Pinoy Digital artist creates Filipino-inspired Pokémon

Based on the culture, nature, and folklore of the Philippines, a graphic designer from that nation makes phony Pokémon that are Filipino-inspired.


Fakemon: According to Jhay Alejo, a 24-year-old Filipino Pokémon aficionado, he began making "Fakemon" as a hobby when he was just 9 years old.

While it usually takes Alejo a day or two to complete a design, there are times when he can create up to three Fakemon in under six hours when motivation hits.

He added that "parols" are star-shaped, vibrant ornamental lanterns, and that one of his designs was inspired on a typical Filipino Christmas decoration known as a "parol." "The large parols, known as "Parul Sampernandu," are most frequently observed in the San Fernando area of Pampanga, Philippines. Frost and the city of San Fernando are the origins of the term "Frosnando," he explained.


Alejo stated that there are certain guidelines for naming Fakemon. I have to consider what the Pokemon performs, how they operate, where they reside, their habits, their powers, and their sources of inspiration before combining all the useful terms to create a really nice name that is easy to pronounce. For instance, the name of my Fakemon, Bambakas, is a combination of the terms "bamboo" and "lakas," which is Filipino for "strong."

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Alejo states, "'Karabreak' is inspired on water buffalo and old Filipino tribal warriors who have tattoos all over their body. Another design was based on the carabao, the Philippine national animal. The words "carabao" and "break" are Tagalog terms for water buffalo.


The galactic and space-themed designs "Twinklish" and "Butanduin" are Alejo's favorites. They are modeled like whale sharks. They were originally supposed to have the dark or water typing and be more sinister and dangerous, but after learning that they are actually lovely animals, I changed them to be water or fairy types," he revealed.

"I just created it; I made their skin look like space, which explains the Fairy type. The white dotting patterns on whale sharks reminded me of the starry sky. Butanduin's name is made up of two Filipino terms: "butanding" (whale shark) and "bituin" (star)," he continued. Twinklish's name is derived from the words "twinkle" and "fish."


On his Instagram (@luxjhay) and Twitter (@CabinetGood), Alejo's followers may expect to see current and upcoming Fakemon creations with Filipino influences.