Friday, February 3, 2012

NIKNOK and the Tree with a Heart

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so in the spirit of the season of hearts, let's talk about the one fruit-bearing tree in the Philippines that has one...

According to Philippine folklore, the heart of the banana tree contains an agimat or magical charm that drops out of it at the stroke of midnight. Whoever catches the charm in his mouth would be endowed with supernatural powers; provided, of course, he survives the kapre, tikbalang and other mystical creatures who would then try to take the charm from him.

From Pilipino Funny Komiks #169 (September 11(!), 1981), here's a take on the banana heart myth featuring one of Funny Komiks' most popular characters: writer Pat V. Reyes and artist Vic R. Geronimo's mischievous, fried chicken-loving kid Niknok.


  1. sana buhayin nila ulit si NIknok

  2. hahaha, nostalgia, eto yung batang bulol na mahilig sa manok, tapos spoiled ng lola nya kaya makulit

  3. Hi. Do you still have the complete issue?