debt Jordan incurred to produce the Diccionario (about $1,070). Additional profits then roll into funding future projects.
From Feb 13 post on The Aswang Project’s Facebook
(IMAGE TEXT: I am Cheryl Anne del Rosario from Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines. I met Jordan Clark in 2006 when he contacted me since he became curious and interested about the word “aswang”. He heard it from the Filipino side of his wife, since his wife is a Filipino. Capiz is rich in stories of these mythical creatures. He wanted to do a documentary about aswang. I helped him with all the logistics and connections to make his work easier since he had limited time to film. He finished his first production, “The Aswang Project” in 2006 but he was not very happy with the result. So over the next 5 years, he kept coming back to the Philippines and in Capiz, researched more, and came up with a better documentary — “The Aswang Phenomenon”. During those times also, he was able to bring his family to Capiz to visit. He wanted his family to experience how beautiful our province is. He was able to build good friendships with the community that he openly helped and raised funds for scholarships for the kids in Barangay Dumolog, a coastal Barangay in Roxas City. He also sent relief goods to the community after we were badly hit by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. He especially helped Barangay Olotayan, a lone island barangay in Roxas City where you need to take an hour boat ride to reach the place.Jordan has a good heart. He is honest, kind, and he works hard for the things he is passionate about. He is very generous that he continues to help, in any way he can, even after his film was done. — Cheryl Anne V. del Rosario, Director, Ang Panublion Museum)

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Designer, writer, cat servant. Founder of Sari-Sari Storybooks. Filipina American. I hail from Manila, Florida, NYC, and Oakland, in that order. she/her

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