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As per physical evidence presented to us by Mr. Simon and Steve Santos of the highly informative and utterly credible Video48 site and Unang Labas site, they present absolute proof of the existence of one distinct example of an Ante Extant Gallus Gallus as early as 1952 right here in the Philippines. The proof was chronicled by the late writers Clodualdo Del Mundo and Mars Ravelo, and illustrated by Elpidio Torres.

Ante Extant Gallus Gallus, as revealed in the Elmer documents of 2006-2008, are chickens that have gotten human intelligence and consciousness before the great awakening of February 3, 1979. Indications of such early examples are few and far in between. The earliest so far has been found in a petroglyph discovered in the Linga Caves of Laguna by Croatian anthropologist Araz Macan on December 10, 1963. Carbon dating the petroglyph conclusively dates it to 21,000 years ago.

Due to the highly controversial nature of the subject matter, and the possibility that such a revelation could agitate the Filipino population in the early 50s, the discovery was kept secret. Instead, the story was released as a fanciful tale entitled \”TEXAS\” in a local comic book and was later adapted into a movie starring Pancho Magalona and Linda Estrella.

In the tale, it is said that the Ante Extant Gallus Gallus was the chicken of St. Peter sent to earth to stop cockfighting. Little is known what truly happened to the true specimen. As was the case with all early speaking chickens in highly religious countries, it was most likely killed, buried, and quickly forgotten.


6 Responses to “Evidence of Ante Extant Gallus Gallus in Philippine Komiks”

  1. Jose Mari Lee on December 25th, 2008 12:40 pm


    Elpidio Torres’s style here is somewhat reminiscent of your style, though yours has more details.

    It also reminds me of Fernando Amorsolo’s illustrations in an old elementary school textbook called THE PHILIPPINE READERS. I used to have a copy of this book and this one is full of stories about Philippine legends and stories like Monico and the giant, William Tell, Aesop’s fables, & English Lit fantasy for children. Amorsolo’s work here is truly wonderful.

    Maybe you should do a proposal to the public school there in RP and draw a book for kids to be used as textbook in elementary school. Now that would be different! It might be used for decades, like what happened to Amorsolo’s illustrations.

    What’s more, your drawings will be enjoyed by millions of elementary school children, just like the way Amorsolo’s drawings triggered my imagination when I was a child. I could just visualize what the art would look like and the kids’ imagination will surely run wild.

    Do it, do it, please.

  2. auggie on December 25th, 2008 1:38 pm


    The new generation is entirely clueless about MONICO & THE GIANT. Maybe the new wave Komikeros can do a redux of it ?

    Happy Holiday To you and all the Komikeros here !

  3. dennis villegas on December 25th, 2008 6:07 pm

    I’m not sure if you already know about the mentioning of a likeness of what you called the “Ante Extant Gallus Gallus” in the passage in the second tome section of the Zend Avesta, mentioning the chickens’ early relationships with human beings.

    There are numerous extant records of these involvements with human beings as can be found in other ancient writings, such as the one told in the 12th parva of the Mahabhrata by Vyasa, which tells the story of monkeys and helping out the hero to defeat the evil forces in the land now known as Bengal. The chickens’ role came in one of the passage of the lengthy Sanskrit epic, it specifically mentioned that chickens became a source of employ for the dravidian hero to procure the highly-guarded secret of the tombs of the Guptan ancients. The chickens, interestingly, did not communicate by spoken language, but by a sort of telephatic communication.

    In the more recent book “Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind” by reknowned author C.D.B. Bryan, MIT scholars compared this with the numerous reports of alien abductions phenomena in North America in which the abductees’–under hypnosis–revealed that the aliens’ image somewhat look like a cross between monkey and a chicken. It had been suspected that the first creatures implanted into Earth came from the planets outside the Solar Sysytem, brought by alien visitors since time immemorial. Thus, if Darwin’s theory is correct, the human beings did indeed, came from the monkeys…and chickens!

    There are many other written and archeological records of these interactions with chickens and human beings, and we don’t just have enough space to discuss into this thread.
    Perhaps a more solid research is needed to document all these interactions.

  4. Gerry Alanguilan on December 25th, 2008 9:48 pm

    Clearly Dennis, there is much here than what was first thought. That is certainly interesting reading, and very illuminating. Just a few years ago you would have put yourself in danger simply by speaking publicly about these things. But people today have been enlightened, specially in this new millennium when the loosening of firmly held on to beliefs and outdated notions of what is truly human is much more evident.

    That said, I hope you are having yourself a very Merry Christmas. I miss having chickens for Christmas dinner, specially now that they’re out of bounds. Cannibalism and all that.

    That goes the same to Messrs. Lee and Surtida. Happy and safe Holidays!

  5. ROMIWORKS® on December 26th, 2008 2:51 pm

    eto pa ka gerry galing sa history of komiks na libro manok din na nagsasalita si HariManok…

  6. Rod Samonte on December 28th, 2008 2:28 am

    Gerry, JM,
    Elpidio Torres was one of the most unheralded illustrators of the Golden Age of Komiks. In any conversation about artists of that period, his name rarely comes up. His style was entirely his own, a salt-of-the-earth style that featured characters looking more Filipino than his contemporaries, who were influenced by American artists. His style was just fine with Mars Ravelo whose equally salt-of-the-earth characters made them the most popular tamdem of the time, introducing some of the most unforgettable characters — Dyesebel, Bondying, Mambo Dyambo, Booma, Jack n Jill — that to this day remains in our national ethos.