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3 Interesting Facts About ‘Trese’ Creator, Budjette Tan

Learn about this Filipino creative and why he's into fantasy stories!

Three days ago, the official trailer for the anime adaptation of the popular Filipino comics Trese was released by Netflix. The series, which will be premiering on June 11 on the streaming platform, stars Liza Soberano and Shay Mitchell as protagonist Alexandra Trese for the Filipino and English version, respectively.

Liza will be joined by professional voice talents Simon dela Cruz, Christopher Carlo Caling, Eugene Adalia, Christian Velarde, and Apollo Abraham, for the Filipino language version. (Read: Liza Soberano, Shay Mitchell to Voice Filipino Anime Series on Netflix)

Meanwhile, Filipino-American Shay of Pretty Little Liars will star alongside fellow Fil-Am celebrities Darren Criss and Nicole Scherzinger, as well as Jon Jon Briones, Lou Diamond Phillips, Manny Jacinto, and Dante Basco for the English language anime.

The much-awaited series circles in on Filipino folklore and mythological creatures, set in the streets of Manila. The original comics were created by Budjette Tan and KaJO Baldisimo, and has become a best-selling Filipino comic book.

Get to know one of the creators of the comics, Budjette Tan, through these fun facts!

#1: Budjette Tan Grew up in a Haunted House

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Photo from Mystic Art Design from Pixabay

In an interview with Rappler, Budjette said that he was raised in a haunted house. “At first, it was the normal disappearing stuff, slippers began moving on their own. Then, a light bulb would suddenly unscrew itself and fall on the ground,” he said.

He added that his parents weren’t believers of the ‘haunting,’ until his mom personally experienced it. “One summer afternoon, I was six-months-old, she had just given me a bath. She placed me on the bed and was about to put clothes on me. She looked away just to pick up the clothes, and the moment she turned back, half of my face had wrinkled out. It looked like an old man’s face,” Budjette said.

This is why he considered the supernatural as his natural— thus, his interest in the unknown and the unworldly. (Read: 3 Pinoy Horror Podcasts to Binge This Halloween)

#2: His Stories Start in Notebooks

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Photo from Budjette Tan Instagram

When asked during a Fully Booked interview how his story writing process was like, Budjette said it was a tough question. (Read: This Batangueña Artist Paints Dreamlike Images of Pinoy Mythology)

“Most of my TRESE stories start on a notebook. I write down my first ideas, my first drafts, bits of dialogue on my notebook,” he explained. He says he’ll write the numbers 1 through 20 on a page and write the beats of the story.

He adds that he writes what happens, and all other necessary information in his notebook before typing it on his computer. Once he’s encoded everything, that’s when he’ll start revising the story.

#3: This Filipino Creative Works in Advertising

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Photo from Babbling Point blog

Would you believe that comic book writing isn’t Budjette’s main job? It’s actually his side job! Budjette’s day job is in advertising, and has been in the industry for over 21 years. He says the industry has trained him when it comes to creative collaboration, which is why the partnership between him and KaJO Baldisimo worked well.

“In advertising we have clients, and if you actually listen, not only will you be able to address things in more different ways, but they will listen to you too,” Budjette says.

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